Blake Hodge

Tucker Carlson Delivering Park Lecture at UNC Media and Journalism School

Fox News host Tucker Carlson will deliver the 2018 Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture at UNC in April. The UNC School of Media and Journalism made the announcement this week. Carlson is the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News. Carlson took over the time slot formerly held by Bill O’Reilly before his exodus from the cable news network due to sexual misconduct allegations – a story that was reported in part by a UNC alumna. Carlson has hosted programming across varying cable networks, including CNN and MSNBC. UNC officials say the public event at 11 a.m. Thursday,...

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North Carolina AG Requests Information Regarding Potential UNC Health Care Merger

The proposed partnership between UNC Health Care and Atrium Health, formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System, is now drawing the attention of North Carolina’s attorney general. Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein sent a letter on Thursday requesting information from leadership of each hospital system regarding the potential new venture. The proposal has been negotiated almost entirely behind closed doors, which has led to questions and frustration from the UNC System Board of Governors – which has set up a special committee to review any possible deal – and North Carolina’s treasurer. Stein requested varying information in Thursday’s letter to...

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Two Administrative Changes Coming to Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools

Two administrators in the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School district are leaving for new positions. Dr. Rydell Harrison is leaving the district after nearly four years to become the superintendent of the school system in Watertown, Connecticut. Harrison was initially hired in CHCCS in 2014 to take over as principal of Phillips Middle School. Harrison then moved on to a role as the executive director of professional development and the district’s Project ADVANCE teacher-pay program. He was then chosen to replace Dr. Magda Parvey as the assistant superintendent of instructional services in 2016. Harrison was selected by the...

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First Week of Filing Brings Multiple Election Races to Orange County

The filing period for local elected office officially opened this Monday, and there are a few races developing in the first week. Former Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigator Tony White has filed to run against the current sheriff Charles Blackwood, who has filed to run for re-election. Blackwood was first elected to the office in 2014, winning in a runoff. It also appears multiple challengers will be lining up to face incumbent Fourth District Congressman David Price in this year’s Democratic primary. Richard Watkins, from Durham, had previously announced his intentions to run. Watkins was joined on Wednesday when...

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Pedestrian Struck in Chapel Hill’s University Place Parking Lot

A pedestrian was struck in the University Place parking lot Wednesday afternoon. Chapel Hill Fire and other emergency services responded to the mall parking lot just before 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. Chapel Hill Police and Fire spokesperson Ran Northam confirmed that crews were on the scene due to a report of a pedestrian being struck. Northam did not have specific details but said any injuries did not appear to be severe. Northam said the pedestrian was able to make their way into the mall and call police. This story will be updated with any additional information as it is made...

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Substitute Teacher Under Investigation by Orange County Sheriff’s Office

A teacher who has worked in the Orange County School System as a substitute is under investigation for sending inappropriate messages to students at Hillsborough’s Cedar Ridge High School. Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood confirmed that the investigation was underway. Raleigh TV station ABC11 was first to report the investigation as a Cedar Ridge High School teacher being the subject under scrutiny. The outlet is reporting the teacher is “accused of taking naked pictures and sending them to former and current students on social media.” Orange County Schools officials said the teacher under investigation was not a full-time teacher...

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North Carolina Treasurer Requests $1 Billion Performance Guarantee Over Potential UNC Health Care Partnership

Few details are known about a possible new venture between UNC Health Care and the organization formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System. Now North Carolina’s Republican Treasurer Dale Folwell is asking UNC Health Care leadership for a guarantee that health care costs in the Tar Heel State will not go up under any proposed partnership. Folwell announced Tuesday that he is asking UNC Health Care to provide the State Health Plan with a $1 billion performance bond “guaranteeing that any merger with the organization and Carolinas HealthCare System would not increase medical costs for the Plan and North Carolina...

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Hillsborough to Interview Five Candidates for Board of Commissioner Vacancy

The field of candidates who applied for the vacancy on the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners has dwindled. Six candidates initially filed to fill the vacancy, but one candidate withdrew their application on Tuesday morning. The five remaining candidates are Bill Harris, Matt Hughes, Anna Linvill, James Schweitzer and Scott Taylor. The deadline for applications closed Sunday, February 11. Longtime board member Brian Lowen announced earlier this year that he would be resigning his seat on the board. The town board decided at Monday’s meeting to interview all of the applicants for the open seat. The interviews and public comment...

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Protecting Sexual Harassment Victims Draws Attention from North Carolina Attorney General, UNC Chancellor

Protecting victims of sexual harassment in the workplace is a priority for attorneys general across the United States in a letter to federal lawmakers. North Carolina Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein joined with Florida’s Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi in rallying attorneys general from all 50 states plus six United States territories in hopes of urging United States lawmakers to pass legislation that “protects victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.” The letter to federal leadership focuses on ending “forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims to protect victims’ fundamental right to their day in court.” “For far too long,...

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2018 Election Filing Begins Monday

This year will bring about what is known as a “Blue Moon” election in North Carolina, with no races for President, Governor or Senate on the ballot this November. But the anticipation is building ahead of this fall’s elections nonetheless. And the first step toward that election begins Monday when the filing period opens across North Carolina. In Orange County, voters will be casting ballots in November for county commissioners, state house and senate seats and for the Fourth Congressional District, among other county races – including Sheriff and the Orange County Board of Education. A new wrinkle was...

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