Kari Travis - Carolina Journal News Service

Kari Travis - Carolina Journal News Service

RALEIGH — Andrew Ross, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan, in January was working private security for a cross-country delivery of hemp. Ross’s task was simple: Guard a truckload of state-approved industrial hemp, grown in Kentucky, and bound for Colorado.

RALEIGH  — “This is my anti-Semitic song.”  Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar said those words March 22 as he performed on a stage at UNC Chapel Hill’s Global Education Center. 

RALEIGH — Dan Gerlach has been named interim chancellor of East Carolina University.

RALEIGH — Graham Stanley was a drug user with no criminal background. At 25-years-old, he was caught and sentenced to a mandatory minimum of between 14.5 and 17.5 years in North Carolina prison.

GREENSBORO — Margaree Brown grew up in Everetts, North Carolina. Her high school had fewer than 400 students. Her graduating class was a group of just 40.

RALEIGH — In 2013, North Carolina launched “Read To Achieve," which was supposed to help lagging kids reach literacy by third grade. Six years and $150 million later, the state has seen little success.

RALEIGH — When describing access to public records, “slow” is the first word that comes to mind, Ken Eudy, a senior adviser to Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday, March 11, during a talk on government transparency at Elon University.

RALEIGH — This isn’t "Taken."

Unlike the portrayals popularized by Liam Neeson’s 2008 film thriller, human trafficking victims are rarely snatched during vacation getaways or from coffee shops, and they are rarely sympathetic characters with squeaky clean backgrounds, Libby Coles, chairwoman of the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission, told Carolina Journal.

RALEIGH — The North Carolina General Assembly lags behind most other states as one of seven state governments that doesn’t offer video of any legislative sessions or committees.

RALEIGH — Western Governors University has partnered with the USO of North Carolina to offer eight $2,500 scholarships to members of the state’s military community.

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