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Attorney Heather Bell Adams is used to crafting persuasive stories. But in the courtroom they have to be entirely factual.

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A few dozen young immigrants stood at the Central Carolina Bank Plaza in downtown Durham on Tuesday, carrying protest signs and shouting, "Undocumented, Unafraid."

FILE- In this Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, file photo, Rev. Robert Wright Lee, a descendant of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee, poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Lee is stepping down as pastor of the
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A descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has stepped down as pastor of a North Carolina church after negative reactions to his comments supporting racial justice during an MTV awards show.

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Hospital executives announced last week that the state’s largest hospital system, Carolinas Healthcare, would combine with UNC Health. They called the nearly $14 billion move “a marriage, not a merger.” 

Man stares at phone in dark room.
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Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC tech podcast “Note to Self,” has spent years thinking about how people interact with technology. Zomorodi led tens of thousands of listeners through an experiment to help them unplug from their devices. 

The cast of South Pacific
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In 1949 composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein premiered their hit musical “South Pacific.” It tells the story of how an American nurse and lieutenant find new love across cultural and racial lines. 

Smithfield Foods promised to cut emissions.
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Local officials in North Carolina are considering tax breaks for a Chinese-owned company running one of the world's largest hog slaughterhouses.

My Teacher: Setting Up The Stage

Sep 5, 2017
Haley, Domack, and Erin
Courtesy of Tim Domack

WUNC's My Teacher Series explores student-teacher relationships across North Carolina and tries to find out what it takes to make a connection in the classroom.

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Makeba Wilbourn has been immersed in the subtleties of language since she was a child.

As the daughter of a northern white mother and southern black father, she constantly changed the way she spoke to her own family. And as she grew older, she realized she had to be an expert at code-switching in order to succeed as a biracial woman.

Today, Makeba studies how children develop those differences in language, and how that might contribute to our racial biases.

A view of the Blue Ridge Parkway on October 11, 2016 north of Devil's Couthouse in western North Carolina.
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Forecasters say North Carolina can expect an "average" season for fall leaves, but a college professor suggests it may not be so bad.

The Proterra company will make the buses that will come to RDU in 2019.
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Updated Sept. 19, 9:15 a.m.

GoTriangle will not receive a competitive federal grant to buy electric buses. The transit authority said in a press release that the application process has better prepared GoRaleigh, GoCary, GoTriangle and Chapel Hill Transit to explore viable alternatives to diesel buses moving forward.

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Postpartum mood disorders are extremely common for new mothers. But a survey from NC State University shows that 1 in 5 don't report symptoms to their doctors.

a camera and computer inside a classroom at a Durham Public school.
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Rockingham County Schools have proposed a new partnership to bring a "lab school" to Moss Elementary School starting fall of 2018.

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The Sierra Club has recognized several North Carolina universities for their sustainability efforts, naming them "Cool Schools" in 2017 as part of its annual ranking. The University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill beat out Appalachian State, Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, ranking 28th overall out of 217 universities on the list. 

A pencil and a form on a table inside a public school in Durham.
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The State Board of Education will take a final vote on Thursday on its plan for evaluating North Carolina public schools, a requirement of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The document must include grading formulas that tell parents and the federal government how well each school is educating its students.

WUNC Youth Podcast: Girls Debate

Sep 3, 2017
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On this episode of the WUNC Youth Podcast we interview Katherine Gan. Katherine is a soon-to-be freshman at Duke University and is one of our youth reporters who produced a story over the summer. Her story touches on a debate camp in the Chinese-American community and what impact it has on the people involved.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
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This week on the WUNC Politics Podcast, a conversation with State Treasurer Dale Folwell.

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A key advocate in the North Carolina House on gun rights and immigration plans to leave the legislature later this month, saying he needs to be at home for his family.

The Fayetteville City Council has denied a zoning permit that would have allowed a resident to run a shelter for victims of domestic violence out of her home.

Trump sits at head of table to discuss public safety operations in Texas in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey.
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President Donald Trump traveled to Texas this week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. He met with a number of government officials and rescue workers but received criticism for not meeting with flood victims. 

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Seventy-five years ago the U.S. government relocated more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans into internment camps following the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Parents were separated from their children, and many individuals were forced to give up their property.

From left: Robert Thornhill, Pattie Hopkins, Ben Parker, Scott E. Warren, and Hank Smith
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Classically-trained violinist and fiddler Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw and bluegrass banjo player Hank Smith might seem like an unlikely duo. But Hank Smith grew up testing the limits of his instrument and bending the conventional genre in unexpected ways. 

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2016, file photo, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (17) passes against Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Durham, N.C. The Blue Devils look to put a rough 2016 in the past when they begin a new season Sa
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The first full weekend of college football kicks off this weekend. The slate of games includes a major-conference home battle for UNC Chapel Hill. Carolina will take on the Cal Bears from the Pac-12 at noon Saturday.

exterior of the NC State Legislature
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This week in North Carolina politics, a conversation about new legislative maps passed by the North Carolina General Assembly; a plastic bag ban repeal; and money to monitor and study GenX.

The Campus Health Services building on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill.
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Health officials at UNC-Chapel Hill are reporting an apparent outbreak of norovirus throughout the Greek community, leading the Panhellenic Council to postpone sorority recruitment.

Cape Fear River at Raven Rock State Park NC
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There are more concerns about drinking water in Wilmington. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has identified two more chemical compounds that are discharging into the Cape Fear River.

UNC Health Care
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Updated 2:43 p.m., August 31, 2017

Two major healthcare organizations in North Carolina are planning a merger. UNC Health Care of Chapel Hill wants to join with Carolinas Health-Care System of Charlotte. 

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Millennials have a reputation for being overeducated and undermotivated when it comes to working and saving money. But a forthcoming report from the left-leaning North Carolina Justice Center explains that millennials face pressures previous generations were not subject to, and that state and national policies compound their difficulties in building wealth and finding good jobs. 

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The balance of people and machines in the workplace is shifting. 

Courtesy of James Costa

There is no doubt that Charles Darwin’s trip to the Galapagos Islands in the 1830s changed his life’s work. It  put him on the path to develop his game-changing theory of evolution. But Darwin’s observations were not isolated to one exploration. For years after his pivotal excursion, Darwin conducted unorthodox and innovative experiments to test his speculations, and he often did so in his own backyard. 

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