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UNC Finally Set to Learn Ruling in NCAA Academic Case Friday

North Carolina is finally set to learn its fate in a multiyear NCAA academic case. The NCAA infractions committee panel handling the school’s multiyear academic case plans to release its ruling Friday, three people with knowledge of the investigation said. The people said the NCAA notified parties involved in the case Thursday morning. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither the school nor the NCAA have commented publicly on the release. It will be a long-awaited moment for both the school and NCAA, which had investigators first arrive on campus more than seven...

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AP Sources: NCAA to Release Ruling in UNC Case Friday

Three people with knowledge of the investigation say the NCAA infractions committee panel handling North Carolina’s multi-year academic case plans to release its ruling Friday. The people say the NCAA notified parties involved in the case Thursday morning. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the school nor the NCAA have commented publicly on the release. The ruling comes roughly eight weeks after UNC appeared before the panel in August in Nashville, Tennessee, for a two-day hearing. The school faces five top-level charges, including lack of institutional control. The oft-delayed case is focused on...

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NCAA to Form Commission in Response to Bribery Scheme

The NCAA says it will form a commission to study the inner workings of college basketball in response a federal investigation into bribery and fraud that rocked the sport and implicated several assistant coaches. The NCAA announced the commission Wednesday and said former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will lead the committee. “We need to do right by student-athletes,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. “I believe we can — and we must — find a way to protect the integrity of college sports by addressing both sides of the coin: fairness and opportunity for college athletes,...

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Lawmakers Restless on Pay, Severance at Mental Health Agency

North Carolina legislators are getting restless waiting for state regulators to act against a regional managed-care mental health agency that’s the subject of a second critical report this year on leadership pay and benefits. The Department of Health and Human Services presented to a General Assembly committee on Tuesday its own interim report examining practices of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions following a scathing state auditor’s review in May. The state audit found Cardinal spent excessively on salaries for top executives, conferences and Christmas parties. Now the department’s review found CEO Richard Topping, other executives and employees have severance packages...

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Man Appears in Court in Airport Explosive Case

A man accused of leaving an explosive device at a North Carolina airport has been assigned a defense attorney at an initial court appearance. The federal court docket says that Michael Christopher Estes was advised of his rights and charges by a federal magistrate judge Tuesday. He’s accused of attempted malicious use of explosive materials and unlawful possession of explosives at an airport. Authorities found the Mason jar filled with explosive chemicals Friday at the Asheville airport and rendered it safe. Estes was arrested the next day. A federal public defender assigned to the case, Fredilyn Sison, didn’t immediately...

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Gov. Cooper Vetoes Bill to Eliminate Judicial Primaries

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed Republican-backed legislation that would eliminate judicial primaries next year. The Democratic governor said Monday the legislation would erode voters’ ability to choose judges. The bill would eliminate primaries for 2018 judicial races ranging from Supreme Court to district court. It left November general elections in place. GOP legislative leaders have said eliminating the primaries would give them more time to study possible changes to judicial election districts. The legislation also would have reduced requirements for unaffiliated candidates in state and local elections among other changes. Monday marks the 13th time the first-term...

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UNC’s Fedora Plans More Involvement in Play-Calling Duties

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora plans to be more involved in play-calling duties with the Tar Heels off to a 1-5 start fueled by inexperience and injuries. Fedora said he would be more involved “when we are between series … in what I would like to try to do” entering Saturday’s home game against Virginia. “I’m not saying I’m taking over the offense,” said Fedora, speaking Monday at his weekly news conference. “That’s not what I’m saying. I’m not saying that at all. I’m just going to be more involved in what we’re doing.” The Tar Heels have traditionally...

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