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HB2 deal: Money fears drive bargain between lawmakers, governor

The word out of Raleigh late Wednesday was that Republican legislators and Gov. Roy Cooper have worked out a deal that would repeal and replace the law known as HB2. The law, passed last year, requires people to use the...

Trump's budget cuts: Taxpayers deserve a break from increasing federal spending

President Donald Trump is proposing reductions in federal spending for a number of social programs, with some of the cuts proving not to be very popular, even among some members of his own party. The White House's proposed budget cuts...

Manhood: Boys need father figures to help them become good men

The Father-Son Summit held at Refuge Temple Church this past week served as an example of how men are supposed to serve as mentors to boys. Many of society's ills can be traced to a lack of leadership by fathers...

Proud: Gala underlines importance of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to national security

The Friends of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base held its annual gala on Saturday night, and there was the usual praise for the base, which is always ranked among the Air Force's finest. That status could become even more important...

Override: GOP dominated legislature has grip on power in state

The Republican-led legislature flexed its muscles this week and handed new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper the first big defeat of his term by overriding Cooper's veto of a bill that makes district and superior court elections partisan again. Cooper had...

Good cause: Take part in fundraiser and help send a youth to camp

The Salvation Army women's auxiliary will hold its annual barbecue fundraiser Thursday at lunch at the Salvation Army on William Street. We hope you will take the time to participate in this good cause. Proceeds are used to send children...

Health care reform: Repeal of Obamacare faces uncertain future

The House is expected to vote on the proposed Republican repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, this week. But after weeks of trying to craft acceptable legislation it remains a big if. Moderates and conservatives within...

Chuck Berry: Rock 'n' roll pioneer passes into American music legend

American music lost one of its pillars this weekend with the passing of guitarist extraordinaire Chuck Berry. Berry, who was 90, set the standard for a generation of younger rock 'n' guitar players who copied everything about him and his...

Cooper's veto: Governor was right to veto judge election bill

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislation last week that would have made the elections of local judicial races partisan again. We don't agree with Cooper on a lot of things, but we think he was right to exercise his veto power...

Travel ban: U.S. district court judge blocks second Trump order

A U.S. district court judge has again blocked a presidential directive from Donald Trump to halt the flow of refugees and asylum seekers from several predominantly Muslim countries. This is the second time that a Trump executive order on the...

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