By Julie Havlak Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina is home to one of the biggest union battles in the South. Mission Health in Asheville is fighting efforts to unionize 1,600 registered nurses. The clash pits HCA Healthcare, the largest hospital system in America, against the National Nurses Organizing Committee, the nation’s largest registered…

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by Amy Cooke A save-the-system-not-the-student mentality is at the center of the “left-leaning” N.C. Association of Educators’ lawsuit to thrust a dagger into the heart of our state’s school choice options.  “Vouchers for private schools are an affront to a state that has a long and cherished history of public education,” the NCAE posted to Twitter. Those “vouchers,”…

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by Lindsay Marchello, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina’s largest teacher organization is suing to kill a program helping low-income families send their children to private schools. Seven N.C. parents filed a lawsuit Monday, July 27, in Wake County Superior Court challenging the constitutionality of the Opportunity Scholarship program. The N.C. Association of…

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by Jordan Roberts Amid the pandemic, state lawmakers and liberal advocacy groups continue a push to expand Medicaid, as allowed by the Affordable Care Act. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Medicaid expansion is optional, state lawmakers have decided against moving forward with the policy.   Expansion proponents say the state won’t have to pay anything,…

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by Julie Havlak RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolinians know more about COVID-19 hospitalizations than they did a week ago. But data critical to the fight against COVID-19 remain missing from North Carolina’s dashboard, researchers say.  North Carolina’s new dashboard shows a regional picture of hospital capacity and COVID-19 hospitalizations. The state began breaking down COVID-19…

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