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The North Carolina General Assembly remains poised to make open government history next week when lawmakers return to Raleigh for the last tim…

"Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet." For most of his life, Michael Tubbs has carried around that verse, from Tupac Shakur's poem "The Rose that Grew from Concrete," like a mantra in his head — a reminder to himself of where he came from and why it matters. When Tubbs was 6, his father was ...

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The acreage that Kim Byung-rok bought on a quiet mountain in South Korea a few years ago was meant for farming and fresh air. But after the pandemic hit, he offered a big chunk of it to the local government, figuring it could be put to good use helping others.

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When government forces businesses to close (even if it is for a pandemic), it’s a “taking” in the legal sense.  And we can think about $3 trillion in federal bailout spending as “just compensation” to businesses and employees for that taking.  Basically, we have decided to borrow from future generations in an attempt to stop a virus and save the economy.

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It happened once again with Hurricane Florence. Whenever North Carolina is in crisis - such as with storms or other catastrophes – we collecti…

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