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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Environment
7:43 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Getting To The Shore Of Cape Hatteras

The National Park Service has multi-million-dollar plans to create more beach access points.
Credit Outer Banks Real Estate / Flickr Creative Commons

The National Park Service wants to hear from the public about plans to create more beach access points at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 

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Science & Technology
4:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

UNC Computer System Lets The Coast Know When High Waters Are Coming

A screen shot from the Surge Guidance System shows storm surge data from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the east coast in October 2012.
Credit RENCI

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill are using storm surge data to give coastal communities a better idea of what they can expect during hurricanes. 

The university's Renaissance Computing Institute, or RENCI, has a network called the Surge Guidance System.  It gathers intricate details of ocean activity to calculate where, how and when storm surge will affect certain areas. 

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Business & Economy
5:50 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Aqua NC To File For Another Rate Increase

Aqua NC will file for its 3rd rate increase in 5 years.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The private water utility Aqua North Carolina says it plans to file for its third rate increase in five years.  The company notified the state Utilities Commission last week that it will file a formal request in August.  It's not yet clear how much Aqua will ask to raise its rates.  The company last requested an increase of 19 percent in 2011, and the Utilities Commission approved an increase of about 5 percent.

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Politics & Government
9:59 am
Wed July 10, 2013

McCrory Threatens Veto, Lawmakers Insert Revised Abortion Language In New Bill

The office of Pat McCrory released a statement about HB 695 this morning.
Credit NC Governors Office

Governor Pat McCrory said that he will veto a bill that places stricter regulations on clinics providing abortions unless state lawmakers make significant changes to the bill. McCrory's office released a statement this morning saying “major portions of the bill are of sound value,” however he would block the measure unless the legislature amends it to include provisions his administration outlined yesterday.

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Environment
4:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

N.C. Hog Farm Neighbors File Nuisance Complaints

A USDA official meets with a hog farmer in Johnston County in 2011 to review animal waste management system.
Credit Bob Nichols, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Hundreds of people in eastern North Carolina have filed nuisance complaints against Smithfield Foods about the way hog farmers dispose of their waste. 

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Science & Technology
7:32 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Wilson, N.C.: The Self-Described 'Gigabit City'

Credit Michel Tronchetti

The city of Wilson has finished installing a fiber optic Internet system.  It's the first such project in North Carolina that will provide the city of about 50,000 people with ultra-high speed Internet. 

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Science & Technology
7:08 am
Fri July 5, 2013

NC State Research: Staying Ahead Of The Mutating Cockroach

Some German cockroaches have mutated to become averse to glucose, which is used in many household roach baits.
Credit Sarah Camp / Flickr Creative Commons

Researchers at N.C. State are trying to pinpoint mutations that have allowed some cockroaches to avoid sugar-based insecticides. 

Many household roach baits use sugars to lure the insects toward the poison.  But recent studies have shown some German cockroaches have adapted to be genetically averse to glucose and therefore the insecticides within the bait. 

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Arts & Culture
11:02 am
Thu July 4, 2013

North Carolina Celebrates Independence Day

Credit Susan Smith / Flickr Creative Commons

Independence Day celebrations are underway across North Carolina.

Gov. Pat McCrory rode in a parade Thursday morning in the small Rowan County town of Faith, where organizers were expecting 30,000 people. 

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Education
4:39 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

William Peace Makes $21 Million Offer For Seaboard Station

A building at Seaboard Station in Raleigh.
Credit Jmturner, public domain

William Peace University in Raleigh is using nearly two thirds of its endowment to buy out an adjacent shopping center.  The school submitted the offer worth nearly $21 million last week for the Seaboard Station retail center.  The owner of the downtown shopping center filed for bankruptcy more than a year ago. 

Peace president Debra Townsley says the move will make the university more attractive to those considering enrollment.

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Weather
7:24 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Chapel Hill, Durham Try To Absorb Record Rainfall

Several feet of flood waters trap cars on West Franklin St. in Chapel Hill Sunday afternoon.
Credit Bart Smith / Facebook

Residents of Orange and Durham counties are cleaning up after torrential rain led to flood waters several feet deep. 

Officials in Chapel Hill say rescuers evacuated at least 40 people Sunday from flooded homes and vehicles.  They were taken to a Red Cross shelter at Smith Middle School. 

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