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5:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Eric Hodges' 5 Top Music Recommendations 2014

Here are some of Eric Hodge's 2014 musical selections.
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Many local and national musicians come through the North Carolina Public Radio studios each year and 2014 is no exception. As radio reporters and hosts, we have the chance to book bands we love and ask them anything. Eric Hodge regularly does just that.

And so we asked Hodge, of all the interviews you conducted this year, which five should we not miss? Here are his choices, in no particular order:

Sylvan Esso: Durham-based duo Sylvan Esso's latest album is full of catchy tracks, ripe for getting stuck in your head.

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Environment
4:22 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Storm Surge Warnings To Join Hurricane Alerts In 2015

In 2011, storm surge cut through Highway 12 in five locations during Hurricane Irene.
Credit Steve Helber / AP

The National Hurricane Center will be providing new warnings about storm surge starting next year. 

In the past, hurricane warnings have been issued based on wind predictions. Now, storm surge will be taken into account as well.

Jamie Rhome of the National Hurricane Center says that is especially important for states like North Carolina.

"I can't just say that storm surge is going to be bad in North Carolina because in some places it is going to catastrophic and in the next community over it might not be so bad," Rhome says.

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Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Appeals Court Says Doctors Can't Be Forced To Describe Sonograms Before Abortions

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A North Carolina law that requires abortion providers to take a woman's sonogram and describe it to her in detail is unconstitutional because it violate's the woman's free speech rights, a U.S. appeals court said on Monday.

A three-judge panel on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond unanimously ruled that the state cannot require physicians to disseminate its message discouraging abortions. The ruling upholds a district judge's decision.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

"When You Step Into The Room You Are Family": The Life Of An NC Nurse

Nursing Agency in Mooresville, NC.
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Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 5, 2014. 

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The State of Things
11:04 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin
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With the start of the legislative session fast approaching, lawmakers begin to announce their proposals for the new year. One state representative says banning racial profiling tops the list. Political Junkie Ken Rudin gives us the latest on that and other politics around the state.

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Homelessness
8:01 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Vigil Remembers Greenboro's Homeless

Last night was the longest of the year, and Greensboro organized a vigil to remember the city's homeless.
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Dozens of people are waking up outside in Greensboro today.

A vigil was held last night to honor nine people who died in that city this year, while living in homelessness.

Michelle Kennedy is executive director at the Interactive Resource Center. She says that number might be higher.

“So it’s hard to ever really have an accurate number of how many people we've lost while experiencing homelessness in this city, or really any other city,” Kennedy says.

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Sports
7:51 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Cam Newton Returns For Panthers' Victory Over Browns

Running back Jonathan Stewart caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Cam Newton.
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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers defeated the Cleveland Browns 17-13.

Quarterback Cam Newton returned to the gridiron 12 days after a car accident fractures parts of his lower back.

Newton threw for one touchdown and ran for another.

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Business & Economy
7:28 am
Mon December 22, 2014

What's Cookin' In North Carolina's Trendy Grocery Store Scene

Fresh Market's Atlanta Humphrey greets customers at its new grocery store in Durham.
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There is a fresh food movement underway and the competition is getting tasty!

One of the most dominant and well-known fresh food grocery store brands in the country is Whole Foods.  It’s in the middle of building 1,000 new stores.

But it’s not the only trendy grocery store snapping up real estate in the Triangle.

Steve Schemm enjoys showing off The Fresh Market that opened just this month on University Drive in Durham, from the poinsettias near the front door to the meat market.

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Year-End
5:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

WUNC's Most Viewed Multimedia Stories in 2014

In the past year, WUNC producers and reporters have been experimenting with the ways in which we tell stories.

We're creating videos, and making photo essays and running Twitter campaigns. One of our most ambitious projects was a special report, Outspoken: The State of Teaching In North Carolina.

Here are the top 10 most viewed miltimedia stories from the past year:

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Health
4:09 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Dozens Say NC's Proposed Rules For Abortion Clinics Are OK, But A Few Disagree

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Dozens of people advocating for and against abortion rights filled a room at the North Carolina health department headquarters on Friday morning to respond to proposed rules that will apply to the 14 clinics that provide abortion in the state.

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