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Morehouse becomes first HBCU to claim moot court title
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Morehouse College Moot Court team beat out hundreds of contenders to become the first historically black institution to earn a national title in the law skills competition. Morehouse defeated seven-time champion Patrick Henry College, 3-2, to claim top honors at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s 2014-15 national championship last
Son of ex-slave who fought in Union army dies
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
RALEIGH – Luke Martin Jr., the son of an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died – 179 years after his father was born. Martin was 97 when he died Sunday at his home in New Bern, North Carolina, said his daughter, Fannie Martin-Williams. Her father, who suffered from congestive heart failure and other ailments, had been in declining
MLK estate drops lawsuit against King Center over licensing
Monday, January 26, 2015
ATLANTA — With the dismissal of one of two lawsuits that effectively pitted them against each other, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children took a step last week toward resolving the issues that have divided them in recent years. The Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit it had filed in August 2013 against
Big splashes unlikely as NC lawmakers start 2015 session
Saturday, January 24, 2015
RALEIGH – The General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday following a two-week hiatus from opening-day ceremonies to get down to passing legislation for the next two years. The third consecutive Republican-led legislature seems more content with measured governing rather than making splashes with early-session legislation as in 2011 and 2013. Still, GOP
State courts head into the budget session stripped
Thursday, January 22, 2015
About this time last year, John Smith, the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, approached state lawmakers, hat in hand, with modest requests for court funding. His budget had been slashed repeatedly since the recession, and Smith knew it would likely be a target once again as the General Assembly went into the short session. The court
What’s at stake for North Carolina’s public schools?
Thursday, January 22, 2015
As members of the North Carolina General Assembly make their way back to Raleigh last week for the 2015 legislative session, many have education at the top of their agendas, which is no surprise given that the lion’s share of the state budget is devoted to public schools. After years of frozen salaries, the busy 2014 session saw large pay bumps for

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Organization helps Durham get ‘REAL’ about poverty

DURHAM – According to census.gov information from 2009-13, over 18 percent of Durham