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Court blocks parts of new NC voting law

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video A federal appeals court panel is ordering parts of North Carolina's strict new voting law set aside for next month's elections because it is likely to disenfranchise black voters. Full story...
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Complaint says NC hog farms hurt minorities

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A complaint filed with the federal government says North Carolina's regulation of hog farms causes problems for minority residents. The Charlotte Observer reported that three groups filed a complaint this week with the Environmental Protection Agency saying those living near hog farms suffer from strong odors and contaminated water. Full story...
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HAPPENING TODAY: Union, NAACP plan several Labor Day rallies across NC

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Union and civil rights leaders are joining together for a series of rallies and news conferences across North Carolina on Labor Day. The #TalkUnion tour kicks off Monday morning in Raleigh. Full story...
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Alice Walker will speak in Wilmington

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videoThe author of The Color Purple is coming to Wilmington. The co-chair of the Civil and Human Rights Award Luncheon, Stanley Moses, says the Pulitzer Prize winners visit stems from a controversy in our area over one of her books. 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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Community group to mark 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

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videoThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed it into law July 2, 1964. In honor of the landmark event, Countywide Community Development Corporation is hosting "Celebrate the Dream." Full story...
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Wilmington 10 documentary makes world premier

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video The two-hour film produced by Wilmington Journal reporter Cash Michaels documents the history behind Wilmington's infamous civil rights-era prosecution. Pictures, articles and interviews tell the story of the ten people accused and convicted of firebombing a Wilmington grocery store in 1971. Full story...
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Civil rights sit-in pioneer Franklin McCain dies

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Franklin McCain, who helped spark a movement of nonviolent, sit-in protests across the South by occupying a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter in 1960, has died in North Carolina. He was 73. Full story...
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Trooper, wife file civil rights suit against Brunswick County sheriff

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videoA Brunswick County couple says the sheriff has been harassing them for years. They say they became targets after they made a contribution to one of John Ingram's political rivals in 2010. Full story...

NC honors Julius Chambers for his work for state

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A Charlotte attorney who became a leader in the 1960s struggle for civil rights in North Carolina is being honored one more time after his death. Julius Chambers on Tuesday became the second recipient of the state's Spirit of North Carolina Award. Full story...
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50 years later, impact of 'I Have a Dream' speech still felt in Wilmington

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video Wednesday marks the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, "I Have a Dream" speech from the Lincoln Memorial. Students in the Port City are honoring Dr. King by dreaming dreams of their own.political rallies which also happened to be a turning point in the civil rights movement. Full story...
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This Day in NC History: Woolworth protests launch national sit-in movement

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On February 1, 1960, four African American college students sat down at the lunch counter at Woolworth’s Department Store in downtown Greensboro and asked to be served. Full story...
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Federal probe finds NC courts discriminate

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A federal investigation has determined the North Carolina court system routinely discriminates against those who do not speak English, resulting in harsher penalties and longer jail sentences. Full story...
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Family of disabled student files complaint against New Hanover Co. Schools

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videoA second family has filed a civil rights complaint against New Hanover County Schools. According to the group NC Fear Free Education, the family of a child enrolled in the school district filed a 98-page complaint yesterday with the Office of Civil Rights division of the US Department of Education. Full story...
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NC school choice advocates celebrate good year

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A former Durham community activist who later became school superintendent in Wisconsin's largest city is praising new North Carolina laws favoring school choice. Full story...
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