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UNC law professor opens new anti-poverty research project

CHAPEL HILL (AP) — In the wake of the controversial closure of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s anti-poverty center, the law school professor who led the center has launched an anti-poverty research fund outside of the domain of university leaders.

WRAL-TV ( ) reports that Gene Nichol is leading the privately funded North Carolina Poverty Research Fund, which launched July 1.

In February, the university’s Board of Governors voted to force the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity to close, saying it did not serve the academic mission of the university and should not be housed there.

Nichol, a sharp critic of Republican lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory, called the board’s vote politically motivated. Jim Holmes, the chairman of the working group that recommended the closures, denied that allegation.

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