CITY & COUNTY


5/20/2020 7:38pm

An empty Franklin Street on Monday, May 18, 2020. With the new petition, Franklin Street may see a return of people and life without breaking social distancing orders.

Proposal aims to accommodate social distancing, increase foot traffic on Franklin Street

The executive director for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership proposed making temporary modifications to the area during the state's phased reopening, such as using the sidewalk for dining, transforming street lanes into pedestrian lanes and designating spots along streets for curbside pickup. A Chapel Hill resident also created a petition with over 500 signatures to transform Franklin Street's two outermost traffic lanes into a protected pedestrian lane.


5/19/2020 9:00pm

El Pueblo Inc., located in 2321 Crabtree Blvd., Raleigh, N.C., focuses in working with the Latin community from the Triangle and the greater North Carolina area. In response to the latest Immigration and Customs Enforcement  raids the organization has commed the agency actions.

Survey finds Latinx immigrants lack unemployment benefits, housing security amid COVID-19

Local advocacy group Siembra NC found Latinx immigrants' main concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic include accessing unemployment benefits, finding masks and continuing to pay rent, especially in more expensive areas.  The group surveyed 309 Latinx immigrants from 11 North Carolina counties to learn how to help immigrants and inform policymakers about Latinx communities' needs. Durham City Council member Javiera Caballero said the report also shows how Latinx people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including in infection rates.


5/18/2020 11:04pm

Memembers of the community protest in front of the coal power plant on Cameron Avenue on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The protestors have gather here every Friday morning since May 2019 to complain that the plant is still operating. In 2010, former Chancellor Holden Thorpe said that UNC would stop using the plant by 2020.

Coal protest returns to Chapel Hill amid COVID-19 concerns

Protests in front of UNC's cogeneration facility restarted Friday morning after concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic had halted these events. One protester said the plant's release of greenhouse gases could exacerbate medical conditions that make people prone to COVID-19.


5/10/2020 7:19pm

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Moore.

Jennifer D. Moore wants to increase diversity as an OCS Board of Education member

This story is the third of a series featuring the newly elected members of the Orange County Schools Board of Education. Jennifer D. Moore has 12 years of experience in North Carolina's public school system as an exceptional children's instructional assistant. One of her priorities will be providing students with the resources they need for success during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.


4/23/2020 10:47pm

Laid off employees struggle to apply for unemployment benefits

 “Upfront, it was pretty frustrating," he said. "Because people rely on the money and it was taking a while for the application to be submitted."   As Gov. Roy Cooper extends the state's stay-at-home order until early May, some Chapel Hill restaurants are grappling with having to lay off their staff and finding new ways to run their businesses while maintaining social distancing. Meanwhile, a lot of restaurant staff are grappling with unemployment.


4/23/2020 10:31pm

Protesters gathered together in Raleigh on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 as part of the Reopen N.C. movement. Photo courtesy of Ashley Smith. 

State officials face pressure to reopen the economy as protesters crowd Raleigh streets

William C. McKinney, general counsel for the office of Gov. Roy Cooper, mailed a letter in response to an attorney who petitioned him representing activists in favor of reopening the state. "Outdoor protests are allowed so long as the space occupied by the protesters is not enclosed (i.e. within walls) and so long as the protesters maintain the Social Distancing Requirement," McKinney said in the letter.


4/22/2020 10:48pm

Grifols, S.A., is collaborating with federal health agencies on a development process for a COVID-19 treatment therapy in the company's Clayton facility. The company is ready to begin collecting convalescent plasma from the blood of recovered individuals and manufacturing it into an immune globulin that they hope will help combat the virus following infection; however questions of its affordability remain. Photo courtesy of Grifols.

A COVID-19 treatment may be developed in N.C., but the therapy's cost remains uncertain

A potential treatment for COVID-19 could being development just outside the Research Triangle Park in Clayton, North Carolina. The Spanish pharmaceutical company Grifols, S.A. is spearheading a project with U.S. government assistance from the Food and Drug Administration and the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority.  As of Monday, the company is ready to begin collecting convalescent plasma from the blood of recovered individuals and will work towards manufacturing it into an immune globulin that they hope will help combat the virus following infection. Once developed, it's possible the price of this treatment could be very high and whether the federal government will help establish affordability remains unclear. 


4/22/2020 8:47pm

DTH Photo Illustration. With the closing of all public schools due to COVID-19, students in CHCCS and OCS face a new struggle: remote learning. Students are now completing schoolwork and studying at home. 

Here's what online learning looks like for students, parents and teachers in CHCCS

Students, parents and teachers in local school districts are trying to adjust as schools transition online due to COVID-19.  Caroline Spencer, whose son is a senior at East Chapel Hill High School, said her son has been assigned grades in his classes based on his work from before school shut down, and his classes have been canceled.  “He's pretty much done,” she said. “He’s been accepted to college and he probably won't have a prom or graduation, and he's right now just focused on hoping that he gets to start school in the fall.”


4/22/2020 8:17am

An empty shelf of baby food, a Women, Infants and Children Program product, at Lowes Foods in Wilkes County, North Carolina. WIC products such as baby food have been selling out at increased rated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, putting WIC participants under extra duress.

Recipients of WIC program struggle to find approved food during pandemic

Policies regarding the Women, Infants and Children Program have been adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic as recipients of the program struggle to find approved foods. If grocery stores run out of the specific foods that WIC recipients are able to purchase, then they may leave empty handed. “We’re concerned about the ability for WIC participants to meet their nutritional needs during this time given the absence of many staple food items at many grocery stores,” Suzy Khachaturyan, a policy analyst with the N.C. Justice Center, said. 


4/20/2020 8:58pm

Choose from elections for president, governor and general assembly to compare the vote shift between the 2012 and 2016 elections compared with U.S. Census demographics. 
Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, North Carolina State Board of Elections

'Living inside a bubble': How N.C. voters broke along lines of income and education

With competitive elections for nearly every office in the state on the ballot this fall, two counties on opposite sides of the state with differing population dynamics serve as examples of a greater statewide trend.  Between the 2012 and 2016 elections, North Carolina counties' vote shift tracked with their median income and education level u2014 counties with higher income and education levels tended to shift towards the Democratic Party and counties experiencing more poverty shifted their vote towards the Republican Party.