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A closeup of a gavel in court.

Criminal Justice Reform Bill looks to hold those in law enforcement accountable

Grace Hall, Contributing Writer September 12, 2021
For those victims of police violence, Senate Bill 300 seems to be the light at the end of a tunnel. Finally, action is backing words, and seems to herald a new age in which law enforcement officers will be held to a higher standard, and more importantly, will be held accountable for their actions. While many in the police force aim to protect the American people at any cost, for those that go overboard and begin resorting to violence, it could be their new reckoning.
North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks chat before former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduces the Maximum Pressure Act against Iran on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

OPINION: Madison Cawthorn should be doing more to help the disabled community

Michael Friant, Contributing Writer August 5, 2021
Cawthorn should be using his platform to amplify that people with disabilities are in fact normal. He could do this in a variety of ways. First, he could talk about his own experiences as a person with a wheelchair. Undoubtedly, he has had these experiences and they have played a huge role in his life. Second, he could start weekly conversations with other people with disabilities in North Carolina which would not only amplify the disability community but also enlighten him as a representative of the people.
Democratic candidate Jeff Jackson is running for U.S. Senate.

Here are North Carolina’s candidates running for the Senate in 2022

Brenna Flanagan , Editor-in-Chief July 15, 2021

Since incumbent Senator Richard Burr announced he would not seek re-election in 2022, many North Carolinians have expressed interest in taking his place. The federal government already operates...

The Emmett Till statue is seen through protesters at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina demonstrating their anger over racial injustice on June 5, 2020.

Critical race theory and how it is affecting Wilmington

Andrew Lemon and Brenna Flanagan July 11, 2021

Over the past year, a new term has entered the political lexicon in the United States. Critical race theory, an theory in legal academia analyzing race as it relates to the framework of society, has taken...

New Hanover for All’s Ashley Daniels speaks at a press conference Monday, calling on the district attorney to drop charges against three prominent protesters in Wilmington who are accused of vandalizing property.

OPINION: DA must explain and reduce charges on Wilmington protesters

Michael Friant, Contributing Writer June 18, 2021
Although the DA’s office mysteriously dropped the charges, psychologically they won their case. This is because they made him an example of what they could do to future protesters. Any protesters familiar with his case will have second thoughts about whether to protest due to the simple fact that they might end up having to deal with legal consequences. Unfortunately, in many cases, these protesters will probably not protest in the future, which means David effectively silenced future demonstrations.
An offshore wind farm.

Wilmington could see more offshore wind farms after recent executive order

Andrew Lemon, Interim News Editor June 10, 2021
The order lays out targets for electricity production through offshore wind farms, calling for 2.8 gigawatts of offshore wind energy (approximately enough to power 2 million homes for a year) produced yearly by 2030, rising to eight gigawatts by 2040.
Plans for the construction on Military Cutoff Rd.

OPINION: Political leaders should use their power to accommodate for better transportation options

Michael Friant, Contributing Writer June 3, 2021
With the current housing crisis in Wilmington, a leader of his stature should use his power to boost the welfare of all his constituents. Rep. Rouzer should not have used one of his earmark requests to secure funds for a road expansion. He should offer an alternative that would be more efficient for everyone involved.  
Boxes of tampons are in a pharmacy in New York.

OPINION: Taxation of feminine hygiene products must stop

Trina Mclean, Contributing Writer May 11, 2021

The North Carolina General Assembly is pushing for the legislation of an act to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax. The products specified in the proposal are limited to: tampons, panty...

The North Carolina State Capitol Building in Raleigh, North Carolina.

North Carolina gains one new house seat

Veronica Wernicke, News Editor May 6, 2021
This additional seat will bring the total of North Carolina’s congressional districts to 14. Currently, North Carolina's representation in the House is held by eight Republicans and five Democrats. As of yet, there is not any indication on where the 14th district will be located, and that will be determined once the state legislature redraws the district lines.
Cannabis plant in flowering stage.

Photo by Matthew Sichkaruk on Unsplash

OPINION: Legalizing cannabis just makes economic sense

Nicolas Ziccardi, Assistant Opinion Editor April 22, 2021
While the moral arguments for and against cannabis legalization have been thoroughly played out and exhausted, the fiscal incentives and prerogative to legalize far outweigh any moral hesitations. North Carolina has taken the tax revenues from both alcohol and lottery ticket sales and financed public works projects and programs that make the best of potentially detrimental activities. 
A proposal that would legalize marijuana in Mexico has hit a snag in the Senate, casting its future in doubt.

North Carolina could be the next state to legalize cannabis

Andrew Lemon, Assistant News Editor April 12, 2021
This recent slate of cannabis legislation comes off the back of neighboring Virginia, which passed a bill for the substance's legalization to begin in July. 37 other states have already passed laws to legalize cannabis for medicinal use, with 15 states having legalized the substance for recreational purposes.
Boxes of tampons are in a pharmacy in New York.

North Carolina Senate proposes bill to exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax

Veronica Wernicke, News Editor April 9, 2021
As of April 7, the bill had been filed, passed first reading and referred to the Committee on Roles and Operations of the Senate. If passed, this bill would go into effect on Oct. 1, 2021, and would apply to sales made on or after this date. 
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