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Tuesday February 7th

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The Orange County Board of Education building, as pictured on Monday, March 28, 2022, is located on East King Street in Hillsborough.

OC Schools Board of Education hears equity plan update, unanimously accepts

At the Orange County Schools Board of Education meeting on Monday, the OCS Equity Task Force presented their equity plan update and outline for equity training for the Board. After the presentation, the Board unanimously accepted the proposal. The plan focused on three areas: professional development, curriculum adoption and creation and student and community engagement. 

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The Chapel Hill Police Department is pictured on Oct. 7, 2022.

Chapel Hill awaits results of soil testing for coal ash

Chapel Hill Mayor Pan Hemminger said the Town has been transparent about what it has learned about coal ash at 828 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. But, one group believes that the organization hired to test the site failed to provide the Town with a complete assessment of health risks caused by coal ash.

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The Legislative Building located in Raleigh houses North Carolina's General Assembly. Republicans fell one seat shy of a veto-proof supermajority in the N.C. House in the 2022 midterm election.

Republicans fall one seat short of regaining supermajority in NC General Assembly

According to unofficial results, Republicans flipped two seats in the N.C. House and two in the N.C. Senate, meaning they would fall one seat short of a supermajority in the state House. This means that Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly will not be able to override a veto from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. Republicans needed 72 to gain this veto-proof power but only appeared to win 71 out of 120, falling short of the three-fifths margin for a supermajority. In the state senate, Republicans appeared to win 30 seats out of 50. 

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Per unofficial results, North Carolina Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Caswell, Orange) has won the 2022 midterm election for the District 23 North Carolina Senate position. He defeated Republican opponent Landon Woods. Photos courtesy of Landon Woods, and DTH/Saurya Acharya.

Rep. Graig Meyer is to become next N.C. senator for District 23, per unofficial results

Per unofficial results, North Carolina Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Caswell, Orange) has won the 2022 midterm election for the District 23 North Carolina Senate position. He defeated Republican opponent Landon Woods and will replace Sen. Valerie Foushee (D-Chatham, Orange) in January 2023.  "I'm very honored to have won reelection and won election to this new seat in the North Carolina Senate," Meyer said. "I'm proud of the work that I've done for Orange County and Caswell County. I'm looking forward to serving them in this new way, and I'm looking forward to serving Person County as well."

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N.C. Sen. Valerie Foushee (D-Chatham, Orange) has defeated Republican candidate Courtney Geels and will represent the 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Valerie Foushee and Courtney Geels won their respective primary elections and are facing off in the general election this November. Photos courtesy of Foushee and Geels.

Democrat Valerie Foushee wins 4th Congressional District in U.S. House

N.C. Sen. Valerie Foushee (D-Chatham, Orange) has won the election and will represent the 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She has collected about 67 percent of votes cast in the election against Republican candidate Courtney Geels. “I am humbled and honored that the voters of NC-04 have put their faith and trust in me to represent them in Congress," Foushee said in a Tweet on Tuesday. 

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"I voted" stickers were distributed at polling stations located in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History during Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Orange County community members share their opinions on Election Day

North Carolina residents went to their local polling stations on Tuesday to vote on issues that mattered to them. Women's rights, climate change and education were among the issues that residents cited in making their voting decisions.  Polls were open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and races continue to be called. "I care a lot about having a stable democracy and being able to vote and have politicians that respect the results of those elections,” Conny Morrison, 32, said.

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