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FILE - In a Tuesday June 6, 2017 file photo, hydrologist William K. Jones, walks up a mountain near the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Bolar, Va. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its final environmental impact statement.
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Duke Energy and Dominion Energy have filed court documents to acquire land via eminent domain for construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. 

Man unloads truck of canned food and produce for food pantry
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

Wake County Commission Chair Jessica Holmes understands kids who grow up not always knowing where they’ll find their next meal.

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Bennett College will remain on probation for another year, but officials with the college say that's a good thing.

A class of West Lumberton Elementary kindergartners meets in their temporary building at Lumberton Junior High. The school's enrollment is down from 150, pre-Matthew, to 90.
Lisa Philip / WUNC

Wake County parents have been very active in fighting a class-size law they say will hurt student learning. They've even come up with a hashtag that has gained some traction.

Still from 'Lady and the Tramp'
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Animation has come a long way, from the hand-painted drawings of The Walt Disney Company’s 1937 feature film “Snow White” to today’s dazzling computer-generated imagery. 

High Point Stadium
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State officials in North Carolina have approved plans to borrow money for a new stadium.

Volunteers and staff work during a fresh mobile market organized by Out of the Garden Project, a nonprofit food assistance program for Guilford County families in Greensboro, N.C. on Oct. 18, 2017.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

Five days a week and twice on Saturdays, a 26-foot-long truck filled with food stops at various schools in Guilford County.

Duke Energy provides electricity for most of North Carolina since the 2012 merger.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy says 374,000 customers may have had their personal information exposed.

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A new law that took effect last week makes it more difficult for judges to waive fines and fees for people who cannot afford to pay them. Now a judge must issue a 15-day notice to all agencies involved before granting  a waiver. Critics argue this will cause a logistical backlog for the courts and ultimately result in more low-income people going to jail. Proponents say the courts rely on these fees, and the new law will help generate revenue. This law was not directly sponsored by any member of the General Assembly, so it is difficult to distinguish its political supporters.

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Almost one in 20 people jailed in Mecklenburg County last year were held on failure to pay court fines or fees. Now, a new program supported by the MacArthur Foundation is modeling an evidence-based approach to criminal justice reform that changes the way people are assessed, held and released. 

 Defendants Qasima Wideman and Raul Jimenez stand outside of the Durham County Courthouse on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Both still face charges for the toppling of a confederate statute in  downtown Durham last August.
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

A protester accused of helping tear down a North Carolina Confederate statue has struck a deal to avoid a felony charge, while other defendants had their cases continued.

The founders of the Found Footage Festival, Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett.
Courtesy of Nick Prueher / Joe Pickett (left) and Nick Prueher (right

Friends Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett’s fascination with VHS tapes started in elementary school. The two would scour garage sales and thrift stores for odd and entertaining videos and then head home to host viewing parties for their friends. 

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In the play “The Millennium Boy,” 17-year-old Johnny Reinhofer is radicalized by an “alt-right” group that declares hateful messages of white supremacy. 

Early morning anglers heading downstream from Avent's Ferry on the Cape Fear River, near Corinth, North Carolina.
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Updated 5:40 p.m. | Dec. 5, 2017

The unregulated compound found in more than 80 drinking water wells near a chemical company's manufacturing facility in North Carolina has been found in a food product for the first time.

Lottery tickets at the Carrboro Food Mart.
Laura Candler

Update: On Dec. 5, 2017, commissioners with the North Carolina Education Lottery put off discussion on whether to add games that consumers can play instantly online. A lottery committee will continue studying the games before the commission makes a decision.

The North Carolina Education Lottery Commission is considering whether to create scratch-off style games that consumers can play online.

"It's been a minute" is another way of saying "let's catch up." 

As a new program on WUNC, It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders is a weekly, one-hour engaging conversation -- a timely and topical look back at the week's news, with pop culture features and interviews. The program is now part of WUNC's lineup. You'll be able to get caught up Saturdays at 4 p.m. starting December 9.

Courtesy of Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi was born with nystagmus, a visual condition where the eyes are constantly in spasm. It took Calvocoressi a while to learn how to walk and balance, so the young child spent a lot of time sitting on the floor, daydreaming and observing the world. 

Charlie Rose
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Duke University’s journalism program has rescinded an award it gave to journalist Charlie Rose 17 years ago.

Contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune military base has been linked to adverse health effects.
Sanjay Parekh, via Flickr

The state Agriculture Department plans to ask the legislature for $13 million to help buffer military bases from encroaching development.

Mary Somerville co-founded the Warren Community Health Clinic and was its executive director until the clinic closed.
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

The former Warren Community Health Clinic in Warrenton sits empty and quiet, across the parking lot from the county health department. Until last year, the clinic served low-income patients who often were unable to pay for medical services and didn’t have Medicare or Medicaid.

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North Carolina's largest managed care health organization came under further fire this week when it was taken over by a state agency.

The News and Observer building in downtown Raleigh will be redeveloped.
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The Raleigh News & Observer sold its downtown Raleigh headquarters. California-based real estate investor Acquisition Group plans to redevelop the site.

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

On this special holiday episode, Eric Hodge chats with Robert Earl Keen about his classic song 'Merry Christmas From The Family.'

Keen says he wrote the song simply to amuse himself, but when he started playing it around for friends he knew he had something.

Listen to the episode here:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, joins Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other GOP lawmakers to talk about the GOP tax plan.
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The U.S. Senate is busy debating its tax overhaul bill. A vote on the measure is expected later today. The bill has moved swiftly to the Senate floor, and Republican leaders say they are confident there are enough votes to pass it. 

man sitting at computer, stressed.
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The Republican tax overhaul is a $1.5 trillion package that features a wave of tax cuts with the goal of spurring the economy. GOP leaders said the plan would pay for itself, but new analysis out yesterday shows otherwise. 

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Durham rapper Professor Toon has spent years performing music in the city. He has watched the hip-hop scene grow in the Triangle as he has continued to challenge himself as an artist.

Charlie Rose
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Editor's Note: On Dec. 4, 2017, Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center announced it will rescind the journalism award it gave to Rose in 2000.

The fallout from the sexual harassment charges against journalist Charlie Rose is being felt on college campuses in the Triangle. Rose, who grew up in Henderson, has a bachelor's degree, a law degree, an honorary degree and a journalism award from his alma mater, Duke University.

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Today is World AIDS Day and the North Carolina AIDS Action Network is encouraging people who are at risk of HIV or who are HIV positive to enroll in health insurance during open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. 

An aerial picture of the Port of Wilmington
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Republicans and democrats in the sharply divided General Assembly might finally be able to find some common ground: Punishing Chemours, the DuPont-spinoff company that has contaminated drinking water in the Wilmington area and in residential wells in the vicinity of its Fayetteville plant.

A drawing of fingerprints.
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In the latest Criminal podcast, we hear about the notorious wrongful conviction of Willie Grimes, who was arrested in Hickory in 1987 on rape and kidnapping charges and spent more than two decades in prison.

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