by Paul Blest
Meanwhile, Governor Roy Cooper has postponed some of his inaugural events. As of right now, the Junior League says the reception tonight and the 'gala ball' tomorrow night are still on, though.
Most towns around the Triangle still have the chance to see 5 to 7 inches of snow from Friday night into Saturday. Counties to the north and east of Raleigh could get even more, and once that snow falls, it could be here for a while.
"It looks like once we get below freezing this evening then temperatures stay below freezing until Tuesday," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "That's why I'm saying whatever falls here is going to stick around for a while. Roads are going to be messy for several days."
Over Thursday night, the forecast models pushed the start of precipitation earlier in the day. Some of the earliest precipitation could begin after lunchtime and in the early afternoon, but it will still be too warm to fall as snow.
3. What are we gonna do? BUILD THE WALL! Who's gonna pay for it? MEXICO! Actually we will. We'll pay for the wall.
Donald Trump and House Republicans are exploring options to make good on the President-elect's promise to build a wall along the country's southern border — but it would be American taxpayers, not Mexico, who'd cough up for the multi-billion dollar project, according to officials.In response, the new President-elect put out a nuanced statement explaining why, according to international law, the United States can't force another country to for its own xenophobic infrastructure projects.
Trump representatives have told GOP lawmakers in private meetings that they hope to use a Bush-era law that would allow the Republican-led Congress to use tax dollars to foot a border wall, according to multiple reports.
Since Congress would have nowhere near enough money, Trump transition officials have reportedly told Republicans that they'd like to secure funding by folding the wall into a must-pass spending bill.
"If tied to the rest of government funding, it's much harder for the Democrats to stop, and by the way, I think it's much harder for Democrats to vote against it if what you're doing is authorizing funding for an existing law," Indiana Republican Rep. Luke Messer told reporters after learning of the proposal.
The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
Advantages Texas has over North Carolina: cities like Austin and Dallas have had protections for transpeople for years, the Republican Speaker of the Texas House actually isn't so into this, and given fierce opposition from Texas' business community, it's possible this could die without even seeing a vote in the House.
An excerpt from the letter:
In the six years since the complaint was filed, Black students have continued to receive a disproportionate share of the out-of-school suspensions in the district. Between the 2010-11 school year and the 2014-15 school year (the most recent data available), Black students in WCPSS received an astounding 43,388 out-of-school suspensions. The negative impacts of these suspensions on students, both individually and collectively, have been significant. Students and parents of color in the district are acutely aware of the discriminatory treatment of Black students. Their experiences and what they have seen their peers experience leaves them traumatized and fearful for their immediate safety in school and lacking in confidence for their futures.That's all. Have a good snowy weekend.
While the raw numbers of suspensions in WCPSS have gone down over the past six years, there has been no meaningful reduction in disparities. Specifically, even though Black students consistently represented approximately a quarter of the student body during the 2010-11 to 2014-15 school years, they received upwards of 63% of all out-of-school suspensions given to students in the district during that same time period.