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‘It really hits North Carolina’: China goes after tobacco in latest tariff fight | News & Observer

WASHINGTON — A trade war with China could have devastating impacts on North Carolina’s tobacco farmers.

North Carolina exported more than $156 million in leaf tobacco to China in 2017, making the nation the largest consumer of the state’s tobacco in the world. That number is already down from more than $184 million in 2015 and $166 million in 2016, according to U.S. Census data.

On Wednesday, as part of a quickly escalating trade war with the United States, China announced plans to impose 25-percent higher tariffs on more than 100 U.S. products. The list includes several different tobacco products as well as soybeans. Earlier, China announced tariffs on pork products from the U.S.

Tariffs on unmanufactured tobacco would rise from 10 percent to 35 percent, while duties on cigarettes and cigars would climb from their current 25 percent to 50 percent, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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“This is troubling, to say the least, in terms of tobacco,” said Larry Wooten, president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau. “When you add pork and soybeans, it really hits North Carolina.”

China has seemingly targeted its tariffs to impact states that voted for President Donald Trump, adding not only tobacco but corn and soybeans (Iowa), whiskey (Kentucky) and vehicles (Michigan) on its most recent list for tariffs.

In addition to being the nation’s largest producer of tobacco, North Carolina plants 1.6 million acres of soybean. North Carolina exported $2.3 billion in goods to China in 2016 up from $1.4 billion in 2006, according to the US-China Business Council. China was the state’s third-largest trading partner, trailing Canada ($6.2 billion in goods) and Mexico ($3.1 billion).

“I don’t think we would look favorably on something that would hurt not only agriculture but other industries. The technology industry is a large exporter from North Carolina,” said Tony Copeland, North Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce.

North Carolina exported $213 million in semiconductors and components to China in 2016, according to the US-China Business Council.

Trump announced tariffs on imported steel and aluminum last month and then announced more tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods on Tuesday. China responded quickly. Trump seemed defiant, claiming on Twitter that the U.S. was not in a trade war with China because we have already lost.

We are not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by the foolish, or incompetent, people who represented the U.S. Now we have a Trade Deficit of $500 Billion a year, with Intellectual Property Theft of another $300 Billion. We cannot let this continue!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018

We are not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by the foolish, or incompetent, people who represented the U.S. Now we have a Trade Deficit of $500 Billion a year, with Intellectual Property Theft of another $300 Billion. We cannot let this continue!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018

Though North Carolina tobacco exports to China, the world’s most populous nation, have decreased in recent years, overall agriculture imports from the state to China have increased. North Carolina exported almost $599 million in agricultural products to China in 2017. Wood and wood charcoal ($222 million), tobacco ($156 million) and pork products ($137 million) led the way.

Sampson, Johnston and Nash counties are among the largest tobacco-producing counties in the state. Wooten said North Carolina produces about 50 percent of the nation’s tobacco and exports about 75 percent of the tobacco it grows.

The tariffs are just proposed at this time and will not go into effect until at least the middle of May, leaving time for negotiations between the two nations. Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, urged the nations to negotiate and “produce an agreement that serves the interests of the world’s two largest economies.”

Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican from Winston-Salem, said that he opposes tariffs but supports punishing the Chinese for unfair trade practices.

“Listen, I don’t like tariffs. I have openly said that my entire career. But fair trade agreements are what we should shoot for. When the Chinese close their market place to certain US products, when China continues to ignore intellectual property, then sometimes you have to use a different tactic, and I think clearly that is what the president is doing,” Burr said Wednesday in Durham County.

“My hope is that they will negotiate a settlement before the first tariff takes place, but at the end of the day that means our product goes into China as easily as Chinese products come into the United States.”

Wooten said his group would work hard to convince officials of the serious consequences for the farm economy in North Carolina.

“If this were to continue and go into effect, it could impact the incomes of our farmers in a very direct way,” he said. “We’re going to be working hard to say this is really problematic for American agriculture.”

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, called for an end to trade protectionism.

“The back and forth escalation of trade protectionism will be felt by American businesses, families and workers just beginning to feel the benefits of tax reform and a thriving, post-tax reform economy,” Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillip said. “Tariffs punish those Americans with higher costs, which undermines tax reform, destroys jobs and weakens the economy. It’s hard to imagine a more counterproductive and self-destructive policy.”

