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5:01 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Fort Bragg Cancels 4th Of July Celebration

Credit Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg has held its annual 4th of July celebration for more than three decades. The event that Parade Magazine placed on its 2011 'bucket list' of essential American experiences has been canceled.  Post officials say sequestration cuts that took effect last month forced the move.  Spokesman Tom McCollum says the celebration has been a popular tradition.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Where Can You Watch A Trash Bin Explode With Ping Pong Balls?

Students learning about a weather balloon at last year's North Carolina Science Festival.
Credit NC Science Festival

At the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC Chapel Hill this morning! The experiment is one of many happening this week and next as a part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a statewide series of science-related happenings that began on April 5. Today, the Festival is encouraging people to participate in Experi-Minute, an attempt to engage all North Carolinians in some kind of science-related activity for at least one minute on Friday morning.

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Education
9:40 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Folt To Be Named New Chancellor At UNC-Chapel Hill

Carol Folt will be the next chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Credit Dartmouth College

WUNC has confirmed that the current interim president at Dartmouth College is the choice to become the new chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Carol Folt has been at Dartmouth for 30 years. After graduating with degrees from U.C. Santa Barbara and U.C. Davis, she climbed the ranks from environmental science professor at Dartmouth to Dean to Provost. Last summer, she was named interim president.

On Friday, Folt is expected to be named the new Chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill. She would become the first woman ever to hold the job.

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Politics & Government
9:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

House Passes Bill Restricting Lottery Advertising

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would place advertising restrictions on North Carolina's state-run lottery.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Celebrated Minster Comes Home

Rev. Dr. James Forbes talks about the anti-hunger organization Bread for the World

The Rev. Dr. James Forbes spent 18 years as the senior minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, one of the nation’s most prominent pulpits,  but his journey began in North Carolina. Dr. Forbes grew up in Raleigh, and in the 1960s, he pastored churches in Wilmington and Roxboro.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Panel Discusses Sustainability In Haiti

President Bill Clinton meets Dr. Megan Coffee in Haiti
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Experts are in Durham today and tomorrow, attending a conference on Haiti. Their goal is to assess and improve aid efforts to the country following the devastating earthquake there three years ago.

It's a collaboration between Duke University and North Carolina Central University called, “Humanitarianism in Haiti: Visions and Practice."

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Photographer Explores Artifice Of Nature In New Exhibit

Abandoned Pier Building North of Surf City
Peter Goin: Humanature petergoin.com

Photographer Peter Goin thinks nature isn’t all its cracked up to be, and he’s not sure just how natural it really is. He has an exhibit up at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University called “Humanature. It’s a collection of photographs documenting the ways in which humans shape and create nature, and it explores ideas about the nature of reality and artifice. Host Frank Stasio talks to Peter Goin, a professor of art in photography and videography at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 am
Thu April 11, 2013

McCrory Declares Rev. Billy Graham ‘North Carolina’s Favorite Son’

Governor McCrory presented Graham with the proclamation during a visit to the reverend's home in early March.
Credit Office of Pat McCrory

It’s not every day that you’re called somebody’s favorite son, but if you’re Billy Graham, you might be accustomed to earning superlative titles. He has been voted one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World” in a Gallup poll a whopping 56 times, and yesterday, Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers added another one to his list: North Carolina’s favorite son.

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Business & Economy
7:49 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Unemployment Rates Drop Across North Carolina

'Back-to-Work Jobs Fair' at Wake Tech Community College earlier this month.
Credit Wake Tech Community College

There is some positive news on the jobs front across North Carolina.  The latest unemployment numbers show a drop in the jobless rate in every corner of the state from Asheville to Wilmington. 

Several metropolitan areas with unemployment rates in the double digits saw their numbers drop by nearly a full point in February.  Those communities include Greenville, Rocky Mount and Greensboro-High Point.  A lot of the movement reflects normal seasonal patterns. 

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Environment
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

18 Named Storms Predicted This Hurricane Season

An image of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Credit NASA

Early forecasts predict an active hurricane season along the Atlantic coast. 

Researchers at Colorado State University expect 18 named storms this year.  They say four of those will likely be major storms at Category 3 or higher. 

William Gray, a professor emeritus in Colorado State's atmospheric science department, says this winter's ocean currents follow trends that lead to active storm activity in the tropics.

"This circulation has been especially strong," Gray says.

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