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Environment
5:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Chapel Hill Continues To Recover From Weekend Flooding

Flooding in Chapel Hill on Sunday
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Orange County continues to recover from weekend flooding, and officials are trying to secure relief funding for those displaced.

At a news conference today, Chapel Hill officials said close to 130 residences are unlivable due to water damage from weekend rain. It's unclear when, or if, people who lived in those units can go back home.

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Arts & Culture
4:15 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Fort Bragg Cancels Fireworks Show, Fayetteville Fills The Gap

Fireworks at a Fort Bragg July 4th celebration in 2008.
Credit Susan Smith / Flickr Creative Commons

Ft. Bragg has canceled their annual 4th of July fireworks show, due to sequestration cuts. Officials there say they just couldn't handle the $80,000 in overtime costs for the annual show. People in the area organized to donate money to save the event, but any donations sent to Ft. Bragg can't be earmarked to one specific program, like the fireworks.

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Arts & Culture
4:42 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

UFO Conference In Greensboro This Weekend

UFO
Credit dimland via Google Images

The Center for UFO Research is hosting a conference in Greensboro this weekend. Organizers say it will be a gathering of government officials and military witnesses, as well as UFO researchers and experts.
 
Richard Haynes is one of the speakers at the event. He says his talk will focus on how UFOs affect the safety of airplanes and pilots. Haynes says right now, pilots are shamed when they report on UFOs.

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Politics & Government
5:34 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Raleigh Gay Rights Activists Welcome Supreme Court Ruling

A man waves a flag in support of gay rights in front of the Supreme Court building.
Credit Victoria Pickering via Flickr, Creative Commons

Sam Sanders reports on how NC activists responded to the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA.

Yesterday's ruling on same sex marriage by the US Supreme Court does not open the door for gay marriages in North Carolina. The court ruled individual states can continue to decide whether they will allow same sex marriage. Last year, voters in North Carolina added Amendment One to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

So, while gay rights activists across the country celebrated the rulings this week, the gay community in North Carolina faced a different scenario – they're happy for gays across the country, but still can’t get married in their home state.

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Law
7:36 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Fayetteville Ranks Fifth In Nation For Property Crime

City of Fayetteville Police Department
Credit bethebadge.com

The FBI says Fayetteville has the fifth highest rate of property crime in America, according to analysis of crimes rates for large cities in 2012. The figures come in the same week the Fayetteville City Council voted to pass up a tax increase that would have raised money for 15 new police officers.

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