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Education
6:50 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Wake Schools Want To Monitor Police-Student Interactions

Credit Nashville.gov

The Wake County Public School System has proposed a new agreement with local law enforcement regarding the use of police inside the schools.

School Resource Officers are local law enforcement patrolling the county's 26 high schools and 33 middle schools, one to each school.

The school board discussed publicly for the first time Tuesday night a new "Memorandum of Understanding" -- or MOU -- that would require specialized training for officers who will work with public school children. The agreement also requires more rigorous reporting of SOR-student interactions.

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The State of Things
4:15 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

'The State Of Things' Expands To Western North Carolina

Frank Stasio hosts The State of Things

Beginning Monday June 2, North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC's daily program "The State of Things" will be heard on WCQS, Western North Carolina Public Radio.

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Sports
10:57 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Duke Lacrosse Defends Championship, Approaches Dynasty Status

Credit Duke Photography

Duke Lacrosse has had to come a long way since the national attention brought on by false rape allegations in 2006. The tactic that's likely been most effective in changing the public face of the program could be considered the most difficult, but the Blue Devils have made it look easy: Winning.

The team took home their third national championship on Monday (2010, 2013, 2014) holding off Notre Dame 11-9 in Baltimore.

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Environment
8:45 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Coastal Commission Shrinks Scope Of Sea Level Rise Study

Credit Don McCullough, via Flickr, Creative Commons

The group that implements rules along the North Carolina coast has decided to shrink the scope of a study on sea level rise.

The Coastal Resources Commission had been considering a  study of the effects of sea level rise over the next 100 years. At their meeting Thursday they decided to limit that study to just 30 years, along with  updates every five years.

The commission thought the study would have more weight if it were more limited.

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Law
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

ACLU: County Jails Are Not Compliant With Prison Rape Elimination Act

Credit Laura Candler

  *Updated 10:11am to reflect Sheriffs Association comments.

A new report from the ACLU of North Carolina suggests many of the state's county jails are not compliant with sexual assault prevention measures. The group says of the state's 100 counties, 58 responded to requests regarding the measures jails take to prevent the assault of prisoners. None of those 58 were in full compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, a 2003 federal law.

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WUNC Updates
5:35 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

StoryCorps: An Unlikely Friendship Endures Homelessness, Addiction And Hospice

David Wright (left) and Eddie Lanier
Credit StoryCorps

The StoryCorps mobile recording booth is in Durham this month. The silver Airstream trailer-turned recording studio is in town to collect stories from North Carolina. 

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Sports
8:46 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

A Team Legend Takes Over For The Hurricanes

Ron Francis as a player for the Hurricanes in 2000.
Credit Hurricane.nhl.com

Carolina Hurricane's owner Peter Karmanos announced at a press conference on Monday that Ron Francis will be taking over as the team's General Manager.

Francis is a Hall-of-Famer who both began and ended his career with the organization (first in Hartford, and then later after the franchise moved to Raleigh in 1997). He remains the team leader in many offensive categories.

In recent years he's joined the team in management roles - climbing the ladder from assistant head coach to Vice President of Hockey Operations.

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Law
8:46 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

N.C. Religious Leaders Challenge Gay Marriage Ban

Signs protesting Amendment 1, North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban.
Credit Refidnas / Flickr

A dozen faith leaders announced Monday they have filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage. The faith leaders say they would like to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in their congregations, but can't because of the law.

It's the same argument often made affirming bans on same-sex marriage, though approached from the opposite direction.

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Health
5:42 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Study Links Abuse During Pregnancy To Postpartum Mental Health Issues

Credit Duke Medecine

A new study from North Carolina State University suggests women who suffer abuse during pregnancy are more likely to suffer post-partum mental health problems.

The study was one part of a more comprehensive program looking at health and wellness. The 100 women selected were of a demographic and social status not typically associated with high levels of abuse, which makes some of the finding all the more surprising.

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Health
7:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Why UNC Healthcare Is Cutting Back On Patients Temporarily

Credit Dave DeWitt

UNC Healthcare has cut back the number of patients it's seeing at several of its facilities over the past two weeks. The hospital system is in the process of transitioning to a new electronic medical records system, and the cutbacks are part of anticipated roll-out period procedure.

The system, known as EPIC, is the same records software being implemented at Duke and Novant health systems. EPIC will allow patients to more seamlessly transition between the state's hospitals.

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