Harry Smith, center, was elected as the new UNC Board of Governors chairman.
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University Board Elects New Leaders

The panel that oversees North Carolina's public universities is changing leadership. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors on Thursday elected Greenville businessman Harry Smith as chairman.

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Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape After Surrendering To N.Y. Police

Updated at 9:58 a.m. ET Harvey Weinstein surrendered Friday to authorities at a police station in New York City, where the Hollywood megaproducer has been charged with rape and sexual misconduct. Weinstein arrived early in the morning at the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan, ushered into the station by law enforcement officers as members of the media crowded behind metal barriers erected outside. He kept his gaze lowered while shuffling past a barrage of shouted...

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Ranomasina, the "extraordinary" blue-eyed black lemur born at the Duke Lemur Center
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A baby lemur was born at the Duke Lemur Center that veterinarians have called "extraordinary." 

"This is not just any baby," said Bobby Schopler, a veterinarian at the Duke Lemur Center since 2005. "This is the most important birth in the 13 years I've worked here."

Ashley Thomas posing with athletes from the Valor Games
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Each year the Valor Games come to the Triangle and give disabled veterans and those in the armed services the opportunity to compete in sports that help them build strength, confidence and tenacity.

A drawing of Evelyn Nesbit, a recreation of Charles Dana Gibson's "The Eternal Question".
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

Before anyone knew what an "It Girl" was, there was Evelyn Nesbit.

The actress and model was one of the most famous faces of early 20th century America.

Julia Harris at her home near Brevard. She said she was struck with one thought when she arrived at the Recovery Connections Community rehab program in 2017 for help with a drug problem: “I have landed in an insane asylum.”
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For years, a drug rehab program in North Carolina sent people with addictions to work for free as caregivers for elderly and disabled patients, often with disastrous results, a new Reveal investigation has found.

First Missionary Baptist Church of Smithfield
First Missionary Baptist Church of Smithfield

At least two people have died and 11 others were hurt in a wreck involving a church van in North Carolina.

The wreck was reported about 5:30 p.m. Sunday near Rolesville, about 15 miles northeast of Raleigh.

FT. BRAGG STORIES: 'They Don't Tell You Much'

May 20, 2018

Debbie Crain and Laura Lauffer both grew up near Fort Bragg, both with fathers in the military. Crain's father fought in World War II, Lauffer's served in Vietnam. Like many who have seen combat, neither man talked much about their experiences. As adults, both women found themselves looking for answers about their fathers' military service.

More than 1.4 million veterans of all ages rely on government food assistance, but food insecurity is disproportionately common among post 9/11 veterans.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics podcast, host Rusty Jacobs has an extended conversation about the aftermath of the Teacher Rally, possible incentives for Apple, and the coming budget discussions in the General Assembly.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, during an event on prison reform in the East Room of the White House, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Washington
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Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is President Donald Trump's pick to permanently lead the beleaguered department.

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#BackChannel: Mute R. Kelly, ‘This Is America,’ And Being A ‘Professional Black Girl’

A Texas woman filed a lawsuit Monday accusing R.Kelly of sexual battery and knowingly infecting her with herpes. This is the latest in a decades-long string of allegations against the R&B artist that detail an array of misconduct, including his repeatedly holding women against their will in a “sex cult.” Hollywood leaders recently renewed the #MuteRKelly movement to demand that companies who profit from his music cut ties.

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A sign indicates a no-student drop-off zone with Wake County public school buses in the background.
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Following months of planning after the school shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida, Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly announced $35 million will be earmarked for new school safety measures.

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Creating a legal method to compel someone to temporarily surrender their guns if they're a danger to themselves or others is a common-sense way to prevent mass shootings and suicides, North Carolina Democratic legislators and gun-control advocates said Tuesday.

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Former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer has given $20 million to College Advising Corps.

The Chapel Hill-based organization places advisers in high schools to help first-generation and underrepresented students navigate their way to college.

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North Carolina could get new standards for staffing school nurses, if a new proposal goes forward.

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