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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.

NC Appeals Court rules Gov. Cooper erred in COVID-19 bar closures

The North Carolina Court of Appeals deemed Governor Roy Cooper’s selective closure of bars during the early COVID-19 pandemic as “irrational and arbitrary,” lacking solid scientific backing to differentiate between types of bars in terms of transmission risk. Despite claims of relying on science, the ruling criticized the absence of evidence supporting why certain bars could not comply with safety protocols that applied to others allowed to operate.