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When Gloria Craven introduced Barack Obama at a Raleigh town hall meeting last Tuesday, she was told it would be the experience of a lifetime.
Then she was asked to speak to millions of Americans at the Democratic National Convention, where the presumptive presidential candidate will become the party's official nominee.
A member of Obama's campaign staff called Craven on Saturday to tell her that Obama had requested that she speak at the convention Tuesday night.
"She said, 'How do you feel about going national? . This is the experience of a lifetime,'" Craven recounted.
In an election season heralded for its unprecedented youth turnout, North Carolina's presence at the Democratic National Convention is no exception.
The youth attendance at the convention has jumped since 2004, and the group representing North Carolina features several members more accustomed to a classroom than the national political scene.
Jared Hagemann, an 18-year-old student at College of the Albemarle in northeastern North Carolina, was elected to represent Congressional District 13.
When the parents of Atlas Fraley found their son dead on the floor of their home Aug. 12, they had no idea that Orange County Emergency Medical Services had been there hours earlier.
UNC-Chapel Hill has not taken a position on the drinking age, though Duke University and about 100 other universities are asking lawmakers to lower the legal age to 18.
They hope that doing so will discourage binge drinking and promote more open dialogue on alcohol use, creating a safer environment for students.
UNC-system President Erskine Bowles has said he wants to take a closer look before taking a stand.
While students nationwide are having a harder time getting adequate student loans, N.C. borrowers will remain sheltered for at least another year.
Cuts in loan subsidies and the lagging financial market have caused many private lenders to limit loan offerings, increase interest rates or leave the market entirely.
Many students rely on private loans to cover the difference between financial aid packages and college costs.
Overwhelming public opposition to the construction of a federal research facility in Granville County has all but officially ruled out the chance of the facility coming to the state.
Butner is one of five locations on the short list of potential sites for the construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. There were originally 17 sites up for consideration.
However, elected officials doubt that Butner remains on the list as anything more than a token possibility.
Last month's denial of accreditation for an N.C. Central University distance learning program has revealed a satellite campus previously unknown to current University and UNC-system officials.
The program, launched in 2004 under then-Chancellor James Ammons, operated out of an Atlanta-area church led by an NCCU Board of Trustees member. The UNC system was not informed until earlier this month.
Audio Slideshow: Democrats duke it out in SC
With only 135 delegates dividing Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, delegate-rich North Carolina suddenly matters in a very big way.
The state has 115 delegates up for grabs in the May 6 Democratic primary, and it is the last major stop before the Democratic National Convention in August, when the party will choose its nominee.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's solid win in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Democratic primary has sent the race for the nomination speeding toward North Carolina and Indiana.
All eyes now will turn to the May 6 primary states, especially North Carolina, which has 115 delegates up for grabs. It is the last major stop before the Democratic National Convention in August.
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is continuing in Pennsylvania today. The state's 188 delegates will be crucial in deciding if the race will continue on to the May 6 N.C. primary.
Since the Democratic primaries in Texas and Ohio concluded six weeks ago, Hillary Clinton has seen her initial double-digit lead in Pennsylvania drop significantly, although rival Barack Obama's polarizing remarks about economic embitterment have slowed his gain.
Rasmussen Reports polling showed Clinton leading 49 percent to 44 percent Monday, while she led 52 percent to 37 percent March 5.
Issues of mental health might have dominated North Carolina's media recently, but the state health care system has a host of other problems to face.
"We have a fragmented health care system that has not been adequately invested in over the years," said Marcus Plescia, chief of chronic disease and injury for the N.C. Division of Public Health. "It's hard to get resources for these vulnerable populations."
The agency's 2008 task force report cites five focuses: basic public health services, chronic disease, children and family health, communicable disease and funding issues.
A public financing program to fund local elections will move on to a public hearing following approval from the Chapel Hill Town Council on Monday.
Although the resolution passed without dissent, many on the council expressed reservations for the voter-owned election program that will fund campaigns for local office with public money. It is intended to open up the election process to a broader array of candidates.
Concerns and confusion expressed by council members hinted that there could be significantly more friction at the public hearing.
With the national economy lagging, candidates for N.C. governor must face voters' concerns about how the state government will soften the effects in its own backyard.
The next governor must help complete the state's transition from traditional manufacturing and agricultural jobs to a knowledge-based economy.
Given the state of the national economy under a Republican president and the fact that Democrat-led North Carolina has fared better than many other states, Democratic candidates for N.C. governor could have an edge, UNC political science professor Tom Carsey said.
The Chapel Hill Town Council will get a glimpse tonight of a proposal that could dramatically change local elections beginning in 2009.
The voter-owned election program is intended to open up the local election field by funding campaigns with public money.
Council member Bill Strom, a member of the VOE program committee, will propose recommendations and ask for a May 12 public hearing.
"There will be a complete conversation about it," Strom said. "I hope the council provides feedback and agrees to bring it forward for public hearing."
Winston-Salem State University has been given 90 days to correct financial discrepancies revealed in an annual report released last week by the N.C. Office of the State Auditor.
If the university's financial aid office has not made the necessary changes at the end of the 90-day period, it could lose its discretionary power regarding budget and management issues, said UNC-system Vice President for Finance Rob Nelson.
Assistant State & National Editor Ariel Zirulnick sat down with U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., to talk about his most recent trip as chairman of the House Democracy Assistance Commission. The bipartisan committee traveled to Kosovo, Macedonia and Ukraine.
DTH: What is it that sets this apart from democracy aid done by others that go into Eastern Europe and the Middle East?
Price: What's distinctive about what we do is the focus on the parliaments of these countries.
Barack Obama got intimate with North Carolina voters on Wednesday, speaking with them during a town meeting-style campaign appearance in Greensboro.
More than 2,000 people bought tickets to the sold-out campaign stop, where Obama gave a brief speech and then opened the floor to questions from audience members.
Smaller settings can be advantageous for politicians because voters feel like they are getting a personal look at a public figure while the candidate still garners widespread media attention, said UNC journalism professor Leroy Towns.
CARY - Former President Bill Clinton's appearances Friday in Charlotte and Cary signaled the launch of Hillary Clinton's campaign in North Carolina.
The state's May 6 primary is more than a month away, but both campaigns are already heavily invested in the state. Barack Obama made his first N.C. campaign appearances last week in Charlotte and Fayetteville.
"I think the focus has really turned to us, and I think people are finally realizing that North Carolina is really essential for either candidate," said Amanda Vaughn, director of Heels for Hillary at UNC.
Orange County’s historical reluctance to issue capital sentences could come into play down the road for one of the men charged with Eve Carson’s murder.
Amid accusations of deleting e-mails classified as public records and instructing other administrative departments to follow suit, Gov. Mike Easley announced intentions to reexamine North Carolina's public electronic record regulations.
According to a Tuesday press release from the governor's office, Easley's senior assistant for government affairs, Franklin Freeman, will head a panel to review the e-mail retention policies, which have not been updated since 1993.