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Chatham County Officials Agree to Deal with Duke Energy on Coal Ash

Chatham County officials have reached an agreement with Duke Energy on parameters of storing coal ash at a clay mine in the county. A deal was struck between the county and the energy giant after weeks of negotiations, according to officials. Chatham County Manager Charlie Horne says the county’s focus was getting the best arrangement it could with Duke. “Given that, no matter what we do, we’re likely going to get coal ash,” he says, “what is the best deal, if you will, we can get from Duke Energy to do other things potentially in Chatham County.” Duke Spokesperson...

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Durham Officer Shoots Robbery Suspect in Face

Durham Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at a McDonald’s at 3117 Tower Boulevard. A Durham officer shot a suspect in the face after responding to a robbery in progress at the restaurant shortly before four o’clock this morning. The suspect had his arm around a female employee’s neck, according to police. The preliminary investigation shows that the suspect repeatedly threatened to kill the employee. The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries but was conscious and alert, according to law enforcement. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, per normal procedure...

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Allisha Gray Granted Release from UNC

Another member of the 2013 recruiting class is leaving the UNC Women’s Basketball program. Allisha Gray has been granted her release to seek a transfer from Carolina, the university confirmed on Tuesday. Gray led the Tar Heels in scoring last season as a sophomore, with nearly 16 points per game, and was second on the team with 7.6 rebounds per game. The 2013 recruiting class included Gray, Jessica Washington, Diamond DeShields, and Stephanie Mavunga. UNC announced Washington’s transfer last month, DeShields transferred from Carolina last year, and now Gray is joining the exodus. Gray will have to sit out...

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Teacher, Assistant Principal Resign from Efland Cheeks

The third-grade teacher who read King and King to his classroom to solve a bullying problem at Efland Cheeks Elementary School has resigned. Omar Currie told WCHL in mid-May, following the initial controversy over the fairy tale that depicts two princes getting married, that his intention was to resign at the end of the academic year. “I chose to work at Efland because of the children,” he said. “For me, it’s about supporting the children. And it’s really difficult for me to be able to do that if I don’t have the support of my administration.” Currie said at...

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Carjacking Suspect in Custody

A suspect is in custody after a carjacking in Orange County on Friday. Authorities say 45-year-old James Patrick Thompson, of Durham, was arrested on Friday evening in South Carolina after stealing a vehicle in Hillsborough earlier that morning. The victim was visiting from Atlanta to attend a friend’s wedding, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and was traveling on I-85 near the I-40 interchange when she saw a vehicle that had been involved in an accident. According to law enforcement, she then stopped to offer help to Thompson, who threatened her with a broken bottle, took her vehicle, and left...

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Nine Tar Heels Make US Team

Nine current or former UNC women’s lacrosse players led the way at tryouts for the national team. US Lacrosse announced the 36-player roster for the 2015 – 2016 US National Team after three days of tryouts in Baltimore over the weekend. 12 Tar Heels were invited to the tryouts. The nine Carolina players on the roster is the most of any school in the country. Maryland placed eight players on the roster. Current UNC players to make the cut were rising junior Maggie Bill, rising sophomore Marie McCool, rising junior Caylee Waters, and recent graduate Courtney Waite. Former Tar...

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Chapel Hill High Student Off to Build Playground in Haiti

The main priority for many students who just finished up their high school careers will be spending the summer enjoying time with friends before heading off to college. But at least one member of the class of 2015 has a big project on her hands this summer. Allie Parker graduated this weekend after four years at Chapel Hill High School. Now she is off to Haiti for a special project. “[We’re going] a little bit outside of the capital, Port-au-Prince,” she says, “to build a playground that I’ve been raising money for and working toward for the last two...

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Controversial UNC Wrestling Coach Mock “Relieved of Duties”

UNC Wrestling Coach C.D. Mock has been relieved of his duties, Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham announced Friday. Mock was thrust into the public eye in the aftermath of a sexual assault accusation against his son Corey at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2014. Mock publicly criticized UT-Chattanooga following the expulsion of his son after the university judicial system found him guilty of sexual assault. A website was launched by the Mock family about the “hookup” culture that exists on college campuses today instead of dating, describing it as a “new danger” for young men on college campuses....

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Police Make Arrest in Check Fraud Case

Chapel Hill Police made an arrest after a nearly two-month investigation into a check fraud case. 56-year-old Christian Albert Ball, of Springview Trail in Chapel Hill, was arrested by authorities on Wednesday on eight felony charges of forgery and obtaining property by false pretense. 66-year-old Carol Winkleman notified police on April 29 that a checkbook had been stolen from her home on Virginia Drive in Chapel Hill. Nearly two months passed, but on a June 10 patrol an officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle and arrested Ball. He was then transported to Hillsborough and turned over to the custody of...

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US Battling Sweden Tonight in World Cup

The US Women’s World Cup team will take the pitch in Canada for their second game of the group-play stage today. The United States will face off with Sweden at eight o’clock tonight. The national team is stacked with Tar Heels; six of the 23 members of the team are UNC products. Three former Carolina players are representing other countries at the tournament. That represents the largest number of representatives from any university. There will be watch parties spread all across Chapel Hill for the game tonight. The US team will finish up group play next Tuesday against...

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