Board kills North Carolina poverty center amid protests
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina public university leaders have voted to kill an anti-poverty center headed by an outspoken critic of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and GOP lawmakers, taking their vote after protesters disrupted their meeting and were led out by campus police.
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted Friday to disband the think-tank run by Gene Nichol, a law professor and former Democratic congressional candidate from Colorado.
About two dozen protesters demonstrated against closing the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Some were told to leave and led out by UNC-Charlotte campus police.
Nichol was the law school’s dean when he helped create the center in 2005 as a platform for Democrat John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign.