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2:57 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

NC Justice Dept. Investigates Suspicious Fracking Lease Solicitations

NC land owners can now consider selling mineral rights to natural gas fracking companies. Some residents are getting suspicious offers.
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Just a month after the General Assembly voted to allow fracking in North Carolina, landowners in Chapel Hill and Durham are receiving offers to buy the right to drill on their properties.

But these offers are suspicious, and the Department of Justice is investigating them. The documents say they were sent from a Pennsylvania company called Crimson Holding Corporation. It doesn't have a web site, and claims the same address as another company called Campbell Development. Neither is licensed to do business in this state.

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Law
5:54 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

NC's Ban On Same Sex Marriage May Be Overturned Shortly

Shana Carignan (left) and Megan Parker with son Jax. Parker and Carignan are plaintiffs in the suit the ACLU has filed against this state’s constitutional ban on same-sex unions.
Credit North Carolina ACLU

Some are saying it could be a matter of weeks before North Carolina's ban on same sex marriage is overturned. A ruling in the 4th Circuit court in Richmond Monday declared Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. That ruling is binding on the entire 4th circuit, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland.

Neil Siegel is a professor of law at Duke University. He says assuming the case is not retried, the outlook for North Carolina's ban is rather clear:

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Law
4:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Suspects In Mugging Death Of UNC Chapel Hill Professor Charged With Murder

Feng Liu was a professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC
Credit UNC

Update 7/25/14 3:30 p.m.:

The Chapel Hill Police Department has charged the two suspects, Derick Davis II and Troy Arrington Jr., with First Degree Murder in the death of UNC Professor Feng Liu.  The two are being held in the Orange County Jail without bond.

Original story:

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Law
11:41 am
Tue July 22, 2014

NC Has Closed Nine Correctional Facilities Recently, Here's Why

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The number of people in North Carolina returning to prison after their release is on the decline. In fact, a new report released just this month shows that North Carolina has had one of the biggest drops in recidivism in the country.

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Law
4:47 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Curbing Youth Violence In Rural North Carolina

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Back in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to take on what some have called an "epidemic" of youth violence.

One of the initiatives was the Academic Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, or NC-ACE. The program focused on Robeson County which, at the time, had the highest levels of youth violence in the state. NC-ACE is now entering the final year of its efforts, with some of the programs scheduled to wrap up at the end of the summer.

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Law
5:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Fate Of The New N.C. Voter ID Law Now Rests In A Judge's Hands

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:21 pm

North Carolina's voter ID law has come under fire in the courts, challenged by lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP and voting rights groups. A judge will decide whether parts of the law should be implemented or delayed. Jeff Tiberii of WUNC has been following the hearing, and he wraps up recent developments and possible outcomes.

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Law
2:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Innocence Project, Judge Express Outrage Over Botched Prosecution of Durham, NC Man

Darryl Howard greets one of his lawyers, James P. Cooney, III

Family, friends and lawyers filled a Durham County courtroom today in support of Darryl Howard.

Howard was convicted of murdering a woman and her daughter and then setting their public housing apartment on fire.  But new DNA evidence shows Howard is likely innocent of the murders and rapes of the women.

The Innocence Project thinks so and they joined Howard in court today.

Darryl Howard has been in prison for 20 years.  But the Durham native could soon be going home – released on bond – pending a new trial. 

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Law
8:51 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Durham Police Department Investigates Fabrication of 911 Calls To Enter Residences

A Durham Police officer admitted lying about receiving a 911 call as a pretense to enter a residence and serve a warrant. He told a judge is was a common practice in the department.
Credit Durham Police Department

The Durham Police Department is investigating an incident in which an officer lied about receiving a 911 call from a residence to gain access to the home and serve a warrant.

The officer told a District Court judge in May that it was a common practice within Durham's police department.

Police Chief Jose Lopez issued a memo to the department stating that fabricating 911 calls is not a policy.

City Manager Tom Bonfield says he assumes this is an isolated incident, but that it's unacceptable and bears investigation.

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Crime
7:43 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Listen: Man Describes Impact Of Mass Shooting On Surviving Family Members

Episode art for Criminal by Julienne Alexander

On April 13, 2014, former KKK member Frazier Glenn Cross pulled into a Jewish Community Center and ambushed a grandfather and grandson, killing both. He then killed another woman a short distance away.

What does the family left behind do when they are thrust into a national spotlight? How do they figure out what to disclose and what should be private?

Will Corporon knows - he lost his father and nephew to the violence that day. Listen to his story:

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Law
7:40 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Legislator Testifies New Voting Bill Is “Reminiscent Of The Jim Crow Era”

Credit Jorge Valencia

An expert witness returns to the stand this morning on day three of a federal hearing challenging the state's new voting law. MIT Professor Charles Stewart testified Tuesday that the state's new voting law disproportionately burdens and affects African Americans.

State House member Rick Glazier also testified. He called the measure "reminiscent of the Jim Crow Era" and gave a passionate description of how the bill was hastily moved through the General Assembly.

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