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UNC-Charlotte student government's use of university resources to influence a Mecklenburg County ballot initiative has sparked further-reaching debate about university involvement in municipal politics.
UNC-Charlotte's Student Government Association has come under fire for using its student-fee-funded Web site to oppose the repeal of a Mecklenburg County transit tax, which Student Body President Justin Ritchie says is the main source of funding for public buses that many students rely on.
A clinical research company's decision to base its expansion in Wake County - rather than proposed locations in Texas and Pennsylvania - will impact the economy there in a big way.
INC Research, which specializes in pharmaceutical and biotechnology development programs, announced its decision this week. The expansion will bring 1,093 new jobs to the area and generate $19.2 million in capital investment during the next four years for Wake County.
A state incentive grant cemented the company's choice of Wake County, said Brenda Muldrow, customer relations vice president for INC Research.
Billionaire entrepreneur David Murdock announced a $35 million donation Monday to fund a Duke University medical study taking place at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis.
The record-breaking donation will supplement the $1 billion that Murdock, owner of Dole Food Co., has already invested in the campus.
The $35 million will help create a database for tracking human health and disease, a project called the Measurement to Understand the Reclassification of Disease of Cabarrus and Kannapolis - an acronym for the donor's name.
Two $1 million federal grants awarded to N.C. community colleges this week could jump-start growth in two rural communities.
The funds are expected to make rural North Carolina more attractive to greater numbers of professionals, particularly in the health care field, who normally would gravitate to the state's urban areas.
The grants, funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, were given to Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory and to the city of Laurinburg, which has partnered with Richmond Community College.
RALEIGH - The N.C. National Guard celebrated its 60th birthday Tuesday, and guardsmen at the event acknowledged their role in the heightened N.C. military commitment since Sept. 11, 2001.
Most of the current Army and Air guardsmen have enlisted since the beginning of the War on Terror and said they are aware of their increased chance of deployment.
"The recruits we have today fully understand what they're joining," said Maj. Matthew Handley, state public affairs officer for the N.C. Army National Guard.
Federal prison inmates are finding their chapel library shelves a bit emptier lately, and some are fighting against what they claim is a limit on their religious freedom.
Two New York inmates have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons for its Standardized Chapel Library Project, which is designed to eliminate religious books and other materials that "discriminate, disparage, radicalize or advocate violence," bureau spokeswoman Tracy Billingsley said.
"We want to make sure that our institution chapels don't have holdings that do any of those things," she said.
Gov. Mike Easley, Sen. Marc Basnight and Speaker Joe Hackney met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the state's pressing transportation needs, heeding calls to improve roads, highways and bridges throughout North Carolina.
The meeting focused on the importance of identifying and prioritizing those needs and broached the question of what avenue would be best for addressing them.
"Today's meeting was just to discuss how they might get their hands around this problem," said Bill Holmes, Hackney's spokesman.
It's common knowledge that exercise can improve physical fitness, but recent studies have increased support for the idea that exercise also can improve mental fitness.
"With humans, exercise improves memory and attention," said Art Kramer, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kramer leads an ongoing study that's found that exercise can increase brain tissue and the efficiency of mental processes in adults.
Dr. Greg Tuttle, a UNC clinical and sports medicine physician, said he's not surprised by the findings.
As construction advances on the 350-acre, self-contained N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, plans for UNC-system facilities and research edge closer to realization.
Officials expect the UNC-Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute's facility to be complete as early as April.
In the meantime, institute leaders are working to engage the local community, which was hit hard by textile-industry layoffs in 2003, and to recruit top-notch faculty.
Wednesday's topping-off ceremony celebrated the achievement of a construction milestone for the UNC-Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute at Kannapolis.
The ceremony marked the completion of the building's steel skeleton, bringing the faacility one step closer to its February opening.
The NRI is part of the N.C. Research Campus, a community being built in Kannapolis that is the combined effort of six UNC-system schools, Duke University and the N.C. Community College System.
The UNC system already is big, but it's about to get bigger - about 80,000 students bigger.
The projected enrollment for UNC-system schools in 2017 is about 281,000 students, said Alan Mabe, vice president for academic planning for the UNC system.
That is a 39-percent increase from current enrollment of about 202,000.
Gubernatorial hopeful Robert Orr's presence Wednesday at the release of poll results is further evidence that the campaign for N.C. governor in 2008 already is well under way.
The poll surveying voter trends was conducted by the John William Pope Civitas Institute.
Orr, a former state Supreme Court justice, resigned last week from his post as executive director of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law so that he could focus on his campaign.
"This is not a campaign where we're telling people what the solutions are," said Orr, a Republican.
High-school graduates nationwide have a shot at free or reduced tuition, and N.C. programs reflect the trend.
Guilford County Schools and Greene Central High School each have developed programs to provide funding to cover college tuition costs. Others exist in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan and Oklahoma.
Guilford County Schools announced a plan last week to pay for two years of tuition at Guilford Technical Community College.
DURHAM - Faculty, staff and students gathered Tuesday for a memorial honoring Denita Smith, a N.C. Central University graduate student killed earlier this month.
Smith, 25, was shot in her apartment complex Jan. 4. Shannon Crawley, a former 911 dispatcher, was charged with the murder.
The memorial service was held in the B.N. Duke Auditorium on the N.C. Central campus. Speakers praised her positive attitude and campus involvement.
A slide show was played of Smith's work as a photographer for the Campus Echo, N.C. Central's student newspaper.
President Bush's announcement Wednesday night that more than 20,000 additional American troops will be deployed to Iraq will have a direct effect on N.C. troops.
The 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade, based at Fort Bragg, will be the first in the nation to deploy to the region. The 3,500 troops have been in Kuwait.
About 150 soldiers from the division also were deployed to Afghanistan on Thursday.
A new kind of war on terror emerged earlier this week when the U.S. Congress passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.
The legislation makes it a criminal act to harass or intimidate researchers who use animals in their experiments. It also protects researchers' family and friends.
The bill defines terrorism as intentionally causing fear of death or injury, said Gail O'Connor, deputy press secretary for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Feinstein and U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., co-sponsored the bipartisan legislation.
Two months after the board of trustees at Randolph-Macon Woman's College voted to make the school coeducational, students, alumni and administrators remain uncertain about how to move forward.
The decision to admit men led to protests, student applications for transfer and two lawsuits.
Tawnya Ravy, student government president, said that the initial anger from students has subsided, and that now they are more nervous than angry about the impending changes.
"The atmosphere is one of anxiety - some discontent, but mostly anxiety," she said.
The upcoming elections are making state and national politicians think twice about the words coming out of their mouths.
On Monday President George Bush abandoned the phrase "stay the course" in an attempt to stress to voters the administration's flexibility on the war in Iraq.
Political language also was present during recent debates on campus.
Andrew Reynolds, UNC professor of political science, said language is the way governments spin their policies to the electorate.
"It is a powerful tool for winning elections and maintaining public opinion in office," he said.
A several thousand-strong festival returns today in Durham, marking the beginning of the N.C. PrideFest weekend for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their straight allies and supporters.
It attracted more than 5000 attendees last year, said Keith Hayes, spokesman for The Pride Committee of North Carolina, the organization sponsoring the event. Hayes expects a greater turnout this year.
"This event has two purposes: to help the gay community feel a strong sense of solidarity and to build bridges with the non-gay community," Hayes said.