Romantic Studies Professor, Lorna Avilés works in her office in Dey Hall during her office hours on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. North Carolina Republicans have offered to raise teacher pay as a compromise in effort to finally pass the state budget.

'I can’t afford to be a teacher': The battle for teacher raises continues

After years of what they deem as unreasonable salaries, teachers are starting to speak out, especially after Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill to raise average salaries for educators in North Carolina.


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U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C. speaks during the Orange County Veterans Day event at the Orange County Veterans Memorial on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

Orange County celebrates Veterans Day at new town memorial

“In the midst of what our country’s going through right now, we need to be reminded of what unites us, and Veterans Day is a perfect reminder of that, what our country stands for, the values and commitments that our veterans have fought to protect,” Price said. 


UNC student and Chapel Hill Town Council candidate Tai Huynh celebrates at a local election watch party on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

Here's why voter turnout for this year's local election fell since 2018

Voting turnout is always high during state and national elections, but the elections where voter turnout arguably matters most — local elections — often suffer.  This was the case during the Orange County elections, where turnout dropped dramatically this year. Considering the predicted upset for Chapel Hill Town Council, the election could have very easily gone another way if more people had voted. What is the reason for the low turnout?