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Cate Edwards On Today: “He’s My Dad, And I Love Him”

NEW YORK – For the first time since Cate Edwards followed her father to a  courthouse in Greensboro every day for six weeks, she spoke out in an exclusive interview with the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie Friday morning about her life, the time surrounding the trial, and a foundation created in the memory of her mother, Elizabeth. “I love my family and I’m loyal to them and I care about them,” Cate said told Guthrie. “There pain is my pain and that’s as complicated as it gets.” But, life was complicated a year ago when Cate followed her father into the courthouse from April 23 to May 31. John was on trial for the alleged illegal use of campaign funds and was found not guilty on one of the six counts; the other five were mistrials and the prosecution said it would not revisit the case. But Cate said, no matter what happened she was standing behind her father. “He’s my day, and I love him,” Cate said. “We love each other and we support each other. That’s just how our family is.” Cate practices law at a public interest firm in Washington, D.C., Edwards and Eubanks, LLC. Her mother, Elizabeth lost her battle with breast cancer on December 7, 2010. Since then, Cate has been busy getting the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation off the ground. She said her mother was a huge influence on...

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News Around Town: Chapel Hill Teen Week; Summer Road Construction

CHAPLE HILL – During the First Annual Chapel Hill Teen Week the Town of Chapel Hill will celebrate youth identity, youth voices, and youth driven activities April 8-13. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt formally stated the second week of April as Chapel Hill Teen Week. The goal of Chapel Hill Teen Week is to emphasize the diversity of Chapel Hill’s teenage population. Participants will receive free raffle tickets for an opportunity to win prizes such as UNC-CH gear, gift cards to local restaurants, and a private Bevello shopping experience with up to ten friends. Events will take place at Street Scene Teen Center under the Post Office at 179 E. Franklin St. The events start at 6:30 p.m. and are as follows: April 8- Café and Trivia Night April 9- A Cappella Sing Off and Battle of the Fans April 10- Unified Theatre Performance April 11- Unity Club: Zombies vs. Humans April 12- Improv Comedy Night April 13- Youth Fest Youth Fest will wrap up Chapel Hill Teen Week. It will take place on the Wallace Plaza on Rosemary Street behind Street Scene. There will be live performers at this event including the Emerging Artists Series, Sacrificial Poets, UNC Wordsmiths, and then Dominant Young Souls Dance Group. There are spots available for other performers as well. For information about Teen Week events, “Like” CHC Teen Week on Facebook or “Follow” @CHCTeenWeek...

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News Around Town: Holiday Schedules; Hillsborough Citizens Police Academy

CHAPEL HILL – The Town of Chapel Hill Services will be operating differently this holiday weekend. Most municipal offices will be closed Friday, March 29; there will be no curbside yard waste collection on Friday, March 29; the Orange County landfill will be open for the weekend; and there will be no change in the curbside recycling schedule. The Orange County solid waste convenience centers will be closed Sunday, March 31. Eubanks Road and Walnut Grove Church Road locations will be open Monday, April 1. The Chapel Hill Transit will run on a Saturday schedule. Routes CM, CW, D, FG, JN, and T will operate. The Saturday U and NU routes will not operate on Friday and Saturday. EZ Rider services will end at 6:52 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The last schedules pick-up window will be 6:42 p.m. – 7:02 p.m. Safe Rides will run normally Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. CHT will begin its regular service schedule on Sunday, March 31. The CH parking office will be closed for the weekend. The Wallace Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St. and the Rosemary/Columbia lot will be open. All other Town-owned lots and on-street parking meters will be free. The Town’s Office and Maintenance Division will be closed. For emergency services call 919-968-2855. The Chapel Hill Community Center and Plant Road administrative office will be closed. Schedules are available for Hargraves...

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UNC Softball Sneaks Out 3-2 Homerun-Fest Win

CHAPEL HILL – Two homeruns powered the UNC softball team past Virginia Tech Friday night,3-2. In fact, all five scores were tallied by homeruns. The Hokies started things off with a solo shot to right-center by junior Amanda Ake. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Tar Heel junior Amy Nece reached on a walk.; redshirt freshman Jenna Kelly followed her and sent the ball over the left-field fence for the two-RBI homer and the lead. But, Ake answered the shot with a lead-off homerun in the top of the fifth to tie the contest at two. The final score of the night came in the bottom of the fifth when senior Haleigh Dickey hit her fifth homer of the season to take the 3-2 advantage. The Hokies left three stranded in the final two innings and the Tar Heels took the win. Junior Lori Spingola pitched the complete game and improved to 15-9 on the season. She gave up four hits, struck out six, and only walked three. With the win, Carolina improved to 24-12, 5-2 in the ACC; Virginia Tech fell to 18-7, 0-3. Saturday’s double header to close out the series begins at 1:00 p.m. at Anderson...

