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Health
6:35 am
Mon January 17, 2011

UNC Hospitals & Aetna in Rate Dispute

People around the Triangle with Aetna health insurance are hearing that UNC Hospitals may no longer be an in-network insurer for them.

The letters went out last week from both Aetna and UNC Hospitals, saying that come February fifth, UNC will no longer accept Aetna insurance.

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Environment
4:05 am
Sat January 15, 2011

New Rules For Falls Lake

Today marks the first day new pollution rules go into effect for Falls Lake. The State Division of Water Quality found Falls Lake to be impaired in 2008.

Falls Lake is the source of drinking water for half a million Wake County residents, but most of the watershed lies in Durham and Granville Counties. That has put local officials at odds for the last 18 months as they hammered out the new rules.

Business & Economy
9:00 am
Fri January 14, 2011

NC Foreclosure Filings Hit Record

Foreclosure filings in North Carolina broke a state record last year.

An analysis of 2010 foreclosure filings shows approximately one in 63 housing units in the state faced foreclosure

The North Carolina Justice Center has released a county-by-county look at housing and commercial foreclosure filings.

Jeff Shaw with the Justice Center says numbers show Brunswick, Mecklenburg and Union counties suffered the most. He says the foreclosure problem is a jobs problem.

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Arts & Culture
5:20 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Music Spotlight: Abigail Washburn

Credit abigailwashburn.com

Abigail Washburn speaks with Eric Hodge.

Singer, songwriter, and banjo player Abigail Washburn is out with a new solo album called "City of Refuge." She plays at Berkeley Cafe in Raleigh tomorrow tonight and will be on A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday.

Education
4:00 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Wake High Schools Still Accredited - For Now

The disagreement between the Wake County School Board and the agency that accredits its high schools will continue. The School Board voted last night not to drop the accrediting agency.

The Board deliberated for two hours before deciding to send another letter to AdvancED. The letter will ask the accrediting agency to limit the scope of its investigation.

The vote was the latest in a months-long fight. It began when the North Carolina NAACP sent a letter of complaint to AdvancED, claiming the Wake School Board was not living up to its policies.

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Business & Economy
3:35 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Recycling Industry Jobs On The Rise

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has released a new study showing growth in recycling-related jobs in the state. Private sector jobs in the recycling industry have increased by about 5 percent since 2008 according to the study. Sherry Yarkosky with the state Recycling Business Assistance Center says the study reinforces that recycling helps not just the environment.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Ralph Campbell Dies

Former State Auditor Ralph Campbell has died. He was the first African-American elected to a statewide executive office in North Carolina.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Wake High Schools May Lose Accreditation

The spat between the Wake County School Board and the agency that accredits its high schools may soon come to an end. The result may be that the high school lose their accreditation.

Accreditation is a voluntary process. School districts like it because it gives them an idea of what may be working and what isn't. 

But when AdvancED told the Wake School Board it was launching an investigation in the fall, the republican majority on the School Board balked. They felt AdvancED was overstepping its authority.

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Business & Economy
5:45 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

An Electric Marriage

Duke Energy and Progress Energy no longer have to compete for customers. The two North Carolina-based utility companies have inked out a $26-billion deal and joined forces to become the largest utility in the US. Leoneda Inge reports.

A surprising but not shocking marriage was announced in North Carolina today.  Two – well branded utility companies – decided to get hitched. And if regulators approve the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy – the union will form the largest utility company in America.

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Environment
4:22 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Freezing Rain Forecast

Snow falling in many parts of central North Carolina is expected to turn to freezing rain tonight. A layer of at least a tenth of an inch of ice is likely to form. Brandon Vincent is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He says the roads will be dangerous.

"We'll see freezing rain and freezing drizzle persisting perhaps all the way through Tuesday morning even into early Tuesday afternoon, so the road situation's going to get pretty bad later this evening and overnight."

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