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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Military
5:06 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

60 Fort Bragg Surveillance Soldiers Return From Afghanistan

A small group of Fort Bragg soldiers returns home from Afghanistan Monday as the military works to transfer its operations to Afghan forces. 

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Environment
10:03 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Climate Change Speeding Up Life Cycles Of Trees

Credit City of Raleigh

Researchers at Duke University have found evidence that climate change is shortening the life cycles of trees in the U.S.

Research in tropical areas like Peru has suggested that trees are migrating to cooler areas by producing offspring in higher elevations or latitudes, but the latest study says most plants in the U.S. might not be able to move quickly enough to keep up with rising temperatures. 

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Military
4:53 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Hagan: Backlog At Winston-Salem VA Shrinking

The weight of paper files at the VA's Winston-Salem office had threatened to collapse the floor.
Credit Office of the Inspector General/Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan says the Veterans Affairs office in Winston-Salem is cutting down on its backlog of claims. 

The Democrat from North Carolina says the office has processed all claims that have been waiting for two years or more.  Hagan says the average claim now takes 200 days, compared to more than 300 days a year ago.  The Winston-Salem VA processes nearly all claims filed in North Carolina. 

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Health
7:53 am
Tue September 17, 2013

UNC Opens Mental Health Facility In Wake County As Part Of Deal With WakeMed

UNC Health Care has opened a new mental hospital in Wake County after building repairs caused a two-month delay. 

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Politics & Government
9:44 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Raleigh To Revisit Food Distribution Ordinance

Credit Dave DeWitt

Raleigh is taking more public comment about its food distribution ordinance. 

Monday night's meeting comes nearly a month after police threatened to arrest volunteer groups that were handing out food to the homeless in Moore Square.  A city ordinance prohibits food distribution in public parks without a permit, but at least one group says it had been giving out food on the weekends for six years. 

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Health
4:21 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Raleigh Parent Files Complaint Against YMCA For Rejecting His Diabetic Son

A Raleigh parent has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice after the local YMCA refused to admit his diabetic son. 

Bruce Hatcher says the after-school program is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Hatcher says the YMCA rejected his son because it does not administer shots, which the boy needs if his glucose level gets too low.  The YMCA of the Triangle contracts with Wake County Public Schools to provide after-school care. Some religious organizations are exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act.   

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Arts & Culture
5:03 am
Wed September 11, 2013

12 Years After 9/11, A Somber Day Of Service

The 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
Credit ser_is_snarkish / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina is marking 12 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

Governor Pat McCrory has ordered all flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday.

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Transportation
1:28 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

NC DOT Considers Ramp Meters To Reduce Triangle Congestion

The NC DOT is looking into installing ramp meters, like this one in San Francisco, at problem areas on Triangle Interstates to ease rush hour traffic.
Credit David Levinson / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina's Department of Transportation says it might put traffic signals on Interstate entrance ramps to help relieve traffic jams in the Triangle. 

The lights known as ramp meters allow one car at a time to enter the freeway in order to ease the merging process during rush hours.  NCDOT engineer Battle Whitley says they could help traffic in areas where it tends to slow down during the morning and evening commutes.

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Business & Economy
9:29 am
Mon September 9, 2013

NC Bankers Talk Mortgages In Recovering Housing Market

Credit City of Raleigh

National housing experts are in Raleigh today to talk about the future of the mortgage market. 

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Environment
3:23 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Raleigh Approves Funding For More Propane Police Cars

An older model Raleigh police car. The department is converting some of its cars to run on propane.
Credit Alberto Rodriguez via Creative Commons

The Raleigh Police Department is adding propane tanks to more of its patrol cars after a two-year test run. 

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