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Thousands of H.B. 2 supporters fill the lawn outside the North Carolina General Assembly before the start of the legislative short session on Monday, April 25.

Multiple bills filed to cancel I-77 contract Raleigh Members of the N.C. House and Senate have filed bills that would end the I-77 toll lane project and sever the state’s relationship with Spanish contractor Cintra. Reps. Charles Jeter (R-Meck.) and Tricia Cotham (D-Meck.) filed separate bills in the House to stop the project, while Sens. Jeff Tarte (R-Meck.), David Curtis (R-Lincoln) and Andrew Brock (R-Davie) filed a Senate version. They say canceling the contract could cost the state up to $62 million in fees, but that community opposition to the project and the recent bankruptcy of Cintra’s similar project in Texas makes it too high of a risk to continue. Other lawmakers are wary of stopping the toll lanes, which are already under construction, saying the area needs traffic congestion relief.

Sen. Tillis calls for answers on Pope runway expansion Fayetteville, N.C. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) filed legislation this week requiring the Secretary of the Army to produce a plan on the expansion of Pope Air Field’s runway. Fort Bragg’s leaders have been fighting for the expansion for more than a decade, saying it’s too short for loaded cargo aircraft to take off safely. Bragg is a rapid deployment base, with the unit required to be anywhere in the world within 48 hours. Officials say the loaded aircrafts must take off with less fuel because of the shorter runway, forcing them to refuel more often. “This has fallen off the Army’s priority list and I’m not really sure why,” he said.

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Colleges prepare for seniors’ final choices By Laura Ashley Lamm North State Journal WILSON, N.C. — Would I thrive on a large campus or smaller campus? How will I cover the tuition costs? How do I know which major is right for me? High school seniors across North Carolina are asking themselves these same questions. National Decision Day is May 1, and high school seniors are feeling the pressure to make choices about college. “In terms of a decision on where to attend this fall, there are so many different options to consider. When you make a choice, embrace the choice. Start the pro-

cess and attend orientation,” said Thomas Griffin, associate vice provost and director of undergraduate admissions at NC State. “There are so many excellent colleges and universities in North Carolina and around the country,” he added. There are many choices for those wishing to consider college within the state. North Carolina is home to 16 public colleges and universities, 36 independent colleges and universities, and 58 community colleges. Acceptance into the area’s colleges and universities is competitive. Colleges are looking at See DECISION DAY, page A8


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By Jeff Moore North State Journal

Washington, D.C. Millennials are now the largest living generation in America. In 2015, there were 75.4 million living millennials (born 19811997) and 74.9 million living baby boomers (born 1946-1964). Pew Research Center said the growth is partially due to an increase in millennials immigrating to the U.S. Generation X, the group in between, isn’t expected to pass baby boomers in size until 2028.


RALEIGH — Lawmakers convened Monday to begin the 2016 legislative session and were greeted by thousands of supporters and opponents of the state’s controversial Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, or House Bill 2. The NAACP of North Carolina, opponents of the law mandating use of bathrooms according to biological sex in government facilities, offered sympathizers “Direct Action Training” on Monday morning before engaging in a protest on state capitol grounds. While leaders of the Republican majority have stated that their focus for the so-called “short” session will be budget adjustments and further tax reform, Democrat lawmakers wasted no time in filing House Bill 946 Monday morning, a bill that repeals H.B. 2. in its entirety. “It is a simple bill, it’s a half page long. It is a full repeal of H.B. 2,” said Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake). In a press conference previewing the legislative priorities of the Senate majority last week, Senate leader Phil Berger said the Senate Republicans

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Members of Generation Opportunity leave the General Assembly Building after speaking with lawmakers on April 26.

Activism redefined By Jeff Moore North State Journal RALEIGH — Walking the halls of the North Carolina General Assembly on Tuesday were a group of college students, and their dance cards were full. The students, part of Generation Opportunity, a policy advocacy group that focuses on issues relevant to 18-34 year-olds, met with a dozen legislators over the course of the day to introduce themselves and inquire where the lawmakers stood on certain policy issues. “We focus on educating and activating 18-34 year-olds, specifically on issues that affect their lives and their inability to get a job,” said Anna Beavon Gravely,

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state director of Generation Opportunity. “We met with a range of Republicans and Democrats, pretty evenly split down the middle, just because we are getting to know them. “The best way to get to start a relationship is face to face and let them know where we stand and what issues we’re passionate about,” Gravely said. Their passion on Tuesday? “We wanted to find out what their stance is on free speech, and softly get them ‘on the record’, so to speak, without being abrasive or really pushy,” explained Gravely. Just hours before Generation Opportunity’s tour de force, 54 arrests were made at the GenerSee ACTIVISM, page A2



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The Rev. Susan Rogers of Bahama and the Rev. Dale Osborne of Chapel Hill take part in a sit-in in protest of House Bill 2 on Monday, April 25 at the North Carolina General Assembly Building in Raleigh. Opponents and proponents of H.B. 2 gathered at separate rallies on the first day of the N.C. legislative short session.

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North State Journal - Vol. 1, Issue 10  

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