April 22, 2019 -
State regulators recently issued a new general permit for industrial hog farms, and it dashed the hopes of environmental advocates who say it represents a failure to address the unequal pollution burden borne by nonwhite communities. They're calling on the agency to take environmental justice into account in future permitting decisions.
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April 12, 2019 -
North Carolina is now the third state in the South to order utilities to excavate all of their coal ash pits and move the toxic material to lined landfills. Duke Energy wants to charge its customers for the work, but some state lawmakers are trying to prevent that from happening. Meanwhile, the company is challenging the order.
April 11, 2019 -
The issue of reparations for slavery is once again getting attention in Washington, with legislation introduced to study the matter getting unprecedented levels of support. Many of the Democrats hoping to unseat President Trump are embracing the concept.
April 10, 2019 -
Though better known these days for erecting statues to Confederate veterans during the Jim Crow era, the United Daughters of the Confederacy also promoted white supremacist Lost Cause propaganda through their campaigns to control history textbooks used in the South's public schools. That miseducation continues to haunt our politics today.
April 9, 2019 -
Federal judges have — so far — halted attempts by the region's conservative state leaders to limit or block access to health care through the Affordable Care Act. But Republicans are changing U.S. Senate rules to stack those courts with conservative Trump appointees.
April 4, 2019 -
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Kentucky law that would have effectively banned abortion in the state. Lawmakers used religion to justify the restrictions, but their views are not representative of all Kentucky Christians.