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Hazardous chemical discovered in city drinking water

GREENSBORO, NC — During the past three years, scientists have found water from Greensboro’s Mitchell Water Treatment Plant with relatively high levels of an industrial chemical known as PFOS — short for perfluorooctane sulfonate — which is suspected of causing human health problems and damage to developing fetuses when consumed over time in large enough doses.

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Rights trump politics in redistricting case, judges say

GREENSBORO, NC — The rights of people, rather than political considerations, must be the primary focus in fixing 28 unconstitutionally drawn state legislative districts. That’s the message U.S. appeals court Judge James Wynn delivered Thursday during a hearing in theCovington v. North Carolina lawsuit involving racially gerrymandered election maps. Yet political implications and posturing took place throughout the three-hour hearing in North Carolina’s U.S. Middle District Court.

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Councilman Outling may have violated lawyers’ ethics rules with health insurance contract antics

GREENSBORO, NC — An ethics advisory from the North Carolina State Bar says, “An attorney who serves as a member of a county or municipal governing board, or State or federal legislative body, or any entity thereunder, or committee thereof, shall not hear or consider any matter coming before that governing body or entity in which that member or his firm has any direct or indirect interest.” This seems to describe exactly what Justin Outling did in intervening to stop the awarding of a city contract to the competitor of one of his firm’s clients.

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Exclusive: Councilman’s law firm registered lobbyists for health insurance company he helped with official act

GREENSBORO, NC — Greensboro city council representative Justin Outling intervened at the last city council meeting to stop the awarding of the city’s health insurance contract to the company staff had chosen. Having come down to United Healthcare and Cigna Health Insurance, the proposals were reviewed by an independent consultant, multiple city departments and the city manager. The contract was awarded to Cigna pending council approval. When the item came up at the city council meeting, Outling stepped in to stop the award of the contract to Cigna with a motion council approved 6 to 3. It turns out United Healthcare is not just a client of Outling’s firm, but two of Outling’s fellow lawyers at his firm are registered with the state as official and active lobbyists for United Healthcare.

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Man charged with murder in wife’s death

GREENSBORO, NC — The death of a mother who was found in her home on Freeman Mill Rd. last week was deemed a homicide by officials from the State Medical Examiners’ Office on Friday. The ruling on Tasaria Tasia Glover’s death, along with other evidence, was sufficient to charge Theodore Maurice Parker, 44, with First Degree Murder.

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