As UNC system looks for new leaders, more information coming out about Tom Ross dismissal

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As a slate of appointed leaders get closer to appointing a new head of North Carolina’s higher education system, details continue to trickle out about the January decision to get rid of its current president, Tom Ross. John Fennebresque, the chair of the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors was adamant during a [Continue Reading…]


Former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque headed to prison

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Stephen LaRoque will spend the next two years in a federal prison, punishment for stealing from the federally-funded non-profit he ran. LaRoque, 51, a former Republican state representative from Kinston was given the 24-month sentence Wednesday morning. He plead guilty earlier this year to a criminal charge related to the embezzlement of $300,000 [Continue Reading…]


Emails between Tom Ross, UNC Board of Governors show concern about Ross’ dismissal

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Several members of the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors contacted UNC President Tom Ross in the days after he was pushed to resign, relaying their sorrow about what happened, according to emails recently obtained by N.C. Policy Watch. “I have enjoyed getting to know you and consider you to be a [Continue Reading…]


Audit found Medicaid owed $350 million, while DHHS officials said program had surplus

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Lawmakers heard Monday that the state’s massive Medicaid program was in the hole at the end of last year’s fiscal year, despite prior statements by state health officials that the program finished that year with a surplus. The Medicaid program had $350 million in liabilities for 2013-14, not the surplus of $63.4 million [Continue Reading…]


Politicians took in more than $1 million from UNC Board of Governor hopefuls

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The candidates seeking appointments on the University of North Carolina’s governing board aren’t strangers to lawmakers – many of their names have repeatedly shown up on checks cashed to the politicians’ campaign accounts. The 30 people currently vying for appointment to the board and their immediate family members have contributed more than $1 million to [Continue Reading…]


Effort to “right-size” the UNC system in the works

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Significant changes may be on the horizon for the state’s higher education network, as the University of North Carolina’s governing board considers “right-sizing” the 17-campus system. “The model should be much smaller than it is,” UNC Board of Governor member Harry Smith Jr. said about the UNC system last Thursday, during [Continue Reading…]


UNC Poverty Center facing closure, as university system leaders finish review of centers

Jim Holmes of the UNC Board of Governors talks Wednesday with Ted Shaw of UNC's civil rights center.

Three centers in the university system – including a poverty research center run by an outspoken law professor —   should be shut down, according to recommendations approved Wednesday by a special committee of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity was the most well-known among the three [Continue Reading…]