Brian Murphy: 202-383-6089, @MurphinDC

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Orange Lutheran

Orange Lutheran advances to championship game in North Carolina

Zach Lew’s RBI single in the top of the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Orange Lutheran past Florida Calvary Christian 3-2 on Friday to send the Lancers into the championship game of the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C.

Christian Rodriguez allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings and Evan Adolphus pitched the final 1 1/3 innings.

Orange Lutheran has won three consecutive games in the tournament. Chad Born and Cole Winn each had two hits.

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Elizabeth City

North Carolina Town Accepts, Then Spurns Russian Gift

Bed-and-breakfast owner Rick Boyd stands in a downtown arts center looking at a model of a bronze monument that he hopes will soon grace the Elizabeth City, N.C., waterfront.

"It’s just one of the most beautiful pieces of art that I’ve ever seen," Boyd said.

In a heroic style that evokes Frederic Remington’s rough-hewn Western art, three pilots – American, Canadian and Soviet – look off into the distance.

"And then there’s the airplane, the military version of the Catalina, depicted coming out of the water," Boyd said.

A model of the proposed monument to Project Zebra. The monument is projected to be 13 feet tall and weigh 25 tons.

The monument would honor a World War II program called Project Zebra. Americans trained hundreds of Soviet fliers on amphibious bombers that they then flew home to fight German and Japanese submarines.

Almost a year ago, Elizabeth City agreed to accept the monument, valued at an estimated $1 million, as a gift from the Russian government. But in a surprise move, a city council with new members has torpedoed the deal, with some saying the city shouldn’t associate with Russia.

"I would caution this council that you, or this previous council, gave your word to another foreign government and I’d be embarrassed, to be honest with you, to go back on your word," City Manager Richard Olson said at a council meeting last month.

"You’re talking about the ‘hacking government?’ " asked council member and ex-pro football player Johnnie Walton, referring to Russia. "Some people say we’d be dumb not to do it. I’d say it would be dumber to do it."

During the same meeting, another council member asked why the city should accept a Russian monument when it doesn’t have statues honoring notable African-Americans.

The U.S. Navy identification card issued to Col. Maxim Chibisov, commanding officer of Soviet pilots training in North Carolina. Chibisov’s first name is misspelled.

Some locals back the council majority.

Hezekiah Brown, a professional arbitrator and mediator, questions the timing of the Russian offer, given U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election.

"You can’t deny the fact that politics are involved somewhere," Brown said. "You know, you’ve got the 2018 election coming up."

A secret program in the American South

One reason the Russians didn’t propose the monument earlier could be that Project Zebra wasn’t declassified until six years ago.

The project began in 1944. The U.S. was making the amphibious bombers for Russia, and needed a place to train more than 300 Soviet pilots.

"We then went ahead and made 185 of these 11-crew planes in the Philadelphia Naval Yard and painted red stars on them and flew them down to Elizabeth City, N.C.," says M. G. Crisci, author of Project Zebra: Roosevelt and Stalin’s Top-Secret Mission to Train 300 Soviet Airmen in America.

‘It was both a Coast Guard base that had huge airfields that could take these planes, and it had the waterways nearby that they could practice and take off in the water.

"The town was remarkable in that it was essentially cheerleaders and provided these crews things that they wanted and needed and it was actually an amazing team effort," Crisci said.

"There was once a time in America where a bunch of people that didn’t know each other, who couldn’t speak each other’s language, came together through circumstances and built a monument to humanity. While at the same time completing a very successful military mission."

That’s what the Russians say they want to honor with the monument.

Saying no to a gift

Supporters say if Elizabeth City turns the Russians down, it could have an unexpected consequence: hampering international efforts to search for missing U.S. troops.

Soviet and American officers pose at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

That’s because a joint U.S.- Russia commission that supports those searches helped broker the monument deal, in part because three Soviet fliers went missing during Project Zebra.

U.S. researchers hunt through Russian archives for clues about MIAs who went missing in the Soviet bloc during the the Cold War, or who were shot down in Vietnam, where some missile crews had Soviet advisers.

