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UNC Dominates NC State for 51-Point Win

A 20-0 run in the first half was followed up by a 22-0 run in the second half as North Carolina set a new record for points scored against NC State in a 107-56 victory on Sunday. Many were excited for the point guard matchup between NC State’s star freshman Dennis Smith Jr. and UNC’s Joel Berry. But early foul trouble for the Wolfpack freshman set the tone for the matchup and the game as a whole. While NC State’s offense couldn’t get going, the Tar Heels were out to a quick start with a 6-0 lead. The first...

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I-40 West Reopened in Orange County

****UPDATE: I-40 westbound lanes have reopened.**** Westbound lanes of I-40 are closed on Saturday afternoon due to a wreck. Officials have been encouraging residents to stay off of the roads, if at all possible, due to hazardous conditions from a winter storm that dumped varying amounts of snow across central North Carolina Friday night into Saturday. Pictures from North Carolina Department of Transportation cameras show a tractor-trailer that appears to be the cause of the I-40 closure. DOT officials say a detour has been established around the accident at Mile Marker 259 near Hillsborough. There is no word on...

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Power Restored in Chapel Hill After Inclement Weather

****UPDATE: Power has been restored to all customers in Orange County, according to Duke Energy.**** Residents across the community are waking up on Saturday morning to varying amounts of snow. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Orange County and all of the surrounding area until Saturday evening. Duke Energy is reporting that 42 customers in Chapel Hill are without power Saturday morning due to fallen trees or limbs damaging utility equipment. Duke officials say the outage was reported just after six o’clock Saturday morning. After originally estimating power would be restored by 9:30 Saturday morning, that has been...

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GoTriangle: Additional Local Funding May Not Be Necessary for Durham-Orange Light Rail

Funding the Durham-Orange Light Rail project has been a contentious topic in recent months. But GoTriangle now says it may only need additional local funding as a safety net for the project – not as an integral piece of the funding. GoTriangle staff presented the updated plan to the organization’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday. The new plan was also submitted to federal officials last Friday. GoTriangle senior financial analyst Mindy Taylor told the board that the organization had worked with independent financial analysts to find ways to pay for the project without increasing the burden on local government...

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UNC Police Investigating Holiday Crimes

UNC Police are investigating a series of incidents in a residence hall over the university’s winter break. Authorities say they are investigating a report of a break-in at one room in Spencer Residence Hall and the attempted break-ins at six additional rooms. Police say they were alerted that suspects tried to gain access to the rooms – one of which was successful – after housekeeping personnel noticed the attempted break-ins after seeing tool pry marks on door jams. Police say the incidents took place between December 18 and January 3. Officials say there are no suspects at this time while...

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Chapel Hill and Carrboro Mayors Sign Letter to President Obama Urging Action to Protect Immigrants

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle were two of 31 members of Cities for Action who signed an open letter to President Barack Obama last week ahead of the presidential transition later this month. The letter is “urging [Obama] to commit to further protections for the many immigrants in their communities before he leaves office.” The coalition represents over 100 mayors and county executives from across the country. The letter recommends that the Obama administration “strengthen support for young immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals by accepting DACA renewal applications” and supporting “immigrants who...

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Chapel Hill Man Accused of Sex Offenses with Child

A Chapel Hill man has been charged with five sex crimes with a child under the age of 12, according to multiple outlets. Reports cite a release from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office saying 62-year-old Jeffrey Behun, of 2722 Damascus Church Road, has been arrested. Behun is facing four counts of felony indecent liberties with a child and one count of felony statutory sexual offense. The release said the incidents are alleged to have occurred in Orange and Chatham counties with a single victim under the age of 12. Behun is being held under a $20,000 secured bond and...

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