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For the last three years, an advisory panel based at UNC Charlotte has helped guide Duke Energy as the company figures out what to do with coal ash. And, during that time, Duke has also contracted with the university to do scientific research on specific coal ash sites.   

Providing research and advice of this nature requires a degree of collaboration. But, when companies turn to universities for hired expertise, challenges and questions about the relationship can arise. Can such collaboration become too cozy?

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Some school districts, like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, have people come in to talk to students on how to navigate the internet safely. But UNC Charlotte is working on something that they hope is more comprehensive – a cyber safety curriculum.  

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For several years, Duke Energy has faced criticisms about its handling of coal ash, including concerns about contamination of groundwater around coal ash storage ponds at power plant sites in the Carolinas. Now, the company is facing scrutiny over the way it engaged with experts hired to study its handling of coal ash ponds. 

Updated at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5 - CMPD arrested Donny Lewis Franklin on Monday and charged him with murder in the death of Jeannine Skinner.

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For colleges and universities, foreign students add to their students’ global experience, but they are also a major money generator. Many pay cash and all are charged the higher out-of-state tuition fees. The number of foreigners applying to U.S. colleges was on the rise, but since the Trump Administration issued a travel ban on some Muslim countries and tightened up the visa process, many schools have seen a drop in applications, including some in the Charlotte area.

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC and one of North Carolina's loudest opponents of House Bill 2, is leaving his organization later this month.

More than 118,500 people are currently on the official waiting list for an organ transplant in the U.S., according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. A symposium held in Charlotte on Tuesday addressed possible solutions to the shortage of donated organs. 

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Since the recession, endowments at public and private colleges and universities have bounced back to the tune of more than a half trillion dollars. But that hasn’t stopped increases in tuition at most schools, to the chagrin of some congressional leaders and others who accuse schools of hoarding endowment funds.

Michael Tomsic

UNC Charlotte is expanding its partnership with a health clinic that serves the Latino community. The university and clinic already work together to provide mental health treatment, and now they'll add exercise programs and health screenings.

Michael Tomsic

As the Latino immigrant population booms in Charlotte and many other American cities, researchers are recognizing an unmet need. Latinos often have poor access to health care in general and mental health treatment in particular. UNC Charlotte is among several universities trying to change that.

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