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Gwendolyn Glenn

After 15 years at the helm of UNC Charlotte, Chancellor Philip Dubois says he plans to retire to Reynolds Lake Oconee in Georgia. Dubois announced on Tuesday that he would be stepping down June 30, 2020, giving university officials a year to conduct a national search for his replacement.

Chancellor Philip Dubois

In an email sent to students, faculty and staff UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois announced his retirement effective June 30, 2020. 

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A celebratory atmosphere was weighted by grief at UNC Charlotte's commencement ceremonies this weekend. Students and faculty members paid tribute to the two students killed in a campus shooting on April 30, and to a graduating senior who was among the injured.

Chancellor Philip Dubois


Graduation is this weekend at UNC Charlotte, but the occasion is bittersweet as the community continues to cope with the shootings in a campus classroom last Tuesday. UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phil Dubois spoke with WFAE’s Lisa Worf about plans to remember the two students killed in the ceremonies and how the university plans to make steps toward recovery. 

About 150 people joined a March for Our Lives rally at UNCC Friday.
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Back in March, students at UNC Charlotte began organizing a chapter of the nationwide youth movement March for Our Lives. On Friday, they held their first rally against gun violence, prompted by something none of them expected - a deadly shooting on their own campus.

Chancellor Philip Dubois

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phil Dubois says the university plans an "extensive independent and external" review of Tuesday's shooting on campus that killed two students and injured four others.

Riley Howell

Police are crediting one of the students who died in Tuesday's shooting at UNC Charlotte with saving lives by helping to stop the shooter. 

Malcolm Graham
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Former state Sen. Malcolm Graham of Charlotte says in the wake of Tuesday's fatal killings at UNC Charlotte,  the community should focus on the families of those who were killed, and on those recovering from injuries. In an interview with WFAE's "Morning Edition" host Lisa Worf, Graham called on people to focus not on the shooter, but "on the psyche of a of a campus that just went through a horrible ordeal and come together as a community."  Listen or read the full interview here. 

UNCC remained on lockdown for several hours after the shooting as CMPD officers searched all buildings.
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City Council member Greg Phipps represents the University area of Charlotte and was near the UNC Charlotte campus for hours after Tuesday's fatal shootings. In an interview with host Lisa Worf of WFAE's "Morning Edition," Phipps praised the "rapid, coordinated response" of campus police and CMPD.  He said while gun violence is a major problem, the city's hands are tied when it comes to taking any action to limit guns.  Read and listen to the full interview here. 

Chris Crews / Niner Times

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said Tuesday's deadly shooting at UNC Charlotte and other recent shootings have put "a cloud" over the city.  She spoke with WFAE "Morning Edition" host Lisa Worf early Wednesday about her reaction and what she sees as the city's challenges. 

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Updated: Friday at 2:45 p.m.

Friends and family members remembered the two students killed in Tuesday’s shooting UNC Charlotte – 19-year-old Ellis Reed Parlier of Midland, and 21-year-old Riley Howell of Waynesville.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Wednesday that Howell charged the shooter in the classroom, helping save lives.

Trystan Terrell

The suspect in Tuesday's deadly shooting at UNC Charlotte is being held without bail at Mecklenburg County Jail, facing murder, attempted murder and other charges.

Jessa O'Connor / WFAE

Updated 12:30 a.m.

A shooting on the campus of the University of North Carolina Charlotte left two people dead and four wounded Tuesday, prompting a lockdown on campus.

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Researchers at UNC Charlotte’s Motor Sport and Automotive Research Center are known for their work in improving the performance of race cars. They are expanding that work to now include research on lithium-ion batteries, which are commonly used in smart phones and electric vehicles. The problem is they sometimes explode or catch fire.

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A North Carolina university says a figure hanging from a tree by a noose was part of a "student of color's final art project."

News outlets report the noosed figure was found at the University of North Carolina Charlotte on Tuesday. An email to the UNCC community said police determined it was an art project submitted as an end-of-semester assignment.

In August, protesters toppled Confederate statue "Silent Sam" on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.
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UNC Charlotte's student body president said that she and the rest of the student government are standing with their counterparts at UNC Chapel Hill in opposition to the Confederate monument "Silent Sam."


When you hear the term “street gang,” what images come to mind? There’s a good chance that your first reaction does not include white supremacist, "skinhead" or so-called "alt-right" groups. A pair of researchers argues such groups should be viewed as gangs – especially by policymakers and law enforcement agencies.

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Updated: 7:10 p.m. Tuesday

UNC Charlotte has named Will Healy as its next head football coach. The school confirmed the new hire in a news release Tuesday evening.

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We’ve heard a lot about sexual assault this week, with the sentencing of Bill Cosby and Thursday’s hearing on Capitol Hill where we heard from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser.

The cases were on the mind of Charlotte defense attorney George Laughrun in Mecklenburg County Superior Court Thursday when objecting to a witness's answer in the rape trial of former UNC Charlotte football player Kevin Olsen.  

Matt Walsh / Charlotte Observer

A sexual assault nurse examiner testified Wednesday in the trial of Kevin Olsen that she found bruises and a laceration on the woman who has accused him of rape.