Wake County http://wunc.org en 5 Arrested After Kidnapping Of Wake County Prosecutor's Father http://wunc.org/post/5-arrested-after-kidnapping-wake-county-prosecutors-father <p>The FBI says a North Carolina man who was rescued from kidnappers on Wednesday might have been targeted because of his daughter’s work as a prosecutor in Wake County.<br /><br />Frank Janssen was missing from his home in Wake Forest for five days before an FBI team found and rescued him in Atlanta.<br /><br />Investigators say Janssen’s captors were communicating via cell phone with a man whom Janssen’s daughter, a prosecutor who focuses on drug and gang cases, put in prison for life.<br /> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:34:37 +0000 Jorge Valencia 33629 at http://wunc.org Ranking Teachers: NC Bets Big On A Complicated Stats Model http://wunc.org/post/ranking-teachers-nc-bets-big-complicated-stats-model <p>Next month, a million or so North Carolina public-school students between third and twelfth grade will start taking tests. Lots of them. Reading and math tests for the younger kids; biology, Algebra, and English for the older kids.</p><p>Their scores will be tabulated and run through some servers at SAS Institute, a private company in Cary. There, software called <a href="http://www.sas.com/en_us/industry/k-12-education/evaas.html">EVAAS </a>will compare the test score the student earned to one a statistical model predicted the student should get.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:56:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 33382 at http://wunc.org Ranking Teachers: NC Bets Big On A Complicated Stats Model Wake County District Attorney Steps Down After Nearly Three Decades http://wunc.org/post/wake-county-district-attorney-steps-down-after-nearly-three-decades <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">In his 27 years as Wake County’s District Attorney, <a href="http://web.co.wake.nc.us/districtattorney/about.htm">Colon Willoughby</a> has prosecuted everything from high-profile murder cases to corruption in state government. For Willoughby, integrity and impartiality are vital components of the role.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:48:13 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 31485 at http://wunc.org Wake County District Attorney Steps Down After Nearly Three Decades Wake County Landfill Buys 10 More Years http://wunc.org/post/wake-county-landfill-buys-10-more-years <p></p><p>The amount of garbage headed to the Wake County has dropped significantly in the past few years.</p><p></p><p>In 2009, the county buried 460,000 tons of garbage. That dropped to 400,000 last year.</p><p></p><p>Wake County Solid Waste Manager John Roberson says a number of factors impacted the reduction in waste going to the landfill: People bought and threw out less during the recession, recycling options improved, and commercial waste businesses disposed of garbage elsewhere.</p><p></p><p>Roberson says his division saw a $2 million drop in revenue over the past four years.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:50:39 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 28910 at http://wunc.org Wake County Landfill Buys 10 More Years Rail Transit Shot Down By Panel Of Experts http://wunc.org/post/rail-transit-shot-down-panel-experts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt">Wake County commissioners invited a panel of experts to weigh-in on possible plans to develop rail transit in the county. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt">The three experts urged the county to focus on other mass transit solutions like expanding the bus system. Host Frank Stasio talks with <a href="https://twitter.com/Road_Worrier">Bruce Siceloff</a>, a reporter for the News &amp; Observer about the future of mass transit in Wake County. </span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:41:57 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 25740 at http://wunc.org Rail Transit Shot Down By Panel Of Experts Wake Transit Plan Gets First Public Look http://wunc.org/post/wake-transit-plan-gets-first-public-look <p></p><p>Commissioners in Wake County are holding their first public discussion about a plan for expanded bus and light rail services.</p><p>The board meets Tuesday morning with three transit experts from outside the state.&nbsp; It's the county's first public meeting about the plan, which Triangle Transit Authority presented in 2011.&nbsp; Commissioners have declined to bring it up for discussion since then.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:10:53 +0000 Will Michaels 25659 at http://wunc.org Wake Transit Plan Gets First Public Look Economic Growth Revives Wake Library Projects http://wunc.org/post/economic-growth-revives-wake-library-projects <p>Commissioners in Wake County have started the process of reviving construction projects for new libraries.&nbsp; The board voted Monday night to revisit plans for a regional library in northeast Raleigh.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 01:23:41 +0000 Will Michaels 23798 at http://wunc.org Economic Growth Revives Wake Library Projects New Program Offers Hope For Domestic Violence Survivors http://wunc.org/post/new-program-offers-hope-domestic-violence-survivors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white; font-size: 11pt;">One in four women in America will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime <a href="http://dvrc-or.org/domestic/violence/resources/C61/">according to </a></span><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white; font-size: 11pt;"><a href="http://dvrc-or.org/domestic/violence/resources/C61/">the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. </a></span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:11:01 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 23027 at http://wunc.org New Program Offers Hope For Domestic Violence Survivors UNC Opens Mental Health Facility In Wake County As Part Of Deal With WakeMed http://wunc.org/post/unc-opens-mental-health-facility-wake-county-part-deal-wakemed <p>UNC Health Care has opened a new mental hospital in Wake County after building repairs caused a two-month delay.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:53:38 +0000 Will Michaels 22573 at http://wunc.org Wake Commissioners Seeking Expert Opinions On Transit http://wunc.org/post/wake-commissioners-seeking-expert-opinions-transit <p><a href="http://www.wakegov.com/commissioners/Pages/default.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Wake County commissioners</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are moving forward with an effort to assess the county's transit needs.&nbsp; Members unanimously voted this week to bring in experts from outside the county to look at </span><a href="http://www.wakegov.com/planning/transport/pages/transitplan.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">a current plan to improve transportation.&nbsp;</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those ideas include expanding local and commuter bus service and building a commuter rail system from Garner to Durham.&nbsp; The plan would cost Wake County more than half a billion dollars. David Cooke serves as county manager and says experts will analyze transportation needs beyond just Wake County.</span><br> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:14:30 +0000 Gurnal Scott 22010 at http://wunc.org Wake Commissioners Seeking Expert Opinions On Transit