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    CJ Reports: Raleigh attorneys offer quality legal services to poor from RV

    Seventy percent of North Carolina households have civil legal needs, and according to a recent story in Carolina Journal by reporter Leonard Robinson III, 80 percent of the civil legal needs for low-income populations go unmet. This lack of services means that low-income persons can often go without any…
    Brenee Goforth, June 24, 2019
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    How government can hire better

    Since 2013, the number of government job postings has increased 11% but the number of applicants has fallen 35%. A recent report the National Association of State Chief Admistrators considers why this is and what governments can do to attract more people. Job applicants see government work as safe…
    Joseph Coletti, June 24, 2019
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    Becki Gray On “After Spin”: What Do We Do With Toxic Materials In Solar Panels?

    “This is an impending crisis. This could be the next coal ash pollution problem.” Becki Gray recently made this comment on NC SPIN’s online series “After SPIN.” The potential crisis Gray is the looming environmental issue of solar panel disposal. Solar panels contain toxic materials, and experts estimate the lifespan…
    Brenee Goforth, June 24, 2019
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    Trump admin gives bike and pedestrian paths big goose egg

    Via McClatchy publication Charlotte Observer—a breakdown of federal Department of Transportation grants under the Trump administration. Note bike and pedestrian paths get the big goose egg. I that says quite a bit about the ongoing discussion over fantasies about how people should travel versus the reality of how…
    Sam Hieb, June 24, 2019
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    Berger labels governor’s budget priorities ‘Cooper’s Big Secret’

    Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, has fired the latest round in the ongoing N.C. state budget battle. From Berger’s office: Cooper’s Big Secret Governor still hasn’t shared any compromise proposals on anything in the budget Cooper’s compromise is the biggest secret in town Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Roy Cooper…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019
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    They’ve Got Something to Hide

    The South China Morning Post reports: Beijing on Thursday ordered a suspension of history exams run by a US non-profit organisation for students seeking credit at American colleges, as the ruling Communist Party cracks down on educational material it deems unfriendly.
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2019
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    Steven Pinker on the Need for “Factfulness”

    The Harvard Gazette recently asked Pinker, “What is one thing wrong with the world that you would change, and why?” His response: Too many leaders and influencers, including politicians, journalists, intellectuals, and academics, surrender to the cognitive bias of assessing the world through anecdotes and images rather…
    Jon Guze, June 24, 2019
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    Martin Center column contrasts strong liberal arts with a ‘cafeteria-style’ curriculum

    Christian Barnard writes for the Martin Center about problems linked to N.C. colleges’ curricula. There are a lot of good reasons to question the value of a traditional college degree. Tuition costs have been rising at a rate that’s almost eight times faster than wage growth, and yet survey…
    Mitch Kokai, June 24, 2019