The commission’s U.S. chairman, retired Air Force Gen. Robert Foglesong, is concerned the Russians will be offended if Elizabeth City rejects the monument.

"Potentially, the Russians could deny us the opportunity to go in the archives," Foglesong said. "They could deny us the opportunity to come and do site work."

Foglesong said his counterpart in Russia is watching to see how the debate over the monument plays out.

"They have put considerable resources into this and time and effort and in a sense are out on their own limb," he said.

Boyd, the bed-and-breakfast owner, started a petition asking the city council to reverse its decision. Within days he and other monument supporters had collected more than 500 signatures.

And local tourism and VFW officials also are trying to get the city council to reconsider.

Foglesong said if they’re not successful, it’s unclear if the Russians would try to find another site, or ditch the monument idea entirely.

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North Carolina’s governor visited Japan in last-ditch bid for Mazda-Toyota plant

Less than a month before the Japanese auto giants opted to build their plant in Huntsville, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and several officials spent more than $50,000 on a last-minute, four-day trip to Japan to swing the $1.6 billion Mazda-Toyota project in their direction.

That’s according to WRAL-TV in North Carolina. In fact, Cooper had to make a side trip to Washington to retrieve his passport just to make the trip.

But in early January, Alabama was picked as the plant’s site.

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA, Inc., or (MTMUS), says the full-scale construction of its $1.6 billion Huntsville plant will begin in 2019. When fully operational in 2021, the plant is expected to employ 4,000 people and produce about 300,000 vehicles a year.

The trip included the governor, the state’s commerce and transportation secretaries, a senior adviser and a two-man security detail to Tokyo Dec. 14 to 18, 2017.

Neither the press nor the public was notified of the governor’s absence during the trip, with his schedule saying he was in meetings. A few legislators were also alerted to the trip.

North Carolina reportedly offered $1.6 billion of incentives to attract the auto plant. Alabama offered more than $800 million in incentives.

Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot speaks to the Huntsville chapter of the National Space Club on March 20, 2018. (NASA/Emmett Given)
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Seton Hall beat

Seton Hall beats North Carolina State 94-83 in foul-filled matchup

Khadeen Carrington scored 26 points, Desi Rodriguez added 20 and eighth-seeded Seton Hall beat North Carolina State 94-83 in a foul-filled first-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

Myles Powell added 19 points and Angel Delgado scored 13 for the Pirates (22-11), who led the entire way a year after a late meltdown cost them an early exit against Arkansas.

Seton Hall will play top-seeded Kansas on Saturday in the second round of the Midwest Regional.

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Virginia completes its ACC dominance with 71-63 win over North Carolina

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Virginia claimed its second ACC championship of 2017-18 with a wholly impressive 71-63 win over North Carolina in the league’s tournament championship game Saturday night at the Barclays Center.

The Cavaliers, who finished a full four games ahead of the next-closest team in the final ACC standings, now turn their attention to the NCAA Tournament. UVA is almost certain to be the No. 1 overall seed when the brackets are unveiled on Sunday, but Tony Bennett’s team will have more doubters than most squads that have carried that banner.

This will be the fourth time in five seasons that Virginia has been a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the Big Dance, and the third time they’ve graced the top line. Despite that fact, UVA hasn’t been to a Final Four since 1984, and they’ve played in just one regional final since 1995.

Still, the evidence that this March could be different for the Cavaliers was on full display Saturday night.

Virginia’s defense gobbled up a North Carolina team that hadn’t been held below 74 points since Jan. 22. But that’s expected. Where the Cavaliers truly shined was on the other end of the floor. They drilled 9 of 17 three-point attempts, assisted on 15 of their 21 made shots, went a nearly perfect 20 for 22 from the free-throw line, and saw all three of their top scorers — Kyle Guy, Devon Hall and Ty Jerome — score 12 points or more.

Luke Maye scored 20 points in a losing effort for North Carolina, which was looking for its second ACC Tournament title in three years. Senior point guard Joel Berry chipped in 17 points for the Tar Heels.

The win gave Virginia its third ACC Tournament title ever, and its first since 2014. In that season, like this one, the Cavaliers also won the conference’s regular season championship and were the tournament’s No. 1 seed.

