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Opinion Roundup: Huge UNC grant mired in Trump red tape

Posted June 6

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 -- A roundup of opinion and commentary on controversial UNC grant funding that's in jeopardy, the Supreme Court's latest North Carolina voting rights ruling, a new medicine effort in the eastern part of the state and more.

JAY PRICE: UNC Won $900,000 Grant, But Trump Administration Won't Send Money (WUNC-FM column) -- UNC-Chapel Hill is waiting for the federal government to release money awarded by the Obama Administration to fight jihadist and white supremacist extremism.. Nobody is sure if it will ever come.

Short and sweet (Greensboro News & Record) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said little Monday about the N.C. state House and Senate districts challenged as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. Yet, it said a lot:

ADAM LIPTAK: Justices Act on Voting Rights and Cellphone Privacy (New York Times column) -- The Supreme Court dealt North Carolina a setback on Monday in a voting rights case for the third time in recent weeks, affirming a decision that struck down many state legislative districts for relying too heavily on race. The court also ordered a lower court to reconsider whether racial gerrymandering in North Carolina required a special election this year. And in a third, separate ruling, the justices agreed to decide a major case on the privacy of cellphone records.

JESS BRAVIN: Supreme Court Upholds Rulings Against North Carolina Over Redistricting (Wall Street Journal column) -- The Supreme Court upheld findings that North Carolina lawmakers drew state legislative districts that discriminate against black voters, marking another defeat for the Republican-controlled state legislature.

TAYLOR KNOPF: ECU Helps Expand Telemedicine at Duplin County Schools (N.C. Health News column) -- East Carolina University is teaming up with Duplin County schools on a project to bring telemedicine directly to students in school.

SHERIFF JIMMY THORNTON: Suppressors make shooting safer (Fayetteville Observer column) -- One of the most important constitutional rights is our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. As a citizen and Sampson County sheriff, I am committed to protecting that right without intrusion from unnecessary government regulations. That is why I am calling on Congress to repeal a Prohibition-era law that puts firearm suppressors out of the reach of most law-abiding gun owners.

State’s economic disparity obvious along U.S. 74 (Wilmington Star-News) -- Many rural areas of North Carolina are hurting economically. That was obvious to us over the weekend as we traveled U.S. 74 across a good chunk of the state. We got a front-row view of the urban-rural divide, a disparity that leaders need to address so the entire state can thrive, not just a handful of urban and coastal areas. In the east, Highway 74 begins in one of the state’s most affluent areas -- Wrightsville Beach.

BOB ETHERIDGE: Trump budget hurts N.C. (Wilmington Star-News column) -- When Donald Trump ran for president, he promised to look after the “forgotten man.” Rural voters who felt left out by the economic recovery heard this promise and voted for Trump. Many of us did not to trust Trump’s ever-shifting and broken promises, but many “forgotten” voters in North Carolina believed him. But almost as soon as Trump took office in January, he began turning his back on those voters.

Will Trump halt progress on abortions? (Charlotte Observer) -- Trump administration poised to undo measure that has led to fewer unplanned pregnancies.

LAURA BAVERMAN: Hello from 36/86 South where startups, music & hockey collide (WRAL Techwire column) -- Laura Baverman ExitEvent's editor reps North Carolina at Nashville's signature tech conference for the Southeast.

TRISTA TALTON: Can New Reef Design Save Historic Shoreline? (Coastal Review column) -- The Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site’s storm-battered shoreline on the Cape Fear will soon test how a new oyster reef design curbs erosion in a high-energy wave environment.

D.G. MARTIN: John Grisham’s growing connection to North Carolina (Winston-Salem Journal column) -- John Grisham’s latest novel, “Camino Island,” hits the bookstore shelves today.

JEFF HAMPTON: Black congregation and leaders of historic N.C. town strive to save century-old church (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot column) -- A black congregation and leaders of one of North Carolina’s oldest towns are teaming up to save a hurricane-damaged chapel built more than a century ago.


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