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Carolina Connection – Apr. 22, 2017

April 22, 2017

UNC opens a $3 million substance abuse center for women. A proposed law to crack down on campus protests stalls in the state legislature. UNC hopes to take the lead in LEED energy-efficient building. A simulator shows students the dangers of distracted driving. A group of students has a unique new business – coming to your home to clean to your shoes. After more than hundred years, UNC’s Order of the Gorgon’s Head lodge remains a secretive society.

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Carolina Connection – Apr. 15, 2017

April 15, 2017

Legislators consider raising the state’s smoking and vaping age. The Tar Heels’ basketball national championship has been an economic boon for many local businesses, but the UNC athletic department receives little immediate benefit. “Safe spaces” are becoming more common on campus, but are controversial. UNC will spend $90 million on new sports facilities. UNC is well-represented at Wilmington’s annual Azalea Festival, a celebration revolving around old southern traditions.

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Carolina Connection – Apr. 8, 2017

April 8, 2017

After celebrating UNC’s men’s basketball championship, students wearily return to class. Student-athletes react to news that the NCAA has ended its boycott of North Carolina after HB2’s repeal. Morehead Planetarium prepares for a $5 million renovation. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace discusses journalism in the Trump era. “Arts Everywhere” brings music, sculpture, and a “trash monster” to campus.

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Carolina Connection – April 1, 2017

April 1, 2017

The legislature has partially repealed HB2, but many people around campus are disappointed with the compromise. UNC prepares for the Final Four, and some students are taking long road trips to Phoenix. A legislative proposal will make it easier to carry a concealed weapon on campus. Food trucks make a rare appearance in downtown Chapel Hill. Rapper 2-Chainz comes to UNC, but will have to compete with basketball for students’ attention.

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Carolina Connection – March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017

Some local churches consider becoming sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. There’s another delay in the NCAA’s investigation of UNC’s academic-athletic scandal. A new study finds transgender students suffer more bad consequences from alcohol use. UNC’s dance marathon raises millions for UNC Children’s Hospital.

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Carolina Connection – March 11, 2017

March 11, 2017

UNC’s medical school has stopped using live animals to train doctors. Gov. Cooper and legislators consider incentives for college students to become teachers. Adderall is used by many students to help them study, but its effects can be devastating. An on-campus variety show provides a comedic outlet for students.

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Carolina Connection – March 4, 2017

March 4, 2017

The UNC Board of Governors tries to scale back a campus center that fights discrimination in court. Police try to crack down on counterfeit basketball tickets. A campus exhibit salutes UNC’s first black basketball player. A UNC student is one of the stars of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton, and ping pong – and it’s popular in Chapel Hill.

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Carolina Connection – Feb. 25, 2017

February 27, 2017

Local immigrants worry about a possible crackdown by federal agents. UNC System President Margaret Spellings asks the White House to continue the DACA program for young undocumented immigrants. North Carolina’s Lt. Governor wants to stop disruptive campus protests. A UNC conference examines Jewish food in the American South.

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Carolina Connection – Feb. 18, 2017

February 18, 2017

With the future of the Affordable Care Act in doubt, some students are rushing to get birth control before it gets more expensive. College athletes push for the repeal of HB2. UNC researchers worry about the future of the EPA. We visit a Greensboro pool that’s full of real-life mermaids.

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Carolina Connection – Feb. 11, 2017

February 11, 2017

Friends and family remember three young Muslims who were killed in their Finley Forest apartment two years ago. Meanwhile, their alleged killer still awaits trial. Signs from January’s protests against President Trump will become part of a permanent collection at the UNC Library. A new study looks at the causes of grade inflation. UNC’s music building reopens after a $15 million renovation.