Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Indy Week Vol. 34 Issue 23, June 28 2017
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This is the first of a three-part investigation into North Carolina’s hog-farming industry. The article examines claims by lower-income African American residents of eastern North Carolina that neighboring hog farms have polluted their properties and efforts by lawmakers to shield pork producers from litigation.
A proposal to increase the age of juvenile jurisdiction in North Carolina could keep about eleven thousand teenagers out of the state's adult court system each year, beginning in December 2019. This would direct sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds charged with misdemeanors and two classes of nonviolent felonies to juvenile court.
The Senate unveiled a new health care bill. The bill is a tax cut funded by taking money away from programs that provide health care to lower-income individuals, especially children and those with disabilities. An analysis predicts what would happen to North Carolina’s Medicaid recipients if the health care reform passes.
The independent documentary Raising Bertie was filmed in Bertie County of eastern North Carolina. Shot over six years, the film tracks the lives of three young African American men as they grow from their teenage years into adulthood. The result is an intimate chronicle of growing up in a small, impoverished rural community, while facing racism.
June 23 was the sixtieth anniversary of the 1957 Royal Ice Cream sit-in, where seven African Americans demanded to be served inside the segregated Royal Ice Cream Parlor in north Durham and were arrested for it. The demonstration is often overlooked in civil rights history because sit-ins were not rampant at that time.