Greensboro: The News & Record takes a familiar topic to political readers — the Trump effect on down-ballot races — and makes it new. The paper explains how the possible addition of three state constitutional amendments might turn out GOP voters (I doubt it.) and why the Clinton campaign is pouring money into the state.
And the paper returns to a topic that has always enraged readers: pets at the animal shelter. Enraged is probably the wrong word. Provoked is better. Animal lovers hate seeing prospective and former pets put to death or mistreated. Last year, the state revoked the license of the group running the shelter because of cases of animal cruelty. Now the shelter is run by the county government, which is trying to figure out how to do it.
Raleigh: Like clean water? Yeah, me, too. And that’s why the GOP legislature’s march to deregulate the environment should alarm you. They are trying to repeal rules to clean Jordan Lake and Falls Lake, which provide drinking water, and stream buffer protections. “This without a doubt will have a very large negative impact on water quality,” said Matt Starr, the Upper Neuse riverkeeper. “We are in the rare situation of being able to see the future. We know what will happen if we roll back these nutrient management strategies.”
The N&O also describes how you’re being duped if you think the state seafood festivals use locally caught seafood. (Mostly it’s our fault, too, because we like our seafood quick and cheap.)
Burlington: The problems of the VA are a local issue, affecting many veterans across the state. The Times-News tells the story of one Gulf War vet who is being screwed by the system. In a version of Catch-22, he can’t even get access to his own medical records. As a presidential candidate would say, “Sad!”