News: Local

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 09:58 PM

Remembering Feng Liu

It was a somber celebration of life Wednesday night, exactly one week since the brutal attack took the life of Feng Liu, a University of North Carolina professor.

Colleagues, students, strangers and members of the UNC family came out to remember  Liu, who many described as a loving husband, father and mentor.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 07:08 PM

Fate of historic-preservation subsidy still up in air

Staging a mini-revolt against the chamber’s own leaders, the N.C. House Finance Committee agreed Wednesday to try once again to extend a state tax credit that subsidizes the renovation of historic buildings.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 06:56 PM

Off-duty cop locates missing adult, child

The search for a 4-year-old boy and a 27-year-old Durham woman came to a halt one day after the two were reported missing.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

McCrory aide speaks up for metros

Gov. Pat McCrory’s top business recruiter fired back Wednesday at legislators who believe state policy is too favorable to cities, arguing that officials have to think regionally and recognize private-sector preferences.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 05:58 PM

20 new recruits graduate, join police force

The Durham Police Department added 20 new men and women to its force Tuesday evening as rookies received their badges for the first time.

The Basic Law Enforcement Training Class was the 39th to graduate in Durham. During members’ training, they had to take classes, pass physical fitness tests and other grueling police training.

During the ceremony the graduates were reminded of all the hours of training they had to endure and the grueling tasks of firearms practices and driving courses.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Durham VA officials say steps taken to address wait times

As a new patient at the Durham VA Medical Center, former Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers said he was told he would be mailed a card with the date of his first appointment six weeks later.


Jul. 30, 2014 @ 05:13 PM

UNC develops tool to predict doctor shortages

A new web-based tool developed at a UNC-Chapel Hill health research center will help predict physician shortages and other workforce trends, according to a news release sent Wednesday.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

Accident knocks out service for some Frontier customers

Frontier Communications customers in Durham's Holt Exchange area are experiencing a major service interruption with telepphone and high-speed interent service because of a  vehicle accident overnight. 

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 10:41 AM

Missing A

Workers remove the letter A on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in order to reaffix it to the front of the Durham County Courthouse . One of three bolts on the aluminum letter was found to be damaged, causing it to dangle from the facade of the building.

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 06:08 PM

Jury acquits Lovette in slaying of Duke student

A Durham County Superior Court jury found Laurence Lovette not guilty Wednesday in the robbery and brutal killing of a Duke University graduate student in 2008.

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 09:29 PM

New effort targets unsolved homicides

It’s been almost 25 years since Cynthia Jones Kirk was found stabbed to death at her home. And it’s been almost 25 years since her older sister lost her best friend.


Jul. 29, 2014 @ 09:24 PM

Police log, July 30

  • Officers make arrests in two stabbings
  • Police seearching for missing toddler, adult
  • Man charged with shooting at 4
  • Armed robbery charged

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 08:41 PM

DPS makes several key personnel changes

Jerome Leathers, principal of Jordan High School, will become the new principal of the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability.The school board approved the move Tuesday, along with several other key personnel changes.

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

Assistant police chief sues city

A Durham Police Department assistant chief filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the city late Tuesday afternoon, contending he was denied a promotion because he’d complained about the department’s treatment of black officers.

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 08:14 PM

Commissioners OK four salary increases

County Commissioners this week approved pay raises for County Attorney Lowell Siler and three other senior officials.