A model of a bronze monument that would commemorate a top-secret World War II program that brought hundreds of Russian aviators to Elizabeth City to train alongside Americans.
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Elizabeth City Officials Backed Out Of A Deal To Host A Russian Monument. Not Everyone Agrees.

People in Elizabeth City are taking sides in a fight over a proposed monument, and the outcome could have international implications.

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Trump Cabinet Turnover Sets Record Going Back 100 Years

Last week, when #firingFriday was trending on Twitter and White House aides had to be reassured by the chief of staff that no changes were imminent, President Trump embraced the uncertainty in public statements. His willingness to say "you're fired" to so many people, so early in his administration, is just another way Trump is unlike those who have come before him. No elected first-term president in the past 100 years has had this much Cabinet turnover this early in his presidency. And going...

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Tutu Alicante grew up in Equatorial Guinea, a small nation on the western coast of Central Africa. The country is one of the largest oil producers in sub-Saharan Africa, yet many of its citizens live in extreme poverty. The oil profits stay within the government, and long-serving President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo uses intimidation tactics like imprisonment or even execution to silence his critics.

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The special election in Pennsylvania this week turned a reliably red district blue. Democratic candidate Conor Lamb beat Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. Is this a wake-up call for the Republican party?

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Courtesy of Krish Mohan

Krish Mohan has been a comedian since his teenage years when he won a talent contest at high school. Looking for a way to finetune his craft, he wound up at a local club practicing his jokes between sets for rock bands. His early humor revolved around being from an immigrant family who moved from India to Pittsburgh when he was just 8 years old. 

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Ned Ferm was only 4 years old when he decided to pursue a career in music. He grew up on a farm on Mount Desert Island near the coast of Maine and says he is a country boy at heart. But his knack for playing almost any instrument would eventually lead him to perform in New York City alongside renowned jazz icons like Roswell Rudd. Later, Ferm would study jazz at William Paterson University and the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Denmark, where he earned the equivalent to a doctoral degree in saxophone performance.

Amazon announced Raleigh is on the list of 20 possible contenders for its HQ2.
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As Raleigh tries to appeal to Amazon for its new headquarters, an LGBTQ rights group is pushing the company to look elsewhere.

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This week in North Carolina politics, Governor Roy Cooper called on reforms to gun laws. However, it remains unclear what legislators have an appetite for.

Meanwhile, the state board of elections and ethics will soon be seated, despite a lawsuit challenging its very structure. And, a special congressional election in Pennsylvania could serve as an cautionary result for Republicans here.

Becki Gray of the conservative John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of the liberal N.C. Policy Watch join WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii for a conversation about the week's news.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is handing out millions of dollars this year as part of its community health initiative. North Carolina Central University in Durham is one of the recipients.

Some veterans say they contracted hepatitis from the "jet gun" that was used to immunize them in the Vietnam era, but researchers haven't proven that link.

WUNCPolitics Podcast

On this week's WUNC Politics Podcast, Colin Campbell of the NC Insider sits down for a conversation about writing his weekly column, an ongoing feud over the state board of elections, and harassment protocols at the General Assembly.

He and WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii also talk beer on boats, and a little NCAA Basketball.

Duke Energy provides electricity for most of North Carolina since the 2012 merger.
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Duke Energy has committed $500,000 to help replace inefficient wood-burning stoves in Western North Carolina.


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The Political Junkie: Lessons From The Pennsylvania Election And Continued White House Drama

The special election in Pennsylvania this week turned a reliably red district blue. Democratic candidate Conor Lamb beat Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. Is this a wake-up call for the Republican party?

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Hitting Home: The Opioid Crisis in North Carolina

The opioid crisis has claimed tens of thousands of lives across the country. Here's how it's playing out in North Carolina.

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Ft. Bragg Stories Now Available As Podcast

Ft. Bragg Stories uses personal narratives to explore life on and around this country's largest military base. And, now it's available as a podcast on iTunes , Google Play and Stitcher . Each week over this year you'll hear a new story both on the radio where the stories air each Sunday evening around 5:35 and a new episode drop in our podcast feeds every weekend, too. Listen to this overview:

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Memorial and calls for gun control cover a fence outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida.
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Many North Carolina students will join fellow students across the country in walking out of classes Wednesday. The day marks one month after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Area schools are taking a variety of approaches to the expected protests.

A sign indicates the janitor closet inside a Wake County public school.
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The Durham Board of Education has voted to make custodians Durham Public Schools employees once again. This means ending its contract with an outsource management company, acquiring cleaning equipment, and giving custodial staff higher pay and benefits. The change will cost DPS about $1.1 million.

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The world of academic publishing is all about credibility, and most scholars want to be published in the nation’s most reputable academic journals. But accessing those journals can be very expensive. While large universities can often afford to foot the bill, researchers at smaller colleges, or those in developing countries, may find themselves unable to afford access to the latest scientific research.

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Elon Poll

North Carolina teachers do not want their colleagues — not even trained ones — to carry guns in school, according to a new Elon University Poll.

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