North Carolina: Should you be able to see your lawmakers’ correspondence? A judge will decide.

  The ACLU and a Kitty Hawk resident have asked a Wake County judge to order a North Carolina lawmaker to release correspondence to and from her office about a plastic bag ban. Kitty Hawk resident Craig Merrill and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina sued state Rep. Beverly Boswell, a Dare County…

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North Carolina: After police beating, organizations want more data in hands of public

A local advocacy group is calling on the city to improve transparency in the police department following the publication of body camera footage in February that shows a white former Asheville police officer beating a black city resident. “For our city to move forward from this tragic incident, we need to talk about solutions,” Patrick Conant, a…

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UNC claims right to shield names of students disciplined for on-campus sex misconduct

Judges should shield UNC-Chapel Hill from having to release the names of students disciplined in on-campus sexual-misconduct cases for fear of chilling reporting by victims and because federal law overrides North Carolina’s Public Records Law, lawyers for UNC say. In a brief directed to the N.C. Court of Appeals, UNC-CH’s legal team admitted that federal…

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