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If you've been keeping up with the news in Charlotte, you've probably encountered the term "287g."

It refers to the 287g program, a voluntarily partnership between the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has become a controversial sticking point in the upcoming May 8 primary for Mecklenburg County sheriff.

If you're not too clear on what the program is, here's a basic primer.

UNC Chapel Hill has denied a request by white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus. Chancellor Carol Folt said the university had received a request from Spencer's group, the National Policy Institute, to rent space on the campus.  She said the decision to reject the request was based on safety concerns.