News: Local

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 04:53 PM

UNC board orders closure of poverty center

UNC’s Board of Governors voted unanimously on Friday to order the closure of three campus centers or institutes, among them UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

BACK TO BUSINESS: Power returns; snow not in forecast

Life in the Bull City is returning to some normalcy after almost two weeks of wintry weather pummeled the area and left thousands without electricity.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 03:33 PM

Made in Durham receives $110K grant

Made in Durham will receive a $110,000 grant Lumina Foundation grant for its initiative to increase the number of people who earn certificates and degrees beyond high school.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 03:16 PM

UNC leaders OK tuition, fee hikes

UNC’s Board of Governors on Friday approved a package of tuition and fee increases that on average will raise the cost to in-state students of attending the system’s 16 universities by 4.3 percent in the 2015-16 school year.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 01:49 PM

New Blues & Brews Festival set for Bull City

Organizers have announced a new festival that will combine North Carolina blues musicians and local and regional beers. The first Blues & Brews Festival will be held May 30 in Durham Central Park, and organizers plan to make the event annual.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 05:29 PM

PILING ON: 3rd storm in 2 weeks packs a wallop

A “rock solid” 6 to 8 inches of snow fell in Durham and Orange counties Wednesday night and Thursday morning putting most normal activities on ice and leaving thousands without power and prompting another round of school closings and delays.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 04:33 PM

Make-up meeting set to discuss make-up days

A Durham Public Schools Board of Education meeting set for Thursday has been postponed and rescheduled for Monday, leaving students and teachers to wait to learn when they’ll have to make up days lost to snow-related issues over the past two weeks.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:41 PM

Think spring: Bulls, Art of Cool, Full Frame just around corner

Sure, it’s still a winter wonderland and we’re eating all that bread cleared off grocery shelves, but spring is coming. Really, it is. Daylight Saving Time is next weekend. You can start marking your calendar now for outdoor excursions, Durham Bulls baseball games and two upcoming festivals.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:34 PM

Firefighter hurt as truck flips on N.C. 98

A Redwood Volunteer Fire Department captain was hurt Thursday when the truck in which he and a passenger were traveling overturned twice on N.C. 98 in eastern Durham County, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper said.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:03 PM

Residents deal with storm-caused power outages

Residents in Durham, Orange, Chatham and surrounding counties coped with power outages and brief power interruptions in the wake of the winter storm that dumped heavy, wet snow on North Carolina Wednesday night  and Thursday morning. Duke Energy reported as many as 220,000 customers without power early Thursday, said Duke spokesperson Justin Landon. As of about 2 p.m., about 132,000 customers were still without power, Landon said.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 02:06 PM

Mitchell murder trial on hold until Monday

The trial of a man accused of murdering his 4-year-old son and trying to murder his two other children is on hold until Monday.

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

COPING: A look at how some are beating the snowy-day blues

Watching old movies, catching snowflakes on the tongue and dreaming of spring kept many residents from going mad Thursday as the area struggled through another round of wintry weather. “Coping? Who’s coping?” said Realtor Cortney Lo, who explained how she and her family enjoyed the snowfall in Hillsborough. “We are playing with the snow!” she said. “We’ve been exploring, tunneling, following bird tracks, taking pictures and catching snowflakes on our tongues. Yah!”

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 11:49 PM

WHITEOUT? Triangle braces for half foot of snow

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and continues through noon Thursday as the biggest snow storm of the season was expected to bury the Triangle with between four and 10-plus inches or more of snow, most likely in the higher part of that range for Durham and Chapel Hill, more in some surrounding areas. ... All area public schools to be closed Thursday, Feb. 26.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 05:59 PM

Slain 4-year-old's grandfather: 'He was like a doll'

Emotions ran high Wednesday afternoon as the 911 recording from the night 4-year-old Blake Mitchell was attacked was played in a Durham County courtroom.