Liz Schlemmer

Administrative Intern
A Chapel Hill swimming pool in July.
Town of Chapel Hill

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning swimmers of an increase in outbreaks of a waterborne parasite in pools.

Photo: Mark Martin
Courtesy of Mark Martin

North Carolina's Supreme Court Chief Justice has announced he's joining a task force to seek multi-state solutions to the national opioid crisis. Justice Mark Martin will serve as a member of the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative.

AgriLife Today, Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo / Flickr, Creative Commons

Two Appalachian State University students have won second place at an international competition for their creative, sustainable biofuel project.

Ali Moxley and Kelsey Simon pitched an idea to have corn chip factories use cooking oil left over from manufacturing to fuel trucks that transport packaged chips.

ep_jhu / Flickr, Creative Commons https://flic.kr/p/63jLJE

North Carolina is receiving a large federal grant to treat people addicted to opioids. Governor Roy Cooper announced Thursday that the state will receive $31 million for treatment initiatives over the next two years.

SNAP
Dept. of Agriculture

The State Senate's recent budget proposal includes a provision that threatens to cut food assistance for tens of thousands of children in North Carolina.

Rev. William Barber will work on a national Poor People's Campaign.
Chuck Burton / AP

North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber said he will pick up a campaign Dr. Martin Luther King Junior began just before his assassination.

International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro
International Civil Rights Center & Museum

Duke Energy might again cut off the lights at the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, unless the nonprofit makes payments on an $18,000 credit deposit.

Duke mandated the deposit following an alleged late payment earlier this year. Duke shut off the museum's lights for a few hours one day in February. The museum refunded visitors that day, during Black History Month, its busiest time of year.

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta, used by Christopher Columbus to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, will dock at Wilmington.
The Columbus Foundation

Replicas of two of Christopher Columbus' ships are scheduled to dock at a North Carolina port.

The Cape Lookout Lighthouse on the Crystal Coast will switch to a solar-powered system this week.
Cape Lookout National Seashore

The Cape Lookout Lighthouse on the Crystal Coast will switch to a solar-powered system this week.

The RTI International study on TROSA
RTI International / TROSA

The Durham-based substance abuse recovery program TROSA saves North Carolina $7.5 million annually.

Renewable energy credits in North Carolina by year.
N.C. Department of Revenue / Jason deBruyn

The North Carolina Department of Revenue gave a record number of tax credits last year for renewable energy use.

Spring 2017 Elon University Poll
Elon University

A new political poll from Elon University found that more North Carolina voters support Governor Roy Cooper than not after his first 100 days in office.

Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed two secretarial orders
Department of the Interior

On Friday, President Trump has issued an executive order that opens up the possibility of off-shore drilling in American waters, including off the coast of the Carolinas.

A traffic stop in Fairfax County, Virginia
Fairfax Police Department

In North Carolina, young black men are  twice as likely to be stopped in their car than white men. In some U.S. cities, including Chicago, the ratio is much higher. 

The new REAL IDs are now available in North Carolina.
N.C. Department of Transportation / Division of Motor Vehicles

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles began offering "REAL ID" identification cards Monday.

The identification cards are alternatives to standard state-issued cards and comply with federal requirements enacted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The new IDs are marked with a gold star in the upper right corner.

In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act, which increased security standards for state-issued driver licenses and IDs to help prevent fraudulent identification.

YMCA of the Triangle

The YMCA of the Triangle has announced it will open a new facility in downtown Raleigh this year. The recreational center will be located at the old Wachovia building at 227 Fayetteville Street.

Trump supporters outside the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Elon University has released a new poll that asked North Carolinians what they think about President Donald Trump. The poll was taken during the lead-up to the president's first 100 days in office.

The abandoned railroad corridor that has become the American Tobacco Trail.
Durham Trails and Greenways 2011 Master Plan

The state Department of Transportation wants to remind high school students during prom and graduation season that taking pictures on railroad tracks can be deadly.

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.

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