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4:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

North Carolina Wants New Drug For Death Row Executions, But Where Will It Come From?

The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, Calif. 2010.
Credit California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Prosecutors in Wake County are selecting a jury in a first-degree murder trial this week. It is the fifth case in North Carolina this year where a defendant could face capital punishment. But a series of lawsuits have blocked the death penalty for years in this state. And now, a little-known drug could become another obstacle.

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Handguns
8:58 am
Tue February 25, 2014

26 NC Counties Make It More Convenient To Apply For A Handgun Permit

Residents of 26 North Carolina counties can apply for handgun permits online.
Credit Daniel Weber's photo stream / Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Daniel Weber’s photostream

Residents of Wake County can now apply online for a permit to own a hand gun or to carry one concealed. Instead of going into an office, they can fill out the permit application and pay the fee online.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the online service makes the process more user-friendly, but just as safe as before.

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Law
12:23 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Lawsuit Challenging Ban On Same-Sex Marriage In NC Waiting To Be Heard

Shana Carignan (left) and Megan Parker with son Jax
Credit NC ACLU

Every night before bedtime, Shana Carignan goes through a special ritual with her six-year-old son, Jax. "Arright buddy, you know the drill! We’re going to have to giggle, get the bubbles out, right?," she says.

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The State Of Things
12:58 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

NCDOT Condemns Property Without Court Approval

In October 2012, the North Carolina Department of Transportation condemned a Concord property and demolished a vacant building to make way for a new parkway extension. Eleven months later, the DOT requested the court's permission. A federal judge has imposed punitive sanctions for the “blatant disregard” for the law shown by DOT attorneys.  Host Frank Stasio discusses the controversy with Bruce Siceloff, transportation reporter for the News and Observer.

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The State of Things
12:37 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

What Could Have Entered The Public Domain?

James Boyle comes on The State of Things to discuss the shrinking public domain.
Credit Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain

Duke law professor James Boyle discusses copyright law and the shrinking public domain

In the public domain, work can be freely shared online, translated into other languages, or republished and cheaply distributed.  

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Law
8:05 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Should Dogs Be Banned From Some Areas Of Raleigh Parks?

A proposed ordinance would ban dogs from Raleigh playgrounds and athletic fields.
Credit D. B. Brisbin

Raleigh's Public Works Committee will hear a proposed ordinance that would govern where dogs are allowed in parks.

City rules require that dogs be on a leash in all public places, and that their owners pick up their pets' waste. But Raleigh's parks department is still getting complaints about dogs running loose and threatening children.

Parks Superintendent Wayne Schindler says visitors also say they're finding dog droppings on ball fields.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

How Black Authors Write About U.S. Law And Race

Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing, Literature by Karla Hollway
Credit dukeupress.edu / Duke University Press

Host Frank Stasio talks with scholar Karla Holloway about her newest book, 'Legal Fictions: Constituting Race, Composing Literature'

From enslavement to the one-drop rule to the three-fifths compromise, United States law has defined African-American identity. Duke University professor Karla Holloway is exploring how black fiction connect racial identity and the creation of law for African Americans. 

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Law
5:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

NC Appeals Court Considers Public Input On Lethal Injection Protocol

North Carolina death row inmates are housed at Central Prison in Raleigh. No executions have been carried out in the state since 2006.
Credit Ted Buckner via Flickr

Members of the North Carolina Court of Appeals appeared to show Tuesday that they wanted to return to a lower court a seven-year-old case over the lethal injection chemicals the state uses in executions.

A three-judge panel heard arguments on whether the state Department of Public Safety should have followed a public rule-making process when it switched its execution procedures from a three-drug chemical mixture to a single-drug injection.

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Law
5:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

If NC Changes How It Executes Death Row Inmates, Does The Public Have A Say?

Death row inmates are housed at Central Prison in Raleigh. No executions have been carried out in North Carolina since 2006.
Credit North Carolina Department of Public Safety

The North Carolina Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday morning on whether the state must follow a public rule-making process when changing its procedures for executing death row prisoners.

Arguments center on the Department of Public Safety switching its protocol for executions from a lethal injection of a three-drug mixture to a single-drug solution. (The change happened last fall.)

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Did Durham Police Follow Protocol When Arresting 17-Year-Old Jesus Huerta?

Friends and relatives posted pictures like these of Jesus Huerta around Durham, NC after he died
Credit Leoneda Inge

  

Jesus Huerta died from a gunshot wound while in police custody last November. Did officers know he was at risk of killing himself? The teen's family says yes.

Durham authorities have said the officer on the scene, Samuel Duncan, had not been told the 17-year-old threatened to kill himself and used drugs before the officer picked him up the morning of Nov. 19.

But the attorney representing Huerta’s family questions that and points to this radio communication in which officers talk about Huerta having a history of drug abuse:

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