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Joe Killian

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Joe Killian, Investigative Reporter, joined N.C. Policy Watch in August of 2016. His work takes a closer look at government, politics and policy in North Carolina and their impact on the lives of everyday people. Before joining Policy Watch, Joe spent a decade at the News & Record in Greensboro, reporting on everything from cops and courts to higher education. He covered the city councils of High Point and Greensboro and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners before becoming the paper’s full-time government and politics reporter. His work has also appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal, Go Triad, the Bristol Press in Bristol, Conn., and the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Mass.
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Historical Commission members to grapple with Confederate monuments issue next week

Back in September, the N.C. Historical Commission put off a decision on removing three Confederate monuments from the State Capitol grounds. Instead, the commission formed a task force to study the politically fraught issue, which the North Carolina General Assembly dropped into their laps with a 2015 law that makes it more difficult to remove such statues. Next Monday at 3 p.m., that task force – the Confederate Monuments Study Committee – will have its first meeting via teleconference. The public can listen in via a livestream on the YouTube site of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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Trove of emails provides a window into conflicts at UNC

UNC Board of Governors Chairman Louis Bissette began the new year by penning a column urging his own board to avoid internal conflicts, refrain from political partisanship and avoid micromanaging UNC leaders and administration.

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Higher ed battles seem certain to continue in 2018: Here are five to watch

Last year was a tumultuous one for public higher education in North Carolina. Here are five issues to watch carefully 2018 as all signs point to the volume of the debate going nowhere but up. 1) "Silent Sam" – The fight over the Confederate monument on UNC’s Chapel Hill campus known as "Silent Sam" has been going on for decades. But in the wake of the deadly white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA and the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham, the movement to remove the controversial marker picked up momentum in 2017. Departments across the Chapel Hill campus, student, faculty and staff groups, even administrators – all called for or suggested it’s time for the statue to come down.

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A contentious year to remember: Our investigative reporter looks back at five big stories

#1 - Opioid crisis hits Wilmington area hard; lack of public resources hinders response This summer the N.C. General Assembly passed a state budget that included about half of what was called for in the bipartisan Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act. Shortly thereafter, I got out of Raleigh to take a long, hard look at the consequences of policy coming out of the capital on people outside the Triangle. I spent a few days in Wilmington, which by some estimates is the worst city in the nation for opioid abuse.

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Board of Governors considers launching conservative academic centers at UNC

At last week’s UNC Board of Governors meeting, Professor Robert George of Princeton University held forth on the merits of his James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

George, who is hailed as America’s foremost Christian conservative intellectual, calls his program an excellent example of teaching courses dealing with government and civics from a balanced point of view, including ideas from across the political spectrum.

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Monday numbers

225,000 - Approximate number of students enrolled at schools in the University of North Carolina system.

17 - Number of campuses in the UNC system, including 16 universities and the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the first public residential high school for gifted students in the United States.

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Free speech policy, controversial conservative academic on the agenda for tomorrow’s UNC Board of Governors meeting

The UNC Board of Governors is holding its last meeting of 2017 Friday, where the latest of its many recent controversies is expected to come to a crescendo, even as the next is cued up. The full board is expected to vote on a controversial new speech policy that civil liberties advocates, students, staff and faculty groups worry could chill speech and discourage certain types of protest on UNC’s 17 campuses.

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Five questions with Professor Valerie Johnson

Historical commission member weighs in on monuments, free speech Valerie Johnson is the Mott Distinguished Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of Africana Women’s Studies at Greensboro’s Bennett College and chair of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission. She is also one of only two Black members of the 17-member North Carolina Historical Commission, which must approve any proposed removal, relocation, or alteration of historical monuments on state property.

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Board of Governors may consider moving UNC system offices out of Chapel Hill

In the last few months the UNC Board of Governors has proposed a lot of controversial moves for the university system.

One of the latest might be the most perplexing – even to members of the board itself.

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UNC Board of Trustees face growing pressure to remove Silent Sam

The controversy over “Silent Sam,” the Confederate monument on UNC’s Chapel Hill campus, has been raging for decades. But it appears to be approaching a critical mass this year as students, faculty, staff and community members push for removal of the statue in the wake of deadly white supremacist violence at the University of Virginia.

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