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76 arrested by opioid task force on North Carolina reservation

The opioid epidemic has certainly not passed North Carolina by, including the people who live on tribal lands in our state. Federal law enforcement agencies are seeking to curtail trafficking in these drugs.

Recently, 76 people were arrested on tribal land west of Asheville. The operation was carried out by an opioid task force comprised of local, tribal, state and federal officers.

Preparing yourself financially for divorce

The judgement or settlement you receive in your divorce can mean the difference between stepping into your new life with relative security and struggling for years to make ends meet. Your actions before and during your divorce can greatly affect that outcome, and it is important to make careful and wise decisions based on solid information and advice.

Beginning with the first moments after you decide you are divorcing your spouse or your spouse announces intentions to divorce, you can take steps to protect your financial future. It will be important to surround yourself with those who will support you and offer objective advice based on experience. This may include friends who struggled through their own divorces as well as North Carolina legal and financial professionals.

Can businesses prevent or remove unfair customer reviews?

Customers and clients have a wide variety of outlets for expressing their views about businesses' products and services. Most people choose social media sites like Yelp or Google. Amazon includes online reviews. Many people use neighborhood sites like Nextdoor to express their opinions, good and bad, on local businesses.

No one wants to see a poor review of their product, service or company. However, do businesses have any recourse when they believe that someone has posted something untrue and/or defamatory?

Substance seized in North Carolina drug bust was sugar

It turns out that a substance seized in a July raid wasn't what North Carolina law enforcement officers thought it was. This summer, agents who work for the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office seized 13 pounds of what they thought was fentanyl. The sheriff touted this as "one of the largest seizures" of the deadly opioid in the state. This much fentanyl would have a street value of over $2 million.

Heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also allegedly found at the scene and seized. Three people were arrested.

Why Greek life too often leads to drug problems for college kids

If your child is hoping to join a fraternity or sorority this year, they're more likely to be around drugs and alcohol than if they didn't become part of Greek life. They may start out "just" drinking, but excessive drinking often leads to taking drugs and doing other risky things a young person would never consider while sober.

College students in sororities and fraternities are more likely to use drugs, binge drink and engage in other high-risk behavior than their "non-Greek" peers. However, young men in fraternities are more likely to do so than sorority women. Often, the level of peer pressure is higher. White college men are most at risk, statistically, of engaging in dangerous drug and alcohol use and having substance abuse problems.

Supporting your kids in the new school year as divorced parents

If this is your kids' first fall back at school since your separation or divorce, or if they're starting a new school this year, it's essential for you and your co-parent to have a plan in place. Your plan should include things like how you'll handle drop-offs and pick-ups, homework assignments and projects, school lunches, field trips, parent-teacher conferences and more.

If you're sharing custody, you'll both have some involvement in your kids' school activities. Despite your differences with one another, it's essential to work together to give your kids the support they need to succeed and thrive at school -- both academically and socially.

Have you run into legal problems on campus related to drugs?

North Carolina colleges are busy places with people from different backgrounds living alongside one another, each striving to accomplish personal goals. Perhaps you've forged several new friendships since settling in on campus. There are likely a lot of different types of activities to keep you busy in your free time as well.

Everyone knows that partying is a common event on most college grounds. If you are 21 or older, there's no reason (unless a judge has ruled otherwise) you can't enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two with friends, providing they are also age 21 or beyond. However, there are also a lot of drugs circulating on college campuses in North Carolina.

Why older kids should have a say in their living arrangements

When couples with young children divorce, they often work out a joint custody agreement that allows both of them to have time with their kids and be involved in their lives.

As kids enter the teen years, however, their lives change significantly. They often become involved in multiple extracurricular activities. Their school workload increases. They spend more time with friends. The living arrangement where they regularly move every few days or weekly between their parents' homes may become inconvenient for them.

Don't let unconscious bias lead to a discrimination lawsuit

You've recently started a business. Things are looking promising. You will soon need to hire more people to help keep up with your success and plans for growth. You'll likely also be promoting people who have been with you from the start to more senior positions with greater responsibility. The last thing you need is an accusation of discrimination in your employment decisions.

That couldn't happen to you. You're an open-minded person. You hire and promote the best people for the job, with no other considerations. So do the people you trust to help handle the human resources aspect of your business. At least, that's what you believe.

What might make a non-disclosure agreement unenforceable?

Businesses often require employees and others who work for them, such as independent contractors, to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). They can protect information about the company, including trade secrets and other intellectual property, from getting into the hands of those who could profit from it or use it to hurt the business and its owners.

The power of an NDA, when properly drafted by the disclosing party, is that if a person who signed it (the receiving party) violates it, they can be held liable and potentially have to pay a significant amount of money in damages.

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