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5:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Government Prayer Case. What's It Mean For Rowan Co. Dispute?

The Rowan County Commission praying at the beginning of its October 21, 2013 meeting
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Prayers in government meetings have received a lot of attention in North Carolina. The ACLU has sued the Rowan County Commission, and another group has threatened to sue the Union County Commission for what they say are “sectarian prayers.”

As the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a similar case from New York next week, we explore what the case could mean for North Carolina.


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Local News
9:27 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Union County Appeals $91 Million School Verdict

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The dispute between Union County and its schools is not finished.  Union County commissioners have decided to appeal the jury’s verdict that the county owes the district $91 million. 


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Local News
7:30 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Jury Decides Union County Owes Its Schools $91 Million

Union County Courthouse
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Union County Public Schools has scored a victory.  After a two-month long trial, a jury has decided Union County owes the district a whopping $91 million. 

“To be perfectly honest, I’m in awe and humbled at the number,” says school board chairman Richard Yercheck. 

“I think whoever tells you they’re not surprised at a verdict of $91 million would be lying to you,” says attorney Richard Schwartz who represented the district.

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Local News
9:09 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Cabarrus Among Nine 'Code Red' Counties With Food Stamp Delays

A vintage food stamp.
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In Cabarrus County, low-income families are having to wait more than two months on average to get food stamps. The delays are tied to a new system the state has made all counties use since March. Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Union are among nine counties the state says have struggled the most with it.


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Local News
5:28 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Legal Fees Mount As Union Co., Union Schools Argue Over $8 Million

Union County Courthouse
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Union County Schools and Union County are having their day in court due to a budget dispute.  It’s actually been much more than a day.  To be exact, the two sides have been going at it in court for 23 days now and the legal fees are mounting.     


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Local News
6:15 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Union County School Board To Take County Commission To Court

School districts often complain that counties don’t give them enough money.  But Union County School officials are doing more than griping.  They’re taking the Union County commission to court.  

Union County commissioners approved a budget for this year about $8 million short of what the school board says the district needs.  The school board pushed back and the negotiations ended up in mediation.  After a five hour session today, school board chairman Richard Yercheck says the two sides are at an impasse.

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Local News
11:36 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Union Schools And County Budget Dispute Comes To Mediation And Lawsuit

Relations between school districts and counties can get tense during budget season.  But it’s way beyond that in Union County.  The school board has brought in a mediator and the county has sued the school district for financial information. 


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