Sports
5:00 am
Mon December 26, 2011

UNC Goes Bowling Today

North Carolina will play in its 4th consecutive bowl game later today. The Tar Heels take on Missouri in the Independence Bowl.

The last 18 months have seen major changes to North Carolina’s football program. And the state of transition will last one more game, as interim coach Everett Withers coaches the team despite the hiring of a new head coach.

Larry Fedora was chosen to lead the program, but Withers will coach the team at the Independence Bowl. Withers was a candidate for the permanent job, but didn’t get it.

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Environment
4:50 am
Mon December 26, 2011

UNC Recycles Methane from Landfill

Orange County and UNC Chapel Hill are working together to make productive use of a landfill gas. Methane originates from the decomposition of organic materials such as food. The collaboration will collect methane from the county's landfill and use it to produce electricity using a generator at UNC. Ray DuBose is the director of UNC Energy Services. He says projects like these are not without precedent.

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Education
8:50 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

UNC "Y" to House Social Innovation

The historic YMCA building on the Carolina campus will also serve as the home of a new Social Entrepreneurs initiative for students.  The Social Innovation Incubator officially opens in January and will provide space for three teams of students to nurture their projects.  Richard Harrill is the director of the Campus "Y" at UNC.  He says they are currently accepting applications from students who want to be the first residents to work out of the innovation incubator.

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Arts & Culture
8:30 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Salvation Army Donations that Sparkle

Note, $20 and ring was found in a Salvation Army Red Kettle in Winston-Salem.
Credit WXII12.com

The Salvation Army has been faced with record need this holiday season.   And some everyday citizens are meeting that need with donations that sparkle.

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Arts & Culture
9:21 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Chatham County Line on Last Motel

Chatham County Line

Be sure to tune in Christmas night at 6 for a special edition of the program Last Motel when host Eric Hodge and will be joined by the band Chatham County Line. They're a bluegrass-inspired band that has spent the last couple weeks criss-crossing North Carolina and Georgia with a holiday concert series.

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Triangle Ripe for Gaming

MUSE Agent Sid Tripp in new Lab Rats Video Game
Credit Lab Rats Studio

Video Games of all kinds are top sellers this time of year – and North Carolina is quickly becoming a major player in the industry. The Triangle has become a new mecca for gaming software and design.

Leoneda Inge: "So, you’re going to play the game for me?"

Shadie El-Hadad: "Yeah, I’m going to play the game for you. So this is MUSE the first episode, we are doing episodic content."

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Scientists Using Web Donations to Fund Projects

Scientists are using the Internet to raise money for their projects.

Scientists are used to relying on grants for funding, and that's not likely to change anytime soon. But a recent trend called "crowd-sourcing" could help small projects get underway. It's basically a kick starter campaign where the general public gives online donations for scientists' research. North Carolina State chemistry professor Walter Weare was able to pay for new equipment for his solar energy research using the method.

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Health
1:10 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

UNC Seeks to Improve Physical and Mental Health

Doctors at UNC Chapel Hill want to improve the physical health of patients with severe mental illness. U-N-C's Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health has received a grant from the Duke Endowment to create a "health home" for patients with mental illness. Director John Gilmore says people with serious mental health issues like schizophrenia sometimes have trouble tending to their physical health. Gilmore says psychiatrists treating patients at the center will look out for other problems as well.

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State of Things
10:34 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Season 1, Ep 4: Jade City Pharaoh - A Jade City Christmas

What's got our hero so down?

Even Jade City turns into a holly jolly place in the days leading up to Christmas. The Beef Cooka is quiet and Herald’s best friend, Supreme Intellect, is throwing the neighborhood’s hottest holiday party, but our superhero can’t bring himself to enjoy this time of year. Maybe a visit to his dear Aunt Margaret’s house will lift his spirits…

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State of Things
8:00 am
Thu December 22, 2011

The Newtonanny By Lindsay Thomas

Rebecca Newton
Credit www.hitones.com

Singer Rebecca Newton has been performing as the front woman of Durham-based band Rebecca & the Hi-Tones for more than 30 years. The band is made up of her high school pals. But around the holidays, Newton likes to be surrounded by friends and family so she’s performing a special Christmas concert called The Newtonanny. The show will bring Newton to the stage with her daughters, grandchildren and local musical luminaries. It takes place tonight at the Blue Note, but first Newton joins host Frank Stasio with a preview of her performance.

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