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Law
11:41 am
Tue July 22, 2014

NC Has Closed Nine Correctional Facilities Recently, Here's Why

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The number of people in North Carolina returning to prison after their release is on the decline. In fact, a new report released just this month shows that North Carolina has had one of the biggest drops in recidivism in the country.

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Environment
8:05 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Panel Meets To Look At Sea-Level Rise... Again

A woman photographs a house as waves overtake its stilts on Mirlo Beach in March.
Credit Eric Mennel / WUNC

The panel responsible for studying sea-level rise along North Carolina's coast met Monday in New Bern. It was the first meeting under a new mandate to look at the forecast for sea-level rise for a shorter time period.

Four years ago the Coastal Resources Commission's science panel issued a dire report saying oceans could rise 39 inches by the year 2100. The state then issued a moratorium on using that prediction for policy purposes. The new guidelines for the science panel call for a 30-year prediction.

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Environment
7:16 am
Tue July 22, 2014

'SolarBees' Poised To Churn Jordan Lake

DENR will use 36 water churning devices, or 'SolarBees', in Jordan Lake to keep algae from growing in stagnant water.
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State environmental officials are overseeing the installation of special machines in Jordan Lake starting today. 

SolarBees are water circulators intended to prevent algae from storm water runoff from forming in the lake.  Installers are placing a total of 36 machines: 12 in the Haw River arm of the lake and 24 more in the Morgan Creek tributary.  

Susan Massengale is a spokeswoman with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  She says this step begins 18 months of water testing.

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Politics & Government
6:23 am
Tue July 22, 2014

NC Senate Committe Relaxes Restrictions On Proposed County Tax Legislation

A Senate committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday morning on a measure that would limit sales taxes to 7.5 percent.
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A North Carolina Senate committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday morning on a measure that would restrict how much counties can raise their sales taxes and what they can spend the revenue on.

The Senate finance committee approved last week a bill that would allow counties to raise their sales taxes by a half-percent -- and to use the new revenue for either schools or for transportation costs.

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Business & Economy
7:46 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

How To Sell A Home? Let Someone Else Live There

Almost all of the furniture in this home belongs to Showhomes. Cora Blinsman only brought her own bed along.
Credit Eric Mennel / WUNC

About a year ago, Cora Blinsman’s mom passed away. Needless to say, it was a really hard on her. She started taking stock of her own life. Cora had been a full-time, stay-at-home mom for 20 years, and she was feeling burnt out. She needed space. So … she got a lot of it.

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Love
2:28 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Carl Kasell Helps With Surprise Marriage Proposal

Howie Sanborn and Faith Kline
Carol Jackson

Six months before Faith Kline met Howie Sanborn she devised a list with 126 points on it; criteria that her future husband would have to match before she said, "I do."

And then, the two saw each other across some bike racks on a cold March morning in 2012. Howie was participating in a triathlon. He thought she was cute. She remembers his twinkling eyes.

The problem was, Faith was there to watch her friend's children during the race and Howie wasn't sure - Were those Faith's kids? Was she with that other guy?

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Live Webcast
12:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Ryan Adams Live Webcast Today

Ryan Adams
Credit Julia Brokaw

 This audio concert was streamed on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Can't be at this year's Newport Folk Festival? We'll bring some of the festival home to you with a live in-concert audio webcast from Ryan Adams. 

Adams is from North Carolina. He'll be playing the festival, which is known for stretching the definition of "folk music." Nearly a half century ago on its stage Bob Dylan notoriously plugged in and folk-rocked out.

Hear This Concert Live Online

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Meet Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Meet Rev. Jamine Beach-Ferrara

    

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is an ordained minister and published author who uses her faith work and fiction writing to create new strategies for supporting LGBT communities in the South. 

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Business & Economy
9:35 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Downtown Chapel Hill Will Be Changing, Help Make The Plan

Downtown Chapel Hill
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There are two informal gatherings this week in which the public is invited to share ideas about the future of downtown Chapel Hill, including the development of Rosemary and Franklin streets. The project is called Chapel Hill Downtown Imagined:

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Politics & Government
7:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, July 21

The North Carolina General Assembly's Legislative Building
Credit Jorge Valencia

The state House and Senate are entering their fifth week of negotiations over the state’s $21 billion budget. The Senate is scheduled on Monday night to take on at least one other major piece of legislation and two bills intended to beef up policing in North Carolina.

Medicaid Overhaul

The point of this legislative session is for the General Assembly to make adjustments to the state’s budget. But talks are moving so slowly, that Senate leaders last week said they might as well take up an overhaul of the Medicaid system.

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