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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Now that Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress (however narrowly), they will probably approve a new round of federal borrowing to bail out state and local governments with shaky finances.

The Jensen Project, an Ohio-based nonprofit organization working to halt sexual violence, shared the following column in support of local efforts to observe January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and in response to the recent death of 16-year-old Greenville girl who had been the victim of trafficking. Policies the column promotes for Ohio can apply to North Carolina, the group suggested.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

As Joe Biden takes office as the nation’s 46th president, one number should be deeply disturbing to anyone who cares about the health of democracy. That number is 32: the percentage of Americans who told an ABC/Washington Post poll that Biden “did not legitimately win” the November election. The doubters include 7 of 10 Republicans and 6 of 10 self-identified conservatives.


Saturday, January 23, 2021

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for…

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” — I Timothy 2:1-2.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools officials have transferred a significant portion of state coronavirus relief funds to pay for chromebooks, iPads, classroom supplies and other costs associated with educating students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy, North Carolina officials and a conservation group announced Monday an agreement on how the utility pays to get rid of coal ash stored in the state. The proposed settlement would shift an estimated $1.1 billion in expenses away from customers over the next de…

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials are shifting the state's COVID-19 vaccination distribution strategy toward mass clinics in an effort to turn the corner on a slow rollout. But it's leading to frustration for some hospital systems that have had their anticipated vaccine allocatio…

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — These North Carolina lotteries were drawn Monday:

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STOCKHOLM — Sweden's foreign minister says people in the Scandinavian country shouldn't expect to be able to travel globally during Easter as Sweden extended the advice to avoid unnecessary trips to countries outside the European Union and the Schengen area.

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BANGKOK (AP) — Shares opened higher in Europe on Tuesday after a broad retreat in Asia driven by renewed worries that troubles with COVID vaccine rollouts and the spread of new variants of coronavirus might delay a recovery from the pandemic.

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In the first week of December, Portugal’s prime minister gave his pandemic-weary people an early Christmas gift: restrictions on gatherings and travel due to COVID-19 would be lifted from Dec. 23-26 so they could spend the holiday season with family and friends.

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