Ashley Lopez is a reporter for WGCU News. A native of Miami, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. 

Previously, Lopez was a reporter for Miami's NPR member station, 

Gina Smith
Dave DeWitt

The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees heard from a consultant hired to analyze the school’s policies toward sexual assault.

Illustration of two men at the Guantanamo Bay prison
Troy Page / t r u t h o u t via Flickr

Guest host Sean Cole explores the lives of Islamic women and men who have been rounded up, sent to prison or put under surveillance. He speaks with Victoria Brittain, who has spent years meeting and interviewing the families of suspects imprisoned in London and Guantanamo Bay. That is the basis for her book, "Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror."

Aeyron Scout drone
creative commons

City council members in Monroe have voted to suspend plans to purchase a drone.  The council voted unanimously last week to shelve the project.  

The city's police department said earlier this month it planned to purchase a drone for $42,000, which would be offset by funds from drug busts.  Mayor Pro Tem Lynn Keziah cited concerns about how the public would receive the project and conflicts with the local company involved.  The council agreed to discuss the issue at a later date.

The Status of Girls in North Carolina
Meredith College

Two new reports examine the status of girls and women in North Carolina.  As it turns out, girls are bucking the stereotype. They’ve seen gains in math and science testing.

"Middle school is when we typically think of girls sort of disengaging from science and math," Amie Hess told Frank Stasio in an interview on The State of Things.  Hess is the lead researcher on The Status of Girls in North Carolina. "What we found when you look at the 8th grade end-of-grade testing rates is that girls are right on par with boys.  In some cases, [they are] slightly ahead of boys," she said. 

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During Superstorm Sandy, the HMS Bounty - a 180 foot, three-masted, wooden ship - was tossed about helplessly in the middle of a raging storm. Two members of the ship's crew died, and the remaining 14 members had to be dramatically rescued by the Coast Guard. A member of the Coast Guard snapped this photograph on his phone from a helicopter that day:

Collegiate entrepreneurs from schools like Pitt, Florida State, Clemson and NC State gathered in Raleigh Wednesday for a different kind of ‘March Madness.’  These business-minded students were not on a basketball court.  Instead, they were bouncing around a working prototype in hopes of winning a big check and a foot in the start-up world. 

A survey from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources shows natural gas deposits in central NC.
NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources / ncdenr.org

State regulators plan to measure air quality above deposits of natural gas. North Carolina lawmakers are moving to ease regulations on hydraulic fracturing. 

a pharmacist
NC Department of Health and Human Services

Prescription drug overdose kills an average of three people per day in North Carolina. 

Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill say a statewide system designed to reduce those numbers – North Carolina Controlled Substances Reporting System (CSRS) – is effective - but grossly underused.

CSRS went into effect in 2007, following a legislative mandate, but of the 34,000 providers authorized to prescribe controlled substances, only a third have registered with the CSRS, and fewer than half of those actually use it.

Bank of America stadium
Bill Dickinson, Flickr, Creative Commons

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a measure that would help finance improvements to the Carolina Panthers' stadium in Charlotte.

The bill would give the city the flexibility to spend money collected from hotel and prepared food taxes for two options the city council has asked for. Charlotte Republican Ruth Samuelson is a sponsor of the measure.

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