3/2/2020 7:39pm

Owners Jose Ramirez and Laurena Ibarra and business partner Miguel Cuevas are preparing for the opening of Que Chula, which they hope will open by April. Photo courtesy of Jose Ramirez.

Mexican food with a familiar twist will replace Hops on Franklin St.

Que Chula’s menu will focus on authentic Mexican dishes inspired from Central Mexican regions like Guanajuato and Jalisco. José Ramirez and Laurena Ibarra, two of the co-founders, both have family roots in Jalisco. “I think Chapel Hill is ready for something really authentic,” Ramirez said. “It’ll be something you haven't tried unless you traveled outside of the U.S. to Guanajuato or Jalisco.” Ramirez said the owners are currently waiting for custom furniture to come in from Mexico. He said they will start hiring employees in about two weeks.

3/1/2020 6:43pm

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks at the California Democrats' State Convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Taking place from May 31 to June 2, the convention featured 14 presidential candidate speakers and hosted an audience of more than 3,000. Photo courtesy of Anna Vazhaeparambil.

Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar comes to Raleigh for Fox News town hall

A big question coming from both the moderators and voters was about Klobuchar’s ability to win the nomination for the Democratic party. The moderators said at the beginning of the town hall that Klobuchar stands in sixth place in Fox News polls. Two days after this town hall, Klobuchar suffered a loss in the South Carolina primaries, getting 3.2 percent of the vote. 

2/27/2020 9:24pm

Gov. Roy Cooper stands before members of the media following a press conference introducing Well Dot Inc. to the Chapel Hill area on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

Battle to overturn 2016 limitations on governor’s power moves to N.C. Supreme Court

In Dec. 2016, a month before Roy Cooper took office, two laws were passed by Republicans that limited the governor's powers. By the end, the number of positions that worked directly for the governor was cut from 1,500 to 300, meaning those appointed to these positions by former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory would remain.  Now, a group of plaintiffs led by advocacy group Common Cause N.C. has appealed to the N.C. Supreme Court to overturn those laws.  But some experts say this claim is a long shot and would require a landmark ruling.

2/25/2020 8:48pm

Food Council members and elected officials learn about the importance of school gardens at a school garden tour at Estes Hill Elementary led by the CHCCS Sustainability Director Dan Schnitzer. Photo courtesy of Ashley Heger. 

To combat food insecurity, Orange County's food council aims to change policy

The 15-member council has seats for each elected body, including representatives from the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, Carrboro Town Council and Chapel Hill Town Council. A fifth designated seat goes to a representative from the Orange County Agricultural Preservation Board, whose role is to represent agriculture and farming.