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University police stand watch inside a barricade around the Silent Sam Statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill protestors for and against the statue’s removal attended rallies near the statue on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
Matt Couch / WUNC

Updated 3:25 p.m.  | Oct. 12, 2018

The chancellor of North Carolina's flagship public university apologized Friday for the school's history of slavery, adding that words alone are not enough to atone for using enslaved people to build and maintain the campus.

A fallen tree blocks a street in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Durham on Fri, OCt. 10, 2018.
Brent Wolfe / WUNC

2:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he'll visit Florida and Georgia early next week to assess damage from Hurricane Michael.

 Trump announced his plans on Twitter on Friday but didn't say what day he'll visit the affected areas.

Residents of an apartment complex in Fayetteville, look at a flooded car in a parking lot on Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

In the storm-weary Carolinas, Hurricane Michael's approach is stoking fresh fears among homeowners who still have tarps on their roofs or industrial dehumidifiers drying their floors from destruction left by Hurricane Florence.

Rev. William Barber, who is now a co-chair of the national Poor People's Campaign.
Matthew Lenard

The North Carolina minister who's been arrested at least 14 times as he fights for poor people and civil rights issues says he's overwhelmed to have received the recognition popularly known as a genius grant.

Emergency workers inspect a power line that was damaged by a tree uprooted by Hurricane Florence in Mount Olive, N.C., Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

Updated at 3:30 p.m.

North Carolina lawmakers have quickly approved their initial legislation designed to address the damage and logistics problems caused by Hurricane Florence.

A lawsuit challenging the replacement for House Bill 2 — known as the "bathroom bill" — is moving forward, with a judge finding evidence that transgender plaintiffs are being harmed by a prohibition on new local antidiscrimination laws.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, right, hugs RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, left, during a news conference for the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.
Chuck Burton / AP

The Republican National Convention will be held in North Carolina's largest city in August 2020 and party leaders said Monday they'll gather with an eye on nominating President Donald Trump for a second term.

Lightweight coal combustion byproducts could be seen Friday, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 floating on the top of a lake near Wilmington, N.C., and entering the Cape Fear River.
Courtesy of Duke Energy

Duke Energy said Friday that a dam containing a large lake at a Wilmington power plant has been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it's possible coal ash from an adjacent dump is flowing into the Cape Fear River.

Water from the South River flows over Hayes Mill Rd. in Godwin, N.C., several miles northeast of Fayetteville, Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake.

Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Thursday that the dam containing Sutton Lake appears stable and they are monitoring the situation with helicopters and drones to react to what she called "an evolving situation." Company employees notified state regulators overnight that the plant was at the highest level of alert under its emergency action plan.

The Cape Fear river continued to rise due to rainfall Hurricane Florence
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

Exhaustion and frustration are building in the Carolinas as thousands of people wait to go home days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods blamed for nearly three dozen deaths, including two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road.

Residents of an apartment complex in Fayetteville, look at a flooded car in a parking lot on Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

As flooding continues in the Carolinas after Hurricane Florence's massive rainfall, experts say high water will damage thousands of vehicles.

President Donald Trump and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, left, hand out food at Temple Baptist Church, where food and other supplies are being distributed during Hurricane Florence recovery efforts, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in New Bern
Evan Vucci / AP

Handing out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words, President Donald Trump sought Wednesday to soothe those who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring that "America grieves for you" as he surveyed damage the powerful storm left behind.

President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence receive an emergency preparedness update in the White House Situation Room Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, on the impact of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast.
Shealah Craighead / White House

With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence's floodwaters, and people waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food, North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.

Rising flood waters brought on by Hurricane Florence threaten a building off highway 70 in Goldsboro, N.C., Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to the city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes swamped by swollen rivers.

Thea remains of Sutton Plant's two smokestacks stand over the demolished boiler and coal silos.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast.

 Rescue team member Sgt. Nick Muhar, from the North Carolina National Guard 1/120th battalion, evacuates a young child as the rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence threatens his home in New Bern, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.
Chris Seward / AP

An ominous tweet appeared on a historic North Carolina community's Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday.

It came as rivers swelled, tides crested and the rain wouldn't stop. And that's when people found themselves trapped in their homes as the water rose.

 An American flag lays on a table in the old town hall which sits damaged from Hurricane Matthew's flooding two years ago in Nichols, S.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.
David Goldman / AP

The torrential rains from Florence will test South Carolina's infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015.

Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, S.C., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.
David Goldman / AP

UPDATED 6 P.M.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed additional deaths related to Hurricane Florrence.

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.
Chuck Burton / AP

Updated 1:10 p.m. | Sept. 13, 2018

The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still lethal Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for a prolonged and potentially catastrophic drenching along the Southeast coast.

A hog waste lagoon in Beaufort County, NC.
DefMo / Flickr Creative Commons

The heavy rain expected from Hurricane Florence could flood hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites in North Carolina, creating a noxious witches' brew of waste that might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies.

Emmett West pulls his boat from a nearby marina to secure it at his home ahead Hurricane Florence in Morehead City, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and South Caroli
David Goldman / AP

Updated at 4:20 p.m. | Sept. 12, 2018

People who thought they were relatively safe from the onslaught of Hurricane Florence began boarding up and Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday as uncertainty over the path of the monster storm spread worry along the Southeastern coast.

crime scene tape
Ian Britton / Flickr/Creative Commons

North Carolina authorities said Friday that they have charged a man with murder in the shooting deaths of the mayor of a tiny town and his wife, who were found dead at their home.

Photo: 'Vote Here' sign in English and Spanish
Flickr user Erik Hersman

Federal prosecutors on Thursday backed off requiring North Carolina state and local elections officials to provide potentially tens of millions of ballots and voting documents within a few weeks while they gear up for administering midterm elections.

photo of an apple on top of books
Kate Ter Haar / Creative Commons

The North Carolina State Board of Education has appointed a new leader as three members step down.

Ballot Box
Wikipedia

Federal investigators in North Carolina are seeking an enormous number of voting records from dozens of election offices weeks before the midterm elections, demands that may signal their expanded efforts to prosecute illegal voting by non-U.S. citizens.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

A panel of federal judges formally backed off Tuesday the idea of requiring a new congressional map for North Carolina's fall elections, one week after broaching the possibility when the judges declared the current lines illegal partisan gerrymanders.

Photo: 'Vote Here' sign in English and Spanish
Flickr user Erik Hersman

It appears at least four proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution will be on fall ballots now that the state Supreme Court has rejected a civil rights group's request to block questions on voter identification and income taxes.

A picture of a gavel on a table.
Joe Gratz / Flickr Creative Commons

A state prosecutor who helped exonerate three former Duke lacrosse players after they were accused of sexual assault has died.

Silent Sam Confederate memorial at UNC Chapel Hill
Don McCullough / flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/fvHbD4

The chancellor of North Carolina's flagship university strongly indicated Friday that the school won't return a torn-down Confederate statue to the main quad where it used to stand, but stopped short of confirming its former spot has been ruled out.

Pat McCrory
James Willamor / Flickr Creative Commons

A half-dozen state boards and commissions are unconstitutional because the governor lacks sufficient control over their membership, a judicial panel ruled Friday.

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