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Study shows how partisan politics trump representation in NC voting districts   |   December 5, 2014
A new study by researchers at Duke University shows the extent to which Republican legislators drew North Carolina's U.S. congressional districts in their party's favor in...

 

Faulty shale gas wells contaminated drinking water in two states   |   September 15, 2014
Drinking water has been contaminated in Texas and Pennsylvania as a result of shale gas drilling, and the cause was faulty gas wells, a new study has found. Scientists from Duke...

 

Dangerous levels of radioactivity found where treated fracking wastewater is discharged   |   October 2, 2013
A new study by Duke University scientists has found elevated levels of radioactivity and other pollution in river water and sediments at a site where treated wastewater from oil...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Promoting the myth of 'sustainable coal'   |   September 13, 2013
Month in which a group of prominent Democrats formed the CoalBlue Project to promote the idea of "sustainable coal": 7/2013 Number of weeks after President Obama laid...

 

Defending the voting rights of black students in Texas and North Carolina   |   August 28, 2013
With events underway to commemorate a historic march for voting rights, legal battles are unfolding in Texas and North Carolina to defend students' right to vote and run for...

 

Environmental groups spur NC legal action against Duke Energy coal ash pollution   |   May 23, 2013
Under legal pressure from environmental advocates, North Carolina regulators are seeking court orders to force Duke Energy to clean up groundwater contamination from unlined coal...

 

In North Carolina, school resegregation by charter?   |   January 25, 2013
North Carolina could soon see a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools, with as many as 150 of the public-private hybrids opening across the state next year. But new...

 

Gas drilling drags down home values in communities that depend on well water   |   November 13, 2012
A study that examined the impact of shale gas development on housing values in a county at the center of the U.S. drilling boom found that energy extraction can present a mixed...

 

Scientists find high levels of coal ash contamination in North Carolina rivers and lakes   |   October 15, 2012
Just days after environmental groups filed a complaint with North Carolina regulators to force electric utilities to clean up coal ash contamination of groundwater found across...

 

New evidence confirms that fracking endangers groundwater   |   September 28, 2012
The U.S. Geological Survey released two reports this week confirming that fracking for natural gas has led to groundwater contamination -- a fact that has been contested by the...

 

Anti-mining protests heat up in West Virginia as evidence of damage builds   |   July 30, 2012
Protests are heating up over mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia at the same time new scientific evidence has emerged of the damage such surface mining is causing to human...

 

175 birds a minute?   |   May 25, 2012
Without first studying the effects on assembly line workers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has changed the rule on line speeds at poultry plants for the first time in more...

 

NC voter suppression, past and present (video)   |   May 23, 2012
Following the 2008 election that saw record turnout of minorities and youth, North Carolina and other states witnessed an onslaught of Republican-sponsored laws aimed at...

 

Fallout fallacies: How TVA misled on coal ash radiation threat   |   February 2, 2009
A week after a dam collapsed at the Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee and dumped more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash waste into the nearby community of Harriman...

 

Finding new ways to research a new South   |   July 18, 2008
Researchers at Duke University want to update the history and statistics of 20th Century social change in the South, combining social science research with narrative, oral...

 

Saving the South's children   |   May 16, 2007
Living in the South is a powerful predictor of poor health for children, and a new study underway at Duke University in Durham, N.C. hopes to better understand why. The Southern...

 

Duke rape case inspires racist pseudo-science   |   April 19, 2007
Having been warned about stepping into the tempest that is the blogospheric discussion of the Duke lacrosse rape case, I can't say I'm surprised that my writing about it...

 

More comments on the Duke lacrosse rape scandal   |   April 16, 2007
Anyone who's followed the reaction to the Duke lacrosse rape case in the blogosphere knows that it's occasionally brought out the worst in human nature: racism, misogyny,...

 

More revelations on Duke lacrosse accuser's fragile mental state   |   April 13, 2007
Yesterday we asked whether Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong exploited a mentally unstable unstable woman for political gain in the Duke lacrosse rape case, citing the accuser...

 

Did Durham D.A. exploit mentally unstable woman for political gain?   |   April 12, 2007
Sordid revelations of prosecutorial misconduct just keep coming in the Duke lacrosse rape debacle. Yesterday North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced that his office...

 

Finding new ground in the Duke Lacrosse case   |   June 30, 2006
For a long moment, the Duke Lacrosse case was the national story, bursting from the squalid swamps of Nancy Grace sensationalism to dominate news cycles everywhere. Clearly, the...

 

Duke lacrosse and our ugly past   |   April 5, 2006
Best-selling author (and Institute board member) Tim Tyson has an excellent piece on the important history behind the Duke lacrosse team rape charges that came out last week. Here...

 

Police need tips on Duke lacrosse scandal   |   April 4, 2006
We haven't weighed in on the Duke University lacrosse team scandal, not out of lack of interest, but because I was out of town last week when the charges exploded on the...

 

Upcoming events for North Carolina progressives   |   October 19, 2005
Calling all North Carolinians -- here are some great events coming your way soon: 1. To celebrate the release of Southern Exposure magazine's new special issue, "East...