Rebecca Martinez http://wunc.org en Bands Converge This Week At Merge 25: Listen To These Three http://wunc.org/post/bands-converge-week-merge-25-listen-these-three <p>Merge Records is well into it 25th birthday party. The label is taking all of 2014 to celebrate its silver jubilee. There've been reissues of classic recordings and a 25K run already, but this week is a big one for the music. There's a series of concerts both in Carrboro at the Cat's Cradle and in Durham at Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke University campus. Eric Hodge checked in with three artists on the Merge label to find out what they're up to.</p><p><strong>Bob Mould</strong></p><p>Known for: A dark cloud of words steeped in a sunshine of melody.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:12:32 +0000 Rebecca Martinez, Eric Mennel & Eric Hodge 39547 at http://wunc.org Bands Converge This Week At Merge 25: Listen To These Three Raleigh Reconsiders Downtown R-Line Amid Rising Costs, Backlash http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-reconsiders-downtown-r-line-amid-rising-costs-backlash <p></p><p>Raleigh has commissioned a private consultant to evaluate the free downtown circulator bus system.</p><p>The R-Line was created in 2009 to boost tourism and economic development, and the city pays $1 million per year to keep it running.</p><p>But riders of Raleigh's Capital Area Transit bus system say it's unfair that they have to pay fares on the separate system. Most CAT riders live below the poverty line and depend on the system for their commute. Raleigh will raise the $1 fare by $.50 next year.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:48:54 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 39465 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Reconsiders Downtown R-Line Amid Rising Costs, Backlash Runoff Voters Get More "Bang For Their Buck" http://wunc.org/post/runoff-voters-get-more-bang-their-buck <p></p><p>Voters in 37 counties headed to the polls Tuesday to vote in second-primary – or runoff – elections. In North Carolina, a second primary is necessary when no candidate claims more than 40-percent of the first primary votes.</p><p>Joshua Lawson of the State Board of Elections said a bit more than 6 percent of eligible voters turned out. He says that's actually not bad for a runoff.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:04:14 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 39137 at http://wunc.org Runoff Voters Get More "Bang For Their Buck" Merger With Lorillard Would Beef Up Reynolds Tobacco Portfolio http://wunc.org/post/merger-lorillard-would-beef-reynolds-tobacco-portfolio <p></p><p>Reynolds American plans to acquire Lorillard as part of a $27 billion merger. The deal would bring together the second- and third-largest tobacco companies in America.</p><p></p><p>Reynolds owns the popular Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, but now they stand to acquire Lorillard's iconic Newport brand.</p><p></p><p>Reynolds President Susan Cameron said she's had her eye on it for some time.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:52:34 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 39079 at http://wunc.org Merger With Lorillard Would Beef Up Reynolds Tobacco Portfolio PSNC Considers Historic Barns, Gravesites In New Pipeline Route http://wunc.org/post/psnc-considers-historic-barns-gravesites-new-pipeline-route <p></p><p></p><p>PSNC Energy is taking feedback from property owners about plans to lay a natural gas pipeline. The company wants to extend an existing transmission line from Northern Wake County into Eastern Franklin County and south to Zebulon.</p><p></p><p>PSNC Spokeswoman Angela Townsend said the company is working to keep up with anticipated population growth in the area. She did not comment on the projected increase of customers or pipeline capacity. Townsend said the extension would be up to 29 miles long.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:15:12 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 39020 at http://wunc.org PSNC Considers Historic Barns, Gravesites In New Pipeline Route AAA All Stars Head To Durham Wednesday http://wunc.org/post/aaa-all-stars-head-durham-wednesday <p></p><p>The annual AAA All Star game is being held for the first time at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Bulls have four players on the International League squad, and the team is being helmed by Durham manager Charlie Montoyo.&nbsp; Festivities began with concerts and other fan events over the weekend.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Scott Carter works for the Bulls.&nbsp; He said excitement is building for tonight's popular Home Run Derby.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:05:58 +0000 Eric Hodge & Rebecca Martinez 38929 at http://wunc.org AAA All Stars Head To Durham Wednesday Today Is The Deadline For April 25th Storm, Tornado Disaster Loans http://wunc.org/post/today-deadline-april-25th-storm-tornado-disaster-loans <p></p><p>Victims of severe storms and tornadoes that swept through 12 coastal counties in late April are eligible for federal disaster relief loans, if they turn in their <a href="https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/">applications </a>today.</p><p></p><p>Business and homeowners, and renters, can apply for loans of varying levels from the Small Business Association. Interest rates are from 2 to 3 percent and can be paid off over 30 years.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:55:24 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38928 at http://wunc.org Today Is The Deadline For April 25th Storm, Tornado Disaster Loans Loamlands Takes On Heavy Themes, Heavy Guitar In 'Some Kind Of Light' http://wunc.org/post/loamlands-takes-heavy-themes-heavy-guitar-some-kind-light <p></p><p></p><p>Kym Register and Will Hackney are back in the Triangle after a long stint on the road. The pair makes up the band, Loamlands, and they’re playing a homecoming show in Carrboro this weekend.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:08:05 +0000 Rebecca Martinez & Eric Hodge 38812 at http://wunc.org Loamlands Takes On Heavy Themes, Heavy Guitar In 'Some Kind Of Light' Durham Police Department Investigates Fabrication of 911 Calls To Enter Residences http://wunc.org/post/durham-police-department-investigates-fabrication-911-calls-enter-residences <p></p><p>The Durham Police Department is investigating an incident in which an officer lied about receiving a 911 call from a residence to gain access to the home and serve a warrant.</p><p></p><p>The officer told a District Court judge in May that it was a common practice within Durham's police department.</p><p></p><p>Police Chief Jose Lopez issued a memo to the department stating that fabricating 911 calls is not a policy.</p><p></p><p>City Manager Tom Bonfield says he assumes this is an isolated incident, but that it's unacceptable and bears investigation.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:51:14 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38804 at http://wunc.org Durham Police Department Investigates Fabrication of 911 Calls To Enter Residences OBX Residents, Visitors Flee Hurricane Arthur http://wunc.org/post/obx-residents-visitors-flee-hurricane-arthur <p></p><p>Category one Hurricane Arthur has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.</p><p></p><p>Hatteras Island residents have begun a mandatory evacuation this morning, and a State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County. Hyde County has issued a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island for 2 p.m. today.</p><p></p><p>National Weather Service Meteorologist Lara Pagano said North Carolinians can expect to feel the effects of the hurricane's outer bands today.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:50:52 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38356 at http://wunc.org OBX Residents, Visitors Flee Hurricane Arthur