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More than 90 Wake County schools are closed for transfer requests

The Wake County school system’s “hardship transfer period,” that runs until May 16, is the last time that families of current students can request a different school assignment for the 2016-17 school year. But 92 of Wake’s 171 schools are closed for transfer requests unless parents can show a compelling enough reason that their children should be let in.

What’s next in battle between NC and federal government over HB2?

Even before House Speaker Tim Moore made it clear Thursday that a political showdown could be ahead between the state and federal governments over the future of House Bill 2, questions swirled about what might happen if neither side blinks. As often is the case with legal questions, there is no simple answer.

HB2: Who did this to us? We did – Gov. Jim Martin

The federal courts could overrule HB2, depending frankly on which set of judges hears it on appeal. By the time it reaches the Supreme Court, it may again depend on the presidential winner. The saner course would be for the General Assembly to take up the issue, which it has effectively tabled, conduct thoughtful hearings, and work out a reasonable balance of interests. Let reason and fairness prevail.

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Young refugee from Myanmar finds new home in Durham

Couple took in a teenager and made her part of their family

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Taters Everywhere! - Truck dumps 50,000 pounds of potatoes, closing NC highway

Interstate 77 near Charlotte, N.C. was closed Friday after a tractor-trailer wrecked and spilled 50,000 pounds of potatoes.
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