Many of the state’s papers published an AP story about the possible return of payday lending, which is one of the dumber ideas coming out of Raleigh these days. If nothing else, the story illustrates the embarrassing power of lobbyists in Raleigh. There are other good stories.
Wilmington — The Star-News takes on the travel expenses incurred by the board of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. These types of stories are always good because there is a public record…and board members always spend more extravagantly than the public would prefer. For instance: “One trustee was allowed to attend a conference at a cost of $4,700 to the hospital just weeks before leaving the board.” Note to reporters: Whenever you’re looking for something to do, look at public officials’ travel records.
Burlington — The centerpiece of the Times-News is a piece about traveling to Mars… and you can go. It’s an interesting enterprise story, and I included it here partly because it is written by Alyssandra Barnes, a senior at UNC-CH. I talked with her about social media a few weeks ago as part of her role with the Durham VOICE, a community newspaper serving Northeast Central Durham. (I had nothing to do with the Mars story.) The other reason is because it’s good.
Asheville and Lenoir — Both papers have stories about the embattled gun owner saying they’re sick and tired and not going to take it any longer. Apparently, Saturday was a national Day of Resistance. “If guns cause crime then pencils cause misspelled werds,” reads one protester’s sign from the front of the Lenoir News-Topic. “Pro guns = Pro life.” You figure that out. (
I couldn’t find the story on its website.) And, of course, some people were armed. (I always find myself wondering if people would feel the same way about gun rights if the protesters were armed black men.)