Liz Schlemmer

Administrative Intern
a photo of an aedes aegypi mosquito
James Gathany / Flickr Creative Commons

Researchers from the UNC School of Medicine and Duke University have received a $3 million grant to conduct Zika research.

sign with bus
Photo Courtesy of Tina Haver Currin, by Josh Steadman

Drivers in the area may notice an outcropping of signs that say "Welcome to Raleigh, Y'all." The yard signs and murals give the greeting in 17 languages. The creators say it's a welcome message to people of different cultures.

Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

The Raleigh-Durham International Airport will begin renovations on its central parking garage on April 24 and will continue through the end of the year. Airport officials recommend travelers arrive two hours early this summer.

children reading
U.S. Navy / Wikimedia Commons

In North Carolina, more kids are aging out of the foster care system without permanent families. That number has been on the rise for more than a decade, but it spiked again last year.

Julienne Alexander / Criminal

Louisiana governor Huey P. Long is a legendary character in his state's history. This week's Criminal Podcast looks at the mysterious death of Governor Long, a controversial character with a big persona.

sick person thermometer
Claus Rebler / Flickr, Creative Commons

A new phone app that tracks the spread of illnesses in school age children is gaining popularity in the Triad.

Durham Regional Hospital
Duke Medecine

Hospitals in the Triangle were consistently graded high in patient safety.

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit health organization, uses 30 measures of hospital safety data to grade health systems. It assigns letter grades to make the grades simpler to understand.

A UNC-Greensboro study sheds a good light on daydreaming
Flickr

New research from the UNC-Greensboro Psychology Department is shedding light on daydreaming as researchers set out to study mind-wandering in the real world.

Wake County Register of Deeds Laura Riddick after announcing to Chris Creech (left), 46, and Chad Biggs, 35, the first couple who would be getting a license there.
Jorge Valencia

Despite the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made gay marriage legal across the country, some North Carolina lawmakers want to reinstate the ban.

House Speaker Tim Moore said the bill to again make gay marriage illegal will not be heard, pointing to strong constitutional concerns with the proposed legislation.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

A bill in the State Senate rules committee would help families of domestic violence homicide victims seek first degree murder charges.

An aerial photograph of a CAFO, or concentrated animal feeding operation, taken on Monday, October 10, 2016 shows the facility surrounded by water.
Rick Dove / Waterkeeper Alliance

The national nonprofit American Rivers has named the Neuse and Cape Fear rivers among the country's most endangered.

The Oxford English Dictionary recently added the phrase 420 to its pages. This week's Criminal podcast investigates the origin of the word. Host Phoebe Judge interviewed the dictionary editor charged with finding the word's history and the two men who claim they invented the phrase.

Courtesy of NC Emergency Management

There is a tornado watch in effect for central and eastern North Carolina, as well as thunder storm warnings and a wind advisory. 

a photo of the Mexican flag
Ivan Hernández / flickr, Creative Commons

The Mexican Consulate in Raleigh has seen an influx of first-generation U.S. citizens pursuing dual citizenship.

The Fayetteville City Council has moved forward on plans to build a downtown baseball stadium, approving two big measures this week.

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its latest population estimates for North Carolina. The new data covers county and metro areas from mid-2015 to mid-2016. 

A Meals on Wheels volunteer delivers a meal in Wake County
Meals on Wheels of Wake County

President Trump's proposed budget cuts might impact seniors who benefit from Meals on Wheels.

Trump's budget includes an 18 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services, which provides grants to Meals on Wheels, a program that brings hot lunches to homebound seniors.

A recently retired North Carolina State University professor capped his career with a prestigious international award.

Dr. Ron Sederoff has been awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize for his work on the molecular genetics of trees. The award is known as the Nobel prize of forestry.

Criminal: 'Rochester, 1991'

Mar 17, 2017
A drawing of an engagement ring.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

In this week's Criminal podcast, we hear the story of a woman who suffered domestic violence for years. She then served 17 years behind bars for killing her abuser.

Durham County Detention Facility
Ildar Sagdejev (Specious) / Wikimedia

Local activists are raising concerns about Durham County Sheriff’s Office plans to implement video visitation at the jail.

stack of money
Flickr user 401(K)2013

State legislatures are filled with white collar professionals – attorneys, business owners or career politicians – and fewer working-class professionals like teachers, laborers or service industry workers. This has led some reformers to suggest that if legislatures increased leaders' salaries, political office would become more accessible to middle- and working-class candidates.

A group shot of members of the Community Music School's Jazz Ensemble
Courtesy of the Community Music School

The Community Music School of Raleigh has been offering affordable music lessons to low-income students for 23 years. This year may be its last unless donors come through to support the school and its mission to offer affordable music education.

Chaplain Lynn Holloway inspects the sign of a homeless man at an outdoor camp
Durham Rescue Mission

The Durham Rescue Mission is sending out teams to find homeless people wherever they are this holiday season.

flooding south of downtown Lumberton
Jay Price / WUNC

Residents in Fayetteville, Greenville and small towns throughout southeastern North Carolina are facing the outlook of long-term recovery from Hurricane Matthew’s destructive flooding.