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12:55 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

If Natural Gas Wells Used In Fracking Are Contaminating Water, Why Isn’t Fracking To Blame?

A Duke study shows that faulty gas wells, not fracking itself, were responsible for water contamination at several sites in Pennsylvania and Texas.
Credit Environmental Protection Agency

Big news came out this week about fracking: Duke scientists have found that natural gas wells used in fracking caused contamination in eight drinking water wells in Texas and Pennsylvania.

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The State of Things
11:29 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Reinvesting In NC Prisons

Credit Kate Ter Harr / Flickr/Creative Commons

    

In 2011, state lawmakers noticed a discrepancy in North Carolina’s correctional facilities: crime was going down, but the prison population was booming. The culprit? The state’s probation laws.

More than half of prison admissions were because of probation violations. And many of those were minor offenses. In a rare bipartisan move, the General Assembly rewrote the rules. 

Since then, fewer people are in prison, fewer people are going back to prison, and costs are down.

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Finding Truth Somewhere In Between

Cast Members In Raleigh's Theatre In The Park's Production of Somewhere In Between
Theatre In The Park

A new play premiering at Raleigh's Theatre In The Park encourages viewers to question their notions of love, truth and sexuality. 

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The State of Things
11:21 am
Wed September 17, 2014

The Men Who Were Left Behind

A debut novel by Katy Simpson Smith about the men left behind in late 18th Century America.
Credit Katy Simpson Smith

    

At the end of the 18th century it was very common for women to die during childbirth. 

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Business & Economy
7:30 am
Wed September 17, 2014

NC Start-Ups See Infusion Of Money

Corey Harris, Founder of 'Swaggr,' new online menswear personal shopping start-up.
Credit Leoneda Inge

A report released this week by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development shows start-up companies across North Carolina are raising bigger rounds of funding.

One company out of Greensboro, raised $1 million in its first seven months.

Many of these new companies are in Raleigh for the CED Tech Venture Conference.

Some 80 start-up companies were invited to this year’s CED Tech Venture Conference, spreading out their trinkets, candy and ink pens in two large demo rooms.

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Politics & Government
9:37 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The NAACP Says This TV Ad Is Confusing North Carolina Voters

Sen. Phil Berger 'Protect Voter ID' advert
Credit Sen. Phil Berger

The North Carolina NAACP is calling on state Senate Leader Phil Berger to stop broadcasting an ad about a new voting law. The civil rights organization says the ad is misleading and could keep some from voting.

It's a political campaign spot airing on TV stations in the Triad. And it gives Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) credit for a 2013 law that changed many rules about voting in North Carolina.

"Now," the narrator says, "thanks to Phil Berger, voters must show a valid ID to vote."

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Business & Economy
5:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Youth Radio: 'I've Never Seen Any White People' In This Durham Park, Now I Do

Emmanuel Johnson worked as a teen reporter during the summer of 2014 at WUNC.
Credit Carol Jackson

Emmanuel Johnson is a senior at Riverside High School in Durham. As a part of WUNC's Youth Radio Project, he reports on a changing neighborhood in his hometown.

I've lived in Durham, NC my whole life and I always walk past this park on the corner of Oakwood Avenue and Holloway Street. It's downtown, near the public library.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Governor Chris Christie Stumps For Tillis In Wilmington

Chris Christie [File Photo 10/2013]
Credit Steve Fallon / Creative Commons

New Jersey governor Chris Christie was in Wilmington Tuesday Sept. 16 stumping for Republican state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis. He's running against Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Kay Hagan.

The two spoke before supporters at a restaurant, where Christie told the crowd that he takes his role as chairman of the Republican Governors' Association very seriously:

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Health
12:52 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

North Carolina Man Receives 'Bionic Eye'

Larry Hester, at the WUNC studios, September 2014.
Credit Eric Mennel

Larry Hester lost his sight at age 33. Last week, 66-year-old Hester had a computer chip inserted into his left eyeball which may help him gain some ability to better navigate his life.

The six-hour surgery – the first in North Carolina – was performed by Dr. Paul Hahn at the Duke Eye Center. 

When the device is turned on, Hester will wear a pair of glasses rigged with a camera. The glasses will be attached by wire to a computerized device that Hester will wear on his belt. 

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Environment
12:21 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Duke University Study Blames Faulty Wells, Not Fracking, For Water Contamination

A drilling site in northeastern Louisiana.
Credit Daniel Foster via Flickr

A Duke University study exonerates hydraulic fracturing from contaminating drinking water at sites in Pennsylvania and Texas. Instead, researchers blame faulty shale gas wells for leaking methane into the water, sometimes making it flammable.

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