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A person fills up their tank at a gas station on June 30, 2022. Gas prices in Chapel Hill have risen significantly over the past few months.

'There’s no immediate solution': All-time high gas prices impact students, public transit

In June, gas stations across the country displayed the highest average prices ever recorded. In some areas of the country, this means average gas prices nearly reached $6.50 per gallon.  In the Durham-Chapel Hill area, average gas prices reached a record-high $4.68 on June 11. The Biden administration has released 30 million barrels of strategic oil reserves, but supply chain expert and N.C. State professor Robert Handfield said the extra gasoline in markets will barely make a dent in the supply deficit America is currently facing.

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Store manager Chris Ponder presents the Orange County Animal Services staff with a $20,000 check inside the Petco on 1800 East Franklin Street on June 28, 2022.

Orange County Animal Services receives $20,000 grant to fund Working Barn Cat initiative

Orange County Animal Services received a $20,000 grant from the Petco Love Foundation to support its Working Barn Cat initiative during a ceremony held at the Chapel Hill Petco on East Franklin Street on Tuesday. Petco Love is a nonprofit organization partnered with animal welfare organizations and 1,500 Petco stores nationwide.  Founded in 1999, the nonprofit has invested $300 million toward adoption and medical programs, pet cancer research and animal welfare projects like the Working Barn Cat initiative. 

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Supporters of abortion rights gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza in Chapel Hill to protest the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 25, 2022.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro community protests end of constitutional right to abortion

Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP held a rally to protect women’s rights in downtown Chapel Hill just 24 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end nearly half a century of the constitutional right to an abortion. Chapel Hill Town Council member Camille Berry was one of several speakers to address the crowd, sharing the story of her pregnancy that had to be terminated in 1993. Others present at the event included Orange County Democratic Party Acting Chair Phyllis Portie-Ascott and UNC Student Body President  Taliajah "Teddy" Vann.

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Supporters of abortion rights gather in Raleigh to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022.

'Disappointed but not surprised': Protesters swarm Raleigh after reversal of Roe v. Wade

Over 1,000 people filled the Bicentennial Plaza in downtown Raleigh on Friday evening to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reverse Roe v. Wade – thus ending the almost 50-year constitutional right to abortion. A coalition of 12 local organizations had been planning the protest for two weeks in anticipation of a possible overturning of the landmark Supreme Court case. Protesters held signs that read, "We dissent," "Keep abortion legal," "Let's talk about the elephant in the womb," "I will not go quietly back to the 1950s" and "No sign is big enough to list all the reasons I'm here."

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Reverend Robert Cambell, Robin McClain and Noahh McClain provide cold beverages in front of Hargraves Community Center at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

'Finally Juneteenth is being celebrated': local community commemorates the holiday

The Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities celebrated Juneteenth at the Hargraves Community Center on Sunday afternoon.  Tents and food trucks speckled the baseball field and outdoor basketball court. Black artists performed on a stage set up on the baseball field, and their music could be heard all throughout the day. A small business fair was held inside the community center where local Black-owned businesses sold everything from handcrafted clothing and accessories to homemade desserts.

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