Laura Candler

Web Producer

Laura moved from Chattanooga to Chapel Hill in 2013 to join WUNC as a web producer. She graduated from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in the spring of 2012 and has created radio and multimedia stories for a variety of outlets, including Marketplace, Prairie Public, and Maine Public Broadcasting. When she's not out hunting stories, you can usually find her playing the fiddle.  

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Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Downton Abbey & Biltmore – How Similar Are They?

Downton Abbey cast in front of Highclere Castle
(C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE
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Science & Technology
11:33 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Cockroaches' Obsessive Grooming Habit

A cockroach cleaning an antenna
Credit Ayako Wada-Katsumata

A new study from researchers at N.C. State finds that cockroaches must clean themselves incessantly in order to function properly. The findings are important not just for scientists studying insect behavior, but also – to the relief of those who suffer from infestations – might provide clues in developing more effective pesticides.

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Law
3:36 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Take A Look Inside Durham's New Courthouse

The new Durham County Courthouse
Laura Candler

The new $119 million Durham County Courthouse opens this month on South Dillard Street in Durham. In addition to its location beside the jail, the 11-story building incorporates an array of new features, many focusing on efficient design and energy use. The building’s internal layout includes three separate areas of circulation - one for the public, one for courthouse staff, and a secured circulation area for transporting inmates. The only place that all three can converge is in one of its 20 courtrooms.

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Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation Coming To Raleigh

The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
National Archives, Washington, D.C.

From May 15 through June 16, the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation will be on display in the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. The historical seven-page document is on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C..

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Education
4:36 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Toni Morrison’s ‘Home’ Chosen For UNC Summer Reading

''Home'' by Toni Morrison
Credit UNC News

“Home,” the latest novel by Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, will be the 2013 summer reading book for incoming students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Christopher Putney, associate professor of Russian in the department of Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures and chair of the selection committee that chose the book, said that students will be able to relate to “Home.”

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Science & Technology
3:11 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

New Material Can Help Ships Shake Off Scum

Xuanhe Zhao
Credit www.pratt.duke.edu

A new material developed by Duke University engineers may help ships rid accumulated scum from their vessels. The material can be applied like paint to the hull of a ship and can move in response to an electric current to dislodge bacteria and prevent accumulations on the ship’s surface. Bacterial buildup on ships increases drag and reduces the fuel economy of the vessel, as well as blocking or clogging undersea sensors.

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Environment
3:09 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NC Organization Helps Save Ducks In Trinidad

Bahama Pintail Duck
Credit Snowman radio via Flickr, Creative commons

In 2009, Sylvan Heights Bird Park received a call from the US Embassy in Trinidad, asking them to help restore two species of nearly-extinct native ducks, the White-Faced Whistling Duck and the Bahama Pintail. Four years later, they are celebrating the successful introduction of individuals of both species back into Trinidad, a promising sign for the health of native populations.

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Legendary NC Blues Musician George Higgs Dies

George Higgs
Credit Tim Duffy, Music Maker Relief Foundation

North Carolina blues musician George Higgs died on Tuesday. He was 82 years old.

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Law
12:09 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Raleigh Appoints 1st African-American Woman Police Chief

Cassandra Deck-Brown
Credit www.raleighnc.gov

City Manager J. Russell Allen announced today that he has named Cassandra Deck-Brown to be Raleigh’s new Chief of Police. Deck-Brown has been serving as Interim Police Chief for the Raleigh Police Department since October 1, 2012, when former Police Chief Harry Dolan retired. Prior to being Interim Police Chief, she was the Deputy Chief. Deck-Brown is the first African-American female to hold the position. Her promotion is effective February 1.

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Arts & Culture
5:32 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

UNC Music Professor Richard Luby Dies

Richard Luby
Credit music.unc.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill music professor Richard Luby died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday. Luby was known among his colleagues and students as a charismatic teacher and a passionate musician. He joined UNC-Chapel Hill in 1979, when he was hired as a professor of violin and chamber music.

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