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6:03 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

NC NAACP President, Other Protesters Found Guilty For Moral Monday Demonstrations

A protester is removed by Capitol Police during Moral Monday protests earlier this year.
Credit NAACP

The head of the state's NAACP and 11 other Moral Monday protesters have been found guilty of trespassing at the General Assembly earlier this year. District Court Judge Joy Hamilton found the group guilty after a hearing that lasted two days.

Irving Joyner is one of the attorneys representing the defendants. He says he didn't call Barber and other members of the group to the stand in order to focus on their first amendment right to free speech- and to assemble at the legislature.

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Law
5:57 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Police Memorial Brings Raleigh In Line With Other Major Cities

An artist rendering of the new memorial at night.
Credit Dennis Lane / Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation

In 2009, Major Dennis Lane and other police officers road their bicycles from Raleigh to Washington D.C., in honor of officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  They stopped at various cities along the route. And they noticed something different between these cities and Raleigh; Many of them had memorials erected in honor of fallen officers.

"Of the 50 largest cities in the country, there were only two cities that did not have a police memorial of some sort; Raleigh and Indianapolis, " said Lane.

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New Laws Take Effect December 1

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More than 40 new laws go into effect on December 1st in North Carolina.

They include harsher penalties for those who abuse or endanger children, and a lessening of punishments for certain misdemeanors. Host Frank Stasio gets an overview from Associated Press politics reporter Gary Robertson.

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Law
5:54 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Durham Police Chief Speaks On Teen’s In-Custody Death

Credit City of Durham

Protesters are planning a march to the Durham Police Department tonight to ask for answers in the recent death of a 17-year-old who died while in police custody in the department’s headquarters parking lot.  Police have said Jesus Huerta was sitting in the back of a police cruiser at about 3 a.m. Tuesday before "a loud noise" was heard and he died. In a 911 recording released that day, the officer driving Huerta said the teen may have suffered a gunshot wound.

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Crime
4:17 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Teen Dies In Durham Police Custody

A teenager died in a Durham police car in the department’s headquarters parking lot early Tuesday after the officer driving him heard "a loud noise" in the car, authorities said. 

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Access To Legal Counsel For North Carolinians

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Individuals facing criminal charges are entitled to legal representation even if they are unable to afford attorneys. But what about people facing civil issues like divorce, child custody and medical claims?

There are services that provide legal counsel, such as Legal Aid of North Carolina.  In 2010, Ashley Quiñones became a client of Legal Aid after Medicaid her denied a kidney transplant as she was experiencing renal failure.  Quiñoneschose to appeal the claim and she turned to Legal Aid for help. 

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Law
7:39 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Deputies Seek Second Suspect In Fair Ride Tampering Case

The Vortex ride authorities say was tampered with causing multiple injuries.
Credit Technical Park International

Authorities have issued arrest warrants for the owner of a ride at the North Carolina State Fair that investigators say injured five people after safety equipment was tampered with.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office said the warrants for 32-year-old Joshua Gene Macaroni were issued Wednesday. The statement said Macaroni is charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and a third felony charge of assaulting a juvenile.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Lawyer and Organizer Reflects On 50 Years Of Civil Rights Action

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Al McSurely has spent more than five decades fighting racism, poverty and discrimination.

In the 1960s, he was arrested for sedition in Kentucky and then for Contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents to the McClellan Committee. His experience in the legal system led him to start law school at the age of 48. McSurely worked for many civil rights clients, including a landmark case on behalf of UNC housekeepers.
 

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Law
6:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Court To Hear Arguments In ‘Choose Life’ License Plates Case

Representation of a possible "Choose Life' license plate
Credit NCDOT

A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments today on whether North Carolina can offer license plates with an anti-abortion message without making an alternative available to supporters of abortion rights.

The deliberations, set for the U.S. Court Of Appeals for the Fourth District in Richmond, Va., center around the question: Does a license plate represent the speech of the state or of the driver carrying it on a vehicle?

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Law
6:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

State Fair Ride Operator Denied Request For Lesser Bail

Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow -- the man accused of tampering with a State Fair ride.
Credit Wake County Shjeriff's Office

The man accused of tampering with a thrill ride at the North Carolina State Fair had his first court appearance Monday.

Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting bodily injury. 

A judge denied a defense request to reduce his $225,000 bond.  Prosecutors are concerned that because he has no ties to the area, he may be a flight risk. 

Raleigh attorney Roger Smith, Jr. is representing Tutterrow.

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