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North Carolina to receive $76m to replace drinking water lines that contain lead

North Carolina will benefit from an additional $76 million in federal funding to replace lead-contaminated drinking water lines, announced by the Biden administration. This grant is part of a larger $9 billion initiative aimed at removing hazardous lead pipes nationwide, particularly focusing on aiding disadvantaged and pollution-burdened communities.

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.

NC Senate Republicans advance bill forcing law enforcement cooperation with ICE

Republicans on the North Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee have advanced a bill mandating that sheriffs cooperate with ICE by honoring detainer requests to hold suspects believed to be in the country illegally. Critics, including immigrant rights advocate Veronica Aguilar, argue that the bill will undermine community trust in law enforcement and expose local authorities to potential lawsuits.