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    Details of education department cuts emerge

    WRAL reports that the State Board of Education approved their initial cuts to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget.  The $2.5 million in cuts were mandated by the General Assembly in an effort to reduce the state’s sizable public education bureaucracy. Measures that will reduce overhead expenditures…
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2017
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    Senate Trying To Cobble Together Votes To Proceed With Debate Over House Health Care Bill

    This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to get the 50 votes he needs to initiate debate on various proposed amendments to the House’s ‘Obamacare repeal and replace’ bill. Not surprisingly, there has yet to be a single amendment that GOP Senators can agree on to be sent over…
    Katherine Restrepo, July 25, 2017
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    The solar lobby wants to squelch any and all talk of costs. Why?

    There is absolutely no excuse for NC State University, a seat of higher learning, to oppose educational efforts, silence its own researchers, and fight giving people complete information.
    Jon Sanders, July 25, 2017
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    State funds for downtown revitalization. Now they just need a downtown.

    News & Observer reports on the $30,000 appropriation for Cleveland (N.C.) for “downtown revitalization.” Problem is–Cleveland–located in Johnston County outside Raleigh–has never incorporated, so there is no downtown: North Carolina legislators this summer earmarked $30,000 for Cleveland, a fast-growing crossroads community of shopping centers and subdivisions that does not…
    Sam Hieb, July 25, 2017
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    College students need to study more than just the classes that sound good to them

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center takes aim at the UNC-Chapel Hill curriculum. Recently, a general education course at UNC-Chapel Hill, “Big-Time College Sports,” was canceled. This sparked controversy after the course’s professor, Jay Smith, argued that the class, which he had taught in previous semesters, was axed because…
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2017
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    Leandro: The Neverending Story

    According to the News & Observer, the Leandro court case is alive and well. Signaling a new era in a long-running public school lawsuit, the two sides in the landmark Leandro case on Monday requested an independent consultant to suggest additional steps to the state to improve education for…
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2017
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    Does Popularity = Power?

    This talk by the author of Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World will reveal how we can address popularity dynamics in our past and today to lead happier, more successful, and healthier lives. Save your seat for Monday’s presentation by Mitch Prinstein here.
    Donna Martinez, July 25, 2017
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    An argument for firing Jeff Sessions … but not because of Russian nonsense

    Glenn Reynolds explains at USA Today why he would get rid of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to steal from you. Oh, he doesn’t call it that. He calls it “civil forfeiture.” But what it is, is theft by law enforcement. Sessions should…
    Mitch Kokai, July 25, 2017