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Smith champs!

GREENSBORO, NC — The Smith High School boys basketball team won the metro 4-A conference championship against Dudley, 64-57, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Greensboro, N.C. ($$$ — fee may be required.)

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Supreme Court butts out; won’t stop order for new congressional districts

RALEIGH, NC — The U.S. Supreme Court won’t stop a lower-court order that demanded North Carolina legislators draw a new congressional map. The denial of the state’s request for the Supreme Court to intervene came after Republican lawmakers redrew the boundaries as a safeguard to comply with a federal court ruling that called two majority-black districts racial gerrymanders.

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UNCG to drop segregationist Aycock from auditorium name

GREENSBORO, NC — The UNC-Greensboro Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a recommendation to change the name of Aycock Auditorium. The 1,600-seat auditorium was named in 1928 for former North Carolina Gov. Charles Aycock. Elected in 1900, Aycock was considered progressive and supported education for black students. However, Aycock also supported segregation, was part of a campaign to suppress the black vote and led a white supremacist movement before being elected governor.

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Black legislators say new districts are no better

RALEIGH, NC — Democratic lawmakers pointed to an amendment made in the Senate Redistricting Committee meeting Thursday, when Republican leaders realized the new map accidentally drew GOP Congressman Mark Walker out of the 6th District, which he now represents, and into the 13th with Adams. If an amendment could be made to keep Walker in the district he now represents, they asked, why did Adams have to be drawn out of hers? ($$$ — fee may be required.)

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GOP unveils redistricting proposal; McCrory calls special session

RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina Republican leaders on Wednesday unveiled their proposal for new Congressional districts after two majority black districts were ordered to be redrawn. A federal court said lawmakers illegally used race as a predominant factor in drawing the districts. Republicans disagree with the ruling but created new lines to ensure they meet the judges’ order.

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More green in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, NC — Richmond, Va.-based trucking and transportation provider Estes Express Lines recently completed the installation of a $1.6 million rooftop solar power system at its Greensboro terminal. The system is designed to produce enough electricity to power the entire Estes’ Greensboro facility, which is made up of an approximately 80,000-square-foot dock located at 2800 Electra Drive.

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