As activists mark more than 100 days of protest since the April 21 death of Andrew Brown Jr. — killed outside his Elizabeth City home as police officers served a warrant on drug charges — faith leaders are now voicing support for drug law reform.

ROCKY HOCK — Jim Parrish of JM Parrish and Son Farm in Rocky Hock grows crops including peanuts and cotton. Earlier this week, he said both are looking pretty good right now.

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The N.C. General Assembly has approved the appointment of Jason Waddell and James Copland IV as new members of the Elizabeth City State University Board of Trustees.

Thanks to a $10,000 grant, Elizabeth City State University plans to launch an academy for female high school students interested in aviation named for the first African American woman to hold a pilot license.

The Andrew Brown Jr. Journey to Justice March on Thursday marking the 100th day of peaceful protests in Elizabeth City since Brown’s shooting death apparently was performed without a city approved permit.

CURRITUCK — Currituck County officials have taken the unusual step of explaining in detail a decision by the county animal shelter to euthanize 52 cats, citing misinformation widely circulating in social media they said includes personal attacks on county employees.

RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday decided to reverse course from guidance he issued last week and will now urge all K-12 public school students and staff to be masked, even if they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

A couple of weeks after announcing his retirement from Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet, Erik Hooks is in line for a top federal emergency management post.

As part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s upcoming 231st anniversary, residents are invited to attend an online event honoring the men and women of the seagoing service.

Two area counties are seeing “high” community spread of COVID-19 and two others “substantial” spread, triggering the Centers for Disease Control’s new recommendation that their residents — including those vaccinated — wear masks when indoors in public places.