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    Since 1953, the United States and Iran have maintained a complicated relationship. As the current situation indicates, that relationship periodically becomes tense and threatens to flare into armed conflict. As we cautiously observe what seems to be a de-escalation of tensions, it is instruc…

    The mother of a North Carolina college student who was killed while riding with a state trooper as part of an internship has filed a wrongful death claim against the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the state Department of Public Safety and the school. Michael Higgins was a criminal justice major at East Carolina University who was part of an internship program with the Highway Patrol, WITN reported. His mother, Lisa Higgins has sued two state troopers in addition to the state agencies and ECU. Michael Higgins was riding with a trooper on Aug. 22, 2020, when the trooper decided to chase a motorist that the other trooper said smelled of alcohol.

    North Carolina Senate Republicans are strongly considering legislation that would expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults. The idea is contained in a summary of a wide-ranging health care access measure being discussed by state senators. The Associated Press obtained the summary. Such legislation would mark an extraordinary turnabout by Senate Republicans set against expansion for a decade. Senate leader Phil Berger said last year he was now open to expansion, which is a top priority for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. House Speaker Tim Moore said last week he'd be surprised if expansion could be approved before the legislative session ends around July 1.

    The longest-serving member of North Carolina’s current congressional delegation is recovering following a coronavirus diagnosis over the weekend. U.S. Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill wrote in a tweet that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and that he was “experiencing mild cold-like symptoms.” The 81-year-old Price says he was vaccinated and boosted and would follow quarantining guidelines. Price has served in Congress almost continuously since 1987. He is not seeking reelection this fall for his Triangle-area 4th Congressional District. Other political notables in North Carolina testing positive recently include Attorney General Josh Stein and former Gov. Pat McCrory.

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