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Filming in NC remains slow, despite grant program

Only two film projects have utilized North Carolina’s hefty film grant program over the past 11 months. Last year, the N.C. General Assembly approved $15 million in funding to be added to $19 million in leftover funds and $31 million in recurring funds for each year after, and the program was made open-ended.  “Words on the Bathroom Walls,” a feature film currently being shot in Wilmington, received a $2.35 million grant; five Home Depot commercials being shot in N.C. received $500,000 in funding.

NCCU law school dean to leave as school addresses compliance issues

The N.C. Central University law school dean Phyllis Craig-Taylor is stepping down from her position as the school addresses compliance issues from the American Bar Association. The law school’s incoming class will shrink by about one-third because of new minimum admissions standards. Craig-Taylor, dean of the law school since 2012, will remain at the school as a faculty member. The ABA wrote the law school was “significantly out of compliance” with ABA standards; in 2017, only 54% of NCCU law graduates passed the bar exam the first time taking it. The first year student attrition rate in 2016-17 was 37.7%.

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