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Supremes hear Moore vs. Harper, hurricane survivors demand accountability from ReBuild NC, plus more anxiety and a shortage of healthcare workers in North Carolina: Top stories of the week on Policy Watch
In this problem:
1. Leaks, mold, electric problems, inclination floors: Some hurricane survivors discover their New houses are fall a part
For reasons of confidentiality, Policy Watch has identified the owners only by their surname or by their request, deduction their absolutely name.
Ms Johnson’s toilet has sat, unrelated to plumbing, in the middle of her main bathroom for more than a year.
Mold blooms in her master bedroom closet, due to a leaky shower. The water pressure is low and it floors are unequal. Its contractor, Persons Services, hasn’t fixed the issues since 2021, Johnson said. And the NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency, also known as ReBuild NC, did not hold the people accountable. “They didn’t do anything,” said Johnson, who survived both Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence, said. “I’m just going around.” Several hurricane survivors told Policy Watch that after moving into their housesthe structures began to fail: [Read more…]
2. Cooper administration should to bring same approach this bring at education funding at portion people with disabled
One of the most promising developments at happen in decades with respect at utilities, systems and structures provided and maintained by the State of North Carolina was the recent decision of the State Supreme Court in the landmark Leandro education funding Case. By directing the spending of hundreds of millions of dollars currently scattered in savings accounts to the state’s long-neglected public schools, the High Court has dealt a powerful and vitally important blow to fundamental human and constitutional rights and on the simple premise that the government should not be allowed at deny these rights simply because the elect stubbornly choose at spend money elsewhere, or not at all. And a part that deserves a special measure of credit for helping at to bring the Leandro Case at a head after decades of infuriating inaction is Governor Roy Cooper. Although in fact a defendant in the case, Cooper recognized from the start of his administration that the state’s continued delays and failures to provide all school children in the state with to access at the basic sound education at to which they are constitutionally entitled was effectively indefensible. [Read more…]
3. ‘We’re sinking’: More anxiety, more violence and a shortage of healthcare workers in North Carolina
State lawmakers speak out at town hall on mental health
“My friends, we have a massive mental health issue,” Sen. Jim Burgin (R-Harnett) told a packed room at a Kannapolis town hall last week. Sharing the stage with North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley and three other Republican lawmakers, Sen. Burgin said lawmakers want to hear directly from the public about mental health and addiction issues before the next legislative session. The percentage of American adults with symptoms of anxiety or depression has nearly quadrupled during the pandemic. “Usually, in any given week, one in nine people would say, ‘I feel lonely, depressed or a little anxious.’ Over that time, that number has risen to one in three, disproportionately among young people,” Kinsley told the audience. The 2022 Mental Health America report ranked the state 21st for adult mental health, but ranked 42nd for youth mental health and 38th for access to care. [Read more…]
4. Future of WE election right at stake as Supreme To research hears North carolina Case
WASHINGTON- North carolina Republicans seemed to have at minus three of the WE Supreme To researchConservative justices on their side on Wednesday in a Case who could determine the coming of elections nationally and leave decisions about the federal government electionit’s in the hands of state legislatures and out of reach of State to researchs. The Supreme To research heard argument in an appeal of a North carolina Supreme To research decision that rejected congressional districts drawn by the Republican-led legislature. Status is high to research ruled in February that the redistricting plans constituted a partisan gerrymander that violated the state constitution.
North carolina The Republicans base their Case on what is known as the “independent state legislature theory”, which holds that the WE Constitution Elections The clause makes the legislatures the sole authority over elections. “It’s federal right alone which imposes substantial restrictions on the state legislatures in the performance of the task assigned by the federal constitution,” said David H. Thompson, the rightyer representing GOP lawmakers, during Wednesday’s arguments. [Read more…]
5. North Carolina’s LGBTQ community faces more threats and violence as visibility increases
Days before two Moore County power plants were brought down in a targeted attack, plunging 45,000 people into nearly a week of cold and darkness, the WE The Department of Homeland Security’s National Terrorism Advisory System has warned of an increased danger of ideological attacks on infrastructure. “Targets of potential violence include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, the LGBTQI+ community, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, WE critical infrastructure, media and perceived ideological opponents,” the national bulletin read. North Carolina’s LGBTQ community didn’t need at be atld they were a target – especially in Moore County. Shortly before the attack on the substations, there had been threats and protests against a drag show at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines on December 3 – the latest in a series of incidents in which far-right demonstrators, sometimes masked and armed, attempted at interrupt LGBTQ-related events at public libraries, bookstores and other businesses across the state.
6. Marriage equality invoice heads at Bidenit is desk Next bipartisan WE Accommodation vote
Despite the Senate efforts of Tillis and Burr, the eight NC Republican representatives vote ‘Nope’
WASHINGTON—The WE Accommodation overwhelmingly endorsed a wedding equality invoice Thursday would ensure that same-sex and interracial couples would continue to have many of the rights they currently have, if the WE The Supreme Court overturns the decisions that established these constitutional protections. measure now heads at the desk of President Joe Bidenwho predict at sign it. 258-169-1 vote included support from 39 Republicans, though many GOP lawmakers argued during the debate that there was no reason at pass the legislation since the judges disagree at take all cases that would end justice weddings for interracial or same-sex couples. [Read more…]
7. About second attempt, offers Wake charter school gets ‘unlikely‘ green light
Leaders of the Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy of Wake The county sailed through a second-round interview Monday to win unlikelybut the unanimous support of the charter School Advisory board for opening a K-8 school in the northeast Wake County.
In 2020, the charter the board flatly rejected schoolciting concerns about expected enrollment numbers and budget projections.
And several years earlier, Kashi Bazemore, the president of the schoolboard of directors and its likely director, had been on the losing end of a controversial and messy takeover of a State Board of Education charter school. Bazemore founded and led this schoolwhich operated under the same name — Heritage — in Bertie County. [Read more…]
8. Thethere spent years in jail for seriously hurt a child. decades later, the boy deceased of the abus. Box thethere now be accused with murder?
State Court of Acalls weigh the constitutional protection power aagainst double jeopardy
A formation of three judges the Court of Apublished calls a pair of opinions Tuesday retaining only two people box be accused with murder for brutalize a child 25 years ago – even if thethere had aalready been found guilty of child abus for the same aact of violence in the late 90s. David Tripp, Jr. was dating Robin Noffsinger on AOn April 12, 1997, when David Cody Rhinehart, Noffsinger’s 15-month-old son, was taken to Columbia Brunswick Hospital. The baby’s skull, spine, limbs and ribs were fractured; he had second- ae third degree burns on the buttocks aand genitals. He was missing some hair; and he had multiple cuts, bruises aand punctures all on his body.
A pediatrician ayou the the hospital said Rhinehart suffered of “Beaten Child Syndrome” aand would never be be acapable of operating on its own, since “the whole part of his brain which ininvolves learning, reflection, maturing [and] developing normally had[d] beand destroyed. [Read more…]
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