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9:46 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Bill Would Create Fund To Buy Oregon Inlet

NC Rep. Bill Cook is sponsoring legislation that creates a fund to buy the Oregon Inlet from the federal government.
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A new bill introduced in the North Carolina Senate would allow the state to offer to buy or trade the federal government for the Oregon Inlet.

The Department of Interior took over ownership of the waterway in 1958. It charges the Army Corps of Engineers with dredging there -- being that it's an important access point for commercial fishermen and boat builders.

But state Representative Bill Cook said the feds rarely put up enough money to manage shoaling in the Oregon Inlet.

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Law
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

ACLU: County Jails Are Not Compliant With Prison Rape Elimination Act

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  *Updated 10:11am to reflect Sheriffs Association comments.

A new report from the ACLU of North Carolina suggests many of the state's county jails are not compliant with sexual assault prevention measures. The group says of the state's 100 counties, 58 responded to requests regarding the measures jails take to prevent the assault of prisoners. None of those 58 were in full compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, a 2003 federal law.

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Law
1:43 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Bucking N.C. Law: Official Plans To Sign Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Mark Chilton, Orange County Register of Deeds, Elect
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Orange County Register of Deeds is not typically a politically volatile position. But Mark Chilton made national headlines when he won the race to become the next register on Tuesday. That's because a primary focus of Chilton's campaign was that he would effectively break state laws banning gay marriage by signing marriage licenses presented by same-sex couples.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

The Debate Over Racial Profiling In The Durham Police Department

Southern Coalition for Social Justice logo
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A discussion about possible racial profiling in the Durham police department.

  

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Ian Mance, a civil rights attorney for the Southern Coalition of Social Justice, and Frank Baumgartner, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Baumgartner published a statewide study tracking racial disparities in police stop-and-search practices. He later worked with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice to analyze Durham-specific data.

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Law
5:59 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

NC Supreme Court To Consider Mandatory Life Sentences For Juveniles

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On Tuesday, the North Carolina Supreme Court will consider whether or not to allow parole for criminals charged with life sentences as juveniles before 2012.

The case is a response to the 2012 Miller v. Alabama decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. It held that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles were unconstitutional. The hearing in North Carolina is to determine whether or not to apply that decision retroactively.

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The State Of Things
12:16 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Salvadoran Journalist Rides "The Beast"

Oscar Martinez
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Thousands of migrants from Central America make the perilous journey through Mexico atop cargo trains for more than 2,000 miles in hopes of crossing the U.S. border. 

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Addresses Recent Controversies

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez
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A conversation with Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez

In the last year, the Durham Police Department has faced public criticism surrounding search policies and three police-related deaths.  The NAACP of North Carolina questioned the police actions in the case of Jesus Huerta, a 17 year-old who died in police custody.

Advocacy organizations like the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Fostering Alternative Drug Enforcement (FADE) have raised accusations of racial profiling.

The department maintains that racial discrepancies in crime statistics do not indicate discrimination. They issued a report in response to the criticism.

In response to public outcry, the Human Relations Commission will make recommendations to the City Council for procedural reforms in police governance in May. 

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Law
8:46 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

N.C. Religious Leaders Challenge Gay Marriage Ban

Signs protesting Amendment 1, North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban.
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A dozen faith leaders announced Monday they have filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage. The faith leaders say they would like to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in their congregations, but can't because of the law.

It's the same argument often made affirming bans on same-sex marriage, though approached from the opposite direction.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Witness To An Execution: Part Two

Execution chamber
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Stephen Lich Tyler drove to Texas last week to witness the execution of his father’s killer, Ramiro Hernandez Llanas. Before he left, he spoke on The State of Things about his struggles with the decision to attend and his expectations of the execution. He returned to the studio today to talk with host Frank Stasio about the experience and how it shaped his perspective on the death penalty.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Another Look At The Duke Lacrosse Case

The Price of Silence book cover
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Host Frank Stasio talks to investigative journalist and author, William Cohan about his new book

  

In March 2006, three white lacrosse players at Duke University were accused of raping an African-American exotic dancer. The case raised questions about race, gender and class in the justice system. Ultimately, the lacrosse players were found innocent. But Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong lost his law license for withholding evidence and other offenses.

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