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House May Reject Attempt To Record Closed Meetings

A bill requiring that the closed sessions of public bodies' meetings be recorded is now in jeopardy of dying after spending several days on the floor of the N.C. House.The bill, which would require commissions, boards and other public bodies to audio or video tape closed sessions, must gain House approval by today or it will not be able to pass this session.April 26 is the legislature's crossover deadline -- the point in the session by which bills other than appropriations and tax bills must have gained approval of one of the two houses.Proposed by Rep.

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Town-Gown Spat Focus of Bill

As the town of Chapel Hill and UNC continue to battle over the Master Plan, a member of the N.C. General Assembly has made plans for the legislature to assume responsibility if a conclusion is not made soon.Sen.

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Bush Plan Threatens Research

President Bush's $1.6 trillion budget plan, which was approved by the House of Representatives last week, could have implications for environmental research conducted in North Carolina.The Bush plan would cut $150 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's budget, possibly eliminating federal funding for N.C. State University's research on hog waste disposal.N.C. State receives approximately $2.7 million from the federal government, $470,000 of which goes toward researching alternatives to hog lagoons.The N.C.

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Network Would Ease Transfers

Community college officials are making it easier for black students to transfer across state lines to historically black colleges and universities by establishing an outline for transfer credits.Although many states, including North Carolina, have transfer credit agreements between community colleges and four-year institutions, this proposal would create a course-to-course agreement that would have national implications, allowing students to transfer more easily to schools in other states.The transfer credit agreements specify which community college course credits will transfer to four-

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Assembly May Lose Districting Control

The current system of drawing legislative and congressional districts is under scrutiny from several Republican legislators who want to take the process out of the hands of the N.C. General Assembly.A legislative committee redraws the state and congressional districts every 10 years, after the results of the U.S. Census are announced. But two state legislators proposed bills Tuesday to restructure the system to give responsibility to an independent commission. Rep. Arthur Pope, R-Wake, and Sen.

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System Schools Wrestle for Funds

There are five of them.Five universities that form part of the UNC system -- yet are different from the rest.They have been part of the UNC system for 30 years, yet have struggled to attract funding while schools like UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University have thrived.They are Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, N.C. Agricultural & Technical University, N.C.

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Duke Chapel Approves Same-Sex Union Rites

Duke University recently opened the doors of its chapel for same-sex couples, a decision deemed necessary by some and immoral by others in the university community. The new policy, allowing same-sex couples to celebrate their union, will take effect immediately and might strain relationships with some of the religous groups that worship at Duke Chapel. Ordained clergy permitted to do so by their religions can perform the same-sex ceremonies, allowing rituals that before were permitted only in the Duke Gardens to now take place in the chapel.

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NCSU Wins Funds to Study Crop Killers

North Carolina State University recently received a $2.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research that could prevent billions of dollars in damage to U.S. crops. The research will aim primarily at dealing with the genetics of parasites like nematodes and developing environmentally safe control methods to eliminate crop damage. David Bird, N.C. State associate professor of plant pathology, said parasites affect more than 2,000 species of plants.

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