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Hours wasted and a flip-flop on hemp in the Farm Act befuddles House committee

Hours wasted and a flip-flop on hemp in the Farm Act befuddles House committee

 By Lisa Sorg, Progressive Pulse  Farm Act: Four months, seven editions, at least a dozen hours of committee hearings and legislative staff time, reams of paper, hundreds of miles of travel by the public, some from as far away as the mountains — and today the bill is back to its original Senate form. “Why is […]

Police Impersonator Complaint in Polk County

Police Impersonator Complaint in Polk County

At approximately 11.20 p.m. on July 18th, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call of someone impersonating a police officer.  The individual was a white male with a moustache, wearing a black t-shirt and jeans, driving a light colored small SUV (possibly a white Toyota with tinted windows) and used blue lights to stop […]

Protecting Faith Communities Faith Leaders, FBI Collaborating to Keep Religious Institutions Safe from Attacks

Protecting Faith Communities Faith Leaders, FBI Collaborating to Keep Religious Institutions Safe from Attacks

Assistant Director Kerry Sleeper of the FBI’s Office of Partner Engagement speaks at a meeting of faith leaders at FBI Headquarters Tuesday. Seven minutes, 24 seconds. That’s how long it took a gunman who opened fire at a Baptist church in rural Sutherland Springs, Texas, to kill 26 people. Many in the church on November […]

What’s supposed to happen when schools receive threats?

What’s supposed to happen when schools receive threats?

BY NEILL CALDWELL, Carolina Public Press Cedar Ridge High School in northern Orange County was the scene of threats written on a bathroom wall in May. Photo courtesy of Orange County Schools Someone wrote threats on a bathroom wall in May at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough.  Teachers learned of the warning about bringing a […]

Sexual assault cases in NC plagued by long lags after arrests made

Sexual assault cases in NC plagued by long lags after arrests made

JUNE 17, 2019, BY KATE MARTIN Valerie Pearce, an assistant district attorney in Pitt County, sits in front of the courthouse in Greenville. She describes facing a substantial backlog of sex crime cases that have been delayed. Calvin Adkins / Carolina Public Press Once law enforcement arrests a rape suspect in North Carolina, the wait only […]

Marion Police Department respond to early morning shooting

Marion Police Department respond to early morning shooting

MARION —In the early morning hours of Saturday June 22, 2019, Officers with the Marion Police Department responded to 29 West Wilhemina Street (Marion), in reference to an assault. Officers located Len Anthony Gray (of the home) suffering from two gunshot wounds. Gray was transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville (by McDowell County EMS) for […]

FC man charged in April road-rage incident

FC man charged in April road-rage incident

Capt. Shanon Smith of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Kent Leroy Banks, 58, address listed as Drexel, with discharging a firearm in an enclosed area and Ralph Daniel Thompson, 56, address listed as Forest City, with disorderly conduct. The charges stem from a road-rage incident involving gunfire that occurred on Monday afternoon, April 15 […]

LOCATED. SAFE. Missing Teen:Gracie Lillian Mull, age 13.

LOCATED. SAFE. Missing Teen:Gracie Lillian Mull, age 13.

GRACIE MULL HAS BEEN LOCATED, SAFE. Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office seeks your help in locating a missing teenager: Gracie Lillian Mull. Gracie, a 13 year old white female, was last seen at her home in Rutherfordton around 4:45 am on June 17, 2019. Gracie is 5’3″ tall and weighs approximately 112 pounds. She has straight […]

Advisory: Man facing charge after missing woman’s body uncovered at Bostic construction site

Advisory: Man facing charge after missing woman’s body uncovered at Bostic construction site

Lt. Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Norris Lewis Westall, 46, address listed as Quail Ridge Drive in Marion, with concealment of human remains. Westall was a friend of Brooke Mashay Tollie, 24, address listed as Riverview Acres Drive in Marion. Tollie went missing on Monday, May 13, and, after an extensive […]

Police Train to Be ‘Social Workers of Last Resort’

Police Train to Be ‘Social Workers of Last Resort’

PEW TRUST —STATELINE ARTICLE By: Matt Vasilogambros Topics: Justice,Health & Demographics BURIEN, Wash. — More than 200 police recruits in black uniforms and tight haircuts turn in unison, marching toward the flagpole on a sunny May morning at the Washington state training center next to SeaTac Airport. Before they say the Pledge of Allegiance, they drop to the concrete and […]

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