WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of homeowners in North Carolina can’t sue a company that contaminated their drinking water decades ago because a state deadline has lapsed, a decision that could prevent thousands of other property owners in similar cases from recovering damages after being exposed to toxic waste.
In a 7-2 decision, the justices said state law strictly bars any lawsuit brought more than 10 years after the contamination occurred — even if residents did not realize their water was polluted until years later.
The high court reversed a lower court ruling that said federal environmental laws should trump the state law and allow the lawsuit against electronics manufacturer CTS Corp. to proceed. Continue reading
Last year, a coalition of progressive organizations including church groups, unions and the NAACP staged rallies every Monday outside the North Carolina legislature in Raleigh to protest voter ID laws, cuts to social services and the failure of the state government to expand Medicaid. Nearly 1,000 people were arrested at the rallies which became known as “Moral Mondays.” Similar protests spread to South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. The Moral Monday protests have resumed this year. Organizers say they hope to influence the legislative session, as well as the midterm elections in November. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: House GOP targets IRS, Benghazi Benghazi: All about the base and Clinton? Republicans split on fundraising off Benghazi 2014 watch: Aiken waits while Tillis regrets ‘divide and conquer’ comments House holds Lerner in contempt: The … Continue reading
On Tuesday, voters headed to the polls for midterm election primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio. Republican contenders backed by the Washington establishment, like Senate candidate Thom Tillis in North Carolina, and incumbents like House Speaker John Boehner, made a good showing. NewsHour political editor Domenico Montanaro joins Gwen Ifill to make sense of the results. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: North Carolina, a key seat for Senate control, is set Tillis, Boehner beat back tea party challenges A good night for incumbents Clay Aiken up just 369 votes Election night, by the numbers Tillis clears … Continue reading
Starting in the 1970s, and under the recent implementation of the Common Core, a former pillar of elementary education has been largely forgotten. But there’s a feeling that learning cursive still has value, even in the age of typing and texting. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports from North Carolina, one of a handful of states that’s moved to make learning the formal, curlicue letters mandatory. Continue reading
Primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio will kick off the 2014 midterm election season. Over the next month and a half, 25 states will vote in primaries for Congressional and local offices. Gwen Ifill gets a preview of some of the battles from NewsHour political editor Domenico Montanaro. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: What to watch in Tuesday’s elections All eyes on N.C. Senate race Tea party challenges, but establishment looks to hold strong One race that represents why Republicans don’t embrace immigration reform Clay Aiken in nasty … Continue reading
As more fighting has broken out in Eastern Ukraine, President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be looking for a show of unity on the situation when they meet Friday at the White House. But if you want to know why Europe, particularly Germany, has been reluctant to go along with economic sanctions as forcefully as the U.S., just follow the money. Continue reading
The midterm election primary season kicks off in earnest Tuesday with elections in North Carolina, Ohio, and Indiana. Get this: There are 13 states with primaries in May. It’s always nice when instead of just talking about races, you get results. The overarching question for May — does the Tea Party still have the juice? Continue reading