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A view of a damaged trailer in Haywood County, NC, after historic flooding. Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency in Haywood County after the heavy rainfall from Tropical Depression Fred devastated the area, putting businesses under 6 feet of water and mud and killing several.l 
Climate scientists warn that climate change will produce more frequent and violent storms in the years to come. (Photo by Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Climate Change Is Not a Warning for North Carolina – It’s Already Here.

A rural North Carolina advocate on the need for big climate change and infrastructure plans to offset the impacts on farms and families.

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Union County’s School Board Is Unfit for Office

By abandoning quarantine and contact tracing, Union County school leaders have put their children and staff in an impossible situation.

At work in DC in December 2001, Eva Clayton was a trailblazing former congresswoman from North Carolina. She was also a longtime local leader in Warren County, NC. (Getty Images)
Trailblazing US Rep. Eva Clayton: The Virus is Winning the Race in Rural North Carolina

The low vaccination numbers and lack of health care access make for a deadly combo in rural places.

As North Carolina schools reopen, public health leaders will face pressure to require the COVID-19 vaccine. (Image via Shutterstock)
NC’s Public Schools Already Require Vaccines. The COVID-19 Vaccine Should Be One of Them.

If and when a COVID-19 vaccine is cleared for younger children, North Carolina’s schools should add it to the list of required immunizations.

A North Carolina leader in women's rights explains why the Equality Act isn't just about LGBTQ people. It's about protecting all women. (Image via Shutterstock)
The Equality Act Isn’t Just About LGBTQ People. It Would Protect All Women.

On Women's Equality Day, a NC leader in women's rights calls for federal protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones stands for a portrait at her home in New York, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. A controversy over tenure at UNC-Chapel Hill has supercharged debates in North Carolina about teaching the state's history of racism in K-12 and higher education. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
‘What Gets Taught Matters’: Why North Carolina Must Confront Its History of Racism

The author of a North Carolina history book explains why it’s so crucial for the state’s K-12 students to understand our state’s history of racism.

Teachers dance during a protest outside the state capitol in Raleigh, North Carolina on May, 16 2018.  The state has struggled to recruit and retain teachers in the last decade. But K-12 researchers are particularly concerned with a shortfall of Black and brown teachers in a state where the majority of students are students of color. (Photo by Logan Cyrus / AFP)        (Photo credit should read LOGAN CYRUS/AFP via Getty Images)
North Carolina Students Really Need Black and Brown Teachers

A diverse teaching staff can boost test scores and attendance for students of color. It can also be a matter of life or death.