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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.
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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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Law
7:10 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Tag Fees, Vehicle Tax Now Due Together

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Drivers in North Carolina now have to pay their vehicle property tax and registration at the same time if they want to get their tags. 

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Law
7:10 am
Mon September 2, 2013

New Law Tells Police To Save Their Guns

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A new state law puts more restrictions on when law enforcement can destroy confiscated guns. 

Senate Bill 443 says police must now resell firearms or use them for training purposes within their departments if they can not return them to their original owners.  Authorities can only destroy confiscated guns if they are damaged or don't have a legible serial number. 

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Law
7:30 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Raleigh To Relax Ban On Food Distribution In Parks

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A city council committee in Raleigh has agreed to review a ban on allowing food distribution in a downtown city park.

The council's Law and Public Safety Committee held a three-hour public hearing Wednesday to listen to residents who were angry about the ban.

It was enforced last weekend, when charitable and religious groups that normally distribute food in Moore Square were stopped by the police. They were following a 1998 ordinance preventing food distribution that officials had previously ignored.

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Law
5:27 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Eastern District U.S. Attorney Says There's No Evidence Withheld By His Office

U.S. Attorney for North Carolina's Eastern District Thomas Walker
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The U.S. Attorney for North Carolina's Eastern District, Thomas Walker, is promising to follow disclosure policies  for defendants prosecuted by his office.  The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion last week critical of three cases out of the Eastern district.

Circuit Judge Henry Floyd said judges found three instances of evidence being withheld from defendants.  Walker says there was no intentional shielding of the facts in the case he oversaw, but he still takes the court's concerns seriously.

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Law
1:59 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Raleigh Transit Authority Sued For Rejecting Bus Ad Showing Caged Pigs

A Humane Society bus ad in Washington D.C., similar to one proposed for Raleigh buses.
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The Humane Society of the United States is suing the Raleigh Transit Authority after the city rejected a bus advertisement showing pigs in cages. 

The ad proposal meant for the outside of buses has photos of pigs in gestation crates with the words, "How would you like to spend the rest of your life in a space as small as a bus seat?"

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Law
5:46 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

NC Court Of Appeals Rules That Registered Sex Offenders Can Use Social Media

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled that registered sex offenders can use social media websites. The ruling invalidates a portion of a North Carolina law passed in 2008 called the Protect Children From Sexual Predators Act.

Lester Packingham, Jr. brought the case. He's a registered sex offender who lives in Durham. In 2012, Packingham, Jr. was convicted of accessing a commercial social networking site. He had been using Facebook.

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Law
1:42 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Greensboro Gang Leader Sentenced To Nearly 30 Years

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Jorge Cornell was sentenced to 28 years in Federal Prison on Wednesday. The former leader of the Latin Kings gang in Greensboro was convicted last November on federal racketeering charges. Cornell was convicted of engaging in a conspiracy to commit murder, arson and robbery. He and his group feuded with the Greensboro Police.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Exploring The Life, Legacy And Unfinished Work Of Julius L. Chambers

Julius Chambers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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In 1948, William Chambers, a black maintenance worker in Montgomery County, NC was denied payment for a job by a white customer. William Chambers spent many afternoons searching for an attorney to represent him, but all the white lawyers he asked refused. William told this story to his son, Julius Chambers, who then vowed to become a lawyer and fight for justice.

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Law
7:27 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Chambers Remembered As Persistent, Not Bitter

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Charlotte commemorated a civil rights heavy-weight Thursday.  Julius Chambers fought for equality through the courts and argued some of the cases that helped integrate Charlotte’s schools and businesses.

He had a lot of hatred directed at him as an African-American challenging prejudice, but he never let that make him bitter. Instead, Chambers set up North Carolina’s first law firm to employ both black and white lawyers, partly to serve as an example of the integration he fought for.  He died last week.

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