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Chapel Hill Council Suspends Religious/Political Bus Ads

Chapel Hill town officials have suspended the policy that determines which advertisements are placed on transit buses.

The town's council voted 6-to-1 not to accept any new ads until confusion about the policy is cleared up. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt said the policy that is being used is not the one council members adopted last year. The intended policy would ban most religious- and politically-themed advertising. The suspension allows ads currently running to finish their contracts. That includes an ad from the Church of Reconciliation. It calls for an end to US military aid to Israel. That prompted a response from the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative. Its ad labels opponents of Israel as "savages". AFDI's leaders said they would consider suing the town if the organization's ad is refused. The town will discuss the policy again next month.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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