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Missouri police response raises questions about militarizing law enforcement

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videoThere's been a lot of attention this week on the use of military-grade equipment to deal with protests in Ferguson, MO. The protests bring some serious questions to light: Why does law enforcement have this kind of gear, and do they really need it? Full story...
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Gay marriage supporters push for quick NC ruling

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Lawyers challenging North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban say they will press for quick legal action after a federal appeals court found a similar law in Virginia is unconstitutional. Full story...
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Investigation claims WPD uses spy gear to snoop on citizens

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videoIs the Wilmington Police Department using spy gear to trick your cell phone into giving away private info? That's what the ACLU and New Hanover County's Public Defender believe. Full story...
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ACLU wants judge to put NC voter ID law on hold

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Advocacy groups are asking a federal judge to put key provisions of North Carolina's elections overhaul law on hold for the November election. Full story...
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ACLU questions if counties comply with prison law

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North Carolina sheriffs in 23 counties haven't responded to a request for written policies showing they're in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, but the head of their advocacy group says they may still be following the law. Full story...
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Lawyers in NC gay marriage case watching OK, Utah

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Lawyers on both sides of a federal lawsuit over North Carolina's 2012 prohibition of same-sex marriages say they are closely studying recent court rulings overturning similar bans in other states. Full story...
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Judge: No quick trial on NC voting law changes

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A federal judge in Winston-Salem says there will be no trial on North Carolina's voting law changes until after the 2014 elections. Full story...
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Council continues anti-gang ordinance to November meeting

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video It was being viewed as a tool to help Wilmington Police combat gang activity, but the ACLU of North Carolina viewed a gang ban in area parks as a potential excuse for profiling in at risk communities. Full story...
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ACLU concerned about Wilmington plan to ban gangs from parks

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videoThe American Civil Liberties Union says it has "serious concerns" about a proposal Wilmington City Council is considering that would ban gang members from city parks. If adopted, Wilmington would be the first city in the state to enact such a law. Full story...
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NC judge OKs Charlotte gang crackdown with new law

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A Mecklenburg County judge is the first to use a North Carolina law that forbids members of a street gang from having any contact with each other. Full story...
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ACLU to seek challenge of NC gay marriage ban

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The American Civil Liberties Union says it's looking for ways to challenge North Carolina's constitutional ban against same-sex marriages. Full story...
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ACLU: Marijuana arrests in NC racially biased

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The American Civil Liberties Union says new figures show arrests for marijuana possession are racially biased in the country and North Carolina, where blacks account for 50 percent of the arrests while comprising 22 percent of the population. Full story...
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Panel OKs tougher funeral protest penalties in NC

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Criminal penalties for people who disrupt a funeral or memorial service would get tougher under a bill approved by a House judiciary committee. Full story...
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NC groups talk mobilizing efforts against voter ID

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videoGroups opposed to likely legislation at the General Assembly this year requiring North Carolina citizens to show identification before voting in person already are rolling out a plan to fight it. Full story...
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Judge rules against NC anti-abortion license plate

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video A federal judge has squelched North Carolina's plans to offer an anti-abortion license plate, saying the state can't offer that viewpoint without also letting residents buy pro-choice plates. Full story...
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