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1:39 am
Wed November 5, 2014

New Right: Judge Or Jury

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State voters passed a constitutional amendment that would give people accused of a felony a choice to have a judge hear their trial rather than a jury of their peers. The amendment was approved with about 54% of the vote. 

Up until last night's vote, North Carolina stood alone in refusing to allow that choice.  The option will only be available to persons not facing the death penalty. 

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The State of Things
1:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NC Attorneys Help Immigrant Detainees

Child with flag
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More than 400 women and children from Central America are currently being held at a temporary detention center in southeast New Mexico. Most fled to the United States to escape violence in their home countries. They are seeking asylum in the United States but face many legal and personal challenges. A group of attorneys from North Carolina traveled to the remote town of Artesia, New Mexico to represent the detainees. Host Frank Stasio talks with two of the attorneys, Evelyn Smallwood and Natalie Teague, about their experiences.

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Law
2:48 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

North Carolina Podcast Poised To Hit National Stage

Criminal's episode art is by Julienne Alexander
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Criminal is a new podcast that's gaining some buzz. In August, the Huffington Post called it the Best New Radio Show In America. A couple of months later, it was included in Buzzfeed's list of "12 Podcasts That Will Make You A Better Human."

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Law
8:04 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Chapel Hill Police Brace For Halloween On Franklin Street

Halloween in Chapel Hill
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Chapel Hill officials say they are prepared for tonight's annual Halloween celebration on Franklin Street. 

More than 300 police officers will be keeping an eye on thousands of people expected to attend the event between 9 p.m. and midnight. 

Lieutenant Joshua Mecimore works for the town's police department.  He says there are rules in place to help keep all the ghouls and goblins safe.   

“You know, we want people to know that you can't have alcohol in the event, you can't bring alcohol out of one of the restaurants into the event,” he says.

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Law
5:29 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

In Wake Of Blackwater Convictions, A New Push To Regulate Contractors

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A U.S. congressman from North Carolina has reintroduced a bill to clarify how American laws apply to overseas contractors. Democratic Congressman David Price of Chapel Hill originally submitted the legislation in 2007 after contractors with the company Blackwater were accused of shooting up a public square in Baghdad. The law met resistance from the White House at the time and was never passed.

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Law
7:56 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Study: NC Pays $307M Annually To Fight Domestic Violence

A new UNC-Charlotte study estimates cost of domestic violence cases in NC at $307 million.

UNC-Charlotte researchers say they have come up with an estimated cost of domestic violence in North Carolina.   The new study says eight key factors add up to approximately $307 million the state pays as a result of the crime. 

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Doing Time On The Outside

When a family member is sentenced to time in prison, they who family can feel like they are "doing time."
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Anyone familiar with the American criminal justice system has likely heard the expression, “When a person gets sentenced to prison, the whole family serves the time.” 

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Law
6:17 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

U.S. Justice Department Will Review Fayetteville Police Policies

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The U.S. Department of Justice will spend the next several months reviewing the policies and practices of the Fayetteville Police Department. The review comes at the request of Fayetteville Police Department as part of the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Services program. They'll be looking at the use of force and deadly force by the police, as well as community interaction.

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Law
8:56 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Got A Will? 'Project Will Power' Helps With Legal Papers

Marissa Meredith and Jasmine Ross are third year Law Students at NCCU, signing in seniors at 'Project Will Power' in Raleigh.
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A community center near downtown Raleigh was buzzing with activity over the weekend.  It wasn’t kids playing, but instead people getting help making out their wills.

Malinda Holloway, 64, came early for her appointment at Project Will Power at Top Green Community Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Holloway heard about the event at church and decided she wanted a will now, despite resistance from her daughter.

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Law
3:39 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

NC Republican Leaders Will Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Two men marry on one of the first days that same-sex marriage was legal in N.C.
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North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders plan to appeal a ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. Legal experts, though, say any appeal would face an uphill battle.

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