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
4:48 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Lawmakers Continue To Debate Three Tax Reform Plans

N.C. General Assembly, State Legislature
Credit Dave DeWitt

  The General Assembly is in its last few weeks of budget discussions, with tax overhauls in mind.  Three proposals are still on the table.  All of them cut the corporate and individual income tax rates while expanding the sales tax to cover more services. 

Alexandra Sirota of the liberal North Carolina Justice Center says that disproportionately benefits the wealthy.

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Sports
10:21 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Baseball: NC State Heads To World Series, Carolina Suffers First No-Run Game

The Wolfpack heads to their first World Series since 1968.
Credit NC State

NC State is going to its first College World Series since 1968.  The Wolfpack beat Rice in 17 innings last night, 5-4.  Brett Williams drove in the go-ahead run with a RBI double. 

The game was the longest Super Regional in NCAA history.  Coach Elliot Avent says it's fulfilling for his team to break the streak of 45 years without a World Series appearance.

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Arts & Culture
9:49 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Archeologists To Recover Eight Cannons From Blackbeard's Ship

A cannon excavated from Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge.
Credit Karen K Browning; N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

State archeologists say they have the ambitious goal of recovering eight cannons from Blackbeard's ship.  The Queen Anne's Revenge sunk near Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina, in June of 1718, and the state Department of Cultural Resources has been leading efforts to recover artifacts from the ship since 1997. Divers use good weather during the summer and fall months to bring artifacts to the surface.  Last week, bad weather prevented divers from starting their yearly digs, but Fay Mitchell of the Department of Cultural Resources says they hope to surface up to three sunken cannons this week.

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Environment
10:18 am
Fri June 7, 2013

NCDOT Removes EV Charging Stations From Rest Stops

One of NC DOT's electric vehicle charging stations.
Credit NCDOT

The North Carolina DOT says it had to remove four electric vehicle charging stations from rest areas due to conflicting state and federal laws. 

Transportation officials collected the stations before a state law took effect in March.  The law directed the DOT to find a way to charge drivers for using the stations.  But a federal law says states can only collect money from rest areas if it comes from vending machines. 

The stations were in place for 14 months and the DOT says 146 vehicles used them during that time. 

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Weather
7:06 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Andrea Advances On NC, Dumps Heavy Rain

Tropical Storm Andrea as it moved over Florida and toward North Carolina.
Credit noaa.gov / NASA/NOAA

Heavy rain continues Friday morning as Tropical Storm Andrea moves toward North Carolina. 

Flash flood warnings were in effect in the Triangle while the coast remained under a tropical storm warning.  Tornado watches were also in effect for Rocky Mount, Wilson Goldsboro and the surrounding areas. 

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Environment
2:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Should NC Wildlife Refuges Grow Genetically Modified Crops?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says waterfowls rely on crops at wildlife refuges during the winter.
Credit Michele Hayslett / Flickr Creative Commons

Environmental officials are asking for public input about whether they should replant genetically modified crops (GMCs) at national wildlife refuges in North Carolina. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosts a public meeting at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Thursday.  That refuge and three others in eastern North Carolina have been using a farming program to plant genetically modified crops like corn and soybeans since the 1990's.

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Law
5:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

ACLU Report Finds Major Race Disparity In Marijuana Arrests

African Americans are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than white people.
Credit Colleen Danger, via flickr, Creative Commons

A new report from the ACLU says African Americans are more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession in North Carolina.  The survey released today says African Americans were arrested at three times the rate of whites in 2010.  A US Health Department report from the same year showed similar rates of marijuana use among both ethnic groups nationwide. 

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Politics & Government
7:51 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Local Governments Brainstorm Their Budgets, With Taxes In Mind

Durham City Hall
Credit City of Durham

County commissioners and city council members across the state turn their attention to their local budgets this week. 

Many local governments are avoiding increases on property taxes as they craft their budgets for the next fiscal year.  But they're also expecting less direct funding from the state and increasing some fees for services like solid waste or animal control. 

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Environment
9:17 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Getting To The Bottom Of Disappearing Bees

The honey bee is responsible for pollinating many North Carolina crops.
Credit Bob Gutowski / Flickr Creative Commons

The company Bayer CropScience says it wants insect experts to find out what's causing a massive drop in the bee population. 

The company broke ground on a bee research facility last week and plans to add a hundred employees at it expands in Research Triangle Park.  Bayer hopes scientists will be working with bees at the new building by the end of the year.  Iain Kelly of Bayer CropScience says other insects and diseases are invading much of the bee's natural habitat.

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Health
9:08 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Mental Health Spending A Point Of Debate In State Budgets

The state Senate's budget would require doctors to get permission to prescribe certain drugs for mental health patients.
Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

Differences in state budget proposals are prompting mental health advocates to rally for more spending on group homes and treatment. 

Gov. Pat McCrory's budget increases spending on mental health by about 2 percent over the next two years.  But the state Senate's plan cuts about 3 percent. 

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