Nine wins well within reach for Wolfpack

For NC State, the bar is set at nine wins, at a minimum, with third place in the Atlantic Division eminently attainable. Ten wins and a solid, attractive bowl game are within reach – and with an upset or two and some help elsewhere, perhaps even a very slim shot at the division title.

Budget standoff in historic territory

The latest state budget extension – the third of the ongoing lawmaking session – has set a new deadline of Sept. 18 for final passage of a state budget that was supposed to take effect on July 1.

NC teachers being ‘voluntarily exploited’

Gene Nichol: The level of commitment, professionalism and selfless dedication demonstrated daily by heroes like NaShonda Cooke, Angela Scioli, Brendan Fetters and the other teachers they represent can barely be comprehended. And they work for basic salaries that embarrass both them and North Carolina, in an education system dramatically stacked against the poor children to whom they have dedicated their lives.

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ECH quarterback Brater Gerber talking about Alston and RB Koby Andrade. Video by Elliott Warnock,