Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Independent Weekly Vol. 27 Issue 12, March 2010
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The University of North Carolina is considered a regional leader on environmental issues but continues to burn thousands of tons of coal each year in its power plants. The university is in debt on its cogeneration power plant and will have to burn coal until at least 2022. Several groups have called for the university to end coal use in five years, but that will not be possible. The various ways UNC is examining to go carbon neutral by 2050 are explored.
Thousands of North Carolina residents were forcibly sterilized as part of the state’s eugenics policy between 1929 and 1974. Those still alive are seeking justice before they die, but restitution has not come to residents yet although it has been promised by the NC Justice for Victims of Sterilization Foundation. The history of the program in the North Carolina and throughout the country is explored. Personal stories from victims are also shared.