Jeremy Loeb

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Education
4:07 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Duke's Rare Books Library Receives Large Donation

An architect's rendition of the entrance plaza to the renovated Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.
Credit duke.edu

A large gift will make possible a the renovation of Duke University's rare books library. Duke Trustee David Rubenstein, a 1970 graduate of the university and co-founder of the Carlyle Group, is giving Duke $13.6 million. That's the largest ever donation to the libraries. Deborah Jakubs is a University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs. She says rare books document the development of scholarship and human creativity.

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Science & Technology
5:00 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

RDU's Full-Body Scanners Aim to Protect Privacy

Example of the image produced by the scanners
Credit tsa.gov

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is beefing up its security with new imaging technology designed to protect passenger privacy. The Transportation Security Administration is installing five new scanners at RDU. They should be up and running in the next few days. RDU's TSA Federal Security Director Michael Zunk says previous scanners allowed security to see a detailed image of a person's body.

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Environment
5:50 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Fayetteville: Clean Up Tornado-Damaged Homes

The City of Fayetteville wants the remaining damaged homes from the April 16th tornadoes cleaned up. The twisters that swept across the state left thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. Scott Shuford, Fayetteville's Development Services Director, says they've identified 85 homes in need of extensive cleanup or repair four months after the storms hit. He says they don't have any jurisdiction to do anything about homes that are just eye-sores.

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Law
6:06 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Lawsuits Focus on Biomass Facilities

An exemption for biomass facilities from carbon dioxide limits under the Clean Air Act is being challenged in court. The Environmental Protection Agency is exempting biomass facilities from the rules for the next three years because they're considered carbon-neutral or low-carbon emitters. Frank Rambo is the senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center working on that case.

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Politics & Government
5:05 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Chemical Plant Proposed For Wilson Draws Opposition

A chemical plant proposed for the city of Wilson is drawing concerns from the people in its surrounding neighborhood. The Texas-based company Pencco wants to build the plant to manufacture iron sulfates to be used as water treatment chemicals. Brian Wodetzki of Pencco says the plant will be safe. He says the company is doing its best to explain the process to concerned citizens in the neighborhood by holding public meetings with them.

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Law
4:20 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Legal Aid Closing Offices in Rural NC

Legal Aid NC
Credit legalaidnc.org

Legal Aid of North Carolina is closing three offices due to budget cuts totaling more than $2 million. Legal Aid serves poor people who can't afford legal help with issues like mortgage assistance and domestic violence. The non-profit is facing cuts from both the federal and state government. Legal Aid of North Carolina Executive Director George Hausen says they're closing the rural offices in Henderson, Boone, and Smithfield.

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Politics & Government
3:15 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Cary Wants to Expand Park Fees for Developers

Annie L. Jones Park
Credit townofcary.org

A public meeting in Cary will focus on expanding developer fees for parks. Parks land fees apply to single-family and townhomes but not to apartments and condominiums. Doug McRainey is the Parks Planning Manager for the town of Cary.

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Politics & Government
5:45 am
Mon August 8, 2011

American Tobacco Trail Extension Delayed

An artist rendering of the ATT bridge over I-40.
Credit City of Durham

Efforts to extend a popular bike and pedestrian trail in Durham have hit a snag. City officials want to extend the American Tobacco Trail about 4 miles to the Chatham County line. That includes building a bridge across I-40. Bids for the project came in higher than expected. Ed Venable is a manager of engineering and stormwater for the City of Durham.

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Military
5:25 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Defense Trade Show Focuses on Partnerships

A defense trade show today and tomorrow in Fayetteville seeks to encourage collaboration between the defense industry and local businesses. Scott Dorney is Executive Director of the North Carolina Military Business Center, which is co-hosting the event.

Scott Dorney: "It is an opportunity for us to have both major defense contractors and also North Carolina companies who are in the defense marketplace and those who want to be. And it gives us a venue to connect."

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Health
5:10 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

UNC, Community Colleges Team Up Against Cancer

UNC Chapel Hill is partnering with the state's community colleges in an effort to fight cancer. Public health researchers will work with all 58 of the state's community colleges to identify cancer prevention programs that work and implement them in the schools. Laura Linnan is a professor at UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health and the project's principal investigator.

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