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Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed seven bills just before a Monday night deadline, deciding to block Republican proposals to alter early in-person voting and restrict nuisance litigation that neighbors of big livestock operations could file in North Carolina.

Plaintiff Joaquin Carcano, center, addresses reporters after a hearing Monday, June 25, 2018, in Winston-Salem, N.C., on their lawsuit challenging the law that replaced North Carolina’s “bathroom bill.” Carcano and other transgender plaintiffs argue the n
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Updated 4:20 p.m.

A federal judge said Monday he was "at a loss" to understand how transgender North Carolinians are being harmed by a compromise law that undid the state's "bathroom bill" but also prevented local governments from enacting new LGBT protections.

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When he first started playing football, Jason Brown saw it as a business decision. He wanted to get a scholarship to college so that he would not be a financial burden for his parents.

Supreme Court building, Washington, DC, USA. Front facade.
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The Supreme Court is choosing not to take on a new case on partisan redistricting for now. Instead, the justices are sending a dispute over North Carolina's heavily Republican congressional districting map back to a lower court for more work.

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Updated 4:10 p.m.

North Carolina General Assembly committees have advanced proposed constitutional amendments addressing judicial vacancies, crime victims' rights and the composition of the state elections board.

FT. BRAGG STORIES: 'It Was A Hard Time'

Jun 24, 2018
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Lieutenant Colonel Frank Miller served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam before retiring to Fayetteville to run a grocery store in the late 60s and early 70s.

 The Boulevard Supermarket on Bragg Boulevard was a small mom-and-pop store catering to the many young G.I's who cycled through Fort Bragg on their way to the Vietnam war.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission staff collect and sort dead fish at White Lake, N.C., in May 2018.
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“Look at that boat right yonder. They’re going around picking up dead fish,” says a man who identifies himself on YouTube as Kyle McGee.

An hour or so before sixth grade student Tucker composed a metaphor poem in his language arts class, he started his school day off with soccer. Much of the learning at The Catamount School happens through creating and experiences.
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On a recent spring morning, kids at the Catamount School in Sylva kick soccer balls into multiple goals on a field outside their school. The day has just begun at the school, which is nestled in the mountains of Jackson County in western North Carolina.

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There is plenty of debate over whether an algae bloom, or chemicals, or a combination of the two led to the devastating fish kill on White Lake in Bladen County, NC. What is clear, is more than 100,000 fish of various species, including hearty largemouth bass, floated up to the surface and washed ashore starting in May.

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He was raised in “the bottoms” section of Durham, but Ernie Barnes would leave the Triangle to become one of the most recognizable black artists of the time. Anyone who has ever seen the opening credits of the sitcom “Good Times,” has seen the art of Ernie Barnes.

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 Last year, the Craven Arts Council and Gallery asked Jon Shain to do a tribute show featuring the music of W.C. Handy. He decided to take on the musical challenge of turning music for cornet and big band into music that a solo guitar and singer could perform. He transcribed hours of old piano music and listened to hours of full band recordings of Handy’s music. He re-arranged the music to work for solo guitar and voice.

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The legislature’s Republican majority pushed forward several proposed constitutional amendments they hope will boost voter turnout in their favor this fall. Among the potential ballot measures, a photo ID requirement for North Carolina voters, the preservation of fishing and hunting as a way of life and a cap on personal income tax.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
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North Carolina Republicans have been thwarted by veto and federal judges this decade to require photo identification to vote. Now they're hoping state residents will cement the mandate by amending the state constitution.

The glass panes in the Forest Aviary at the North Carolina zoo need replacement, according to Zoo officials.
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The North Carolina Zoo has a $20 million backlog of maintenance projects. But the zoo can't touch the funding from the Connect N.C. bond initiative for things like a new aviary dome or HVAC system, according to Director Pat Simmons. That’s because the $25 million in bond money has been set aside for an Australia and Asia exhibit, which Simmons said is also necessary.

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Tommy Wiseau’s film “The Room” is a textbook example of a cult movie. It made less than $2000 when it first opened in Los Angeles in 2003, got terrible reviews, and is dubbed by some the “Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Yet years later it became a huge hit.

