Will Michaels

News Producer

Will Michaels is a fan of news, sound and story. He started as an intern at WUNC when he was a student at the University of North Carolina. As a part of his internship, he worked for a semester on the daily national show, The Story with Dick Gordon. Will concentrated on radio while at college, studying under veteran NPR reporter Adam Hochberg. He anchored the student news reports, and then came full-time to WUNC. He was the Morning Edition producer for a couple of years for the station, rising before the sun to help morning host Eric Hodge gather and present the news. He is now working on WUNC's North Carolina Teacher Project.

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Business & Economy
7:15 am
Mon August 19, 2013

New York Tech And Finance Firm Eyes Triangle Talent For Expansion

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North Carolina's technology and finance industry is attracting a Wall Street firm to the Triangle. 

The company Ipreo says it plans to hire 250 employees at an office in Raleigh by 2017.  Ipreo got nearly $4 million in incentives from the state in exchange for meeting hiring and investment goals in North Carolina. 

Ipreo president and COO Kevin Marcus says the growing firm wants to recruit analysts from nearby universities.

"We want to be able to attract talent and have a steady stream available to us," Marcus says.

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Science & Technology
1:57 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

N.C. State And NSA To Open Data Research Lab In Raleigh

The NSA is creating a partnership with N.C. State.
Credit nsa.gov

N.C. State is partnering with the National Security Agency to launch a data-collecting research lab. 

The school announced this morning it won a $60 million contract to create the facility on the university's Centennial Campus.  Terri Lomax is vice chancellor for research, innovation and economic development at N.C. State.  She says the lab is meant to answer questions about how to better collect, sort and store massive amounts of computer data.

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Business & Economy
4:11 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Quintiles Acquires Triangle Research Group Novella

Credit Quintles

The Durham-based pharmaceutical company Quintiles is acquiring a Triangle research organization. 

Quintiles announced Wednesday it reached a deal with Novella Clinical in Morrisville.  Novella is an oncology and medical device research group with nearly 300 employees in the Triangle.  The companies did not release the terms of the deal. 

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Environment
2:15 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

NC Falls Behind Federal Water Quality Standards

The Tuckasegee River at Bryson City, North Carolina.
Credit Brian Stansberry, Wikimedia, Creative Commons

North Carolina is not keeping up with the Environmental Protection Agency's rules to measure water quality. 

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has not updated its standards of measuring toxic metals in water since 2007.  The Clean Water Act requires states to hold public hearings and review their rules every three years.  North Carolina is the only state in the EPA's southeast division that has not adopted the latest federal rules. 

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Health
5:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Duke Study: Inducing Or Augmenting Labor Could Raise Risk Of Autism

The study linked autism to induced labor.
Credit Duke Medecine

Researchers at Duke University say they've found evidence that inducing or augmenting labor could increase an infant's risk of autism. 

A study of more than 600,000 births shows boys were 35 percent more likely to have autism if labor was both induced and augmented.  The risk was also elevated for girls, but at a lower rate.

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Science & Technology
6:56 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Expanding The NC Broadband Highway

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A North Carolina public broadband network is touting a grant it's using to expand its bandwidth and reach into rural communities. 

The group MCNC is celebrating the $144 million grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation Monday.  Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to attend the event. 

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Business & Economy
1:25 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Startup Hub Goes Regional In Expansion To Raleigh

An architect's rendering of American Underground's offices planned for Raleigh.
Credit Alliance Architecture

A new hub for startup businesses in Raleigh is set to open this fall. 

Durham-based American Underground says it's opening space enough for 25 startups on Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh.  The company sells affordable commercial space to Durham entrepreneurs in exchange for connecting them with investors and providing other support.

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Health
1:16 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

NC Regulators Approve Plans For Health Benefit Exchange

Credit The White House

The state Department of Insurance has approved subsidized health care plans that will be available under the Affordable Care Act.

Several details of the plans remain sealed as trade secrets, including rates, deductibles and how many were approved.  Marni Schribman of the state Insurance Department says the plans will be part of North Carolina's health care exchange, which is scheduled to launch in October.

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Politics & Government
3:17 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Chapel Hill Approves Pro-Israel Bus Advertisement

Chapel Hill transit.
Credit Town of Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Transit has approved a pro-Israel advertisement to run inside town buses. 

The proposal is the latest in a series of polarizing ads that started last year when the Church of Reconciliation ran a poster that called for the U.S. to end military aid to Israel.  The group American Freedom Defense Initiative countered with an ad that called opponents of Israel "savages," setting off a debate about which ads should be allowed on buses. 

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Military
4:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Putting NC Veterans To Work In Manufacturing

A veteran student from Fort Bragg.
Credit Fayetteville Tech Community College

East Carolina University has launched a crash course for veterans to learn modern manufacturing skills. 

The two-week pilot program started Monday morning.  The courses, which are free to veterans, are designed to help them reintegrate and work in North Carolina when they complete their service.

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