The 5:00 News

The 5:00 News: Charges in Capitol Riot, Decreasing Hospitalizations and Breonna Taylor

97.9 The Hill News Director Brighton McConnell shares the latest news from around our community and North Carolina from the weekend on Monday, March 15. A former Chapel Hill business owner is charged for assaulting a U.S. Capitol officer during the January 6 insurrection attempt. Key COVID-19 trends in North Carolina continue to decrease amid the recent push for vaccines. And the local NAACP branch holds a vigil on a sobering one-year anniversary.

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The 5:00 News: Buckhorn Area Plan, ACC Tournament Changes and A New Dog Park

97.9 The Hill News Director Brighton McConnell shares the stories you need to know heading into your weekend on Friday, March 12. The Orange County government meets with the City of Mebane to talk long-term economic development opportunities. The state government passes a law to require in-person instruction for elementary schoolers. And the Tar Heels road in the ACC Tournament continues against Florida State, while Virginia’s comes to an abrupt end.

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The 5:00 News: Group 4 Updates, 1200 MLK and Children’s Mental State

97.9 The Hill News Director Brighton McConnell has the latest news you need to know from around our community and state on Thursday, March 11. Governor Roy Cooper announces when Group 4 will begin its eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines. The Chapel Hill Town Council approves a controversial rezoning request while aiming to protect the lives of mobile home residents. And recent data shows children’s mental health amid the pandemic is being severely tested.

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The 5:00 News: Plan A from the State, the 203 Project and ACC Tournament

97.9 The Hill News Director Brighton McConnell fills you in on the latest from around the community on Wednesday, March 10. Orange County Sheriff’s Office seeks help finding a missing teenager. The state government issues new guidance on in-person instruction for elementary school students. And the U.S. Census Bureau reveals data showing how the pandemic has affected Americans mental health.

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The 5:00 News: A Carrboro Shooting, 1200 MLK and A Roy Williams Doughnut

97.9 The Hill News Director Brighton McConnell has the latest stories from around the community on Tuesday, March 9, including a shooting in Carrboro that left one person injured. Plus: a proposed development could lead to displaced Chapel Hill residents, Hillsborough changes a street name and a new UNC-themed doughnut is unveiled.

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The 5:00 News: Pedestrian Collision, Education Updates and UNC-Duke

97.9 The Hill News Director Brighton McConnell catches you up on the latest stories from around the Orange and Chatham County communities on Monday, March 8. Chapel Hill Police investigate a pedestrian collision near downtown. Local school districts prepare for and embark on a return to in-person learning. And UNC men’s basketball wins in dominant fashion over Duke on Senior Night.

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The 5:00 News: UNC Fall 2021, Criminal Justice Debt Fund and Franklin Street Prep

97.9 The Hill News Director Brighton McConnell shares the latest news to wrap up the week on Friday, March 5. UNC announces its aim to hold full in-person instruction again for the upcoming fall semester. Town and university officials urge precaution ahead of the UNC-Duke basketball rematch. And Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools accelerates its timeline for moving to hybrid learning.

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The 5:00 News: In-Person Classes, Black History Reflections and UNC Commencement

97.9 The Hill News Director Brighton McConnell shares the latest reporting on local news stories from Thursday, March 4. New guidance from the state government may mean Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ plans for hybrid learning will get accelerated. UNC Health experts reflect on the community’s collective work and growth over the first full year of COVID-19 in the state. And members of the UNC community share where they believe nationwide recognition of Black History Month fall short.

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The 5:00 News: COVID-19 in North Carolina, One Year Later

97.9 The Hill News Director Brighton McConnell looks back at how North Carolina has changed since reporting its first COVID-19 case one year ago today. Plus: the state begins to receive its initial Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses, a Chapel Hill nonprofit is looking to update sexual education in public schools and the longtime district attorney announces his retirement.

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The 5:00 News: Group 3 Moves Up and NC Job Losses

97.9 The Hill News Director Brighton McConnell shares the latest news from around our community and the state government on Tuesday, March 2. Governor Roy Cooper announces all of Group 3 in North Carolina will be vaccine-eligible sooner than originally planned. As local districts prepare for in-person instruction, a bill requiring it fails in the state legislature. And new reports show while local unemployment rates are relatively low, North Carolina is still seeing sustained job losses.

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