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The Invisiblesnew

57,000 minors crossed the Southern border last year. Should we send them back?
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  12-04-2015  |  Immigration

Duke Energy: Guilty of Violating the Clean Water Actnew

Penalty is $102 million in fines, five years’ probation; individuals could still be charged.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  05-21-2015  |  Environment

Before fracking begins in N.C., Texas energy company investigates shale gas deposits in Lee Countynew

Also: DENR rejects federal funding that would have helped the state assess fracking impacts.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  09-25-2013  |  Energy

Voter Integrity Project boot camp teaches how to challenge votersnew

"If you're going on intuition, you will have to prove you're not racist."
INDY Week  |  Jane Porter and Billy Ball  |  09-18-2013  |  Elections

In N.C., 40 counties are no longer governed by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Actnew

Voting advocates worry that county and state leaders will now have the leverage to pursue redistricting intended to pack minority voters into districts, marginalizing their voting power.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  07-05-2013  |  Elections

Legislation would prohibit cities and counties from regulating frackingnew

Senate Bill 612, which passed the Senate in early May, specifies that local regulations may not be more stringent than those proffered by North Carolina's Mining and Energy Commission.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  05-29-2013  |  Energy

A 278-year-old error over the N.C.–S.C. border is riling residentsnew

Unceremoniously marked 278 years ago with a stone here or a notch on a tree there, King George's boundaries leave a portion of Fred Berlinger's Polk County home in South Carolina.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  05-09-2013  |  Environment

Immigrants Denied Mental Health Servicesnew

When Cardinal Innovations quietly assumed local management of public mental health services in Orange and Chatham counties last April, they brought with them a policy to deny Medicaid reimbursements for the treatment of undocumented immigrants.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  03-21-2013  |  Immigration

U.S. History According to Charles Kochnew

The conservative billionaire could be teaching your kids.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  02-27-2013  |  Education

Feds sue Alamance sheriff for alleged racial profiling of Latinosnew

"Go out there and catch me some Mexicans." That's what Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson allegedly told his deputies, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed Dec. 20 by the U.S. Department of Justice.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  01-02-2013  |  Race & Class

Commission to consider disclosure of fracking chemicalsnew

Mining and Energy Commission Chairman Jim Womack says he believes North Carolina will enact stringent disclosure laws.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  12-26-2012  |  Energy

Latino? Bypass Alamance County,

September and October reports show Latino drivers were more than four times as likely as non-Latinos to be arrested during traffic stops by Alamance County deputies.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  12-13-2012  |  Race & Class

What went wrong for North Carolina's Democrats?new

The Republicans' 2010 victory—which happened as a national census ensured newly drawn voting districts, coupled with the windfall of campaign donations that bolster incumbents—struck a mortal blow to this year's crop of Democrats.
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  11-07-2012  |  Elections

What Life is Like in Solitary Confinementnew

Solitary confinement is expensive, psychologically damaging and ineffective. So why do we use it?
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  11-01-2012  |  Crime & Justice

DOJ: Alamance County sheriff's office racially profiled Latinosnew

U.S. Department of Justice officials report that Alamance County Sheriff's Office leaders "explicitly" order deputies to target Latinos and "foster a culture of bias by using anti-Latino epithets."
INDY Week  |  Billy Ball  |  09-19-2012  |  Crime & Justice

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