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Clinical research company plans 749-job expansion in Durham after landing incentives

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK -- A clinical research company is planning a two-part expansion in Durham County after landing an incentive package potentially worth nearly $10 million from the state.

Q2 Solutions, a joint venture between IQVIA — formerly known as Quintiles — and Quest Diagnostics, will create 749 jobs in Durham County over the next eight years, according to the N.C. Commerce Department.

Q2, referred to as Q-squared, will invest $73 million in the county as it plans to expand its laboratory space there. The company, whose global headquarters is currently in Morrisville, runs clinical trials for biotechnology companies, specifically focusing on genomic testing, a rapidly growing part of the field.

With its planned investment, the company will be shifting its headquarters and lab operations to a new facility in RTP, company CEO Brian O’Dwyer said in an interview.

Read more: https://www.heraldsun.com/news/business/article237830144.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 02:22 AM (0 replies)

Lack of NC budget leaves school construction money, other education items in limbo

RALEIGH -- Teacher pay raises aren’t the only education issue left in limbo due to the ongoing budget stalemate between the Republican-led state legislature and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

The $24 billion state budget vetoed by Cooper has a variety of education-related items, including new funding for school construction, paying school lunch costs for low-income students and new curriculum requirements for students. It’s unclear whether the items will be addressed when state lawmakers return in January or later next year during the short session.

Cooper said he vetoed the budget because it did not expand Medicaid and because he felt the proposed 3.9% raise for teachers wasn’t enough.

“The governor has continually refused to sit down with the legislature to work these things out,” said Rep. Craig Horn, a Union County Republican and chair of various education committees. “Honestly, this is terrible.

Read more: https://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/education/article237825789.html
(Durham Herald Sun)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 01:55 AM (0 replies)

UNC resolves anti-Semitism case with feds that grew out of rapper's performance

UNC-Chapel Hill has resolved a federal anti-Semitism case with the U.S. Department of Education that alleged the university discriminated against students of Jewish descent at a conference in March.

The complaint was filed in April following controversy over Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar’s performance at the “Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics and Possibilities” conference. Video showed him performing an anti-Semitic song called “Mama, I Fell in Love with a Jew.”

U.S. Rep. George Holding, a Republican from Raleigh, called for a federal investigation into the Middle East conference co-sponsored by Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill.

UNC did not admit to violating any laws but agreed to revise its policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct, to include that policy in training and orientation sessions, to issue an anti-harassment statement and to hold a listening session next semester for students, faculty, staff and administrators to discuss concerns about harassment.

Read more: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/education/article237764269.html

Pete Buttigieg coming to Rev. Barber's church as Democrats compete for black voters

RALEIGH -- Black voters are a major Democratic voting bloc, and a few months before the presidential primaries, candidates are courting the African-American community.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will visit North Carolina on Dec. 1 and attend the church led by the Rev. William Barber II, former state NAACP president and founder of Moral Mondays.

In South Carolina, one of the first states to vote and one where Buttigieg hasn’t been polling well among black voters, the candidate spoke in October at a Rock Hill church.

It’s a good strategy, as long as it’s not his campaign’s only outreach to African Americans, theologian J. Kameron Carter said.

Read more: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article237748079.html

Legal settlement will keep Confederate statue off UNC campus

RALEIGH - The University of North Carolina announced Wednesday that a torn-down Confederate monument won't return to campus under a legal agreement that hands over the "Silent Sam" statue to a group of Confederate descendants.

The University of North Carolina System said in a news release that a judge approved a settlement giving possession of the monument to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who will keep the statue outside the 14 counties where there are university system campuses. Silent Sam stood in a main quad of the flagship Chapel Hill campus for more than a century before it was toppled in 2018 by protesters.

The announcement comes after the university and statewide Board of Governors spent more than a year grappling with what to do with the prominent but divisive monument, a challenging period during which the Chapel Hill chancellor resigned and the campus police chief who oversaw the response to statue's toppling retired.

Under the agreement, university officials also will create a $2.5 million private fund that can be used for expenses related to preserving the monument or potentially building a facility to house it. No state money will be used to build the fund, the news release said.

Read more: https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2019/11/27/settlement-keep-silent-sam-confederate-statue-off-unc-campus/4323097002/
(Ashewille Citizen-Times)
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