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No. 1 UNC Baseball Hosts Clemson Beginning Saturday; Fireworks Saturday Night

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNC baseball team puts the best record in the conference on the line against Clemson for an Easter-weekend series beginning Saturday night. The Tar Heels have only fallen once this season—a loss to then No. 29 Miami Hurricanes 4-1 at the Bosh. That 23-1 record is the best in school history through 24, and even if Carolina loses its next game will have the best record through 25. On Thursday, Head Coach Mike Fox told Ron Stutts on the Morning News that pitching was the tip of the sword for UNC. The Diamond Heels hold a 1.70 team earned run average, which is second in the nation. Behind the strong arms is a strong batting lineup. Carolina hold a .319 batting average heading into the weekend series, which is the ninth-best in the land. Junior left-hander Kent Emanuel will once again take the mound to open the series for the Tar Heels on Saturday. Emanuel holds a 4-1 record with a 1.17 ERA through 46.1 innings; he’s thrown 35 strikeouts this season compared to just nine walks. Following Saturday night’s contest, stick around for fireworks at Boshamer Stadium. This will be the first of four events this season. For more information, visit our website, Chapelboro.com. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Saturday night. The series continues Sunday at 7:00 p.m. with Family Night where tickets are only $3. The series concludes on...

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UNC Softball Returns Home To Host VT Friday, Saturday

CHAPEL HILL – The UNCsoftball team returns home Friday night for the start of its three-game conference series against Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels are coming off a shutout win over the Campbell Camels on Wednesday. Carolina did all its scoring in the first inning and the defense held for the 3-0 win. That snapped a two-game skid for the Tar Heels. UNC fell to Florida State in a double-header on Sunday which allowed the Seminoles to take over second place in the ACC and dropped the Tar Heels to fourth. Friday’s contest begins a ten-game home stand in which Carolina will face Appalachian State, James Madison, Virginia, and Elon in just 13 days. The Virginia Tech series will conclude on Saturday with a double header beginning at 1:00 p.m. All the action begins Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Anderson...

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Cate Edwards Opens Up To Today Show Friday Morning

CHAPEL HILL – Former U.S. Senator John Edwards’ eldest daughter, Cate will speak out on Friday morning on the Today show about her reaction to her father’s affair and alleged cover-up that resulted in a federal investigation and lengthy trial. Cate has recently been promoting the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation, created in memory of her mother who died of breast cancer in December 2010. Since John’s trial in April and May of 2012, the media has been in search of Cate’s reaction to the extramarital affair and the trial. John’s mistress, Rielle Hunter, didn’t take long to explain her side of the story. She released a book titled “What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me” just a month after the trial in which Edwards was found not guilty on one of the six counts brought against him while mistrials were called on the other five. Friday morning on the Today show, Cate will describe how she first felt when her father told her about his affair, how she reacted to the trial and Hunter’s book, and what she’s doing now for the Elizabeth Edwards...

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February 2013 Unemployment Rate Returns To Lowest Mark In 2012

CHAPEL HILL – State unemployment numbers in February returned to where they were in the final month of 2012, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Thursday morning’s release showed North Carolina’s February 2013 jobless rate fell back to 9.4 percent (seasonally adjusted) from 9.5 in January. That once again ties the lowest mark from 2012 and the lowest since before February 2009. Professional & Business Services saw the largest gain of 2,600 jobs followed by Education and Health Services with 2,100. National numbers also fell from 7.9 to 7.7 percent. To see a complete breakdown of the numbers, click here. County-by-county numbers are scheduled to be released on April...

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Mayor Bell Cashes In On UNC-Duke Bet With Mayor Kleinschmidt

CHAPEL HILL- Monday night, Durham’s mayor Bill Bellstopped by the Chapel Hill Town Council Meeting to tend to some very serious business. Chapel Hill’s Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt weighed in on the topic. “Several weeks ago I received a phone call from the Mayor of Durham, that’s the suburb just to our east, offering a wager,” says Kleinschmidt. Durham’s Mayor Bill Bell addressed the Council on the wager that dates back to March 9 in a little building called the Dean Smith Center. “We had a slight basketball game a few weeks ago and Duke came out on top,” says Bell. “As Mark indicated, he was the loser in this case, in good fun. The winner gets an opportunity to dress the loser in its favorite color.” He proceeded to tell Mayor Kleinschmidt to take off his jacket and pulled a Duke Basketball hoodie out of a bag. And what’s worse, it just so happened that Mayor Bell decided to cash in on the wager on a very important day. Council Woman Sally Greene. “I would note for the record that today is the mayor’s birthday, so it is a very special occasion,” says Greene. And possibly in an effort to give the Tar Heel faithful one final jab, Mayor Bell said he hoped the trading of the blues wasn’t over this year. “I was looking at the final four over the weekend, probably as...

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News Around Town: Fight Cancer, Eating Out Wednesday; Central West Focus Area

CHAPEL HILL – Buy a sub at Jersey Mike’s Wednesday and you’ll help fight cancer. Jersey Mike’s kicks off its “Month of Giving” by a day of giving in which 100 percent of the proceeds go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The V Foundation was formed by the late NC State basketball coach Jimmy Valvano just months before he lost his battle with cancer in 1993. All Triangle locations of Jersey Mike’s are participating in the event, including the Elliot Road location in Chapel Hill. Since ’93, The V Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to more than 100 facilities. XXX The Town of Chapel Hill is asking for feedback on the Central West Focus Area, and its quick-and-easy ten-question survey remains open until 5:00 p.m. Thursday. Carolina North is the largest single portion of the Central West Focus Area, but it also includes a major portion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Estes Dr. with discussion involving transportation. The Chapel Hill Public Library, Phillips Middle, Estes Hills Elementary, and Eastwood Lake are also within the border. The Central West Focus Area was defined as part of the Chapel Hill 2020 process. View the map. Take the survey. XXX The Hillsborough Tourism Board is accepting grant applications for nonprofit agencies and civic groups through Thursday at 3:00 p.m. The grants should be used to establish programs that promote and support tourism and visitor...

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