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UNC Students Gather for Pitch Party

Students will gather in The Blue Zone in Kenan Stadium on Thursday night, even though the Tar Heels have no more home football games. These Tar Heels are congregating for the Carolina Challenge Pitch Party, where student entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to pitch potential business ideas to judges. Kris Hergert is an associate director at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, and he tells WCHL’s Blake Hodge more about the event and the entrepreneurial spirit at Carolina. https://chapelboroaudio.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/11/18/11-18%20Pitch%20Party.mp3   Everyone is invited to attend the Carolina Challenge Pitch Party from 5:30 until eight o’clock this...

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UNC Takes Early Step Toward Indoor Football Practice Facility

The UNC Board of Trustees finance and facilities committee gave approval for Carolina to move forward with a proposal to build an indoor practice facility on campus. Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham presented the plans to the committee on Wednesday. The plan already has approval from the UNC Board of Governors. Cunningham told the committee that the facility will cost around 25 million dollars and be paid for though private funding with the Rams Club. Tar Heel head football coach Larry Fedora said in a statement, “I appreciate the support and commitment from Bubba Cunningham, the Board of Trustees and...

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ABC Commission OK’s La Res Penalty

The state Alcohol Beverage Control Commission finalized its punishment against La Residence on Wednesday. La Res will have its alcohol permits suspended for at least two weeks, according to an offer in compromise that was ratified by the state regulatory board, for its role in the fatal wrong-way crash on I-85 in July. Records show that 20-year-old Chandler Kania and other underage patrons visited La Res and He’s Not Here where they were served alcohol in July. Later that night, Kania drove the wrong-way on I-85 for at least six miles before crashing head on into another vehicle, killing...

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UNC Moves Up to No. 17 in College Football Playoff Rankings

The North Carolina Tar Heels moved up to number 17 in the College Football Playoff Rankings released on Tuesday night. The Tar Heels have won nine straight games after the season-opening loss to South Carolina. UNC was ranked 23rd in last week’s rankings and Carolina moved up to number 12 in the latest AP Poll. Carolina faces off with Virginia Tech on Saturday in Frank Beamer’s final home game leading the Hokie...

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DWI Case for Chapel Hill Town Councilman Continued

Chapel Hill Town Councilman Lee Storrow appeared in court Tuesday morning on a DWI charge. The case against Storrow was continued until December 8, to allow Storrow time to complete an alcohol support class at UNC. Storrow says the support class has been beneficial in the days since his arrest. “I have found that to be a positive experience,” Storrow says. “I have not consumed alcohol since this incident happened and actually seen a lot of personal health benefits from that that I’ve been reflecting upon.” He says he has been encouraged through his time in the class. “My...

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McCrory Asks Obama to ‘Cease Sending Refugees from Syria to North Carolina’

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory joined a growing list of state heads asking the President to slow or even halt the flow of Syrian refugees across the country. “Because of the most recent attacks in Paris and the very real possibility that one of the terrorists entered France as a recent refugee,” McCrory says, “I am now requesting that the President and the federal government cease sending refugees from Syria to North Carolina.” The list of governors opposing the relocation of Syrian refugees in their states now contains nearly two dozen names, mostly Republican with some Democrat. President Barack...

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Penny Rich Running for Re-Election as County Commissioner

Penny Rich has announced that she will be running for re-election to the Orange County Board of Commissioners next fall. Rich is seeking a second term representing District 1 on the board after first being elected in 2012. During her first term, Rich served as the Finance Chair on the Orange County Visitors Bureau and Co-Chair of the Solid Waste Advisory Group, among other designations. Rich spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about her re-election bid. Listen below: https://chapelboroaudio.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/11/17/Penny%20Rich.mp3   Two candidates, Mark Macoplos and Matt Hughes, have announced their candidacy for the at-large seat up for election on the...

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UNC Board of Governors Will Give General Assembly Closed Session Minutes

The Board of Governors met in special session on Friday to consider a request from some members of the General Assembly for a copy of the minutes from the October 30 meeting, where the board voted in closed session to give 12 Chancellors pay raises, but did not disclose that information in open session. Joe Knott, who was appointed to a four-year term on the board earlier this year, said that he felt the request from the legislators was overreach. “What has been one of the keys to preserving academic excellence here has been the insulation of the university...

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UNC Students Stand with Peers at Missouri

Emotions ranged from anger to fear to desperation and hit nearly every benchmark in between as hundreds of students and other members of the campus community at UNC gathered in front of South Building, which houses the offices of top university administrators, on Friday to support their student peers at the University of Missouri. Listen to the story with voices of students speaking at the rally: https://chapelboroaudio.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/11/16/Rally_WRAP.mp3   The President of the UM System and the Chancellor of the flagship Columbia campus both resigned last week amid a hunger strike by a student and a threatened boycott from the...

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UNC Assistant Professor Arrested on Sexual Exploitation Charges

A UNC faculty member is scheduled to appear in court Monday after being arrested late last week. 33-year-old Kuohsiung Yang is a research assistant professor at UNC, and he was arrested last Thursday and charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation with a minor, according to police reports. The 10 counts are all felony charges. Yang, of 120 Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill, has been a UNC employee since August of 2012, according to WRAL. The FBI is reportedly involved in the case where Yang duplicated videos of young girls being sexually assaulted, according to police reports....

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