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The Latest: UNC trustees approve moving toppled statue
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – The trustees of North Carolina’s flagship university have approved a proposal to construct a new building to house a toppled Confederate monument.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill trustees overwhelmingly approved the plan Monday, though at least one member voted no.
The proposal now goes the Board of Governors that oversees the statewide university system. They’re expected to take it up at a meeting Dec. 14.
Chancellor Carol Folt, who presented the plan, stressed that she would have preferred to move the statue completely off campus but that option would likely have conflicted with a state law governing Confederate statues and other monuments.
Instead, the statue will be housed in a new building south of the university’s hospital. That area is far removed from the main quad where the statue previously stood.
The statue of an anonymous soldier is known as “Silent Sam” and was erected on a main campus quad in 1913.



Queen, Adam Lambert to launch North America tour
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Live Nation announced the 23-date tour Monday. It will feature original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor with Adam Lambert singing lead. It will kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 10. It will end in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 23. Other venues include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta.
Tickets for the “Rhapsody” tour will go on sale on Dec. 7.
Lambert says they have been “designing a brand new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it!” He first shared the stage with Queen during the 2009 “American Idol” final.
The tour follows the group’s September run in Las Vegas.



Petition urges visa for slain girl’s father
LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – An online petition is urging government officials to allow the father of a slain North Carolina teenage girl to attend her funeral.
A petition on Change.org urging immigration officials to let the father of Hania Aguilar attend her funeral next week has nearly 10,000 signatures as of Sunday afternoon. The petition says her father lives in Guatemala and would need an expedited visa to attend.
Police said they found Aguilar’s body last week after several weeks of searching.
Police say a man forced the teenager into an SUV and drove off. The SUV was found several miles south of her mobile home park. The body was found a few miles farther away.
A $30,000 reward remains in place for information related to the kidnapping.



Police: North Carolina teacher had sexual ties with student
LAUREL HILL, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina middle school teacher is due in court to face charges that she had an illegal sexual relationship with a 12-year-old student.
News outlets report that Brianna Nicole Stanley was arrested and charged last week for multiple felonies stemming from an alleged inappropriate relationship with a child.
The 23-year-old teacher is no longer working at Scotland County public schools and is due in court on Monday.
The school system said in a statement that it was “devastated” by the allegations.



Outer Banks ferry trips to be faster after upgrades
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
MANNS HARBOR, N.C. (AP) – New ferries will make travel faster around the Outer Banks.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the North Carolina Ferry Division is upgrading its fleet.
A new passenger vessel will be able to carry more people and travel four times faster than conventional ferries. And two new ferries that carry vehicles will be able to transport significantly more cars and people than the boats they are replacing, cutting down on wait times.
The state’s ferry system is the second-largest of its kind in the U.S. and operates 21 ferries on seven regular routes.



UNC leaders to vote on plan for toppled Confederate statue
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Leaders of North Carolina’s flagship university are meeting to decide the fate of a Confederate monument torn down by protesters.
The chancellor and trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were finalizing a plan Monday for the century-old bronze statue known as “Silent Sam.” They didn’t immediately release details, and went into closed session to discuss it. They were scheduled to reopen their meeting later in the morning.
The separate Board of Governors, which oversees the statewide university system, will have final say over where to put the statue, which has been stored at an undisclosed location since it was toppled in August.
The statue of an anonymous soldier was erected on a main campus quad in 1913. Demonstrators called it a racist symbol.



North Carolina elections chairman resigns amid controversy
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The chairman of North Carolina’s elections board has resigned following complaints about comments he’s made online criticizing President Donald Trump.
Andy Penry resigned Saturday from the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. The Democrat said he was leaving the board because he did not want to undermine an ongoing probe of potential wrongdoing in the state’s 9th Congressional District. The board is investigating alleged fraudulent activity related to mail-in absentee ballots and could order a new election.
Wake County GOP Chairman Charles Hellwig filed a complaint Wednesday and provided images of what appear to be tweets from Penry’s account this year criticizing Trump and a proposed constitutional amendment. Hellwig cited state law prohibiting board members from publicly opposing candidates and referendums.
Penry’s resignation was first reported by The Washington Post.



Duke removes Confederate veteran’s name from building
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A building on Duke University’s campus will no longer be named after a benefactor who espoused white supremacist ideas.
The university said its Board of Trustees on Saturday voted to approve removing Julian Carr’s name from a building where the history department is located.
Carr was a Confederate veteran and tobacco magnate who gave land where part of Duke was built, helping facilitate the university’s move to Durham. He once bragged during a 1913 speech about whipping a black woman.
The school’s history professors filed a formal request to remove Carr’s name earlier this year. A special committee and President Vincent E. Price both recommended removing Carr’s name.
Duke said the trustees had chosen to restore the building to its original name, the Classroom Building.



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