Native nations rise in Washington, D.C.

The month of March was a busy one for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. From March 7 to 10, Native tribes from all across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The first three days of the movement involved Native leaders and allies lobbying in national buildings around the nation's... Continue Reading →


Like empty fields, N.C. hemp program could turn wallets green

In September 2015, a robbery in Boyle County, Kentucky ended with the arrest of one man and sparked confusion among witnesses gathered at a Walmart parking lot. “(It was) a full truck bed of marijuana out in the open, not even covered,” Rafael Francisco Jr. told Lexington news station LEX 18. But Francisco was wrong.... Continue Reading →

Reduce, reuse… now what?

This story was co-written with Jessica Wooten.  Every year, according to a 2015 study, North Carolinians throw away 23.6 billion pounds of trash. That is enough trash to circle the earth twice.   It isn't spite that makes NC residents throw away their recyclables, but ignorance. Ipsos, a market research company, performed a study in 2011 during... Continue Reading →

‘Purple reigns’ on WCU homecoming parade

Homecoming traditions hold a big place in Western Carolina University’s history. Since the 1930’s, the university has celebrated homecoming through cookouts, bonfires, homecoming court and alumni awards. One of the biggest traditions, though, has been the annual homecoming parade. The parade started after the football program was reestablished in the 1930s. This year marks the... Continue Reading →

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