Rebecca Martinez http://wunc.org en UNC’s New Grading System Could Show What That ‘A’ Is Really Worth http://wunc.org/post/unc-s-new-grading-system-could-show-what-really-worth <p></p><p>Student transcripts from the University of North Carolina will look pretty different this fall. Beyond course grades and GPAs, the records will also include the median grade and where the student ranked among their classmates.</p><p></p><p>Sociology Professor Andrew Perrin is leading the charge for the transition to "contextual grading."</p><p></p><p>“I think this is both about reinforcing our ability to offer excellent education and then also being faithful and fair in our reporting about how well we think students have actually performed in the classroom,” Perrin said.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33846 at http://wunc.org UNC’s New Grading System Could Show What That ‘A’ Is Really Worth Merge Turns 25 in Durham http://wunc.org/post/merge-turns-25-durham <p>It's a big year for Merge Records. The Durham-based label is celebrating its 25th birthday with a series of events, which has included concerts, limited release recordings and a 25K run.</p><p></p><p>Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance founded the label in Chapel Hill to promote their band, Superchunk. A quarter-century later, dozens of other celebrated artists have jumped on board, including the Grammy-winning Arcade Fire.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:38:50 +0000 Eric Hodge & Rebecca Martinez 33828 at http://wunc.org Merge Turns 25 in Durham Park Service Hustles To Staff Cape Hatteras Seashore With Lifeguards http://wunc.org/post/park-service-hustles-staff-cape-hatteras-seashore-lifeguards <p></p><p></p><p>The National Parks Service is trying to keep at least a few lifeguards on the Cape Hatteras Seashore this summer.</p><p></p><p>Federal officials cut the $200,000 program that staffed three beaches seven days a week during the summer.</p><p></p><p>Now, Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble said he wants lifeguard service contractors to offer bids that can accommodate a tighter budget.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:17:28 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33772 at http://wunc.org Park Service Hustles To Staff Cape Hatteras Seashore With Lifeguards Federal Cuts Slow Dredging, Fishing At Oregon Inlet http://wunc.org/post/federal-cuts-slow-dredging-fishing-oregon-inlet <p></p><p></p><p>Federal budget cuts are making it harder to keep a shipping channel open on the Outer Banks.&nbsp; Fishermen use the channel to get in and out of Oregon Inlet under the Bonner Bridge.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Bob Sattin is the Chief of Operations with the Wilmington District of the Army Corp of Engineers.&nbsp; He said one dredge is working to clear the inlet, but paying for it is a problem.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:11:20 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33771 at http://wunc.org Federal Cuts Slow Dredging, Fishing At Oregon Inlet Some Energy Speculators Drop Drilling Leases In Lee County http://wunc.org/post/some-energy-speculators-drop-drilling-leases-lee-county <p></p><p>Energy speculators snapped up natural gas drilling leases over Lee County's Triassic shale in a frenzy in 2009. But some energy speculators have begun relinquishing their claims.</p><p></p><p>In February, Denver-based WhitMar Exploration walked away from a leasing agreement for more than 2,700 acres. That's according to records at the Lee County Register of Deeds.</p><p></p><p>WhitMar declined to comment to WUNC, but told other media outlets that North Carolina is moving too slowly on hydraulic fracturing.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:56:27 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33647 at http://wunc.org Some Energy Speculators Drop Drilling Leases In Lee County Duke And Piedmont Want Another Gas Pipeline http://wunc.org/post/duke-and-piedmont-want-another-gas-pipeline <p></p><p>Two major energy companies want to build a second natural gas pipeline into North Carolina.</p><p></p><p>Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas are soliciting proposals for a pipeline that could carry 900 million cubic feet of gas per day.</p><p></p><p>Duke is shifting a significant portion of its energy portfolio from coal into natural gas. Piedmont transports gas for both companies via the Transco line from the Texas gulf.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33247 at http://wunc.org Duke And Piedmont Want Another Gas Pipeline GPS Spying? Odometer Fees? NCDOT Considers A Mileage Tax http://wunc.org/post/gps-spying-odometer-fees-ncdot-considers-mileage-tax <p></p><p>North Carolina's Department of Transportation is considering taxing drivers by the mile to help pay for road construction and upgrades. As cars become more efficient, the gas tax is becoming a less effective revenue source.</p><p></p><p>The department's Funding and Appropriations Strategies committee – or FAST – has been meeting with leaders and researchers across the state to hear concerns about population growth and potential solutions for insufficient infrastructure.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:52:44 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33244 at http://wunc.org GPS Spying? Odometer Fees? NCDOT Considers A Mileage Tax Nash Health Joins UNC’s Hospital System http://wunc.org/post/nash-health-joins-unc-s-hospital-system <p></p><p>Nash Health Care in Rocky Mount is the newest hospital to join the UNC Health System. Their affiliation agreement allows UNC to manage operations at Nash.</p><p></p><p>Nash Health CEO Larry Chewning will now be on UNC Health's payroll, but Nash will continue to be governed by its independent board of directors.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:44:47 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33106 at http://wunc.org Nash Health Joins UNC’s Hospital System Federal Cuts Could Close 115 Year Old Beaufort Marine Lab http://wunc.org/post/federal-cuts-could-close-115-year-old-beaufort-marine-lab <p></p><p>If Congress passes the president's proposed 2015 budget, North Carolina's coast could lose a century-old marine lab.</p><p></p><p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's lab in Beaufort is on the chopping block.</p><p></p><p>Ciaran Clayton is a spokeswoman for NOAA.</p><p></p><p>“The current cost per year to operate and maintain the facility (is) about $1.6 million per year,” Clayton said. “It's an aging facility and would require additional funding to make those improvements, something that is just not currently in our current budget or in our future budgets.”</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:05:20 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33032 at http://wunc.org Federal Cuts Could Close 115 Year Old Beaufort Marine Lab Manufacturers Brainstorm To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Packaging Materials http://wunc.org/post/manufacturers-brainstorm-reduce-reuse-recycle-packaging-materials <p></p><p>A growing contingent of manufacturers is working to make products with packaging that won't end up in a landfill.</p><p></p><p>They'll have a workshop devoted to education and idea-swapping at this week's Zeroing in on Waste Reduction event in Asheville. Carolina Recycling Association hosts the annual conference and trade show, which will gather 700 exhibitors, businesses, speakers and participants.</p><p></p><p>Diane Davis is the executive director of the CRA. She said making products that limit waste can be cost-effective while being environmentally friendly.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:31:15 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 32967 at http://wunc.org Manufacturers Brainstorm To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Packaging Materials