Kelly Fahey

State NAACP Protests General Assembly Ahead of Redistricting Meetings

The North Carolina NAACP held a demonstration at the state capitol on Monday calling on the General Assembly to hold from passing any new bills until after the 2018 election. The current legislature was elected based on maps that the United States Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional. The demonstration corresponded with the 52nd Anniversary of the signing of the 1956 Voting Rights Act. Chair of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP Anna Richards said she finds it troubling to still be dealing with voting rights violations. “It’s ironic that 52 years after that landmark legislation was signed, we’re here in North Carolina...

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Parts of Booker Creek Road Closed

Booker Creek Road will be closed to through traffic until Early October between Lakeshore Lane and Foxwood Drive near the Booker Creek Townhouse Apartments. The closure is due to a storm water drain pipe replacement. The road is projected to reopen in October, weather permitting. A detour map can be found...

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Police Vehicles Experiencing Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Police departments nationwide are taking action over defective Ford Explorer patrol vehicles. Carbon Monoxide fumes from the vehicles are seeping inside, potentially sickening the officers and sometimes causing them to lose consciousness. According to a CBS report, Vermont State Police and other departments in the Northeast have installed carbon monoxide monitors in their vehicles, and two departments in Texas have pulled all of their Explorers off the road. Austin, Texas Police Association President Ken Casady said on CBS This Morning that the issue is of upmost concern. “If this is not done by the end of the week, we’re...

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NC House Reps Meet to Discuss Rural Broadband Access

North Carolina House Representative Graig Meyer and a representative from the State’s Office of Digital Infrastructure will speak tonight on the State’s effort to improve rural access to broadband internet across the state. The meeting, which will take place at the Schley Grange Hall, will focus on the state of broadband access in rural Orange County. Meyer claims that despite agreement on the issue across the political aisle, the General Assembly still hasn’t been able to make any leeway on legislation. “Every rural representative in the state wants to see an expansion of rural broadband access for economic and...

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UNC Announces Fellowship Recipients

UNC has announced eight incoming freshmen and two rising juniors as this years Global Gap Year Fellowship recipients. The fellowship allows the students to defer a year of university enrollment to travel internationally for a combination of study, work and volunteer service. While the fellowship is generally exclusively awarded to incoming freshman, a collaboration with student run The Meantime Coffee Co. enabled the program to grant two inaugural Bridge Year Fellowships to rising juniors Araseli Valverde and Kaitlin Galindo. The Meantime’s co-founders Keegan McBride and Scott Diekema started the company in hopes to provide students with these types of...

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UNC Alum named Ambassador to Spain

The White House announced last week its intent to nominate Duke Buchan III as Ambassador to Spain. Buchan, a Henderson, North Carolina native, graduated from UNC with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish in 1985. After graduating from Carolina, Buchan founded a highly successful private investment management firm called Hunter Global Investors and soent time at several large financial and Wall Street firms including Merrill Lynch. Buchan serves on Carolina’s Arts and Sciences Foundation Board of Directors and on the Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council. His family also established the Buchan Excellence Fund, which the University called “the largest single endowment...

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UNC Climate Change Study Estimates 60,000 Deaths by 2030 Due to Air Pollution

A new study out of UNC calculates the number of premature deaths that will be caused by future climate change’s effect on global air pollution if left unaddressed. According to the study, which appeared in the July 31 issue of Nature Climate Change, global air pollution is expected to result in roughly 60,000 deaths globally in the year 2030 and 260,000 deaths in 2100. The study is the most comprehensive look yet on how climate change will affect health via air pollution. Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences and reaserch supervisor on the study Jason West claims that climate change’s...

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Lease Agreement Reached for Prospective Police Station Site

The Town of Chapel Hill is one step closer to building a new police station on land owned by UNC. The UNC Board of Trustees voted on a tentative lease agreement last week for the land, which is located on Estes Drive Extension between Airport Drive and Seawell School Road, to serve as a prospective site for the new station along with other town and university offices. “We have struck a partnership to put a number of town services on that property,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue, “with room for some UNC services to perhaps join us...

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Orange Correctional Center Announces New Superintendent

Larry Marion has been named the new superintendent at Orange Correctional Center in Hillsborough according to the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice. Marion served as the assistant superintendent at Orange Correctional Center since 2011 and has been with the Department of Public Safety for 26 years. Prior to his time with Orange Correctional Center, Marion worked at the former Polk Youth Correctional Institution, Umstead Correctional, the Dan River Prison Work Farm, and served as correctional lieutenant at Wake Correctional Center. He was also correctional captain at the N.C. Correctional Institution for Women. Orange Correctional Center employs a...

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Construction on West Franklin Street

West Franklin Street will be reduced to one travel lane in either direction in front of the new Carolina Square project site today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to road resurfacing. Work will continue on Monday, August 7 through Wednesday, August 9, weather permitting. For more information, visit the town of Chapel Hill’s traffic...

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