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Without explaining why, the Board of Governors for the UNC system announced Friday that system President Tom Ross is on his way out. The board members who oversee the 17-campus system are forcing Ross to retire next January.


NPR Presents: Voting Rights Or Wrongs?

Oct 30, 2014
Jennifer Lang

North Carolina's new voting law has been a hot topic of discussion—and litigation—this election year. 

The law reduced the number of early voting days, eliminated same-day registration during early voting, and did away with the counting of out-of-precinct ballots. In 2016, voter ID is scheduled to take effect. 

This week, the law was the subject of a public forum hosted by NPR's Michel Martin. We'll now hear some voices from that event. You'll hear from the four panelists first. 

Native Orleanian Fine Photography/Jerry Moran Images

Guitarist and vocalist Tab Benoit has received numerous awards in the music industry, including twice winning the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award, which is considered by many the highest award in blues music, twice.

But Tab Benoit has also made a name for himself for his efforts in bringing awareness to the deteriorating Louisiana coastal wetlands.

Tab Benoit joined us to talk about his music and his environmental efforts.


NC Wildlife Plans Holiday Boat Checks

May 25, 2014

Memorial Day marks the start of boating and beach season. If you’re headed out on the water, watch out for a crackdown on drinking while boating.  North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission offices are patrolling this weekend looking for people driving boats while impaired.  The commission is in charge of law enforcement on the state’s lakes and waterways. Impaired boaters be jailed and fined at least $250 for the offense.  Officers also will be making sure children 12 and younger are wearing life jackets, and checking to make sure boats have the proper equipment.

Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn Make Touring A Family Affair

Mar 28, 2014

Banjoist Bela Fleck is a 15-time Grammy award winner, and has collaborated with the likes of Chick Corea, Dave Matthews, and Earl Scruggs. Abigail Washburn’s voice and emerged as part of the all-female powerhouse string band, Uncle Earl, and has two solo albums to her credit. They are also husband and wife, and have decided to combine their talents and head out on the road for a tour. They perform tonight at McGlohon Theater. They spoke to WFAE Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt about how they work together, and they came together in the first place.


Charlotte Named Finalist To Host Summer X-Games

Apr 30, 2013
flickr/James Willamor

The X-Games may have a three-year run in Charlotte. ESPN announced that Charlotte is one of four cities being considered to host the summer X-Games for three years, starting in 2014. It's a four-day event with multiple extreme sports including BMX freestyle, skateboarding and motorbike competitions. Josh Frazier, the owner of the South End clothing and skateboard shop, Black Sheep, says the event would show a different side to the city.

RALEIGH A group that sent out a memo with tips on how to attack Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders exercised “bad judgment” that could jeopardize its funding, the director of a foundation that finances the group said Friday.

Leslie Winner, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, said she was “surprised and disappointed” by the actions of Blueprint North Carolina.