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Tribal Council repeals 6 ordinances

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PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday repealed six ordinances that a majority of members contend were in contempt of a Lumbee Supreme Court order issued earlier this month, but did so only after Councilman Terry Campbell strongly protested that repealing the ordinances would weaken and relinquish the council’s legislative authority.“Why would I want to vote in favor of repealing any ordinance that will give up this body’s oversight power?” Campbell asked fellow board members. “This is the question that my constituents are going to ask and I’m sure yours will ask you too. This action will weaken this legislative body.”

 

ACA gets it right on maternity insurance

Despite early setbacks, millions of people have now enrolled in private insurance plans that meet new standards set by the Affordable Care Act. All of these policies must now cover a broad set of benefits, including prescription drugs, mental health treatment, and hospital stays. Still, one of the most common complaints about health reform is that insurers must now cover maternity care. Why, a middle-aged man will sometimes complain, should he have to buy a more expensive plan for a benefit h...

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Local roundup: Raiders blank Lumberton 5-0

LUMBERTON — It was fitting that the Richmond softball team clinched the Southeastern Conference regular season title with a shutout.After all, the Raiders have yet to lose this season.Summer Jacobs scattered four hits and struck out four as Richmond blanked Lumberton 5-0 Thursday to improve to 17-0 overall and 8-0 in the SEC.The Raiders haven’t lost a regular season conference game in 21 tries, dating back to a 6-5 loss at Purnell Swett on April 17...

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The racist threat from the right

Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, Kan. As he was hauled away in a police car, he shouted “Heil Hitler!” Unlike Islamic groups that U.S. agencies spend tens of billions of dollars targeting, domestic white supremacist groups en...

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Tameka Herrington

Tameka Hampton-HerringtonROWLAND — Tameka L. Hampton-Herrington, 39, of 208 Benton Court, died April 14, 2014, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Southside Ashpole School. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Rowland. The visitation will be an hour before the funeral at the school.

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Claude Dial

Claude DialRED SPRINGS — The Rev. Claudie Dial, 94, of 110 Goose Pond Road, died April 14, 2014. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Elim Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

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Woods to hold campaign rally

PEMBROKE — Robeson County Commissioner Noah Woods, who represents District 4, will host a campaign rally in the Pembroke Town Park beginning at 5 p.m. today. Chicken bog will be served.The free event is in support of the commissioner’s re-election bid. The public is invited.Woods is being challenged by Faline Locklear Dial in the Democratic primary on May 6. The winner will be unopposed in the November General Election.

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Dueling ads give preview of Hagan-Tillis race for Senate

RALEIGH — In a foretaste of a potential General Election matchup, Democratic U.S. Senate Kay Hagan and Republican rival Thom Tillis released dueling ads Thursday about the health care law and a messy personnel matter in the office of Tillis, the state House speaker.Hagan released her first commercial in her bid to win re-election, a statewide radio spot criticizing Tillis, even though he’s just one of eight candidates in the May 6 GOP primary. Tillis is the primary̵...

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Drill delivers sobering message

PEMBROKE — A fatal car accident near Purnell Sweet High School on Thursday brought out paramedics, police, sheriff’s deputies, highway patrolmen and a helicopter from New Hanover Regional Medical Center.But it was all an act — designed to raise students’ awareness about the dangers of drunk driving on the day before senior prom.“It’s so real. Watching all these young adults participate, you think about if it was your daughter or your s...

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Sampson slams the door on Richmond, Pirates move into first-place tie

LUMBERTON — If last week’s shutout loss at Pinecrest was stomach-turning for the Lumberton Pirates, then Thursday’s 3-1 win over Richmond was the ideal remedy heading down the stretch in the Southeastern Conference championship race this season.Nursing a three-run lead in the sixth, Justice Sampson relieved Lumberton starter Evan Odum and was able to get out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam nearly unscathed as the Pirates pulled into a tie for first with the Raiders ...

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McGirt ties for lead at Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt.The 20-year-old Spieth tied for second behind Bubba Watson last Sunday and continued his strong play with a 69, part of a large group tied for fifth at Harbour Town Golf Links....

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Duke’s Parker headed for NBA draft

DURHAM — Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft, and there’s a strong chance he’ll be the No. 1 pick.The 6-foot-8 All-American forward was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement Thursday it was “an honor for us to have him in our program.R...

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Playing games with the numbers

The irony seemed to completely escape Gov. Pat McCrory Wednesday as he took the podium at a Tax Day event to heap praise on last year’s tax package that gave huge breaks to millionaires and large corporations while asking many small businesses and most North Carolina families to pay more.McCrory hailed the tax changes as a boon to the state’s future just two days after a legislative committee charged with coming up with a way to increase teacher pay acknowledged there w...

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Crime report

TheftsKenneth Tuthill, of Washington Street, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that the keys, valued at $16, to his Harley Davidson motorcycle were stolen at the Robeson County Public Library on Chestnut Street, according to a police report.Mearlene Seals, of Oak Street, Lumberton, reported Thursday that someone stole her debit card, valued at $20, from her apartment, according to a police report.Richard Geybert reported Thursday that someone brok...

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Gunmen rob delivery man of pizza, wallet, cash, iPad

LUMBERTON — A Domino’s employee delivering pies on Wednesday night did not get the tip he worked for, but instead had one for Lumberton police — that three men had robbed him at gunpoint.Christopher Zacarias, 23, was taking pizza to a home on Jerome Street between E Avenue and Dresden Avenue at about 11 p.m. when he was approached by the men, according to a police report.One, a black male with medium-length dreadlocks wearing dark clothing, pointed a ha...

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Wednesday’s Prep Roundup: ‘Deflated’ Rams lose to Richmond; Fairmont clinches title

PEMBROKE — Purnell Swett was inches away from heading into its dugout leading by three going into the bottom of the fourth.Instead, the Rams found themselves trailing by four after committing several miscues and errors in the top of the inning.“Our balloon got deflated,” Purnell Swett coach Bryan McDonald said. “We never recovered. It’s been a struggle lately and tonight typified our season.”Richmond took advantage and cruis...

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COMtech to look elsewhere

PEMBROKE — Although disappointed that the Robeson Community College board of trustees turned down COMtech Park’s request to sell or trade property the college owns at the park’s entrance so that a Business Support Center can be built, the park’s executive director vows that the center will eventually become reality.“I’m disappointed, but not discouraged,” Ryan Nance said Wednesday. ” … We’re looking at the alternatives to ...

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Who opposes school choice — and why?

RALEIGH — Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests.Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, House Speaker Pro Tem Skip Stam (the main architect of the program), and other leaders won’t be defending school choice because they oppose public education. They won’t be def...

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