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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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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Triad News Update

Winston-Salem City Government has extended benefits to same-sex couples who were married in other states.
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The Winston-Salem city government is now offering benefits to same-sex partners who are married. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Matisse And His Muses

Liseuse Au Bouquet De Roses (Woman Reading with a Bouquet of Roses) - Henri Matisse
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French artist Henri Matisse was known for his use of color and his fluid and original draftsmanship. 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Wowolfol Plays The Triad Theater

Durham Artist Rich James has like staying pretty anonymous while playing under the moniker of WowolfoL, but he's stepping out and into the light.
Credit wowolfol.bandcamp.com

Music by the Durham-based Wowolfol band is difficult to describe. 

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Education
7:08 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Wake Schools Working On Plans To Reassign Students

Credit WUNC File Photo

Wake County officials are drafting new plans to reassign some students next school year.

School reassignment has been one of the most contentious topics in the Wake County school system. Officials didn't make any assignment changes last year for the current school year because only one new school opened up.

But 17 new schools are slated to open in the next few years to keep pace with the fast-growing county.

“Twenty-two babies are born every day in Wake County hospitals,” said school board member Christine Kushner. “That’s a kindergarten class born every day.”

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Business & Economy
7:07 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Tech Startups #OnTheRise Gather In Raleigh

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Tech leaders and tech start-ups #OnTheRise are in Raleigh this week to show what they’ve got.

Some 80 companies have been selected to display their ideas and jockey for attention from investors at the CED Tech Venture Conference.

Jay Bigelow is CED’s director of entrepreneurship.  He says the goal is to connect with corporate partners and venture capitalists

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