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The popular Skyhouse Apartments in Raleigh while still under construction.
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Apartment demand in Raleigh will grow at one of the fastest rates in the country, according to a new housing report.

In fact, the research estimates that apartment units will increase by 69 percent in the greater Raleigh area by 2030.

Overhead view of Hurricane Matthew
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Gov. Roy Cooper made another visit to Kinston as it continues to recover from Hurricane Matthew. 

The city was one of the hardest hit from the storm's record floods in October.

Wake County will provide heat relief, like fans, to vulnerable residents.
Brendan Abrey / Flickr

With temperatures into the 90s this week, county human services are receiving more requests for cooling assistance.

Cape Fear River, NC, at Raven Rock Park
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A chemical compound found in the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) water supply is garnering the attention of local officials. The contaminant GenX is manufactured by the Chemours Company at its Fayetteville Works plant. GenX is a replacement for a hazardous ingredient in Teflon. GenX is a relatively new compound and has yet to be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Little data exists about the chemical’s health effects. Host Frank Stasio talks with Vince Winkel, reporter for WHQR in Wilmington, and Larry Cahoon, professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, about the effects of GenX and how officials are responding to the contaminants in the water supply. 

Picture of author, John Grisham
Billy Hunt / Grisham Publicity

 

John Grisham is a masterful and prolific storyteller best known for his courtroom dramas. But in his latest book, “Camino Island” (Doubleday/2017), Grisham breaks from the courtroom and brings readers into the underworld of rare and stolen books. 

Photo of author, Richard Russo
Elena Ceibert / Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo started thinking a lot more about the trajectory of his life once he turned 50. In his new book, his characters are going through a similar process.   

North Carolina flag
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North Carolina's Republican lawmakers have told the U.S. Supreme Court there's not enough time to hold a special election this fall with new General Assembly districts. 

They furthermore add that it could be an "enormously misguided" remedy if judges were to order one.

A breakdown of the Raleigh fiscal year 2018 budget.
City of Raleigh / Jason deBruyn

Raleigh City Council passed a fiscal year budget that will include a tax increase to give raises to city workers like police officers, firefighters and more.

Property taxes will increase by a little less than one penny per $100 valuation. Put another way, for a home valued at about $200,000, taxes will increase by a little more than $1 per month.

Low-income working families with children
Annie E. Casey Foundation / Jason deBruyn

An annual report on the well-being of children in North Carolina shows mixed results. 

The data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates the state ranks 33rd in the country in economic, social and health indicators for children.

Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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Elizabeth City is taking a hit to its tourism economy as crews continue to clean up a popular boating route that's been closed since Hurricane Matthew hit in October.

FNV has worked to promote healthy eating habits, including with banners at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Millennials like to think that they eat healthier than their parents. But new research shows they still aren't eating the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.

Man holding hand gun
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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed with a lower court ruling stating that 28 legislative districts in North Carolina are gerrymandered along racial lines. A three-judge panel is now contemplating the next steps, including when and how the state can rectify these unconstitutional districts.

Cover of 'Guantanamo Diary' by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
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Mohamedou Ould Slahi is an innocent man who spent 14 years detained and tortured in Guantanamo Bay.

Cover of 'No Bull'
Ron Morris / Baseball America-2017

The Durham Bulls are one of the most well-known teams in minor league baseball, in part because of the hit movie “Bull Durham.” But the team was a success on the field and in the stands before the film.

Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood
Orange County Sheriff's Office

The Orange County Sheriff's Office wants information on residents with mental illnesses in the hopes of avoiding negative interactions with law enforcement. 

The office released forms that caregivers can fill out voluntarily. Deputies can access the information on a closed database if they encounter someone who they believe might have a mental illness or cognitive disability.

The sheriff's planning coordinator Merrily Cheek said it includes guidance that can de-escalate tense situations.

President Trump nominated Dr. Norman Sharpless of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center for the director of the National Cancer Institute.
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center / UNC

President Trump nominated Dr. Norman Sharpless as director of the National Cancer Institute.

Sharpless, who goes by “Ned,” is the director of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research at UNC.

Budget talks will resume this week.
Flickr

Coming off a week that included a gun bill, an energy bill, and a re-mapping session, this week is likely to be a bit quitter on Jones Street.

That could leave time to work on the budget.

Image of Lisa Hightown-Weidman and her family
Courtesy of Lisa Hightow-Weidman

Lisa Hightow-Weidman grew up with her nose always in a book. She majored in English in college and had aspirations of becoming a writer.

DPAC, Durham, Broadway, Durham Revitalization
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The Durham Performing Arts Center – better known as DPAC – is gearing up to present its 10th Broadway season. The top-notch productions and sell-out plays and concerts have surprised and delighted critics and get a lot of credit for the rebirth of this southern city.

A strain of canine influenza is infecting dogs across North Carolina.
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As many as a few dozen dogs in North Carolina have been infected with a new strain of canine influenza.  

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Any military veteran who commits a crime must do the time. But veterans who are not U.S. citizens face a special sentence: deportation. Even after serving their sentence, they may be kicked out of the country they served. Some find their way to a makeshift shelter and support center in Tijuana, Mexico that was set up by another deported veteran.

North Carolina legislative building
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This week in state politics, a conversation about a special session that wasn't and two bills making their way through the Legislature.

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina this week refused to hold a special session demanded by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to redraw General Assembly districts. Also, there's a proposed gun bill making its way through the Legislature and lawmakers are quickly advancing another bill that would overhaul the state's regulations on solar energy production.

Picture of Nina Riggs
Toni Tronu

Nina Riggs was not surprised when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She knew the disease ran in her family, and she’d spent years watching her mother battle cancer. Once Riggs’ cancer turned metastatic and incurable, she decided to reflect through writing.

Shana Tucker poses with her cello
Lei Rivera Photography

For cellist and singer-songwriter Shana Tucker, the last two years have been a whirlwind. She has been busy promoting her first album "Shine" which received widespread recognition for its original songwriting and distinctive sounds. Tucker recently left her job performing with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas to pursue new opportunities in her independent career.

The acorn drop in Raleigh.
GRCVB / visitRaleigh.com

Wake County's population grew by 68 people per day last year.

That's according to the latest U.S. Census figures.

Taken as a whole, North Carolina showed robust population growth in 2016, but once again, that growth was concentrated in only a few counties. Population growth in Wake and Mecklenburg accounted for 40 percent of overall growth.

M&P .45
Daniel Weber's photo stream / Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Daniel Weber’s photostream

The House passed a controversial gun bill this week, but it's not clear the measure has enough support to become law.

image of downtown Raleigh, train tracks
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Voters in Raleigh will decide if the city should spend more than $200 million on local road improvements. A bond package will go to referendum in the fall.

New UNC research ties pharmaceutical industry payments to higher prescription rates.
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Physicians who receive compensation from pharmaceutical companies for speaking engagements, food or travel were more likely to prescribe cancer-fighting drugs from those companies, according to new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On this episode of the WUNC  Politics Podcast, Joshua Johnson, host of NPR's 1A, sits down to talk about bubbles, echo chambers, his passion for the craft of journalism, and how he nearly became a doctor.

Jordan Green / Triad City Beat

Triad City Beat Senior Editor Jordan Green spent a year investigating housing ownership in lower income neighborhoods of High Point, North Carolina.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Green about the racial lines of poverty in lower income neighborhoods, and how nearly more than 80 years of racial economic housing policies has limited access to loans and squashed opportunities for upward mobility for many African-Americans in High Point. 

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