Phoebe Judge

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Phoebe Judge is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured on a numerous national radio programs. She regularly conducts interviews and anchors WUNC's broadcast of Here & Now. Previously, Phoebe served as producer, reporter and guest host for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. Earlier in her career, Phoebe reported from the gulf coast of Mississippi. She covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. Phoebe's work has won multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards. Phoebe was born and raised in Chicago and is graduate of Bennington College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

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Environment
4:22 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Storm Surge Warnings To Join Hurricane Alerts In 2015

In 2011, storm surge cut through Highway 12 in five locations during Hurricane Irene.
Credit Steve Helber / AP

The National Hurricane Center will be providing new warnings about storm surge starting next year. 

In the past, hurricane warnings have been issued based on wind predictions. Now, storm surge will be taken into account as well.

Jamie Rhome of the National Hurricane Center says that is especially important for states like North Carolina.

"I can't just say that storm surge is going to be bad in North Carolina because in some places it is going to catastrophic and in the next community over it might not be so bad," Rhome says.

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Business & Economy
3:08 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Bank Robberies Hit 10-Year Low in North Carolina, Despite 'Eyes Only Bandit'

The bank robber is described as a light-skinned black male, approximately 20-35 years of age with a medium build.
Credit FBI

The Charlotte Division of the FBI has been on the lookout for a bank robber who has operated in Wake, Nash, and Franklin Counties. The suspect is known as the "Eyes Only Bandit" because in each case, the robber wore a hooded jacket and gloves and covered his face with a mask, leaving only his eyes visible.

The "Eyes Only Bandit" struck these banks:

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Arts & Culture
1:45 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

This Weekend: Duke Chapel Choir Performs Handel's Messiah For Worldwide Audience

Credit Duke University via Duke Today

This weekend there is a series of performances of Handel's Messiah at Duke Chapel in Durham, N.C. The tradition has been going on for 81 years. This year the performance will be recorded live and broadcast throughout the state and the world.

Dr. Rodney Wynkoop is the Director of Chapel Music at Duke University. He says that the text of the Messiah tells the entire story of the redemption of the world.

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Military
5:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

'Walking Off The War' On North Carolina's Mountain To Sea Trail

Sharon Smith, aka Mama Goose, in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Sharon Smith is taking two months to walk North Carolina's Mountain to the Sea Trail, which is more than 1,000 miles long and crosses the entire state.

Smith served as an Air Force combat medic during the Gulf War - and she is helping to prep the trail for a larger contingent of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who will cross the state next year as a part of the Warrior Hike: Walk off the War program. 

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Law
3:16 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

A Look Inside The North Carolina State Crime Lab

Tonya Rush is an analyst at the State Crime Lab. The NC General Assembly recently added funding for 30 more analysts to help with the backlog.
Eric Mennel WUNC

We've been looking at the problems in the State Crime Lab this week, particularly the backlog in evidence testing. A group of judges, lawyers, and scientists came together in recent months to suggest solutions for clearing up the backlog, but inside the lab, some efforts are already under way.

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Law
3:30 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Two Surprising Solutions For The Backlog At The NC State Crime Lab

One of the refrigerators at the NC State Crime Lab
Credit Eric Mennel

Like many crime labs across the country, the North Carolina State Crime Lab in Raleigh has a serious backlog. One reason is finding and paying qualified staff. But a new report issued by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Government shows a second, more complex problem.

The report goes into detail about the effect a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Melendez-Diaz, had on the way forensic evidence gets admitted at criminal trials.

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Law
5:29 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

In Wake Of Blackwater Convictions, A New Push To Regulate Contractors

Credit Heath Powell / Flickr Creative Commons

A U.S. congressman from North Carolina has reintroduced a bill to clarify how American laws apply to overseas contractors. Democratic Congressman David Price of Chapel Hill originally submitted the legislation in 2007 after contractors with the company Blackwater were accused of shooting up a public square in Baghdad. The law met resistance from the White House at the time and was never passed.

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Science & Technology
2:53 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Meet The North Carolina Boy With A 3D Printed Hand

Holden Mora shows his new hand (and a pumpkin spice cookie) at the WUNC studios.
Credit Carol Jackson

Seven-year-old Holden Mora's hand is something that Iron Man might envy. It's bright red, and appears indestructible. Holden was born with something called Symbrachydactyly, and his hand didn't develop properly in the womb.

The 3D hand was created specially for Holden by a UNC  biomedical engineering student, Jeffrey Powell. Powell didn't use high-tech prosthetic engineering tools to create the hand. He used a 3D printer.

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Politics & Government
3:23 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Libertarian Candidate For U.S. Senate In NC Talks With Phoebe Judge

Sean Haugh, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, 2014
Credit Carol Jackson

Next week voters across North Carolina will decide the next U.S. Senator from North Carolina.  Latest polls show the race basically tied between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan, and Republican State Speaker of the House Thom Tillis. 

Hagan and Tillis have both called on political celebrities in this, the final full week of the campaign.

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Health
6:03 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Learning How To See: Bionic Eye Update

Larry and Jerry Hester
Credit Eric Mennel

A month ago Larry Hester became the first person in North Carolina to receive a bionic eye.  Blind since the age of 30, Hester, who has been treated at the Duke Eye Center, is now learning how to see again.  And it isn't that easy.

The device that Hester is wearing is not just as simple as flipping on a switch.  He is now learning how to differentiate shapes and colors and going through physical therapy sessions which are rather reminiscent of someone who has just received a new knee, not eye.

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