Liz Schlemmer

Administrative Intern
NC State University
NC State University

A five year decline in North Carolina students enrolling in teaching programs appears to be turning around. The University of North Carolina system saw a 16 percent uptick in education degree-seekers last year.  One college of education is seeing gains in enrollment as students return this fall.

Elena Ceberio

Hundreds have gathered across the Triangle in candlelight vigils for victims of the deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. One day after a car plowed into a crowd of people counter-protesting a white supremacist rally, North Carolinians gathered at various sites to remember the slain 32 year-old Heather Heyer and 19 others who were injured.

school supplies
Flickr via Robert S. Donovan

North Carolina's governor used the launch of a school supply drive on Tuesday to argue that the GOP has been inadequately funding education, forcing too many teachers to have to use their own money to buy pencils and paper for their students.

photo of an apple on top of books
Kate Ter Haar / Creative Commons

The North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship program supplies funds to help up to 6,000 low income students attend private schools. The state-run program is slated to expand in coming years. Education researchers from North Carolina State University recently evaluated the scholarship to see how it's working for parents and schools who participate.

People listen in as the joint redistricting committee meets in Raleigh on August 4, 2017.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Democrats in the State Senate are pushing for what they call fair redistricting. The legislature meets this month to redraw district maps.

No surf boards were rented from Jason Heilig's Rodanthe Surf Shop. On a typical July day, Heilig would hope to see that cart totally empty.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Carloads of tourists rolled in, stores stocked seafood counters and kitchen workers chopped vegetables Friday as two North Carolina islands reopened to visitors after a weeklong power outage at the height of vacation season.

Crews worked to reconnect power cables.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Power has been restored to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Utility crews with Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative and its contractors completed work earlier Thursday afternoon.

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Recently released research from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill projects that unchecked climate change will significantly impact premature deaths associated with air pollution.

Courtesy of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Customer satisfaction at Raleigh-Durham International Airport is on the rise, according to the airport’s latest survey. That comes as the airport is also experiencing record traffic. Ninety-nine percent of customers rated the airport as a 4 or 5 on a five-point scale. 

Oregon Inlet
Courtesy of the NC DOT

The latest on efforts to restore electricity to a portion of North Carolina's Outer Banks evacuated of tourists after a construction accident cut power lines (all times local).

Crews continued to work on the Bonner Bridge project.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative

Construction crews have determined that all three transmission cables providing power to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands have been compromised, but portable generators may allow visitors to return soon. 

The Hedgecock Farmstead
Courtesy of Preservation Greensboro Incorporated

The High Point Historic Preservation Society is seeking an agreement with Guilford County to preserve a historic farmstead at no cost to the county.

Flickr Creative Commons

The number of teen athletes who have knee surgery to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is on the rise, and girls have seen the sharpest increase. Researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill say the results are concerning and point to the need for better injury prevention among high school and youth athletic teams.

City of Raleigh

Visitors to the Neuse River Greenway can enjoy a large field of blooming sunflowers this month. But the greenway doesn't maintain the bright field of flowers. The sunflowers are actually owned and operated by the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility, formerly known as the wastewater treatment plant. 

Courtesy of Mike Carraway

Residential areas in western North Carolina have seen an increase in bear activity in the past month, including some especially unusual behavior from a couple of black bears in Asheville and Cashiers. 

Courtesy of Sidney Brodie

For nearly 20 years, Sidney Brodie has sewn a new patch to the Durham Homicide and Victims of Violent Deaths Quilt each time a homicide occurs in the city.

He began the quilt in 1998 with the name of Shaquanna Attwater, a 2-year-old girl killed while playing on her front lawn in 1994. Today, the quilt has almost 700 names on it.

Criminal: The Procedure

Jul 7, 2017
JULIENNE ALEXANDER/CRIMINAL

Abortion has been legal in the United State for almost 45 years, but before it was, seeking an abortion was very dangerous. This week's Criminal podcast tells the story of a covert network of clergy who organized to help women get illegal abortions in the late 1960s. 

 Luis Rafael Zarama
Courtesy of Diocese of Raleigh

Updated at 12:45 p.m., July 7, 2017

An auxiliary bishop in Georgia has been chosen to lead Roman Catholics in eastern North Carolina.

A rural road in western North Carolina.
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

North Carolina had the third-highest sheer number of rural traffic fatalities in the country in 2015, according to data collected by the Federal Highway Administration.

Honey bees
David Tarpy

Global warming and urbanization are threatening bee populations across the country. One factor in that threat is heat. At high temperatures, bees become unable to reproduce, fly or even walk.

So researchers from North Carolina State University recently set out to see just how much heat local wild bees could handle.

Courtesy The Children's Home Society of North Carolina

A sexual education program from the Children's Home Society of North Carolina is targeting adolescent boys to prevent teen pregnancy. The Wise Guys program teaches boys between the ages of 12 to 18 about abstinence, contraception and healthy relationships.

Courtesy WakeMed Mother's Milk Bank

The WakeMed mother's milk bank in Cary is seeking donations of breast milk to help feed thousands of premature infants across the East Coast.

Consul General Jorge Archila

The Central American country of Guatemala has inaugurated  its newest consulate in Raleigh to serve Guatemalans living in the Carolinas and southern Virginia.

The consulate is one of four the country is introducing in the United States this year, and it opened for business earlier this week.  Guatemalan nationals can go there to apply for passports and visas, or declare citizenship for their children. 

Fleet Foxes

It's been six years since the last release from Fleet Foxes.  The Seattle-based band's first two records met with critical and commercial success, selling more than 2-million copies and winding up on many a critic's best of list.  The music found a home with a large and loyal fan base, but more than half-a-decade is a long wait. 

A supermarket display of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and other junk food.
Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/rm97z

Duke University researchers have completed a two-year health intervention that resulted in improvements in weight, cholesterol and blood pressure to more than 1,100 Methodist clergy in North Carolina.

Julienne Alexander/Criminal

We don't often get to hear the police speak candidly, but this week's Criminal episode offers the personal perspective of former Dallas Police Chief David Brown. He was chief during the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers days after protests of the police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Wilmington has seen fewer film deals since the state reduced tax credits.
Allen Forrest / Flickr

Filmmakers have spent less and produced fewer projects in North Carolina in the past two years.

That's when the state changed its film incentives program to a capped-grant program. Before the change, state taxpayers offered credits to filmmakers with a project cap but no statewide limit.

Wake County will provide heat relief, like fans, to vulnerable residents.
Brendan Abrey / Flickr

With temperatures into the 90s this week, county human services are receiving more requests for cooling assistance.

A strain of canine influenza is infecting dogs across North Carolina.
Ezio Melotti / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/9BdWfK

As many as a few dozen dogs in North Carolina have been infected with a new strain of canine influenza.  

image of downtown Raleigh, train tracks
Greg Hayter / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/74SqQY

Voters in Raleigh will decide if the city should spend more than $200 million on local road improvements. A bond package will go to referendum in the fall.

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