Green Swamp
The Nature Conservancy

Apple Buying Land In NC

Apple is partnering with a national land conservation group to buy up land in North Carolina. The 3,600 acre tract Apple and The Conservation Fund is buying is located in Brunswick County. It’s described by the Fund as having “high-quality pine savannas and striking and unusual plants and flowers.” “Apple is clearly leading by example—one that we hope others will follow,” Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund, said in a press release. “By all accounts, the loss of America...
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U.N., Oxfam Report At Least 120,000 Displaced In Yemen Fighting

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in the fighting in Yemen, the United Nations says today in a new report, which warns that the figure could rise dramatically unless the conflict is ended.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the number of displaced persons in Yemen is estimated at between 120,000 and 150,000. (Separately, Oxfam puts the figure at 121,000)."It's feared this figure could rise significantly if violence continues," UNHCR spokesperson Adrian...
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N.C. General Assembly, State Legislature
Dave DeWitt

North Carolina lawmakers have filed more than 1,600 bills -- and the legislative session likely hasn't even reached its midpoint. The issues range from gay marriage to puppy mills, and many won't even be debated.
 

In this conversation with WUNC's Capitol Reporter Jorge Valencia, host Phoebe Judge asks about some of the bills debated this week that would send a statue of the Rev. Billy Graham to the U.S. Capitol, allow people in the country illegally to apply for restricted driver's licenses and make it a felony for a student to assault a teacher.

Photo: The North Carolina General Assembly's Legislative Building
Jorge Valencia

From gay marriage to puppy mills, North Carolina state legislators have filed more than 1,600 bills this legislative session and they are not even halfway done.

Many bills will not make it through the General Assembly, but some are still causing a stir.

Apple Buying Land In NC

Apr 17, 2015
Green Swamp
The Nature Conservancy

 Apple is partnering with a national land conservation group to buy up land in North Carolina.

The 3,600 acre tract Apple and The Conservation Fund is buying is located in Brunswick County. It’s described by the Fund as having “high-quality pine savannas and striking and unusual plants and flowers.”

Profile of Hillary Clinton
Wikipedia

Hillary Clinton announced this week she will be running for president and wasted little time starting her campaign in Iowa.

 

North Carolina is expected to be a battleground state for the former Secretary of State and a recent poll shows she has work to do here winning over voters.

Official logo Earth Week That was the backdrop for the USED as prime time CBS News Special Report with Walter Cronkite about Earth Day 1970.
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Earth Day is now a prominent national event. But the roots of the first gathering in 1970 was just one politician's push to improve the rivers and hunting grounds in Wisconsin. The idea sparked other events that year across the nation and now April 22nd marks an annual recognition and celebration of environmental issues.

Mark Katz

Six international artists in North Carolina this week demonstrate that international diplomacy can come in many different forms. While many may imagine diplomats wearing business suits and sitting in conference rooms, these artists paint a drastically different picture.

Aerial view of Wayne Community College campus
North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees

Updated Friday, April 17, 1:46 p.m.

Wayne Community College in Goldsboro has closed for the weekend. The college website says it closed at 10 a.m. Friday morning after receiving "several threatening phone calls over the last two days."

College authorities say the campus was not in danger today and acted "purely from a precautionary perspective."

Photo: Billy Graham and his son Franklin
Paul M. Walsh via Creative Commons

The state House of Representatives voted on Thursday afternoon to send a statue of evangelist Billy Graham to the U.S. Capitol, over objections from Democrats who complained that Republicans refused to consider memorializing any other North Carolinian.

NC Legislative Building,
Dave DeWitt

Lawmakers in the state House have until the end of the day to file any bills they have not yet submitted. 

Hundreds of proposals are already up for debate this session. One plan would require university professors to teach four courses per semester to keep their salaries. 

The book cover to "An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth."
Little, Brown and Company

Astronaut Chris Hadfield was first inspired to pursue a career in space travel at 9 years old after watching the Apollo 11 Moon landing on television. The desire to explore space led him to the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, the Canadian Armed Forces and eventually to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Bringing "Hip-Hop Diplomacy" To NC

Six international artists in North Carolina this week demonstrate that international diplomacy can come in many different forms. While many may imagine diplomats wearing business suits and sitting in conference rooms, these artists paint a drastically different picture. They are DJs, emcees, singers, dancers and beat makers who believe that hip-hop can be a tool for international diplomacy. They are participants in the Next Level program, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of...
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WATCH: Chimps In Uganda Look Both Ways Before Crossing

Call it Darwinian evolution in action: A troop of wild chimpanzees in Uganda has learned a valuable survival skill — to look before crossing.In a video published by New Scientist, one chimp can be seen pausing at the edge of the road and then backtracking to retrieve a smaller companion. What appears to be the alpha male waits on the far side of the road as the smallest in the group looks several times to each side before cautiously committing to a hasty crossing.New Scientist says:"In a 29...
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