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Morning Post for Feb. 27, 2015

Centers and institutes to be discussed by UNC Board of Governors at Friday meeting: The topic of proposed center closures didn’t get much discussion Thursday, but is expected to be voted on when the full board convenes Friday at 9 a.m. Follow @SarahOvaska on Twitter for live updates. Read more.

Tillis moves to overturn FCC’s ruling on Wilson broadband: Hours after the Federal Communications Commission approved the City of Wilson’s request to remove North Carolina’s restriction on low cost, municipal broadband, Tillis announced he would file legislation to block the ruling from going into effect. Tillis accused the FCC of denying state sovereignty, and claimed the law was aimed at “maintain[ing] the fairness of free-market competition.” Read more.

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The lovely pines of central Carolina are not so sturdy right now.

Morning Post for Feb. 26, 2015

UNC Board of Governors meeting still on: Despite the snow, the UNC Board of Governors is still planning to meet today and tomorrow in Charlotte to discuss, among other things, controversial recommendations to close three campus centers, including UNC Chapel Hill’s Poverty Center. The full board is expected to vote on the measure on Friday. Sarah Ovaska from NC Policy Watch will be live tweeting the meeting, follow her @SarahOvaska for live updates. Read more.

Faculty urge Chancellor Folt to reject Poverty Center closure: More than 100 UNC faculty members have signed on to an open letter calling on Chancellor Folt to push back against a move to close the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. “As our chancellor, we expect you to shield the University and its faculty against the Board of Governors’ ideas of what we can or cannot teach, what we can and cannot take as the subjects of our research. We urge you not to follow the recommendation made by the working group of the Board of Governors.” Read the letter here.

And you thought your morning commute was a chore. Via the NC Ferry Service: "Our ferry crews have been working hard to restore service in the places that had to suspend due to weather yesterday. Hatteras Inlet and the Pamlico Sound routes are back on their normal schedules. Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach and Bayview-Aurora routes will be resuming service between 8-9 a.m. Unfortunately, Currituck Sound is still frozen over, so that route remains offline for now."

Morning Post for Feb. 25, 2015

Another snow day at the General Assembly: The state House has canceled meetings and sessions for the rest of the week, leaving only a no-vote skeleton session on Friday, while the Senate is still scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. today. If they do in fact convene, the Senate is likely to take up Senate Bill 2. Read more.

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Food insecurity in North Carolina

As we stuff our refrigerators with Thanksgiving leftovers and compile shopping lists in preparation for a month of holiday feasting, it is humbling to reflect on grim statistics that rank North Carolina among the most hungry states in the nation…

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