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At least seven people have died from flu complications in North Carolina, according to health officials.
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North Carolina is in the throes of a widespread, high-intensity flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Over the past five years, the rate of North Carolinian children in foster care has increased by 25 percent. Foster care organizations say they are struggling to find enough homes in which to place the kids.

News & Observer Reporter Madison Iszler speaks with host Frank Stasio about the main factors that have led to this increase of children in foster care, including the effects of North Carolina’s opioid crisis.

Image of Sherri Holmes
Courtesy of Sherri Holmes

How did one word both lift a white playwright to American fame and condemn a black actor to failure?

An image of the book cover 'The Second Mrs. Hockaday'
Algonquin Books

In the summer of 2014, writer Susan Rivers was busy researching historical documents in her local library when she came across something interesting. It was an inquest from 1865 about a young woman who was accused of giving birth to a child and murdering the infant while her husband was away fighting for the Confederacy.

North Carolina legislative building
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Phil Berger and Tim Moore were formally elected to leadership roles on a ceremonial opening day of the long legislative session at the General Assembly in Raleigh. Berger (R-Rockingham) has served as the Senate Pro Tem since 2011 while Moore (R-Cleveland) gets a second two-year term as Speaker of the House.

Oliver Smithies at the ceremony immediately after the announcement that he had won a Nobel Prize.
UNC Health Care / UNC

Oliver Smithies, who won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2007, died Tuesday at UNC Hospitals. He was 91.

An image of an NSCU biology professor holding a St. Francis satyr butterfly
Jay Price

Note: this program is a rebroadcast from August 17, 2016.

For years, the Pentagon has partnered with conservation groups to protect hundreds of endangered and threatened species on military bases across the country.

The partnership started at Fort Bragg in North Carolina in the early 1990s after a rare woodpecker was found and halted training on parts of the base. Since then, the military and conservationists have worked together to manage the bases' rich ecosystems.

Prescription pills
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Note: this program is a rebroadcast from December 15, 2016.

President Obama signed legislation this week allocating $1 billion dollars to address the nation's worsening opioid crisis. Overdose deaths are on the rise, and current policies are inadequate in addressing the issues. 

In this Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump talks with reporters at Trump Tower in New York.
Evan Vucci / AP

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 am ET/8am PT on Wednesday.

President Obama speaks at UNC Chapel Hill.
Yizhou Jiang / WUNC

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm ET/6pm ET.

The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily halted special legislative elections in North Carolina.

A federal three-judge panel ruled last summer that 28 state legislative districts in North Carolina are unconstitutional. That ruling declared the seats illegal racial gerrymanders and ordered state lawmakers to redraw boundaries by March 15th, with special state elections to take place in November.

Kids in Durham play in the snow on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

Temperatures are back above the freezing mark for the first time since this weekend's winter storm. 

The winter weather advisory that was in effect for much of the state has now expired. National Weather Service meteorologist Shawna Cokley said the state is finally getting some relief from the deep freeze.

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In the modern financial world, Wall Street is king, but that ascent did not happen without exploitation. In particular, African slaves provided capital for some of the nation's most powerful financial institutions.

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Samuel Peterson has battled addiction all of his life.  When he was young, it was sugar. In his twenties, he turned to methadone and cocaine. As an adult, he moved to prescription painkillers and later heroin.

He eventually found sobriety, and in his 50s, Peterson enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also wrote a play. But underneath these life achievements was the pull of addiction.
 

stack of money
Flickr user 401(K)2013

State legislatures are filled with white collar professionals – attorneys, business owners or career politicians – and fewer working-class professionals like teachers, laborers or service industry workers. This has led some reformers to suggest that if legislatures increased leaders' salaries, political office would become more accessible to middle- and working-class candidates.

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An internal investigation has revealed 40 percent of Kestrel Heights Charter School graduates since 2008 didn't actually have enough credit hours to earn a high school diploma. The Durham charter school released a statement Monday saying there was "a systematic breakdown by the high school principals and counselor for the eight-year period in question."

Media flock North Carolina Courage officials
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Professional women’s soccer will return to North Carolina.

Steve Malik, owner of the Cary-based men’s soccer club North Carolina F.C., announced Monday that he acquired a team to play in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Durham City, Durham County, Aging, Parks and Rec
Durham Parks and Recreation

End of the year and New Year holiday events were popular across the Triangle in recent weeks, but one of the biggest parties was the senior holiday party in Durham. The event sells out every year and is mostly attended by African Americans, despite the area’s diverse population, according to the city's parks and recreation officials. The party is an example that may lend credibility to new research on “social status” and race.

On Episode 8 of American Songster Radio, host Dom Flemons speaks with his recent musical collaborator, the legendary English guitarist Martin Simpson. 

Dom Flemons and Martin Simpson have worked together since 2014, when the pair received a joint commission from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Since then, they’ve completed multiple duo tours and released Ever Popular Favourites, an album that celebrates the longstanding mutual influence of British and American music.

Democratic governor-elect Roy Cooper
Logan Ulrich / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper will have one of the toughest jobs in politics in 2017, governing one of the most divided states in the country.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast with a look at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

This time Eric Hodge sits down with Charlotte, North Carolina's Benji Hughes to discuss his song "Peacockin' Party" from the album Songs In The Key Of Animals. Hughes says he wasn't trying to take himself too seriously for this record, and what he ended up with is a batch of catchy songs about animals.

Durham resident Brandon Koch finishes shoveling
Jess Clark / WUNC

Updated 1:12 p.m. 1/9/2017

Another day of low temperatures will likely leave snow and ice on the roads. The National Weather Service says it will stay below freezing on Monday for most of central North Carolina.

Democratic governor-elect Roy Cooper
Logan Ulrich / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper laid out his vision for North Carolina in an inaugural address Saturday morning.

He said he wants to expand Medicaid, focus on economic problems instead of social issues, and called on lawmakers and residents to rise above partisan politics.

Winter weather hits Forest Hills Park in Durham
Brent Wolfe / WUNC

Some areas of the Triad received more than half a dozen inches of snow, but power outages were worst around the Charlotte area as winter weather hit North Carolina overnight.

There were more than 25,000 power outages and 260 vehicle collisions around the state, according to Gov. Roy Cooper, who held a press conference Saturday morning. He thanked North Carolinians for mostly staying indoors, saying damage could have been worse.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Outside of the nation’s capitol, the epicenter for partisan bickering may just be Raleigh in 2017.

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