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UNC President Margaret Spellings joined Charlotte Talks Monday, March 19, 2018.
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Margaret Spellings, the former secretary of education and current president of the UNC system, says after two years on the job there is still more work to be done to lower the cost of a UNC education and she needs the legislature's help to keep the momentum going.  

Duke, UNC Conspired To Not Hire Each Other's Medical Workers, Lawsuit Claims

Jan 2, 2018

The basketball rivalry between Duke University and the University of North Carolina battle is legendary, but a federal lawsuit says the two elite institutions have agreed not to compete in another prestigious area: the market for highly skilled medical workers.

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UNC-Chapel Hill will pay a $1 million penalty for exceeding the system’s cap on out-of-state students. The Board of Governors approved the fine at its meeting Friday.

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The Vice Chairman of the UNC Board of Governors says it was an error to vote last month on salary increases for chancellors in closed session and not disclose the amounts immediately.  

"I believe it would’ve been in the best interest of our board to have returned to open session after that closed meeting and voted in public on the final chancellor salary adjustments," said Lou Bissette, speaking to state lawmakers at a joint legislative commission meeting Wednesday.

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The search to find a new president of the UNC system is just starting. Members of the board of governors met in Charlotte Thursday to come up with names of people to oversee the search to replace Tom Ross.  The board forced him to leave his job early next year.   

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The UNC Board of Governors had to temporarily suspend its meeting this morning as protestors interrupted discussions on whether to close an anti-poverty center at UNC Chapel Hill and two other policy centers at North Carolina Central and East Carolina University.

Chapel Hill Mourns Muslim Students Shot And Killed

Feb 12, 2015
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People in Chapel Hill and across the Triangle are grieving. Wednesday night was the first public gathering to honor the three Muslim students who were shot and killed this week - Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan  Abu-Salha. Their neighbor has been charged with their murders. As Jorge Valencia of North Carolina Public Radio reports, those mourning included friends, family and many who never got to meet them.


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Kenneth Wainstein says academic fraud at UNC Chapel Hill began more than 20 years ago. The former federal prosecutor detailed the findings of his eight month investigation Wednesday. It’s the latest in a series of investigations that marks one of the worst scandals in the school’s 225-year history. Jeff Tiberii of WUNC reports that for the first time, the school conceded this is an academic and an athletic issue.


Governor Pat McCrory rolled out his proposed budget today as the General Assembly’s short session got underway. 

"This is a very serious budget. It’s a tough budget, but it’s a budget that's concentrating on our priorities," said McCrory.   

As promised, it includes pay raises for all state employees, additional money for pre-kindergarten, and hiring back a few environmental inspectors. But all of that comes with a cost. 

New Details On NC House Budget

Jun 10, 2013

North Carolina House Republicans presented Monday afternoon their proposed budget for the next two years. In total, the budget spends $20.6 billion.

“In the first year we spend around $12 million less than the Senate and around $188 million less than the governor,” said Rep. Nelson Dollar, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

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When billionaire David Murdock opened the North Carolina Research Campus five years ago, his goal was to create a global biotechnology center in Kannapolis and to replace the thousands of jobs lost when Cannon Mills—formerly the city’s largest employer—closed. Murdock has poured upwards of $600 million into development of the NCRC, but today, there are only a handful of companies and few jobs compared to his sweeping vision. This week, Murdock donated another $50 million to the endeavor. Outside of Murdock’s millions, there are few signs of growth, but many are still betting on it.


Big companies, government offices, and media outlets like NPR often have ombudsmen – they’re trained to handle complaints and to try to resolve disputes. And universities are no exception: NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke all have them. The latest UNC system school to create an ombudsman position is Appalachian State University in Boone. The school has appointed a long-time professor to set up the office, Jim Barnes. He’s been on the job since January 1. He says complaints last year about a professor factored into creating his position, but the idea had been discussed for a while.  Barnes talks to Morning Editon host Duncan McFadyen about getting the office off the ground.

Athletic Department Insider Says UNC Tolerated Cheating

Nov 27, 2012

There are new allegations in the academic scandal in the UNC-Chapel Hill athletic department. UNC’s football team is already on NCAA probation, in part for improper help players got from a tutor. Now, a former academic support counselor named Mary Willingham has come forward with allegations that numerous people in her department knew there were problems, but looked the other way. In some cases, athletes were so far behind that academic success was almost impossible--- she says some had never read a book and didn’t know what a paragraph was.

Bill Friday Helped To Found WFAE

Oct 18, 2012
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On October 17, generations of North Carolina leaders gathered in Chapel Hill to remember UNC System President Emeritus Bill Friday. Friday is widely credited with creating the 16 campus state university system. And, for the last three decades, he was in the homes of UNC-TV viewers as the host of “North Carolina People.” But Friday also had a hand in the establishment of WFAE.

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A group of veterans attending state-run universities in North Carolina plan to file a discrimination lawsuit against the UNC system this week alleging they are routinely - and wrongly - made to pay out-of-state tuition.

The military life is a transient one - training in one state, based in another, transferring every few of years. That's one reason the federal government doesn't require service members to change their driver license every time they move. So establishing residency for things like in-state tuition is tough, says Army veteran Andrew Sammons.