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Charles Kuralt's office -- from the wood-beamed ceilings to the mahogany bookshelves -- went on the road to North Carolina.

The three-room penthouse suite was disassembled and moved this month from New York City to a climate-controlled storage unit near the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kuralt's widow, Petie, donated the rooms to his alma mater.

Among the furnishings are Oriental rugs, paneled walls, a brick fireplace, floor-to-ceiling mahogany shelves lined with books, antique furniture, 13 Emmys and three Peabody awards won by the former CBS newsman known for his "On the Road" reports.

Visitors to the Kuralt Center -- tentatively scheduled to open in mid-1999 -- will be able to view Kuralt's TV programs, including "On the Road" and "CBS Sunday Morning."

Kuralt, a Wilmington native who attended the university from 1951 to 1954, died July 4 at 62.

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