Greensboro: The News & Record didn’t waste much time localizing the House vote to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” Its story focuses on the mother of a child with Down Syndrome and other health issues, and what impact the House bill might have on their health care coverage. (Answer: Not good.) It’s accompanied by a striking photo of the mother speaking with Rep. Ted Budd, who proudly announced on Facebook Thursday that he voted for the House bill. (He didn’t explain his reasoning for the vote except to say he was keeping his promise.)
Raleigh: I love the idea of conservation groups trying to save land for farming. The N&O writes that the cost of land in the Triangle is out of sight, and that farmland is lost to development. “The goal is not only to preserve working farms, but also to feed the growing demand for local food. Less than 0.1 percent of food spending in the region is direct farm-to-consumer, meaning there is much more potential, said Edgar Miller, government relations director for the Conservation Trust.” I am particularly interested because one of my classes this spring did a package of stories on the dwindling number of farmers.