Changing A River’s Course

A new movement wants to establish that the Haw River has its own independent, inalienable rights. It’s a long shot, but organizers hope it can change the framing of environmental protection.

A new movement wants to establish that the Haw River has its own independent, inalienable rights. It’s a long shot, but organizers hope it can change the framing of environmental protection.

How Carolina Basketball Won Me Back

A new book, Together, tells the story of a team everybody counted out, and how they turned it around.

A new book, Together, tells the story of a team everybody counted out, and how they turned it around.

A Radical Way To Think About Health

North Carolina is piloting an ambitious, $650-million Medicaid program to address the social factors that contribute to participants’ health. It’s a big lift that’s gotten a slow start.

North Carolina is piloting an ambitious, $650-million Medicaid program to address the social factors that contribute to participants’ health.

Moneyball Comes To ACC Football

The emergence of two super-conferences means North Carolina’s Atlantic Coast Conference football programs will strive to win while getting seriously outspent—as Appalachian State University has done for years.  

The rise of two super-conferences means teams will have to win while getting seriously outspent—as App State has for years.

A Budd-Beasley Debrief

We talked to the campaign managers for both Ted Budd and Cheri Beasley about their takeaways from the election.

We talked to the campaign managers for both Ted Budd and Cheri Beasley about their takeaways from the election.

An Astronaut’s Long Ride Home

Bill McArthur rose from a farm in Robeson County to the International Space Station. Now he rides with a different crew.

Bill McArthur rose from a farm in Robeson County to the International Space Station. Now he rides with a different crew.

The Gospel According to Mark Robinson

Since taking office in 2021, the lieutenant governor has spent many of his Sundays giving thunderous speeches in churches. Some scholars and ministers question his view of scripture. 

The lieutenant governor has spent many of his Sundays giving thunderous speeches in churches.

Boom or Bust

Boom Supersonic could make North Carolina not just first in flight, but fastest. Yet experts question whether the startup’s supersonic jetliner will ever take off. 

Boom Supersonic could make North Carolina not just first in flight, but fastest. Yet experts question whether the startup’s supersonic jetliner will ever take off. 

What To Watch On Election Day 2022

We asked some smart folks what they’re watching as we await Election Day 2022 results in North Carolina.

We asked some smart folks what they’re watching as we await Election Day 2022 results in North Carolina.

Roy Cooper’s Wager

When the governor endorsed a primary challenger to an incumbent Democrat, he waded into a complicated state Senate race—and may have risked his veto power in the process.

When the governor endorsed a challenger to an incumbent Democrat, he waded into a complicated Senate race—and risked his veto.

Buried Treasure

With a hospitable climate and numerous success stories, North Carolina has become the hub of the country’s young truffle industry.

With a hospitable climate and numerous success stories, North Carolina has become the hub of the country’s young truffle industry.

The War After This One

In his new novel, Black Cloud Rising, David Wright Faladé tells the story of a Black brigade attempting to weed out the remaining vestiges of the Confederacy.

David Wright Faladé tells the story of a Black brigade attempting to weed out vestiges of the Confederacy.

Upscale Food, Local Flavor

Fine dining has long been the stuff of North Carolina’s biggest cities. But more chefs are finding their way to small towns and transforming the local food scene.

Fine dining has long been the stuff of cities. But more chefs are transforming the food scene in small towns.

The Mayor and Her Discontents

Some Raleigh residents aren’t happy with Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin’s vision for the city’s growth and development. They’re not likely to stop her.

Some Raleigh residents aren’t happy with Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin’s vision for growth. They’re not likely to stop her.

North Carolina A&T Aims for the Top

The Greensboro HBCU left its longtime sports conference in a quest to raise its profile, athletically and academically. Some alums wonder whether it’s lost part of its identity.

The Greensboro HBCU left its longtime sports conference in a quest to raise its profile. Some alums wonder whether it’s lost part of its identity.

Tim Moore’s Heavy Hand

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore wanted an old friend with a controversial track record named chancellor at UNC Wilmington. Emails show that when a key board member resisted, Moore had her removed.

The House Speaker wanted an old friend named chancellor at UNC Wilmington. Emails show how he tried to make that happen.

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