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Politics & Government
4:09 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Raleigh Holds Public Meeting To Discuss 'Parklets'

A parklet in San Francisco.
Credit Mark Hogan via wikipedia

The City of Raleigh is hosting a public meeting tonight on "parklets.”  They're like mini-parks and are popular in larger cities.

"A parklet is a temporary public space that is typically found by converting an on-street parallel parking space," Grant Meacci, of Raleigh's Urban Design Center, explains.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Just How Safe Is Abortion In North Carolina? It Depends On Who You Ask

Credit NC General Assembly

One of the issues still to be decided by the North Carolina Legislature before it adjourns is whether to approve new rules that Republicans say would make abortion safer.

Democrats say abortions in the state are already very safe, and that the new provisions would lead to clinics closing.

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Health
4:59 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Report Shows Progress & Room For Improvement In Children's Dental Health

A new report has insights into children's dental health in the state.
Credit Dave Buchwald, creative commons

A North Carolina Institute of Medicine task force released a new study on children's dental care in the state.

Berkeley Yorkery, a project manager with the Institute, says compared to other states, North Carolina has made strides in children's dental participation.

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

Filing Deadlines Finalize Mayoral Candidate Lists Throughout North Carolina

Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and current Mayor Nancy McFarlane.
Credit raleighnc.gov

Today was the candidate filing deadline for several area mayoral races. Mayors in Durham, Raleigh and Greensboro will faces challenges in their bids for reelection.

In Durham, current mayor Bill Bell will be running for re-election with challenges from East Durham minister Sylvester Williams and Michael Valentine, a current member of the Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

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Politics & Government
9:37 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Raleigh Hit With High Costs For Moral Mondays Arrests

A woman is arrested at the state capitol as a part of a Moral Mondays protest.
Credit NAACP

The cost of policing Moral Mondays is growing, and some aren't happy about who is picking up the bill.  Usually, protests on state property are handled by the State Capitol Police and the General Assembly Police.  But since a 2011 budget cut, state capitol police have been down 40 staff members—almost half the force.

State Police Chief Glenn Allen says the cut limits what his force can do.

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Military
9:29 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Secretary Of Defense Chuck Hagel Visits Fort Bragg

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is greeted by Gen. Dan Allyn, commander U.S. Forces Command, as he visits Fort Bragg
Credit DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel paid a visit to Fort Bragg Monday.  In a town-hall style meeting broadcast live on News-14 Carolina, Hagel faced tough questions from the Ft. Bragg community, which has been hit hard with budget cuts caused by sequestration.

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Science & Technology
10:13 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Duke To Offer 'Bionic Eye' For Blind Patients

Argus II bionic eye glasses
Credit Second Sight

Duke University Hospital has become one of only 13 sites in the nation selected to offer bionic eyes for severely blind patients.

A company called Second Sight developed the device, and they chose Duke after a lengthy selection process. The device was approved by the FDA in February.

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Health
5:18 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Durham Clinic That Provides Abortions Vows To Reopen, Says New Regulations Unnecessary

The Baker Clinic For Women had its license revoked by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Credit Baker Clinic For Women

A Durham clinic that performs abortions was closed last Friday, after an inspection by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. But the owner of that clinic says it will reopen.

In a notice of administrative action delivered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Baker Clinic was cited because it "failed to ensure quality control was performed in blood banking" and "failed to perform quality control testing on one hundred-eight patients that received Rh(D) [blood type] testing."

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Arts & Culture
10:47 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Durham Man Discovers Civil War Era Cannonball

This is believed to be a Civil War-era cannonball, similar to the one Michael Jacobs discovered in Durham recently.
Credit Travis S. via Flickr, creative commons

A Durham man who discovered a Civil War era cannonball in his yard had it detonated by a bomb squad this week.

Michael Jacobs took the cannonball to an antiques dealer. But, it ended up with a Durham bomb squad. They had to disarm it; in spite of its age, it could still explode.

John Guss is with the historic Bennett House in Durham. Guss says the area was a hotbed of Civil War activity in 1865:

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Arts & Culture
4:59 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Old Salem Hosts July 4th Naturalization Ceremony

Old Salem hosted a naturalization ceremony last year on Independence Day as well.
Credit Old Salem Museum and Gardens

Old Salem Museums and Gardens is hosting a naturalization ceremony today. The museum says the site of the ceremony is the same spot where the first official July 4th celebration in the country took place in 1783.

Luis Lobo will give the keynote speech at Thursday's naturalization ceremony, which is conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Lobo himself was naturalized twelve years ago. He says it makes perfect sense to hold the event at Old Salem on the 4th of July.

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