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You may have heard the phrase “a sound basic education.” North Carolina has the responsibility to give every child in the state an opportunity to one. It was one of the main findings of a long, protracted court case commonly called Leandro. That case confirmed North Carolina’s system for funding schools is good enough for most students, but that the state has failed its most vulnerable kids.

WFAE’s Lisa Worf took a closer look at Leandro, as part of a collaboration with NPR’s project on school funding. She wrote about North Carolina’s pre-kindergarten program that partly arose from that case. Lisa joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry with a big-picture look at Leandro.

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The City of Kannapolis is searching for a developer for the first in a planned series of projects that officials hope will transform 50 acres in the city’s old downtown. The City Council gave its go-ahead Monday night.

Thousands Demonstrate For, Against HB2 In Raleigh

Apr 26, 2016

North Carolina lawmakers were met by thousands of demonstrators on the first day of the legislative session. Dueling crowds met outside of the legislative building showing support or opposition to the controversial House Bill 2. WUNC's Jorge Valencia filed this report.  

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This Saturday, the North Carolina Republican Party will hold an unusual vote, whether or not to expel their current chairman.

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Prosecutors are preparing to retry the case involving an alleged gang member, accused of fatally shooting a Chester, SC, city councilman in 2014. A deadlocked jury led the judge to declare the case a mistrial this past weekend.

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A federal judge in Winston-Salem ruled Monday night that North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul is constitutional. The U.S. Justice Department, the North Carolina NAACP and others sued over the 2013 law, calling it one of the most restrictive in the nation. WFAE's Michael Tomsic joined Marshall Terry to walk through the decision.

  Supporters and opponents of House Bill 2 both rallied near the legislature Monday, as lawmakers returned for the new session. And as they returned, four Democratic representatives introduced a bill to repeal the controversial law.

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In uptown Monday night, the Charlotte Hornets look to even their playoff series against the Miami Heat. The home team has won each game so far.

The North Carolina General Assembly is back in session today. Governor McCrory and Senate leader Phil Berger have laid out their priorities. They include teacher raises that average 5 percent, and leaving HB2 mostly intact - although the governor does want a provision repealed that deals with the right to sue. But what about the priorities of lawmakers in the Charlotte area? Morning Edition host Marshall Terry talks to WFAE's David Boraks.

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Darwin called them “disgusting.”  The biblical books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy call them “unclean.”   Vultures have a generally bad reputation, but experts point out that the carnivorous birds play vital ecological roles.  

In recent decades, vulture populations around the world have been plummeting, primarily due to human behaviors. WFAE's Mark Rumsey got some insights on vultures from Dr. Corinne Kendall, Associate Curator of Conservation and Research at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. Dr. Kendall is involved in international efforts to protect endangered vultures.