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Two more employees have been attacked by an inmate at North Carolina's Central Prison.

The Department of Public Safety said in a news release that the latest attack happened Wednesday morning in a dining area at the prison in Raleigh.

Who Will Be The Next WUNC Music Trivia Champ?

Jun 21, 2018

Assemble your music trivia savvy friends and bone up on local music facts. It's time for the second in our series of WUNC Music Trivia Nights. And, it's happening Wed., June 27 at Local 506 in Chapel Hill.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the quiz starts at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded from Schoolkids, Yep Roc, Local 506 and Festival for the Eno. Keep reading for a couple of hints that will give you a leg up on the competition.

Uriel Rodriguez, 12, watches on as other speakers prepare to take the podium at the "Families Belong Together" rally to protest a recent Trump administration policy of separating families detained after illegally crossing the Mexico border.
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Protesters gathered in Raleigh last night for a rally against the policy of separating families who cross the southern border illegally.

The sponsors of the proposed constitutional  amendment to cap North Carolina's personal income tax at 5.5 percent present the measure to the House Rules committee. Pictured are Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln), at the podium, and Sen. Tommy Tucker (R-Union),
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Lawmakers put in a busy day in Raleigh Wednesday, completing the override of two gubernatorial vetoes and advancing proposed constitutional amendments.

Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas, of Community United Church of Christ, leads a prayer with area clergy on Wed., June 20, 2018 at One Table United Methodists Church in Raleigh.
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Faith leaders, immigrants and their neighbors gathered today in Raleigh to recognize World Refugee Day.

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The number of women in STEM is growing, but large barriers remain. A new study shows that experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace have a long-term, negative impact on women faculty in sciences, engineering and medicine and diminish both their scientific productivity and opportunities for advancement.

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During the summer of 2015, a Charlotte woman was sexually assaulted by a stranger. She believes she knows who her attacker is, but for the past three years she has struggled to find justice. A year ago, she took her story to WFAE, the NPR affiliate in Charlotte, and they decided to turn her journey into a podcast.

Rozalind MacPhail playing flute in front of a movie being shown.
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Canadian multi-instrumentalist Rozalind MacPhail fell in love with Wilmington when she was stationed there for an artist residency as part of the Cucalorus Festival. She was inspired to create an audiovisual project featuring short films about why people feel connected to the city.

Rendering of the Oak City Center, which is scheduled to open in February 2019.
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Wake County officials broke ground this morning on a community center for people experiencing, or at imminent risk, of homelessness.

Abbie Szymanski runs the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness. She said the new Oak City Cares center will offer a one-stop coordinated intake process to let clients access numerous services. This alleviates the client's burden of traveling from one shelter or agency to another and having to explain their story ad nauseam, Szymansky said.

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Lawmakers are expected to send forth multiple proposed constitutional amendments in the coming days.

Jonathan Kappler, Executive Director of the NC Free Enterprise Foundation, joins the podcast to discuss the electoral effects of those possible changes. He and WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii talk about a SCOTUS redistricting punt, the passing of a UNC-system chancellor, and the best beach in NC.

A North Carolina Public Schools bus in Orange County.
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Lawmakers focused on improving school safety for months have planned to address a significant shortage of school psychologists, but none of the related bills filed by legislators look like they are going anywhere during this legislative session. 

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Late last month more than 50 people in Brooklyn were hospitalized after what law enforcement believes was exposure to synthetic marijuana. The issue hit closer to home this month after a story broke that a Durham County resident experienced severe bleeding presumably from the same thing.

Image of cartoon man standing in mountains on poster from documentary 'Fenn's Searchers'
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When Forrest Fenn was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decided to give away some of his wealth in an unconventional way. Fenn is a collector, and he buried his gold, rare coins, and gems in a treasure chest and left a riddle leading to its location.

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For James Roy Gorham, growing up in the small farming community of Falkland, NC was full of tough lessons, and he learned many of them from his father.

an offshore drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico
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The mayor of Nags Head says members of Congress should vote down a draft bill on offshore drilling.

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