News: Local

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 07:24 PM

Owner of stolen Mercedes testifies in Lovette trial

The owner of a stolen Mercedes that a witness linked to murder defendant Laurence Lovette testified Thursday she was “devastated” when she discovered her home had been burglarized while she was sleeping.


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

2 charged with murder in UNC prof's death

A University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill professor has been identified as the victim in a brutal robbery that cost him his life.
Chapel Hill police responded to a serious assault and robbery on W. University Drive on Wednesday about 1 p.m. When authorities arrived on scene they found Feng Liu, 59, beaten and robbed. He was taken to UNC-ER where he died Thursday morning.

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

Fire destroys house on Red Oak Avenue

Fire destroyed a house last night and melted part of a nearby car, but no one was hurt.

Jul. 24, 2014 @ 06:45 PM

UNC program to help former athletes who want to return for degrees

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt announced Thursday a new formal initiative by the university to provide advising and financial support for former student-athletes who want to complete their degrees.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 08:38 PM

Pennsylvania firm seeks mineral rights for gas exploration in Triangle

In early June, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill that opened North Carolina to hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking.

Now, a Pennsylvania-based company is attempting to buy mineral rights from landowners in Durham and Chapel Hill for oil and natural gas exploration and development.
Celeste Burns, director of conservation for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, said the association has received interest letters from Crimson Holdings Corporation seeking to buy several parcels of land.

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 06:56 PM

McKissick votes for sales-tax cap

One of Durham’s legislators, Sen. Floyd McKissick, was the only Triangle senator to vote Wednesday for a bill that could make it harder for Wake County to join Durham and Orange counties in financing a regional transit system.

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 06:44 PM

UNC-CH finance officer: ‘a lot up in the air’ regarding FY15 finances

UNC-Chapel Hill leaders don’t have a final budget from state lawmakers yet, but they’re taking steps to prepare for state cuts in fiscal year 2015.

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 06:58 PM

Senate majority favors local sales-tax cap

Voicing a good bit of anti-urban rhetoric beforehand, state senators voted 33-16 on Wednesday in favor of a bill that likely would make it more difficult for Wake County to join in developing a regional transit system.

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 05:15 PM

Police log: Bottle explodes on bus; vandals hit church

  • Police seek suspects in bottle incident on public bus
  • Vandal break church windows

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 04:18 PM

UNC researchers part of study on schizophrenia underpinnings

Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine were part of a multinational study that identified more than 100 locations on the human genome associated with risk for developing schizophrenia.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

Police seek suspects in bottle incident on bus

The Durham Police Department is investigation a small explosion on a Bull City Connector bus Tuesday night.

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 07:24 PM

Jury hears key witness implicate Lovette

For the first time, a Durham County Superior Court jury heard a prosecution witness in the slaying of a Duke University student implicate Laurence Lovette, the man accused of murdering him.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 08:45 PM

Duke sells site of former lacrosse house

A replacement for the notorious “Duke lacrosse house” on North Buchanan Boulevard is due in the near future, judging from city permit filings.

Jul. 22, 2014 @ 08:33 PM

Duke-National University of Singapore study compares weight-loss programs

In a study of the cost-effectiveness of diet programs and pills, Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School researchers found that Weight Watchers and the drug Qsymia were best values.