UNC Charlotte Shooter Pleads Guilty To Murder

The man charged with killing two UNC Charlotte students and wounding four others in a classroom shooting earlier this year pleaded guilty to the crimes Thursday afternoon.

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A Rising Generation Asserts Itself On Climate Change

Spurred by what they see as a sluggish, ineffectual response to the existential threat of global warming, student activists from around the world are skipping school Friday, for what organizers call a Global Climate Strike. The young activists are protesting as the U.N. prepares to hold its Climate Action Summit on Monday in New York City. The strike's figurehead is 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who traveled from Sweden to New York on an emissions-free sailboat . A little over...

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A water fountain inside a hallway at a school at Chapel Hill Carrboro Public Schools.
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Even low levels of lead can cause harm to children, but 22 states, including North Carolina, don’t require schools and day cares to test the levels of lead in children’s drinking water.

Hurricane Dorian Hits NC Tobacco Farmers

Sep 16, 2019
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North Carolina tobacco farmers say Hurricane Dorian destroyed at least 20 to 25 percent of their total harvest, hurting the state's overall tobacco industry, according to David Thomas, of the U.S. Tobacco Cooperative.

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How do local artists make it big these days? In the age of recommendation algorithms and music streaming, can a radio DJ spin an indie artist into fame? Miriam Tolbert is trying to do just that by slowly turning the attention of a commercial station back to the local scene. 

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Facing a deadline this week, the North Carolina legislature stayed on track to enact replacement districts for dozens of its seats on time, even as citizens critiqued the maps in a public meeting.

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The Guilford County School District is asking for $10 million dollars from the local Board of Education for safety and security improvements. 

The district wants to reduce the number of open exterior doors, upgrade surveillance systems, improve the emergency communications and fire alarm and detection systems and introduce student ID badges for more secure access into schools.

Nathaniel Persily
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North Carolina judges who ruled the state's legislative district maps were drawn to unconstitutionally favor Republicans are hiring a familiar expert to review how state lawmakers fix the problem.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
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Even for relatively chaotic North Carolina, it was a wild week in state politics.

There was a major vote that caught many by surprise, court-ordered redistricting carried on, and a judicial pioneer passed away.

Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, and Mitch Kokai, of the John Locke Foundation, discuss those stories, as well as an incident involving a state senator, a journalist, and a phone that went flying.

A home at fort Bragg getting major renovations under the new program.
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The private-sector companies that manage housing on U.S. military bases have been under fire ever since media reports last winter about problems like mold and poor maintenance, and Congress is considering reforms.

Now one of the companies —  which operates the housing on Fort Bragg and a dozen other installations —has unveiled an unusual plan it says will help, and could be a model for the other companies.

Theseus and The Minotaur (The Black, Queer Version)

Sep 13, 2019
Allison Swaim / WUNC

When I started the summer, I wanted to write about the struggle of black LGBT youth in churches that didn’t approve of their lifestyle and persecuted them for their sexuality. 

Lake sits at his desk.
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Former North Carolina State Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. died Thursday at age 85. Known as a law and order conservative who sometimes wore his pistol in court, Lake spearheaded the Actual Innoncence Commission which gave birth to North Carolina’s Innocence Inquiry Commission and helped make the state a leader in overturning wrongful convictions.

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Embodied Series: Breaking The Burnout Cycle

The World Health Organization now officially lists workplace burnout as an occupational syndrome in its International Classification of Diseases manual.

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The U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies accusing them of misusing federal funds in their programming.

Courtesy of Pawel Czerwinski

The Guilford County School District is asking for $10 million dollars from the local Board of Education for safety and security improvements. 

The district wants to reduce the number of open exterior doors, upgrade surveillance systems, improve the emergency communications and fire alarm and detection systems and introduce student ID badges for more secure access into schools.

As kids across the country head back to school for the year, the question of how to keep students safe is constant and ever-evolving, especially when it comes to mass shootings. One recent active shooter training at Pinnacle Charter School in northern Colorado focused on three actions: evacuate, barricade, and fight.

Standing on blue gym mats, under bright fluorescent lights, a trainer and a student lean in, heads close.

Hussman School of Journalism and Media on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study last year estimated that some 1,800 local newspapers across the United States have closed. Elsewhere, polls show trust in all news media is eroding.

These were a few reasons cited by UNC alum Walter Hussman Jr. and his family when they made a $25 million donation to the UNC School of Journalism, which will be named after Hussman.

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