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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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News Update
11:46 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Ride Mishap Injures 5 At NC State Fair

Credit NC State Fair

Police say it was an apparent malfunction that led to five injuries on a ride at the North Carolina State Fair.

The incident happened Thursday night shortly after 9 p.m. on a ride called The Vortex.

"We have been told that the ride had stopped and they were unloading, and all of the sudden, the ride started up again," said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison in a press conference Friday morning.

Harrison said that report is preliminary and investigators are still looking into exactly what caused the accident.

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Law
5:50 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Durham Police Put 'Bull's Eye' On High-Crime Neighborhood

Map of the target area for the Durham Police Department's "Operation Bull's Eye" initiative
Credit Durham Police Department

Durham police officers are crediting an initiative started six years ago for reducing crime in one of the city's most violent neighborhoods. 

"Operation Bull's Eye" targeted a two-square-mile area with high rates of crime and "shots fired" calls.  Officers used enforcement and community-building programs to bring shooting incidents down by more than half and overall violent crime down by nearly 40 percent. 

Durham's deputy chief Larry Smith says the lower numbers can't be attributed to enforcement alone.  

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Law
11:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

New Gun Law Takes Effect Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday it is legal to carry a concealed weapon into a restaurant or bar, unless an establishment posts a sign prohibiting it.
Credit Megathon Charlie via Flickr, Creative Commons

Beginning Tuesday, residents with concealed carry permits will be able to legally bring handguns into restaurants and bars across the state.  The new measure also allows concealed guns on state property such as public schools and college campuses, provided the weapons are locked in a vehicle. Restaurant and bar owners can opt out of the new law by posting a sign that prohibits concealed weapons in the establishments.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Duke Professor Takes On Whitey Bulger, Enron

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Host Frank Stasio talks to Duke Law Professor Samuel Buell about his time in the legal trenches

Samuel Buell had an interest in justice from a young age. As a child, he sat in front of the TV with his parents and watched the Watergate hearings. He knew it was momentous, but he didn’t understand the exact significance until much later.

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Law
5:54 am
Thu September 26, 2013

NC Attorney General Will Appeal Duke Energy Rate Hike

Duke Energy's Cliffside Steam Station in Rutherford and Cleveland counties
Credit Duke Energy

State Attorney General Roy Cooper says he will appeal Duke Energy's latest rate hike. The North Carolina Utilities Commission  approved a plan this week allowing the nation's largest utility a to increase consumer rates by 4.5 percent for the first two years and by 5.1 percent in the third year. 

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Law
7:49 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Charlotte Officer Who Shot Unarmed Man To Make First Court Appearance

Jonathan Ferrell
Credit Associated Press

A Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man over the weekend is due in court Tuesday afternoon.

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Staff Changes In Eastern District Prosecutors Office

U.S. Attorney for North Carolina's Eastern District Thomas Walker
Credit U.S. Attorney's Office (Eastern District)

News and Observer investigative reporter Joe Neff talks about staff changes in the Eastern District Prosecutors Office

In the wake of a public reprimand by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the eastern district federal prosecutors office implemented new policies and procedures. The office was scolded by the court for discovery abuse including a pattern of withholding evidence from defendants. 

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The State of Things
11:07 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Child Welfare And Immigration Enforcement

Sign at the U.S. Border.
Credit Makaristos via Creative Commons

A panel of experts discuss immigration and child welfare

Last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported more than 400,000 people. But what happens when those deportees are parents? Children may end up in foster care as parents abroad struggle to regain custody. 

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