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A New Benefit for Vets: Fertility Treatments

Thousands of veterans have suffered combat injures that left them infertile. For the first time, the VA will pay for treatments to help them have children.
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For The Holidays, The Obamas Open Up The White House One Last Time

Four days. 92 volunteers. And 150 pounds of gingerbread.That's just part of what goes into decorating for the White House for Christmas.Volunteers went to work the day after Thanksgiving, stringing thousands of bow ribbons and crystal ornaments throughout the mansion. Military families got a sneak peak at the decorations this week."As we celebrate my family's last holiday season in the White House, I'm thinking back to when we first came here to Washington and we promised to open up this...
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Durham election officials have been ordered to do a machine recount on more than 90,000 ballots after technical challenges on election night. Late Thursday, the State Board of Elections gave Durham a Monday deadline to complete that recount.

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Thousands of protesters have spent months at the site of the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline under a lake near Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. The protesters say it threatens the safety of the water and undermines a sacred native site. 

An image of former UNC housekeepers Barbara Prear and Marsha Tinne
Charlie Shelton-Ormond / WUNC

On November 26, 1996, a group of housekeepers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill settled a lawsuit with the university that provided the workers with increased wages, improved career training and education programs and more transparent communication with university administrators.

The settlement was the culmination of a movement led by the UNC Housekeeper's Association. The group's efforts follow a legacy of activism by workers at UNC-CH.

Mandolin Orange
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Mandolin Orange's new album, "Blindfaller," moves between a haunting warning about politics, allusions to lingering effects of historical wars in the South, and a honky-tonk ode to life on the road.

a 196-foot-long lit Chinese Dragon
Ryan Wilusz / WUNC

The Cary Booth Amphitheatre has been transformed into a mesmerizing and bright setting with more than 20 displays as part of the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival.

Rohan Ayinde

North Carolina is one of only two states in the US where 16 and 17 years old kids are routinely charged as adults for even the most minor offenses. This policy has serious consequences for the youth involved. In this bonus podcast episode, poet Kane Smego shares a gripping poem called, “Oh Carolina”  about justice and conflict in North Carolina. 

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Medics in training at Fort Bragg
Sgt. April de Armas/82nd CAB, Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg is now using its own medical evacuation teams to move injured soldiers to major hospitals. 

The Army base used to rely on helicopters from Duke and UNC Hospitals to transport soldiers who were seriously injured during training exercises, but since the troop drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan, more of the 82nd Airborne's Medevac teams are on the base.

No Charges In Keith Scott Shooting

Dec 1, 2016

No charges will be brought against Charlotte police officer Brentley Vinson in the September fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Scott. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray made the announcement at a press conference in which he detailed the shooting and extensive investigation.

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Wildfires continue to sweep through the Southeastern United States. More than 28,000 fires have burned approximately 1.5 million acres of land in the region so far this year, according to The National Interagency Fire Center.

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Many know Mayberry as the idyllic town that was home to the fictional Andy Griffith show.

A new film highlights the characters of the true Mayberry: Mount Airy, North Carolina. Filmmaker Bill Hayes, a Mount Airy native, captured the characters and places that make Mount Airy a representation of “Hometown USA.” 

Despite economic struggles caused by the decline of textile manufacturing, The Real Mayberry continues to thrive and retain its unique character.

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It's Fund Drive time at WUNC. Thank you for your donation today! North Carolina Public Radio is listener-supported public radio. Since April 1976, WUNC has relied on the generosity of its loyal listeners.
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The Real Mayberry: Mount Airy, NC

Many know Mayberry as the idyllic town that was home to the fictional Andy Griffith show. A new film highlights the characters of the true Mayberry: Mount Airy, North Carolina. Filmmaker Bill Hayes, a Mount Airy native, captured the characters and places that make Mount Airy a representation of “Hometown USA.” Despite economic struggles caused by the decline of textile manufacturing, The Real Mayberry continues to thrive and retain its unique character. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
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My Teacher: Meeting for Coffee

Nov 28, 2016
Picture of Student Alexandra and Teacher Amber Santibanez in a coffee shop
Will McInerney / WUNC

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connect in the classroom.

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The ACT will soon offer special accommodations for students still learning the English language.

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Nineteen of the state's lowest-performing schools are getting nearly $40 million in federal grants starting in January to improve student outcomes. Each school will receive between $690,000 and $3.7 million to put towards improvement plans over the next five years.

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