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
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

18 Named Storms Predicted This Hurricane Season

An image of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Credit NASA

Early forecasts predict an active hurricane season along the Atlantic coast. 

Researchers at Colorado State University expect 18 named storms this year.  They say four of those will likely be major storms at Category 3 or higher. 

William Gray, a professor emeritus in Colorado State's atmospheric science department, says this winter's ocean currents follow trends that lead to active storm activity in the tropics.

"This circulation has been especially strong," Gray says.

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Health
7:44 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Proposal Would Extend Medicaid Coverage For Alzheimer's And Dementia

A committee in the state House is considering a measure to extend Medicaid coverage for people who have Alzheimer's and dementia. 

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Environment
7:46 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Paddling For Renewable Energy On The OBX

Resolute Marine Energy tested its paddle device off the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' pier near Duck, NC.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / www.frf.usace.army.mil

A renewable energy company says it's testing a prototype that could produce energy from ocean waves near the Outer Banks. 

Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy says it tested the equipment for two months off the coast of Duck this winter.  Engineer Cliff Goudey says the device has a large piece of fiberglass that waves back and forth like a barn door.

"It sits out on the bottom offshore just outside the breaking wave zone," Goudey says.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Survey Predicts Slow Growth For NC Businesses

Small business owners in North Carolina are more optimistic about their companies, but hiring remains stagnant.  A survey released yesterday from PNC Financial says nearly 30 percent of North Carolina businesses report that they are optimistic about their prospects for the next six months.  That's up from 15 percent last fall.  But PNC economist Mekael Teshome says the state's business outlook reflects the slow growth nationwide.

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Health
3:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Johnston County Hospitals To Join UNC Health Care

Johnston Medical Center - Smithfield
Credit Johnston Health

Johnston County's hospitals are partnering with UNC Health Care to expand their reach in the eastern Triangle.  Leaders with both systems say the move will keep costs down for patients as health care laws change at the state and federal levels. 

Johnston Health CEO Chuck Elliot says the Affordable Care Act and North Carolina's decision to opt out of Medicaid expansion makes the partnership necessary.

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Politics & Government
9:05 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Governor's Office Eliminates Latino Affairs Office

Credit Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory's office says it no longer has a staff member devoted to Hispanic affairs.  The governor's staff says the duties of the state's Latino office will go to another office that handles all contact with state residents.

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Business & Economy
10:14 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Bridge Construction Means Lengthy Detour To OBX

West side of the Alligator River Bridge
NC DOT

A major highway in eastern North Carolina will be closed for two weeks while crews work on a bridge to the Outer Banks, adding an hour’s drive for people headed to or from the area. The state DOT says Highway 64 will be closed at the Alligator River drawbridge for two weeks, starting tomorrow.  That means drivers will have to take Highway 264 to the south or Highway 17 to the north to get to Manteo.

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Sports
9:46 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Duke Women Advance To Elite 8, Men Out

Liston makes it a 7-7 tie
Credit DWHoops.com

The Duke women's basketball team has made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.  The Blue Devils defeated Nebraska last night, 53-45, despite shooting just 33 percent from the field. Coach Joanne McCallie says her team offset that by holding Nebraska to just 30 percent.

“We play very good defense and we did today,” said McCallie.  “I think that was the difference for our team.  Some of the stops we made, I thought, were very critical.  To hold a Nebraska team to 45 points, that's a very good thing for us to do.”

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Politics & Government
1:19 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Monroe Suspends Plan To Buy Drone

Aeyron Scout drone
Credit creative commons

City council members in Monroe have voted to suspend plans to purchase a drone.  The council voted unanimously last week to shelve the project.  

The city's police department said earlier this month it planned to purchase a drone for $42,000, which would be offset by funds from drug busts.  Mayor Pro Tem Lynn Keziah cited concerns about how the public would receive the project and conflicts with the local company involved.  The council agreed to discuss the issue at a later date.

Environment
6:42 am
Thu March 28, 2013

NC To Test Air Above Potential Fracking Sites

A survey from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources shows natural gas deposits in central NC.
Credit NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources / ncdenr.org

State regulators plan to measure air quality above deposits of natural gas. North Carolina lawmakers are moving to ease regulations on hydraulic fracturing. 

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