When Emergency medical services arrive to help a person who has overdosed on opioids, it’s anyone’s guess what the scene will look like. When the traditional role of the paramedic is finished, they're immediately on to the next call — and their role is growing as North Carolina tries to combat the opioid epidemic.

Orange County recently joined a pilot program in the state to make community paramedics a permanent part of the system, and it's not the only program in the county recently created to provide these services.





Rosie Robbins, a senior studying religious studies, sits outside on campus on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Robbins is just one of many Carolina students entering the workforce with the looming possibility of a recession.

A potential recession in 2020 has soon-to-be graduates worried about finding a job

Among the regular post-graduation fears, mixed reports on a possible future recession have students searching for alternate employment plans to make. Some graduating UNC students are preparing for the possibility of a declining job market.  Despite economic indicators pointing to a recession in the near future, researchers say the Triangle may be able to weather a downturn. Alumni point to the Great Recession in 2009 as an example of less than ideal economic conditions to enter the labor market under.


Celie Richardson, lawyer for local condominium owner Eric Plow, stands in front of Plow's property on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. "We are very perplexed as to why the town is trying to place regulations that would shut this complex down; we hope they don't," Richardson said.

Extra income or a neighborhood nuisance? How Chapel Hill grapples with Airbnbs

“Any new Chapel Hill regulations will affect not only those property owners who use the STR system for profit, but also residents like us for whom the system simply makes it possible to plan for the future." Following multiple other cities, including Raleigh, Chapel Hill's Short-Term Rental Task Force will be recommending regulations on short-term rentals, like Airbnb, to the Town Council. Chapel Hill residents have mixed opinions on short-term rentals as some think they are beneficial for the Town and some do not.


corporatization of higher ed

Some fear the UNC System is going corporate as administrative searches continue

As the UNC System searches for a president and UNC searches for a chancellor, the prospect of a having a leader from the corporate world adds to the existing conversation among some faculty about the corporatization of higher education.  Corporatization at colleges refers to the infusion of corporate values into higher education, and many faculty members see it as an issue because of its effects on shared governance between faculty and administrators. Here is why some think corporate values in higher education is a positive thing, and some fear their influence.