8:44 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Federal Challenge Of NC Voter Law Continues Tuesday

Testimony is set to continue in a federal courtroom today where plaintiffs are asking a judge to halt part of the state's new voter law. Former Guilford County Board of Elections Director George Gilbert will be on the stand when the court returns from recess.

He testified Monday that expanded early voting in the state led to an increase in African American voters, a smoother Election Day process and even savings for Guilford County of as much as $3 million.

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3:10 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Pre-Trial Motions In Case Against Alamance County Sheriff

Credit Alamance County Sheriff's Office

Defense attorneys for Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson filed another pre-trial motion this week. The sheriff is accused by the federal government of illegally targeting Latino drivers as well as arresting and detaining people without probable cause. 

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8:35 am
Wed June 18, 2014

City Manager Wants To Improve Public Trust Of The Durham Police Department

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield is reviewing recommendations to improve relations between the city's Police Department and the public.
Credit City of Durham

Spurred by complaints about racial bias in the Durham Police Department, City Manager Tom Bonfield said he'll review recommendations to improve relations with the community.

“I recognize the critical importance of a trusting relationship between a community police department and the community. And I also recognize that and the end of the day, I'm responsible for the actions of the department and how that plays out in terms of the relationship.”

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5:47 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

[Listen] Newly Discovered Images Document KKK Rally In Chapel Hill, 1987

KKK Rally in Chapel Hill, NC June 15, 1987
Michael Galinsky

The pictures capture a day that many in Chapel Hill, NC would like to forget. White-hooded figures marching carefree down Franklin Street. It was the day the KKK came to town: June 15, 1987.

About 60 people took part in the march and membership rally. The event started in Durham and then progressed to Chapel Hill. Two thousand people lined the parade route; some to support the participants, others to heckle them. 

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8:04 am
Thu May 29, 2014

NC Appeals Judge's Order For A New Trial Two Decades Into Darryl Howard's Prison Sentence

A Durham Superior Court Judge has ordered a new trial for a man who has been locked up for two decades.
Credit Joe Gratz / Creative Commons

The state of North Carolina is appealing a judge's order for a new trial for Darryl Howard. Howard has been in prison for 19 years for the 1995 murder of Doris Washington and her daughter, Nishonda.

Judge Orlando Hudson cited new evidence and misconduct by former Durham prosecutor Mike Nifong. Nifong failed to provide Howard's attorney with a memo from a tipster who said members of a New York drug gang raped and killed Washington and her daughter. DNA evidence found on Washington's body matched another felon’s, not Howard's.

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8:36 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Durham Community Groups Want End To Alleged Police "Racial Profiling"

Attorney James Williams and leaders from several community groups speak out against alleged "racial profiling" by Durham Police.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Community organizations and faith-based groups in Durham are calling for a series of measures to help end what they call "racial profiling" by the Durham Police Department.

Representatives of the NAACP, Durham Congregations in Action, Fostering Alternatives in Drug Enforcement -- or FADE -- and several other groups are pushing for five main changes.

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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.
Credit Vbofficial / Wikipedia

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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5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

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

Credit Laura Candler

  *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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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
Credit Chilton for Register of Deeds / Facebook

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

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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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