Blake Hodge

UNC PhD Candidate Named to ’30 Under 30: Healthcare’ List

A PhD candidate at UNC has been named to the 30 Under 30 in Healthcare by Forbes. Mugdha Gokhale is a 29-year-old drug safety researcher at UNC. Forbes touts Gokhale’s work looking at large health databases to determine how safe medicines are outside of clinical trials. Gokhale also holds a bachelor’s degree in Indian classical music, according to the post. You can see the full posting on the Forbes...

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Durham Police Arrest Additional Suspects for November Shooting

Durham Police have arrested two additional suspects in connection with a November homicide. Police say 21-year-old Rashad Neal was arrested on Thursday afternoon in Virginia by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force. A short time later 19-year-old Jonathan McLendon turned himself into Durham authorities. Both Neal and McLendon were wanted in connection with the November 16, 2015, shooting of 53-year-old Paul Jones. Police say officers found Jones dead from a gunshot wound on Scout Drive. Police have already taken 16-year-old Corinthian Eddie Bowens and 18-year-old Tyquan Nelson into custody in connection with the...

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Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Will Pay Employees a Living Wage

The Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School system has been recognized by a local non-profit for paying its employees a living wage. Orange County Living Wage has been compiling businesses and organizations that pay employees a living wage, which is defined for Orange County as $12.75 per hour or $11.25 per hour for employees covered by health insurance. Other communities have similar non-profits pushing for employers to pay a living wage. OCLW says that the school system makes up the largest living wage employer to date in the organization’s registry. In order to qualify, 72 employees in the CHCCS system...

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Bishop Arnold Harris Preaches Hope For Durham

Bishop Arnold Harris’ son, 33-year-old Santonio Rochelle, was shot and killed in Durham on November 7. Harris says he runs a ministry in the area of Durham that has been most-heavily impacted by fatal shootings in recent years, and that his son was influential in starting that work. “He gave me the vision,” Harris says. “He birthed the vision into my mind. I prayed about it. I wanted to do it, but you have to listen to your children.” Harris says, while he knows his son wasn’t perfect, Rochelle was working to reach out to members of the community...

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Congressman David Price Thanks Tom Ross Criticizes BOG in House Remarks

Tom Ross’ tenure as the President of the UNC System officially came to a close on Monday. The UNC Board of Governors announced in January 2015 that Ross would be removed from that position. That was the start of an oft-criticized 12 months for the board as it elected former U.S. Secretary of Education under George W. Bush Margaret Spellings to succeed Ross. Fourth District North Carolina Congressman David Price spoke on the House floor on Thursday thanking Ross for his years of service. Price also criticized the decision to remove Ross as president. I cannot fail to note...

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UNC Kicker Nick Weiler Named Semifinalist for Wooden Cup

UNC kicker Nick Weiler has been named a semifinalist for the 2016 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup. The award is presented annually to the student-athlete that best displays character, teamwork and citizenship, that attributes Athletes for a Better World deems central to transforming individuals, sport and society, according to the university. Weiler, a junior from Fairfax Station, Virginia, has been a peer mentor in the Carolina Leadership Academy for two years, according to UNC, and he has participated in the Rising Stars Program. Officials say Weiler also volunteers weekly at New Hope Elementary School as a mentor to students and...

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Time Warner Cable Customers Experiencing Outages

Time Warner Cable has reported widespread outages across the Triangle. The company confirmed the outages on Twitter just before two o’clock Thursday afternoon. Customers in the Carolinas, we are currently working on resolving an issue causing service problems. No ETR at this time. ^SS — TWC Help (@TWC_Help) January 7, 2016   The website downdetector.com shows an outage map impacting several markets in North Carolina.  Recent outage reports originate from Raleigh and Cary among several other areas.  Elsewhere in North Carolina, there are reported outages near Charlotte, the Triad, and Wilmington.  Most of the outages, 64 percent, are internet related.  ...

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Chatham County Officials Searching for Bank Robbery Suspect

Chatham County law enforcement officials are searching for a suspect in connection with a Chapel Hill bank robbery Wednesday afternoon. Multiple outlets are reporting that shortly after three o’clock Wednesday afternoon a suspect robbed the State Employees’ Credit Union on North Chatham Parkway. Reports say the suspect approached the teller with a note demanding money. The Sheriff’s Office received a distress call, according to reports, and an employee was able to call 911. Police do not know if the suspect was armed. Police described the suspect as wearing a blue, New York Yankees hat with a striped, gray hoodie,...

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Durham Police Investigating Convenience Store Robbery

Durham Police are trying to identify two males who robbed a convenience store on New Year’s Eve. Investigators say two males wearing black ski masks and hoodies entered the Morehead Mini Mart at 1601 Morehead Avenue. Police say the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects appeared to be Hispanic males, according to police, in the late teens or early 20s. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the suspects may have been involved in a similar robbery at the business on November 23. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator R.J. Guardino at (919)...

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North Carolina Ranks 45th in Tobacco Prevention Program Spending

An annual report released in December that details how states are using funds from the 1998 state tobacco tax settlement and tobacco taxes finds that many states are still not spending the recommended amount of money on smoking prevention efforts. North Carolina ranks near the bottom nationally, according to the new data. The report says that North Carolina spent $1.2 million on tobacco-prevention programs, while the industry spent $392.2 million in marketing. John Shachter is the director of state communications with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. He spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about the report and how North Carolina stacks...

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