Blake Hodge

Secrecy Surrounding Chancellor Raises Draws Criticism

The UNC Board of Governors decided in closed session on Friday to give pay raises to several chancellors across the UNC System. Now that information is finally being made public. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson were two of 12 recipients of a pay increase, according to information released on Monday. Folt will now have a base salary of $570,000 and Woodson will make $590,000 per year as his base salary. The chancellors who did not receive a pay raise were among the most-recently hired chancellors in the system or had received a pay raise...

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UNC Men’s Basketball Slated No. 1 by Associated Press

Carolina men’s basketball will enter the 2015-2016 season ranked first in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The preseason poll was released Monday. This is the ninth time that UNC has been named the top team in the country heading into a new season and the first time since the 2011-2012 season. This marks the fourth time that Carolina has been ranked number one during Roy Williams’ 13 years leading the program. Williams said in a press release, “I do feel like we’re going to be a good basketball team. I’m excited for our kids, because this is one...

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UNC Football Ranked 21st

The North Carolina Tar Heel football team has cracked the Top 25. UNC is ranked 21st in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 college football poll. This is the first time Carolina has been ranked among the top 25 since being ranked in the 21st spot in the poll on September 2, 2015. This marks the latest point in the season where the Tar Heels have been ranked since checking in at number 23 on November 22, 2009. Carolina is also slotted in the 21st spot in the Amway Coaches Poll. UNC is undefeated in Coastal Division play and...

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Chapel Hill Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Chapel Hill Police are investigating an armed robbery, according to an Alert Carolina message sent to the campus community. Police responded to a reported armed robber around 2:30 in the morning on Friday, October 30th. A male and a female were walking along North Columbia Street, near Isley Street, when they were approached by two male suspects, according to the message. Each suspect was armed with a handgun and wearing hooded sweatshirts. The suspects reportedly shoved the victims against a fence, took money and property and then walked from the scene on foot. If anyone has information which might...

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UNC Police Respond to Sexual Assault After No Citations at Homegrown Halloween

An estimated 40,000 revelers crowded onto Franklin Street on Saturday night for Halloween, according to Chapel Hill Police. Orange County Emergency Services responded to 10 calls within the closed event, according to officials. The majority of EMS calls were alcohol related. There were no arrests made or citations issued in the closed area, according to Chapel Hill Police. The streets were cleared at 11 o’clock Saturday night and opened to traffic just before midnight, after being cleaned by Town crews. While no arrests were made at the Homegrown Halloween event, an Alert Carolina message went out early Sunday morning...

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Sanctuary City Bill Could Alter Chapel Hill Policy

Protestors shut down the roadway outside the governor’s mansion in Raleigh on Thursday protesting House Bill 318. Governor Pat McCrory signed the controversial legislation on Wednesday that bans sanctuary cities. Chapel Hill and Carrboro have been sanctuary cities for several years, meaning that local police do not turn undocumented residents over to federal authorities, if the resident has no history of violence or felony behavior. Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt tells WCHL’s Blake Hodge more about his reaction to the new law....

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Estes Hills Student Receives Letter from President Obama

A local kindergartner got the attention of the most powerful person on the planet recently. Sanaa Horton was a kindergartner in Claire Ross’ classroom at Estes Hills Elementary, in May, when they had a writing assignment. Sanaa decided she would write a letter to President Barack Obama. “He helps our country. He helps the people that were poor. He takes care of America. That is why I love my President,” she recited on Tuesday in her first-grade classroom. Listen to the story below: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/10/29/10-29%20Kindergarten%20Obama_WRAP.mp3 She was reading her letter to the President because, as she was about to find...

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Hemminger Leads Race for Chapel Hill Mayor

The Chapel Hill political landscape has seen a drastic shift in polling numbers in the lead-up to Election Day. A new Public Policy Polling survey has challenger Pam Hemminger leading the Mayoral race with 43 percent of those surveyed responding they would support the former Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School Board member and County Commissioner. PPP director Tom Jensen spoke with WCHL’s Aaron Keck. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/10/28/PPP%20Chapel%20Hill%20survey%20TOM%20JENSEN%20FULL%20102815.mp3   Incumbent Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt received support from 37 percent of respondents. Challenger Gary Kahn came in at two percent. Support from Hemminger has grown by 18 points since the first Public Policy...

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Suspect in Chapel Hill Domestic Violence Case Arrested in Oklahoma

An arrest has been made in connection with a domestic assault in Chapel Hill earlier this month. Kevin Tyler Schuster was apprehended in Canadian County, Oklahoma, for possessing a stolen vehicle, according to police. Chapel Hill law enforcement officials say Schuster is awaiting extradition back to North Carolina to face charges stemming from the October 24 domestic assault. Schuster is facing charges of felony assault by strangulation, felony kidnapping, felony motor vehicle theft, felony obtaining property by false pretenses, in addition to misdemeanor larceny and interference with emergency communication. The victim was transported to UNC Emergency Department with injuries...

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UNC Cost Associated with Wainstein Report Top $10 Million

The residual cost of the Wainstein report came into a clearer picture on Monday. UNC estimates that more than $7.5 million was spent for services provided by three law firms and one public relations agency that were directly related to the academic irregularities of the ongoing scandal. The estimated $7.5 million expense report is in addition to the approximately $3 million spent by the university to commission the Wainstein Report. This information was released on Monday by the university via its Carolina Commitment website. The release was spurred by public records request from the News and Observer and the Daily Tar...

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