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5:05 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Cyclists Seek To Make American Tobacco Trail Safer

Durham bike riders are traveling the city's portion of the American Tobacco Trail hoping to make it safer. Debbie West says it's a route she likes to take to where she needs to go. "I love the Tobacco Trail. I live and work near it," says West.

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Law
8:20 am
Wed September 19, 2012

ACLU Seeks Stories Of Racial Profiling

State police agencies are  mandated by law to track every traffic stop they make...who was pulled over and why. 

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Law
9:05 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Spike Seen In Domestic Violence Killings In Wake County

Advocates are speaking out about a spike in domestic violence-related homicides in Wake County. There have been five alleged such killings in the last four months - one more than in all of last year. Organizers of a silent march in downtown Raleigh yesterday say about 75 people turned out to honor Agata Vellotti. Police say she was killed by her estranged husband 2 weeks ago. Another march will be held for Kathleen Bertrand, allegedly shot by her ex-husband at a Raleigh shopping center on Monday.

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Law
4:45 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Appeals Court Reverses Decision In Case With Mishandled Evidence

The State Court of Appeals has reversed a Durham judge's decision to dismiss murder charges in a case involving claims of mishandled evidence.

In a decision released earlier today, Appeals Court Judge Sam Ervin says Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson erred by dismissing charges against Derrick Allen. The court has ordered new hearings. Allen was accused of killing his girlfriend's daughter in 1998.

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Law
5:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Conviction Overturned, LaMonte Armstrong Adjusting After 17 Years

LaMonte Armstrong and Professor Theresa Newman reflecting recently at the Duke Law School. The Wrongful Convictions Clinic at Duke helped to free Armstrong after serving 17 years of a life sentence.
Jeff Tiberii

Issac-Davy Aronson: LaMonte Armstrong walked out of a Greensboro Courthouse a few weeks ago. The 62-year-old grandfather, graduate of North Carolina A&T and longtime basketball coach was free. Convicted of murder in 1995 and sentenced to life, Armstrong has always maintained his innocence. A local law clinic intervened, evidence raising significant doubts was revealed, and ultimately a judge overturned the conviction.

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Law
9:25 am
Mon July 23, 2012

New Food Safety Rules Going Into Effect

Coming soon to a restaurant near you: a rare hamburger. New food safety rules will free up many establishments to serve undercooked meat as long as they provide a written warning of the risks on the menu or elsewhere. It's part of federal food guidelines adopted by North Carolina last week, and being implemented statewide September 1st.

Larry Michael is head of the food protection program with the state Division of Public Health. He says the rules are about more than just a rare burger.

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Law
7:10 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Overall Crime Drops In NC But Murders Rise

Overall crime across the state is down by nearly one percent, according to the latest statistics from the North Carolina Department of Justice. That makes the 2011 crime rate the state's lowest since 1977. It also marks the third consecutive year of decline. It's not all good news, though. Murder is up by almost six percent. Overall crime in some Triangle-area counties, including Chatham and Franklin, appears to be on the rise.

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Law
5:20 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Raleigh Police Officers File Grievance Over Evaluations

Representatives for some Raleigh police officers have filed a grievance against a new department evaluation policy.

Gurnal Scott: Trey Walters is a Raleigh officer of three-and-a-half years. He speaks for the 100 or so officers who say a system installed by Chief Harry Dolan evaluating officers' by quantity of work diminishes what they do.

Trey Walters: Chief Dolan is taking us down a path that will have police officers chasing numbers instead of criminals.

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Law
8:45 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Undocumented Immigrant Seeks Trial

An undocumented immigrant that interrupted a state House hearing in February wants his case heard in Wake County Superior Court.

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Law
6:15 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Lawmakers Override Racial Justice Veto

State lawmakers have overridden the governor's veto of a bill that waters down the Racial Justice Act. The Act, passed in 2009, allows death row prisoners to challenge their sentences based on statistical evidence of discrimination. The new bill will limit the time frame and scope of statistics that inmates can use to challenge their sentences. Republican House Majority Leader Paul Stam thinks that's reasonable.

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