North Carolina, the No. 6 seed, had been vying to become just the second team ever (and the second straight) to claim the ACC Tournament title by winning four games in four days. Duke achieved the feat last year as the No. 5 seed.

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NCAA tournament

Bracket Watch: Duke, Kansas and North Carolina In Contention for Top Line

Less than one week from now, the NCAA tournament bracket will be set. Even though less than half of the field’s 68 teams will have their tickets punched before Selection Sunday, the truth is that the vast majority of squads already know they’re in. For example: Michigan may have won the Big Ten tournament but Purdue and Michigan State can be just as sure as the Wolverines that they, too, will be dancing.

The in-or-out intrigue is reserved for the Bubble Watch, which we will be updating daily during Championship Week. The Bracket Watch, which we’ll also be updating daily, is focused on the seeding discussion as that changes with each passing day as the conference tournament results roll in.

Last Four In

Syracuse
Kansas State
Marquette
UCLA

First Four Out

USC
Louisville
Oklahoma State
Alabama

Next Four Out

Washington
Notre Dame
LSU
Oregon

South Region

The Michigan Wolverines have done it again. For the second straight season, the Wolverines will enter the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the country after ripping through the Big Ten tournament. It wasn’t merely that the Wolverines claimed their second straight Big Ten tourney crown that was impressive. It was the way in which they did it. After needing overtime to get past Iowa in their first game, the Wolverines went on to beat Nebraska, Michigan State and Purdue by a combined 39 points. The wins over the Spartans and Boilermakers were both well in hand with five to seven minutes remaining. The final few minutes of the win over Purdue felt more like a coronation than a championship game between two Final Four contenders. That’s what it was, however, and few people thought we’d be able to say that about Michigan as recently as one month ago after it lost at Northwestern. The Wolverines haven’t lost since, stringing together nine straight wins including victories against every other team in the conference that is headed to the tournament. We have Michigan as a No. 3 seed, but even if they end up as a No. 4, or somehow a No. 5, they’re going to be a team no top seed will want to see in its region.

East Region

We’re down to three teams fighting for one spot on the top line. Virginia could lose its first ACC tournament game and still get a No. 1 seed. Villanova and Xavier are also near-locks for the top line. That leaves Kansas, North Carolina and Duke—our No. 2 seed in the East—fighting it out for the No. 1 seed in the West. Kansas has the inside track, with Duke close behind. Duke is a spot higher in RPI—fourth against fifth—but it will be hard for the committee to look beyond Kansas’s 10 Quadrant 1 victories, the second-most in the country. That same door is open for the Tar Heels, who actually lead the country with 11 Q1 wins. As the No. 6 seed in the ACC tournament, they have a much more challenging road to a conference title. If the chalk holds up, they’ll have to get through Syracuse, Miami, Duke and Virginia to cut down the nets in Brooklyn.

If Kansas goes on to take the Big 12 tournament title, it will likely add at least two more Q1 wins. Should the Jayhawks lose—even in the championship game—and Duke takes the ACC tournament title, the committee will likely give the fourth No. 1 seed to the Blue Devils. Thanks to the depth of the ACC, Duke would likely get three more Q1 victories if it wins the tournament this week. That, combined with a Kansas loss, should be enough to get the Blue Devils to the top line. That same door would be open for the Tar Heels, but they wouldn’t have the slam dunk case that Duke would in that scenario.

Midwest Region

Want to be the smart person in your pool who backs the double-digit seed that pulls off a couple of upsets to advance to the second weekend? Well, then it’s time for you to start falling in love with Loyola-Chicago. The Ramblers won the Missouri Valley tournament over the weekend, notching the program’s first trip to the dance since 1985. Featuring a dynamic offense that ranks 14th in the country in three-point percentage and eighth in kenpom.com’s effective field goal percentage, the Ramblers dominated what is routinely one of the best mid-major conferences. It’s almost easier to find someone on this team who didn’t earn some individual hardware than someone who did. The Larry Bird Player of the Year Award? That went to junior guard Cameron Custer, who put up 13.4 points, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The Freshman of the Year? Forward Cameron Krutwig, who scored 10.5 points and pulled down 6.3 rebounds per game, took home that one. Senior guard Ben Richardson won the Valley’s Defensive Player of the year Award. And, of course, it should come as no surprise that head coach Porter Moser was named Coach of the Year, an award won in recent years by Gregg Marshall, Cuonzo Martin and Matt Painter.

