Sunday sampler

Seems as if every paper in North Carolina published a staff written Affordable Health Care Act story on the front page. I am not sure why they needed to assign their own reporters to do it as there are plenty of stories on the wires, but I’m sure they had their reasons. The health care coverage had the effect of overshadowing other stories, but a few are notable.

Raleigh — Does Cleveland County need a $95 million reservoir? Government regulators and environmentalists say no. Politicians with interests in the area say yes. The N&O tracks the relationships, power politics and desires of the GOP to spend tax money.

Winston-Salem— I’m so excited to learn that I live in a region with so many people dying from substance abuse. “Teens and young adults, in particular, are using and abusing painkillers such as hydrocodone with the brand names of Vicodin, Oxycontin and Valium, law enforcement officers said.”

Monroe — The Enquirer-Journal wins the people-do-the-damnedest-things story of the day for a piece on a city council volunteer who secretly posted a video camera in a tree outside a polling place. He says he did it because he wanted to see if anyone stole the campaign sign he posted. It’s not important; it’s just typical low-brow election shenanigans.

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