News: Local

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 06:42 PM

Longtime flight instructor ID’d as plane crash victim

Michael John Ratty of Chapel Hill has been identified as the man killed in Wednesday’s Durham County plane crash.


Oct. 22, 2014 @ 06:18 PM

Middle school students unite against bullying

Students decked out in orange crowded around a bright orange poster Wednesday in Phillips Middle School’s cafeteria.

Markers in hand, they were ready to make a change in their school and their community by signing the pledge to unite against bullying.


Oct. 22, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

NCCU program focuses on exoneration of brothers

The exoneration of two half-brothers who falsely admitted to murdering an 11-year-old girl shows that confessions aren't always true, according to an attorney for one of the men.

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Early voting gets underway with new rules

With the Nov. 4 Election Day just weeks away, residents of Durham County can begin voting Thursday at four locations in the county.


Oct. 22, 2014 @ 04:57 PM

‘Souls to the Polls’ event Sunday for early voting

Local clergy and community members have organized a “Souls to the Polls” event Sunday in Durham, the only Sunday during the shortened early voting period this year. Election Day is Nov. 4. “Souls to the Polls” is the term used in previous years when church groups went to vote together on Sundays. The N.C. General Assembly passed legislation that changed the early voting time frame, which is today through Nov. 1 this year.

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 03:46 PM

BCBSNC announces approved rates for 2015

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina insurance customers will see rate increases across the board, officials announced in a Tuesday conference.


Oct. 22, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

UNC trustees, system leaders meet in closed session

UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC system leaders have called a meeting into closed session Wednesday morning to hear from former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, who was hired to investigate irregularities in the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies.

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

Durham woman recovering after shooting

A Durham woman was shot in the leg early Wednesday morning. 

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

UNC system proposes minimum admissions standards pilot

A committee of the University of North Carolina system’s governing board Thursday will consider a pilot program that would allow changes to minimum admissions standards at N.C. Central University and two other schools.

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Let the games begin

It was all fun and games -- mixed in with some serious competition -- at the Durham Center for Senior Life Tuesday afternoon.

Police and senior citizens gathered at the center on Rigsbee Avenue to compete in a variation of the Olympics, except this annual game doesn’t have a full-sized track or big-name athletes. Instead it has pool cues and horseshoes.

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

MDC releases State of the South report

Durham-based nonprofit MDC Inc. has released its latest State of the South report, called “Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity for the Next Generation,” which analyzes the infrastructure for young people’s employment opportunities in nine Southern communities.

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Poll finds drop in public view of Durham police

Public confidence in the Durham Police Department dropped in early 2014, with only 43.5 percent of the people who answered a survey saying they thought the department was doing a good job.


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 05:22 PM

Meeting to focus on engaging police officers

The shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August sparked a national conversation about the often-strained relations between law enforcement officers and black communities across the country.

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 05:09 PM

Jordan students launch winning rocket proposal

Twelve Jordan High School students joined a multi-school team in writing a winning proposal for the national NASA Student Launch program. 


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 04:55 PM

Professor: No single recipe makes a good judge

A good judge has a judicial temperament, but defining that trait is hard, according to a professor emeritus at the UNC-CH School of Government.