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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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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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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