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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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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Environment
3:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Sea Turtles Snagged; NC Regulators Suspend Gill Nets

A leatherback turtle hooked and entangled in a fishing net.
Credit NMFS/SEFSC

State environmental officials are suspending certain fish nets along the coast after at least eight sea turtles were trapped. 

The state Division of Marine Fisheries says the suspension goes into effect at sunset Wednesday for what are known as large-mesh gill nets.  Anglers leave the nets out overnight this time of year to trap flounder. 

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Politics & Government
3:30 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

NC Congress Members Consider Bills To Dismantle Fannie & Freddie

Sen. Kay Hagan is co-sponsoring a new housing bill in the US Senate.
Credit Kay Hagan

Some members of Congress from North Carolina are getting behind proposals to dismantle mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Confederate Ironclad Ship On Display In Kinston

Remains of the CSS Neuse being moved by truck through Downtown Kinston.
Credit NC Dept. of Cultural Resources

A Civil War ironclad ship used by the Confederacy has a new home in eastern North Carolina.  The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, now open in Kinston, displays what’s left of the ship.

The Neuse was launched near there in 1863 and was meant to help the Confederate Army along the coast of the Carolinas, but the ship ran aground in the Neuse River, and the army used it as support during an inland skirmish in 1865. 

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Sales Tax Holiday On The Chopping Block

A provision in the bill would eliminate the annual sales tax holiday.
Credit Laura Candler

North Carolina's annual sales tax holiday will end if a bill to overhaul the tax code becomes law.  A provision in the proposal eliminates the sales tax-free weekend that usually happens in early August, starting next year.

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Health
3:06 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Services Improving At NC Nursing Homes

The state's nursing homes are improving, according to a new study.
Credit SalFalko / Flickr

A nationwide study of nursing homes says North Carolina's facilities are improving. 

A survey commissioned by the federal government shows more nursing homes scored higher on a five-star health rating system in 2011 than in 2009.  The number of stars awarded is based on health inspections, the amount of staff at each home, and quality-of-life measures. 

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Military
4:26 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair

A 2008 photo of Jeffrey Sinclair giving remarks during the transfer of authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq.
Credit James Wagner, Joint Combat Camera Center Iraq

Jury selection starts this week in the court martial of Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair at Fort Bragg. Sinclair is accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate officer and faces allegations of forcible sodomy and wrongful sexual conduct, among other charges.  Prosecutors say Sinclair engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a female captain under his command.

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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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