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7:52 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Conservative Activist Says Six NC Political Campaigns Encouraged Illegal Votes

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A conservative activist known for making undercover videos of what he says is illegal or unethical political conduct says he’s found campaign volunteers at six local North Carolina campaigns giving inaccurate information about voting eligibility.
 

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Education
7:50 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Education: The Topic Is Headlining NC Legislative Races

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With Election Day almost here, it’s become clear that one issue has headlined almost all of the races: education.

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger Thom Tillis have traded barbs over issues of teacher pay and education funding, while similar conversations are playing out in legislative races throughout the state.

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Politics & Government
7:48 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Democrats Could Gain Majority On Wake County Board of Commissioners

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Four out of of seven seats on Wake County's Board of Commissioners are up for election. Republicans currently occupy those positions, but if just one of them loses, Democrats will have a majority on the board.

The Democratic and Republican candidates for the four seats up for election differentiate themselves mostly by ideology. The Republican incumbents are loath to raise taxes and are not openly supportive of a transit tax proposal. Their relationship with the county school board has been tense.

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4:09 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

New York Times: 'A Visit To Madison Bumgarner Country, And A Proud Father's Home'

Lead in text: 
Madison Bumgarner grew up in North Carolina. He was drafted into the major leagues in 2007 out of high school. This week he led the San Francisco Giants to a World Series win. It's Bumgarner's third such title. This is an interview with his dad.
HUDSON, N.C. - Just before midnight Wednesday, I walked up a darkened driveway to a brick home along a rural lane. A linebacker-size man with a shaved pate swung opened the door, peered at me and loosed a soft, celebratory howl. "Wooooooooooo." The man, Kevin Bumgarner, trundled backed into his living room, waving at me to follow.
The State of Things
10:53 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Fracking In North Carolina

Fracking
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Earlier this year, a new law lifted the ban on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, in North Carolina.  Legislators said fracking permits could be issued as early as this coming spring. The process, which extracts natural gas from deep within the earth, is a controversial one.

Opponents say allowing fracking here could cause air and water pollution and adversely affect vulnerable populations. Advocates say fracking could bring economic prosperity and jobs to the state.

Host Frank Stasio talks with a panel of experts about fracking:

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Health
8:15 am
Thu October 30, 2014

UNC Bars Students From West Africa; NC DHHS Takes Measured Approach To Returning Aid Workers

U.S. states vary on Ebola quarantine protocols.
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UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Carol Folt and leaders at UNC Health Care are prohibiting student travel to Ebola-stricken nations.  University faculty and staff must have approval before traveling to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone.

New York and New Jersey are requiring people returning from Ebola-affected areas of Africa to stay in quarantine for three weeks. That's the incubation period for the disease. 

But North Carolina does not have such a mandate.

This week, Health Secretary Aldona Wos outlined the state's protocols for people returning from West Africa.

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Business & Economy
8:08 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Rural North Carolina Comes to Raleigh

Patrick Woodie is the new President of the NC Rural Center.
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The North Carolina Rural Center is holding its 2014 Rural Assembly today in Raleigh.  It’s been two years since the last gathering.

2013 was not a good year for The Rural Center.  The non-profit was issued a scathing audit and its longtime leader Billy Ray Hall was forced to retire.

Patrick Woodie is the newly named president. 

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Politics & Government
8:07 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Congressional Hopefuls Wage Negative Battle For Coble's Seat

Mark Walker and Laura FJeld both hope to replace 83-year-old Howard Coble who is retiring after 30 years in Congress.
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There will be a new representative of North Carolina’s 6th congressional district this winter. Republican Howard Coble is retiring after 30 years in the U.S. House. Vying to replace the 83-year-old mainstay are political newcomers Mark Walker and Laura Fjeld. Those candidates met for a second debate Wednesday night in High Point.

Mark Walker was a high school quarterback without a driver’s license. Laura Fjeld was a young attorney in Durham, raising a son. And Howard Coble had just been voted into Congress, his first of 15 consecutive terms. That was 1984.

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Law
5:29 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

In Wake Of Blackwater Convictions, A New Push To Regulate Contractors

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A U.S. congressman from North Carolina has reintroduced a bill to clarify how American laws apply to overseas contractors. Democratic Congressman David Price of Chapel Hill originally submitted the legislation in 2007 after contractors with the company Blackwater were accused of shooting up a public square in Baghdad. The law met resistance from the White House at the time and was never passed.

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Science & Technology
2:53 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Meet The North Carolina Boy With A 3D Printed Hand

Holden Mora shows his new hand (and a pumpkin spice cookie) at the WUNC studios.
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Seven-year-old Holden Mora's hand is something that Iron Man might envy. It's bright red, and appears indestructible. Holden was born with something called Symbrachydactyly, and his hand didn't develop properly in the womb.

The 3D hand was created specially for Holden by a UNC  biomedical engineering student, Jeffrey Powell. Powell didn't use high-tech prosthetic engineering tools to create the hand. He used a 3D printer.

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