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North Carolina’s rapidly snowballing gambling mess

Rob Schofield’s article for NC Newsline highlights the bustling activity in a physical therapy facility while reflecting on the growing issue of sports gambling in North Carolina, underscored by the state’s recent legalization and the troubling personal and societal impacts illustrated in a new documentary by Josh Rushing.

Bike Lanes in Charlotte: Expanding Opportunities for Cyclists

Charlotte is enhancing its biking infrastructure with projects like the 30-mile Cross Charlotte Trail, aiming to improve connectivity and safety for cyclists. During National Bike Month, the city promotes cycling as a sustainable and healthy mode of transportation, despite ongoing challenges with busy roads lacking dedicated bike paths.

NC needs to remove hurdles that keep former offenders from finding jobs, advocates say

Advocates in North Carolina are pushing for “Second Chance” legislation to alleviate the long-term burdens on those previously incarcerated or arrested without conviction, aiming to improve their access to jobs, housing, and social inclusion. At a news conference, Sen. Julie Mayfield highlighted the challenges faced by these individuals, including job and housing discrimination, and punitive financial obligations that perpetuate poverty.

Biden administration to greatly ease marijuana regulations

The Biden administration, through the Department of Justice, announced plans to downgrade marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule III drug, signaling a shift towards less restrictive federal drug policies. This change, proposed by the DEA, aims to better align with the scientific understanding and prevailing public opinion on marijuana’s use and effects.

House bill would create a new state Department of Housing and Community Development

House Bill 925, introduced by Rep. Diamond Staton-Williams, seeks to establish a North Carolina Department of Housing and Community Development aimed at enhancing economic potential and housing accessibility for low- to moderate-income residents. The bill outlines the creation of various divisions within the department and proposes a $30 million annual budget to support its initiatives.