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UPDATE: Ex-UNC professor to plead not guilty to charge (access required)

HILLSBOROUGH — A defense attorney says a former professor at the center of an academic scandal involving athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will plead not guilty to a felony fraud charge. Julius Nyang’Oro was chairman of the Department ...

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Man charged in NC handcuff case fired (access required)

CHARLOTTE — An emergency room nurse in Monroe has been fired after he was charged with child abuse after a child was handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck. The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/18nRlPo) that 57-year-old ...

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NC Senate budget-writer Brunstetter to resign (access required)

RALEIGH — A key budget-writer in the North Carolina state Senate said Thursday he’s leaving the General Assembly next month to become a top executive at a large hospital system. Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, said he’ll resign effective Dec. 15 ...

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US House hearing to air NC health law complaints (access required)

RALEIGH — Congressional Republicans are making North Carolina a temporary showpiece for opposition to the federal health insurance overhaul law. Republican U.S. Reps. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte and Renee Ellmers of Dunn held an online video conference call on Thursday to hear from ...

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NC Rural Center board stops ex-president payment (access required)

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center’s board has decided not to give a special $242,000 severance to its founding president. The board voted Thursday against giving the payment to Billy Ray Hall, who resigned over the summer. The group was ...

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