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Voters Back Home Don't Mind If Mark Meadows Bucks Authority

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The school paddle is seen in principal David Matheson's office at Robbinsville High School, one of just a few schools in the state that still use corporal punishment. Mike Belleme for NPR hide caption

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Where Corporal Punishment Is Still Used In Schools, Its Roots Run Deep

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The second round of the 2016 NCAA men's basketball tournament at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. The NCAA pulled championship events from the state this year because of the controversial "bathroom bill"; the sporting events will now be returning. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images hide caption

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Cassandra Thomas of Human Rights Campaign holds a sign advocating the repeal of HB2 on Dec. 7, 2016, in Charlotte. Brian Gomsak/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign hide caption

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A confederacy of prison reform activists rallied at City Hall in New York City to demand that it close the long-controversial Rikers Island Corrections facility where, among others, Kalief Browder, died; critics maintain that the prison is unsafe and prolonged detention of inmates at the facility is a violation of Constitutional due process rights. Albin Lohr-Jones/Getty Images hide caption

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In Season Three: Episode Two- While Luis finds himself sinking further into servitude on the farm, Isaac tries to protect Coy from abusive conditions in the fields. Meanwhile, Jeanette begins to wonder if her family is down-playing a trailer fire, which killed a number of their undocumented workers. Nicole Wilder/ABC hide caption

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Billboard About Gender Roles Sparks Debate, Protest In North Carolina

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Wind turbines and farm equipment now dot Horace Pritchard's land, where he raises corn, soybeans, and other crops. He also receives payments for hosting nine of the more than 100 wind turbines now operating near Elizabeth City, N.C. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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The South Has Been Slow To Harness Its Wind, But That's Changing

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Demonstrators at the state Legislature building in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 15, 2016, during a special session to pass laws limiting the power of the state's new governor, Roy Cooper. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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Yadkin Valley Farm in Yadkin County, N.C., has been in Chuck Wooten Jr.'s family for at least five generations. Ari Shaprio/NPR hide caption

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In Rural N.C., Trump Supporters Eagerly Await A Different Kind Of Change

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Sara Kelly Jones of Charlotte, N.C., says she is terrified she will lose her health insurance if lawmakers repeal the Affordable Care Act. Hannah Sharpe/Legal Services of Southern Piedmont hide caption

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As Obamacare Repeal Heats Up, Newly Insured North Carolinians Fret

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks during a news conference at the Texas Republican Convention on May 13, 2016, in Dallas. There is a "bathroom bill" proposal in the Texas legislature that could require transgender Texans to use the restroom which corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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'Bathroom Bill' Fight Brewing In Texas

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Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper defeated incumbent Pat McCrory in a tight election. Cooper is seen here with his wife, Kristin, at an election night rally in Raleigh. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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Supporters of Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper and those advocating to repeal HB2 hold signs last month in Charlotte, N.C. Brian Gomsak/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign hide caption

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Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey said he will not play in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 30, so he can focus on preparing for the NFL draft. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, accompanied by his wife, Ann McCrory, speaks to supporters at a postelection rally in Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 9. McCrory was not re-elected. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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