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UNC Amasses $5.6M in Costs for Academic Scandal from 2015-17

North Carolina estimates it has amassed more than $5.6 million in attorneys’ fees and other costs between mid-2015 and January tied to its multi-year academic scandal. The school released updated figures Friday as it responds to public records requests. The total included an array of related issues, from the ongoing NCAA case that has led to five serious charges against the school to lawsuits filed by former athletes and the cost of dealing with more records requests. UNC has now amassed at least $16.3 million in costs tied to the academic scandal dating to 2012, including $3.1 million for...

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AP Exclusive: ‘Bathroom bill’ to Cost North Carolina $3.76B

The Associated Press has determined that North Carolina’s law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years. That’s despite Republican assurances that the “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy. The tally includes state Commerce Department projections for several large companies that backed out of projects because of the law, as well as estimates for dozens of canceled sporting events, concerts and conventions. Still, other measures show North Carolina has a healthy economy estimated at more than $500 billion a year. The federal government reported that North Carolina had one...

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NCAA Case Tied to UNC’s Academic Case Hits Another Delay

The NCAA case tied to North Carolina’s multi-year academic scandal has hit yet another delay. Spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in an email Wednesday that UNC hasn’t submitted its response due this week to five NCAA charges because it is “awaiting guidance from the committee on infractions on a new schedule.” That comes days after a woman at the center of the scandal issued an affidavit defending the quality of courses offered while her attorney said the NCAA had falsely charged her with wrongdoing. Elliot Abrams, Deborah Crowder’s attorney, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he is working with...

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Craig Hicks Faces Families of Murdered Muslim Students in Brief Hearing

A man accused of gunning down his Muslim neighbors was emotionless during a brief court appearance where he faced his victims’ relatives for the first time in nearly two years. Defendant Craig Hicks appears to have lost a significant amount of weight since the fatal shootings in February 2015. He wore an orange jumpsuit and said nothing during the pretrial hearing Tuesday in which attorneys discussed discovery issues. Hicks is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the killings of 23-year-old Deah Barakat; his wife, 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha; and her sister, 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. Deah Barakat’s brother,...

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Mom Says She Caught Carrboro Day Care Worker Breastfeeding Her Child

A North Carolina mother says surveillance video at the day care where she works caught another worker breastfeeding her 3-month-old son without permission. Kaycee Oxendine told multiple Raleigh television stations that security footage inside Carrboro Early School showed a woman adjusting her top and bringing Oxendine’s 3-month-old son to her chest to breastfeed him. Oxendine said her son’s teacher told her he was constipated, and when another woman working in the nursery asked Oxendine if she could breastfeed the boy to see if it would help, Oxendine twice said no. Day care director Daron Council said an employee reported what...

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US Supreme Court Blocks New North Carolina Maps, Fall Elections

The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked a lower court ruling ordering North Carolina legislators to redraw state legislative districts and hold special elections within the altered districts this fall. Tuesday’s court order granted the request of North Carolina Republican legislative leaders to delay the ruling by a three-judge panel. The lower court last summer threw out 28 state House and Senate districts as racial gerrymanders. The Supreme Court says its order will stay in place at least until the court decides whether to hear the appeal. If the justices take up the case, the stay will remain in effect...

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UNC Again Faces NCAA Extra-Benefits Charge in Academic Case

North Carolina again faces an NCAA charge for providing improper extra benefits tied to its multi-year academic fraud scandal. The school on Thursday released a third Notice of Allegations (NOA) from the NCAA that outlines rules violations. The notice, dated Dec. 13, includes rewording a charge that had been removed from the first version filed in May 2015 that was tied to athletes’ access to the irregular courses on the Chapel Hill campus. That charge, originally tied to conduct by academic counselors, now focuses on two former staffers in that department while also citing them for violating “principles of...

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Duke Gives Allen Indefinite Suspension From Team After Trip

Duke suspended Grayson Allen indefinitely from the team Thursday, one day after he was caught tripping an opponent for the third time in a year. In a brief statement announcing the suspension, coach Mike Krzyzewski said the program “needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke basketball.” Allen picked up a technical foul for tripping Elon’s Steven Santa Ana on a drive in the first half of a 72-61 win Wednesday night. That earned him a seat on the bench for the final 4:15 of the half and the start of...

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Bid to Repeal House Bill 2 Fails

Amid deepening acrimony, a supposedly bipartisan deal to kill the North Carolina law known as the “bathroom bill” fell apart Wednesday night, ensuring the likelihood that global corporations and national sports events will continue to stay away from the state. The law limits protections for LGBT people and was best known for a provision that requires transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates. It was passed earlier this year after Charlotte officials approved a sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance. The repeal compromise touted by both Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper and GOP Gov. Pat McCrory...

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North Carolina GOP Legislators Look to Weaken Incoming Democratic Governor

Republicans at the General Assembly appear ready to undermine North Carolina Gov.-elect Roy Cooper’s powers before he takes office next month. GOP lawmakers participating in a special session scheduled committee meetings Thursday to consider bills that would reshape parts of state government and Cooper’s relations with the legislature. One measure would require Cooper’s Cabinet choices to get Senate confirmation and scale back dramatically the number of at-will political appointees Cooper can hire. Another measure would merge the State Board of Elections and State Ethics Commission. Democrats are furious about the goals of the second special session this week, calling...

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