Orange County http://wunc.org en Light Rail Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting On Orange-Durham Corridor (Video) http://wunc.org/post/light-rail-advisory-committee-holds-first-meeting-orange-durham-corridor-video <p></p><p>An advisory committee is set to meet for the first time to make recommendations for the next steps in building a light rail line in Orange and Durham counties.&nbsp;</p><p>The group of government representatives, university officials, and business leaders convenes Friday morning in Chapel Hill.&nbsp; Triangle Transit Authority plans to build a 17-mile line from UNC Hospitals to downtown Durham.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:17:49 +0000 Will Michaels 26224 at http://wunc.org Light Rail Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting On Orange-Durham Corridor (Video) Chapel Hill, Durham Try To Absorb Record Rainfall http://wunc.org/post/chapel-hill-durham-try-absorb-record-rainfall <p></p><p>Residents of Orange and Durham counties are cleaning up after torrential rain led to flood waters several feet deep.&nbsp;</p><p>Officials in Chapel Hill say rescuers evacuated at least 40 people Sunday from flooded homes and vehicles.&nbsp; They were taken to a Red Cross shelter at Smith Middle School.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:24:05 +0000 Jorge Valencia & Will Michaels 18170 at http://wunc.org Chapel Hill, Durham Try To Absorb Record Rainfall Refugees Tend Their Own Farm In Orange County http://wunc.org/post/refugees-tend-their-own-farm-orange-county <p>On 4 acres just outside Chapel Hill, nearly 150 <a href="http://nckarencommunity.org/home">Karen refugees</a> till the soil as they did back home in Myanmar, also known as Burma.</p><p><a href="http://ocpyc.wordpress.com/">Transplanting Traditions Community Farm</a> is educating locals about Burmese vegetables and cuisine, and teaching the refugees about American produce, with the eventual goal of setting them up as full-time farmers. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 17977 at http://wunc.org Refugees Tend Their Own Farm In Orange County Exploring Local Greenways: Orange County Trails Loved By Young And Old http://wunc.org/post/exploring-local-greenways-orange-county-trails-used-young-and-old <p>Orange County’s population may be smaller than that of its neighboring counties, but its greenways are no less loved. Chapel Hill and Carrboro both tout themselves as bike and pedestrian friendly towns, and Hillsborough has taken pains to create elaborate <a href="http://www.ci.hillsborough.nc.us/content/trails-greenways">bicycle and walking routes</a> throughout its downtown area that highlight dozens of historical buildings. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 13917 at http://wunc.org Exploring Local Greenways: Orange County Trails Loved By Young And Old Fee Illegality May Change Orange County Recycling Program http://wunc.org/post/fee-illegality-may-change-orange-county-recycling-program <p>Orange County leaders may be forced to change how its recycling program is paid for.&nbsp; The county says its recycling efforts have reduced trash in landfills by nearly 60 percent.&nbsp; The county has been charging fees on property tax bills for the last decade to help pay for the program.&nbsp; But the fee was never approved by the General Assembly.&nbsp; The county manager's suggestion to privatize recycling pickup was resisted by some county commissioners.&nbsp;<br> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:02:01 +0000 Gurnal Scott 12250 at http://wunc.org Fee Illegality May Change Orange County Recycling Program Civil Rights Lawyer Follows Twisted Road To Justice http://wunc.org/post/civil-rights-lawyer-follows-twisted-road-justice <p></p><p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">Mark Dorosin’s path to civil rights law was never straight. He followed many a winding course, skirting the optimism of teaching, exploring the pride of public office and even holding down the 9 to 5 as a manager at Blockbuster Video.</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:49:09 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 11814 at http://wunc.org Civil Rights Lawyer Follows Twisted Road To Justice Orange County Smoking Ban Up For Vote http://wunc.org/post/orange-county-smoking-ban-vote <p style="line-height: 15px; margin: 0px 0px 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">Orange County's board of commissioners will discuss a county-wide ban on smoking in public places at its meeting tomorrow. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:40:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 5436 at http://wunc.org Orange County Voters Consider Sales Tax Increase For Transportation http://wunc.org/post/orange-county-voters-consider-sales-tax-increase-transportation <p>Orange County voters will decide whether to support a tax increase for public transportation on Election Day. The measure is part of a regional plan to improve transit across the Triangle.<br><br>Voters in Orange County will choose whether to vote for a half-cent sales tax increase on November sixth. If they approve the measure, the tax would generate about five million dollars a year for new buses and improved service, an Amtrak station in Hillsborough and a proposed light rail connection from UNC to downtown Durham.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:10:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 3495 at http://wunc.org Durham-Orange Light Rail Meetings http://wunc.org/post/durham-orange-light-rail-meetings <p>Durham and Orange county residents will get a closer look today and tomorrow at a proposed light rail transit plan.<br> Wed, 02 May 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2625 at http://wunc.org Wake & Orange Counties Rank Healthiest http://wunc.org/post/wake-orange-counties-rank-healthiest <p>Wake and Orange counties are the healthiest in the state. That's according to a <a href="http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/">new study</a> ranking health outcomes by county across the nation. In North Carolina and elsewhere, the healthiest counties tend to be the wealthiest. Michelle Larkin is with the <a href="http://rwjf.org/publichealth/product.jsp?id=74147">Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</a>, which compiled the study with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.<br> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 14:43:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 2950 at http://wunc.org