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Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 9:15am

'Living on Water' comes to life (Martinsville Bulletin) -- Yolanda Brown’s favorite part of the “Living on the Water” Festival on Saturday at the Virginia Museum of Natural History was seeing world-champion sand sculptor Alan Matsumoto carving a 7-foot-tall whimsical work. “This is amazing. Look at the hair. Look at the (details) on in,” said Brown, of Martinsville, as she admired Matsumoto sculpting King Neptune, god of the sea in Roman mythology, playing cards with a mermaid. It will contain the words, “Go Fish.” … Brian Williams, program manager in Martinsville/Henry County for the Dan River Basin Association, gave a talk about the Duke Energy coal ash spill and its aftermath called “Heartbreak on the Dan.” During his talk and in an interview, he expressed concerns that only a small fraction of the coal ash that went into the Dan River has been removed, that flooding might stir up remaining coal ash and sediment, and that environmental damage, including marine and wildlife damage, may occur. “The river is not back to normal,” Williams said. “The river is not cleaned up. It’s never going to be cleaned up. How do you live with it?”

Daily dose
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Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 7:33am

This one takes the cake: The decision to reduce protections for Jordan Lake, while spending millions on a Rube Goldberg contraption that might or might not make matters worse.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:27am

More Walking Mayor news. Good to see someone in NC doing the right thing for a change.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 9:40am

Bill Maher has a new website up called Flip a district. Renee Ellmers is in the number three spot.

Renee Ellmers
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:14am

The GOP swarmed into Raleigh in 2012 with promises of efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency. They swept up super-majorities in both houses, assuring voters that the days of back-room wheeling and dealing would be long gone. Big government had run its course, local control was the order of the day, and magical tax cuts on the rich would cure all of our economic woes. What a difference two years makes.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 10:33am

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Be it hereby proclaimed, the date of July 11, 2014, will go down in Our history as a momentous and transformational beginning, the day We evolved to obtain those inalienable rights granted exclusively to Corporate Persons in the United States of America and in North Carolina.

Inc. James
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Friday, July 18, 2014 - 9:53am

From Our Esteemed Economist Laureate at NC State:

So how will North Carolina finish 2014? As with the nation, I predict some broad economic gains. Production and jobs will increase, and more companies will become confident about the future. The unemployment rate could dip below 5 percent in fast-growing areas like Asheville and the Triangle. Yet there will be plenty of economic gaps. Many of the jobs created will be low-paying, and most workers will see little or no gain in their hourly earnings. Many people will still have to accept part-time work even though they want to work full-time. And the economic improvement won’t be spread evenly across our state. Several areas will still have jobless rates of 7 percent or higher.

Mike Walden
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:42am

Johnny Winter
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 9:46am

This week the Republican-led General Assembly put the kibosh on freedom-loving moped owners with new requirements for registration and liability insurance. Consistent with their intent to control whatever they can, including women's bodies, drugs, license plates, sea level rise, etc., GOP leaders now have bicycles, tricycles, and maybe even pedestrians in their sights.

Blue Onion ncgop
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 9:42am

Despite the recent frenzy of budget negotiations around teacher pay, Republicans cannot recover from the damage they've done to public education in North Carolina. A quick story from my sister-in-law, who is in the process of moving to Brunswick County, tells the tale.

After spending all of their lives in Newport News, Virginia, she and my brother found a home near Wilmington, with a move-in date of August 1. Last week, they toured their new development to inspect the house and check-out the neighbors. They visited the fitness center, where they met another retiree, a school teacher. It didn't take long for the conversation to turn to family.

"I'm hoping my daughter will want to move down here, too," said my sister-in-law. "She's a public school teacher in Virginia."

Teacher pay