Loyola can play with anyone, something it proved by going into Gainesville and knocking off the Gators back in December. With four players who shoot at least 40% from behind the arc, a second dynamic scorer in Donte Ingram, the 24th-ranked defense by kenpom.com’s adjusted efficiency to go with the offense, and the confidence that comes from winning 28 games in the regular season, the Ramblers are going to be a tough out in the dance.

West Region

Loyola wasn’t the only team to dominate a Valley conference and win a championship over the weekend. Murray State went 16-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference and took down Belmont in the championship game on Saturday, getting back to the dance for the first time since 2012. The Racers aren’t quite the threat the Ramblers are. Unlike their Valley counterparts, there isn’t any one thing they do exceptionally well on offense that makes them a dangerous team against any opponent. They do, however, have a tremendous leader in Jonathan Stark, who averaged 21.8 points per game this season. Stark shot 46% from the field, 41% from three and 88.8% from the free throw line. When they need a bucket, they’ve got someone who not only can get it, but relishes having the ball in his hands at those moments. That’s crucial for any No. 12 or 13 seed, which the Racers are sure to be. They may not have as high a ceiling as Loyola, but just like the Ramblers, they’re perfectly capable of pulling off a run to the Sweet 16, taking down a couple of No. 4 and 5 seeds along the way.

Bolded teams = won NCAA tournament auto-bid

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North Carolina fans had horror flashbacks on Tuesday night when Miami senior Ja’Quan Newton hit a deep buzzer-beating 3 to upset the No. 9 Tar Heels 91-88 on UNC’s Senior Night.

Given that UNC senior Joel Berry cashed a 3-pointer to tie it seconds before, the final sequence was reminiscent of UNC’s loss in the 2016 title game to Villanova.

With no timeout stoppages involved, the final few seconds in Chapel Hill were a pendulum swing of emotions. UNC fans burst with joy after Berry tied the game with 4.1 seconds to go. And then Newton — who may have traveled on the play– hit the winner on a high-arcing prayer.

MIAMI UPSETS THE HEELS!The Hurricanes snap No. 9 North Carolina’s six-game win streak to get a huge win in Chapel Hill. pic.twitter.com/EJCt1V1XaN

— ESPN (@espn) February 28, 2018

Everybody else ready for March after that?

Watch that again and check the official who rules the 3-pointer good. He’s emphatic, and he almost gets caught up in Miami’s flee to an on-floor celebration.

The victory effectively locks up Miami (21-8, 10-7 ACC) for an NCAA Tournament bid. The Hurricanes were a No. 8 seed and on the bubble entering the night in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology. With a road win at UNC, Miami could bump to the No. 7 line, and in doing so, gives itself plenty of room for error the rest of the way.

Miami’s also turned its fortunes in the past few days. On Saturday, Miami barely won at home over Boston College, only doing so after freshman Lonnie Walker hit a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining. Had the Canes lost that game and gone on to lose in OT to UNC, they’d instead be 19-10 and very much flirting with being in the last-four-in category.

Instead, Jim Larranaga’s team is booming into March. Newton finished with 21 points.

For North Carolina (22-8, 11-6), check this quote from Berry, who had a game-high 31 points in his final game at the Dean Dome.

Sadly true. Even the spots on the floor where Berry hit his 3-pointer and Newton returned the favor are fairly close to Marcus Paige’s tying triple and Kris Jenkins’ winner from the 2016 national championship game.

UNC’s loss was its first and only defeat of February. On Saturday, the Heels head over to Durham, North Carolina to take on Duke in their regular-season finale.

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Billy Graham’s

Graham’s spiritual journey began and ended in North Carolina

MONTREAT, N.C. – While the Rev. Billy Graham’s travels took him as far away as the Soviet Union and China, he always came back to his native North Carolina, a place of refuge, reflection and spiritual refueling.

In the process, the most famous evangelist in American history became one of North Carolina’s favorite sons.

