Sunday sampler

Charlotte: The Observer wrote a five-part series on prison corruption last week that was outstanding in its reporting and documentation of drugs, sex, violence and crime within the state’s prisons. Now government officials are responding with words of action. This is journalism that makes a difference.

High Point: One of the recommendations in Charlotte’s story for fixing the problems within the state’s prisons is addressing lax hiring of guards. The Enterprise writes about the process of hiring and training police officers. Given the difficulty of the job and the microscope officers are under, hiring the people with the right disposition and giving them the right skills is vital. I don’t know if the story is any good because I can’t find it on the web, and even if I could, I couldn’t read more than a few paragraphs because it’s a pay site.

Raleigh: The legislature’s attack on UNC-Chapel Hill continues. The N&O highlights the efforts the law school is making to fight a proposed 30 percent cut to state appropriation. “There’s been little explanation about the reason for the proposed cut in a year when the state’s coffers are healthy and spending increases are planned in other areas. But some think Republican lawmakers’ threatened cut is aimed squarely at Gene Nichol, former dean and well-known liberal who has been critical of GOP leaders in commentaries for The News & Observer’s editorial pages.” Not surprisingly, the bill’s sponsors didn’t respond to interview requests.

Greensboro: The News & Record profiles one of Donald Trump’s “bad hombres,” who has sought sanctuary in an Episcopal church. “Married to an American citizen, (Tobar Ortega) has lived in the Triad since 1993 and had worked at the same High Point textile company since 2009. Two of her four children were born here, making them American citizens as well. Two other adult children are here legally. Having fled Guatemala under the fear of violence, Tobar Ortega has been in the United States for more than 20 years. A judge turned down her request for asylum in 1989, as did an appeals court. But for the better part of that time, the government, knowing she was here, has done nothing.”

Yes, I mean “bad hombre” sarcastically.

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