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Times and places to cast your vote

The North Carolina primary is Tuesday, May 8. The polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Polling place by community are as follows:

 

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Based on recent notification from USDOL, North Carolina is no longer eligible for the Extended Benefits (EB) program.

The last payable week of EB will be the week ending May 12, 2012. Workers who file their claim through the EB program will no longer be eligible to receive extended benefits once the period ends. Roughly 199,000 people are receiving benefits in North Carolina. Of those, 17,000 people are currently receiving benefits in the EB program.

DES is working quickly to notify those who are potentially affected by this program ending. Claimants currently in the extended benefits program will be notified by mail.

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Expert urges renewed focus on rehabilitation

States are spending $52 billion a year on corrections, with one U.S. adult in 31 either incarcerated, on probation, or on parole, according to the Pew Foundation.

The U.S. incarceration rate is by far the highest in the world. Spending on corrections is now the second fastest-growing item in state budgets after Medicaid. It has quadrupled in the past two decades, many say because of a “get tough on crime” approach.

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John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, is calling on members of the Charlottesville City Council to vote yes on a resolution which would declare marijuana offenses the lowest law enforcement priority in the city. In a letter to the City Council, Whitehead points out that while overwhelming evidence points to the fact that the government’s so-called war on drugs ranks as the longest-running, most expensive and least effective effort by the American government—as well as being racially and economically discriminatory—federal, state and local governments continue to operate under misguided policies that pose a great danger to American citizens while exhausting police resources. A far wiser approach, advises Whitehead, would be to de-prioritize marijuana arrests and prosecutions and redirect limited government resources toward addressing more pressing problems such as urban homelessness, poverty, hard-core drug dealing and gang activity.

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