There have been Muslims living in North Carolina for decades. In fact, some of the very first Muslims in our state were African slaves who were brought here in the 18th century. People just didn't really take much notice of the Muslims around them until 9/11 and other high profile acts of terrorism committed by radical extremists claiming to be Muslims.
We rarely produce a documentary on a topical issue related to our legislature or our criminal justice system that doesn't generate strong opposing opinions. Our documentary, "Justice and Redemption," about our state's Drug Treatment Courts is an exception. We did not personally encounter, hear about or read about anyone who thinks they are a bad idea.
The growth of our state's wine industry is a great economic success story, particularly in the Yadkin Valley area where it's helping fill the void left after the decline of textiles and tobacco. No one can say for sure whether our state will ever rival California in the wine marketplace, but the road to that pinnacle may start at home.
Taylor's case reveals many of the flaws in our adversarial criminal justice system where police are under pressure to close cases and prosecutors are under pressure to win cases.
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What's on Tap: Dishcrawl through Durham's Five Points
Dishcrawl events have diners visit four restaurants, sampling small plates and learning about each restaurant.
Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson asked lawmakers Monday to increase North Carolina's competitiveness in teacher pay and recruitment by exempting public school teachers from having to pay any personal state income taxes.
I recently celebrated my 34th anniversary with Capitol Broadcasting Company. Friends, colleagues and viewers marked the occasion by asking me what stood out as my most rewarding assignment over those years. The answer came quickly - serving as one of the country's first environmental news reporters on television.
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Five Faves: Best day trips
The Triangle is just about perfectly situated for day trippers. Here are some of the best ways to spend a day, see your home state and still sleep in your own bed.
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Smart Shopper: Weekly meal plan
Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening or the week, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas on what to make with all the great deals you have bought on sale recently.
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