Lunch Beak (10/23/15): UNC to name new president at meeting underway now

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The UNC Board of Governors is expected to elect a new system president during a meeting that began at 11 a.m. this morning. Former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is widely believed to be the front-runner for the job. Spellings was the only candidate to appear in front of the full board during their search, and was reportedly the "leading contender" named by the presidential search committee. Analysts have said current UNC President Tom Ross, who will step down in January, was pushed out because of his political beliefs as a Democrat. Spellings is said to have close ties to former U.S. President George W. Bush. Readers can find a live stream of the meeting in a link in the tweet below. 

A car accident closed down the inbound lanes of Brookshire Boulevard near Mount Holly-Huntersville Road just as rush hour began this morning. Officials said a van slammed into the back of a dump truck at about 6:40 a.m., sending two people to the hospital. The driver of the van was said to be in critical condition while the dump truck driver suffered minor injuries. The road was re-opened around 8:15 a.m. 

Troopers say an overnight chase involving a motorcyclist on I-485 reached speeds above 150 miles per hour. They said the chase went for 60 miles. It reportedly began on the I-485 inner loop near Mint Hill and ended in the Carolina Place Mall parking lot in Pineville. The motorcyclist — who was reportedly just wearing a t-shirt with no jacket or helmet — did not crash, but was hospitalized for a medical condition following the chase. 

Police said a shooting on a Tennessee college campus that left one dead and three injured last night resulted from a dispute over a dice game. Police said a group of students were playing on campus at Tennessee State University when a fight erupted around 11 a.m. A man was killed and three females who were just passing by were wounded. The suspect fled the scene on foot and has not yet been found. 


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