The highway that runs past the world headquarters of his evangelical empire in Charlotte is called Billy Graham Parkway. The chapel in the quiet mountain town of Montreat where he was married in 1943 is named in his honor. And a 2011 poll found him to be the most revered person in the state, beating out TV star Andy Griffith and University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith.

Graham, who died Wednesday at 99 and will be buried at his library in Charlotte next Friday, spent the final years of his life at his secluded home in Montreat, about 100 miles to the west, where, as he did even in his heyday, he worked on his sermons or quietly dropped in on local church services almost unnoticed.

To the end, his family said, he saw his North Carolina heritage as an essential part of who he was.

"My father was a very humble person. He never saw himself as a celebrity. He always saw himself as a farm boy from Mecklenburg County," the Rev. Franklin Graham said Thursday on the "Today" show.

North Carolina was the site of the beginning and the end of Graham’s spiritual life, bookending trips to scores of countries to preach the Gospel. Born on Nov. 7, 1918, Graham grew up on a Charlotte dairy farm that is now the site of office buildings. It was in Charlotte in 1934 that a 16-year-old Graham committed himself to Jesus at a traveling revival.

Over the years, he would return periodically for crusades, including one in 1995 before a packed crowd at the city’s football stadium.

On the road, "he’d be preaching in some city or place, and he always liked to say that if he had to live somewhere else, it would be there, but ‘My home is in North Carolina,’" recalled Cliff Barrows, Graham’s longtime music director, who died in 2016. "His heart is in North Carolina."

Graham broke ground in Charlotte on the new headquarters for his Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 2002, moving it from Minnesota, where he had once worked as a college administrator. "This move to Charlotte anchors us firmly to our roots," he said at the time.

It was Montreat, though, that was his home base, where he raised his five children, where his wife’s family had roots, and where the two were married in what is now Graham Chapel on the campus of Montreat College.

"This was a refuge for Billy. It was a place where he could rest and recuperate between his international travels. You can just imagine the demands on his life," college President Paul Maurer said.

Around Montreat, resident Brad Hestir said, Graham would sometimes slip into a church service to participate as a worshipper without drawing attention to himself. "You would occasionally at the end of a church service realize he was here in the balcony," Hestir said.

"The man was private for the last several decades, and the whole town was organized around protecting that privacy," said Hestir’s wife, Jean Norris. "They were known as down-to-earth, lovely people."

North Carolina took special pride in being the home of "America’s Pastor." This week, after his death, video billboards along North Carolina interstates paid their respects with messages such as one showing Graham’s name against a heavenly blue sky, with a white dove.

Charlotte historian Tom Hanchett said it was fitting that the city chose Graham’s name in the 1980s for the expressway that serves as a main route to the airport.

"There is no better symbol for a city on the move, a city on the make, a city flying to a new place. And the journey there comes from the roots of this place, and Billy Graham is a powerful, real part of those roots," Hanchett said.

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Louisville struggles to beat North Carolina 67-57

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If you had hoped today was the day Louisville started the game with a strong 1st quarter you were sorely disappointed. Despite losing their last 6 games and having a record of 14-12, North Carolina had a 16-13 lead going into the second quarter. Louisville missed at least 3 wide open layups. Every pass was an adventure. By halftime they had 9 of their 19 turnovers for the game. Unforced turnovers. Just throwing the ball to the ghost in the corner. According to Coach Walz, “it was definitely an ugly ball game.”

Speaking of ugly, I’m going on record as saying this is the worst foul call I’ve seen in 4 decades of watching the sport.

In the 4th quarter the Cards finally took the lead on an Asia Durr 3. However a couple of minutes later she came down on the foot of a UNC player and left the game.

Since it had been such a rock fight and so many players were in foul trouble it was a tense situation. Junior Arica Carter stepped up big though and made two 3s and from then on the Cards were in control.

After the game Coach Walz said that Asia had a sprained ankle but she’d get treatment and he’d be “shocked” if she didn’t play on Thursday. She left the game with a team-high 19 points. Arica Carter added 14 points. Coach Walz said, “She hit big time shots, and I was really proud of her.”

The Cards finally return home to Louisville on Thursday to play Virginia. The game is at 7PM and can be seen on ACC Network Extra. It is also the yearly Pink Game for breast cancer awareness.

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