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Gov. Cooper Calls For Removal Of Confederate Monuments

In comments posted online Tuesday night, Governor Roy Cooper called for the removal of all Confederate monuments from state property.

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Poll: Majority Believes Trump's Response To Charlottesville Hasn't Been Strong Enough

A majority of Americans think President Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., was "not strong enough," according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll . Fifty-two percent of respondents said so, as compared with just over a quarter (27 percent) who thought it was strong enough. Eighty percent of the poll of 1,125 Americans was conducted following the president's controversial comments Tuesday blaming "both sides" for the violence that left one woman dead after a man drove his...

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Researchers have long been aware of a link between exposure to violence and obesity in adolescents. Now a new study is untangling some of the reasons that connection exists.

The study used smart phones to monitor adolescents in California and North Carolina. It tracked their exposure to violence and subsequent activity levels, fatigue, and consumption of fast food and soda.

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 A new exhibit at the Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University hopes to show people that the Civil War played out in North Carolina in complicated ways. 

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Photographer Christer Berg has spent the past few years experimenting with the art of portraiture. He started with a series of environmental portraits of individuals around the state, ranging from ballerinas to business people. 

Charlotte School of Law is closed after eight months of fighting to stay open.  The North Carolina Attorney General's Office said Tuesday the for-profit school can no longer operate and, if it tries to, the department will force it to shut down. That's because the school's license has expired. 

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Protesters toppled a confederate monument in Durham last night. The statue came down during a demonstration against the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.

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Nearly 20 percent of residents in Greensboro live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A new series by WUNC reporter Naomi Prioleau examines the specific barriers these individuals face as they try to change their economic future.

Art-O-Mat by Clark Whittington
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Clark Whittington never set out to secure a spot in a famous art museum. The Winston-Salem artist instead dreamed of creating art for the masses. 20 years ago he repurposed old cigarette vending machines to sell and distribute pocket-sized black-and-white photographs.


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Melissa Reaves is a blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll artist whose passion for entertaining has led her to perform more than 200 shows each year. She is an independent musician who collaborates widely throughout her adopted state of North Carolina and has released seven albums.

Confederate Monuments, Charlottesville, Durham County Monument
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A crowd of people gathered in downtown Durham late Monday to witness the toppling of a long-time Confederate monument. 

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A breakdown of education statistics shows racial disparities in student loan debt.

The left-leaning North Carolina Justice Center compiled the report from federal education data, as well as studies from the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute. 

It says black students are more likely to have student debt, and more likely to have higher balances when they graduate. 

NC Justice Center policy advocate Marion Johnson says financial support for assistance like need-based scholarships is not keeping up with demand.

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The Reluctant Farmer: Meet Reverend Richard Joyner

For close to two decades, Richard Joyner fought to get away from the farms of Pitt County, North Carolina. He grew up in a family of sharecroppers and repeatedly witnessed racial and economic injustices. His family was never properly compensated for their labor, and his father was treated poorly by white land owners.
Later in his life, Joyner became the pastor for the small 300-person community of Conetoe, North Carolina. Within one year, 30 of his congregants died from health-related...

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Charlotte School of Law is closed after eight months of fighting to stay open.  The North Carolina Attorney General's Office said Tuesday the for-profit school can no longer operate and, if it tries to, the department will force it to shut down. That's because the school's license has expired. 

Photo of a ball and chain with "student loans" written on it
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A breakdown of education statistics shows racial disparities in student loan debt.

The left-leaning North Carolina Justice Center compiled the report from federal education data, as well as studies from the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute. 

It says black students are more likely to have student debt, and more likely to have higher balances when they graduate. 

NC Justice Center policy advocate Marion Johnson says financial support for assistance like need-based scholarships is not keeping up with demand.

Profile photo of Wendell Tabb outside WUNC Durham studios.
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A drama teacher has sued his North Carolina public school district for racial discrimination in staffing and unfair compensation.

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Volunteers are at the ready to help carry luggage and bedding at North Carolina A&T University's new student move-in on Friday.

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