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Sweepstakes halls face a catch-22

By Corey Friedman Video sweepstakes halls operating in the city of Wilson have the worst of both worlds. On one hand, city officials will charge the businesses $1,000 for each computer monitor, a nuisance fee of sorts for the high … Continue reading

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Reporter arrest at NAACP protest raises questions

By Corey Friedman Police raised thorny legal questions this week when they arrested a newspaper reporter covering an NAACP-led protest at the North Carolina General Assembly. Tim Funk, a religion writer for the Charlotte Observer, was charged with trespassing and … Continue reading

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Rapper arrested over canned tea

By William R. Toler A video posted on YouTube last week made its rounds across the internet Thursday featuring a man being hassled then arrested…over a can of tea. The video starts with a man identified as Xstrav (identified by … Continue reading

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A modern-day poll tax for public notices

By Corey Friedman In the Jim Crow days of the early 1900s, state officials imposed a poll tax to prevent African-Americans and poor whites from voting. It took a decades-long civil rights struggle and a Supreme Court verdict to reverse … Continue reading

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Mother could face jail time for sick child’s absences

By William R. Toler Christine Gray could find herself in jail if her daughter misses one more day of school. The Pitt County mother was found guilty of violating the State’s Compulsory Attendance Law earlier this year, according to NewsChannel … Continue reading

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Bill threatens public’s right to know

By Corey Friedman It could qualify as a Freudian slip — in a moment of curt clarity, a North Carolina lawmaker apparently showed us how he really feels about the public he was elected to serve. “I am the senator. … Continue reading

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Rustic living against living regulations

By William R. Toler Eustace Conway is a simple man. He lives off the land in the mountains of North Carolina and teaches others to do the same. But leave it to government to get in the way of someone’s … Continue reading

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Private college police reports should be public record

By Corey Friedman When a law is so hazy and imprecise that the state’s highest court can’t decide how to interpret it, all that’s left is for lawmakers to go back to the drawing board. Less than a month after … Continue reading

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N.C. town to charge extra for public records

By Corey Friedman North Carolina law tells us that the records state and local government keeps — from city budgets to meeting minutes to business permits —are the public’s property. “The public records and public information compiled by the agencies … Continue reading

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‘Screwed’ again…this time by the court

By William R. Toler “First, he was ‘screwed by the town of Cary,’…Now he’s been screwed by the Fourth Circuit…” That was the reaction of the IR’s Corey Friedman when he heard the news of a appealate court’s decision to … Continue reading

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Read our words: No new laws

By Corey Friedman When the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes later this month, a flurry of new bills will flood House and Senate committees. Some would add pages to the state’s already voluminous lawbooks, and we’re not convinced that’s a … Continue reading

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Grassroots activists hold “Honor the Oath” Rally in Raleigh

By Jordon Greene Free the Vote NC On Wednesday afternoon, North Carolina’s state legislators met in Raleigh, NC to open the 2013-2014 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly and to take their Oath of Office to start their new … Continue reading

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New governor shuts out public

By Corey Friedman [Note: This post orginally appeared in The Wilson Times, and the tense has been edited to reflect that it's already happened.] Gov. Pat McCrory overlooked the symbolic significance of shutting the public and the press out of … Continue reading

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Sweepstakes banned…again

By Corey Friedman Sweepstakes centers across North Carolina could be shuttered next year when authorities begin enforcing a law banning video sweepstakes games. Judges had blocked police and sheriff’s deputies from charging sweepstakes operators while a legal battle worked its … Continue reading

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NC lawmakers consider prescription for cold meds

By Corey Friedman The bottle of bleach in your laundry room can compromise a crime scene by destroying DNA, potentially setting a killer free. Freon, the refrigerant in home air conditioners, can be huffed as an intoxicant. And pseudoephedrine, the … Continue reading

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