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Business & Economy
9:03 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

No Evidence That Low-Paid Immigrants Are "Taking" NC Jobs

Credit NC Bankers Association

A new study is challenging the notion that low-paid immigrant populations are "taking" jobs from native North Carolinians.

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Health
9:49 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Durham NC Opens New STD Screening Clinic - HIV Testing Free

A microscopic image of HIV
Credit Duke University

In the last year, Durham County has seen about 100 new cases of HIV reported. It's also seen about 20 new cases of syphilis.

Generally speaking, that's on par with other metro areas in the state, which are seeing more cases of STDs, while North Carolina's rural areas are seeing a decline.

It's hard to know what is accounting for the rise. The most obvious possibility is an increase in unsafe sexual activity. But there's also a chance that, as screening becomes more commonplace and more effective, we're simply identifying more cases that were there to begin with.

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Cape Point
2:40 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Cape Point Closed To Off-Road Vehicles

Cape Point, south of Buxton
Credit Google

One of the most popular sections of the Cape Hatteras seashore is off limits for vehicles for the next few months. The Cape Point area south of Buxton is the migratory home to the piping plover, a nationally- recognized threatened species.

In 2011, the park service implemented a vehicle management plan that requires a 75 foot buffer zone be put up to prevent off-roaders from driving near the birds.

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Medicaid Reform
10:13 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Medicaid Plan Hopes To Save $330 Million

Credit Duke Medecine

The NC Department of Health and Human Services unveiled its plan on Monday to reform the state's Medicaid system. While it had already signaled a shift from Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) months ago, the new plan partially outlines how the state would like to achieve that shift.

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Chatham Park
9:37 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Massive Pittsboro Development Project Still Has Some Hurdles To Jump

Credit Screen shot from online video / Preston Development Company

In a meeting Monday night, the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners presented Preston Development with more than 40 new requests to follow up on with regards to Chatham Park -- the massive new 7,120 acre live,work, play community. The project could bring as many as 60,000 new residents to Pittsboro, a town of 4,000 currently.

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Award Entries
1:13 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

WUNC 2014 Murrow Awards Overall Excellence Entry

Rundown for WUNC’s 2014 Overall Excellence Entry

This entry contains examples of the best work of North Carolina Public Radio WUNC. The stories are excerpted in order to meet the category’s time limit.

0:00 – 4:17                  Legislative end of session wrap-up

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Award Entries
11:25 am
Fri February 7, 2014

7:06 AM Newscast 11-08-2013

WUNC's 7:06 AM Newscast on November 8, 2013 - posted for award contest entries

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Heating Bills
2:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Fayetteville Residents Look For Help With Heating Bills

The Salvation Army Logo
Credit The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Fayetteville administers two funds for those in financial need. The first, know as CIP (Crisis Intervention Program) is there to help people whose electricity could be cut off at any minute.

The second, known as LEAP (pronounced "lee-app") is a seasonal fund to help cover higher-than-usual heating bills. After a polar vortex and an uncharacteristically heavy snowfall, LEAP is being put to the test this week.

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Streetlamps
6:29 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Um, Why Is Cary Getting 8,000 New Streetlamps Again?

The difference between high-pressure sodium lights (left) and LED lights (right)
Credit cree.com

Those 8,000 new street lamps will save money, and are a green choice.

The Town of Cary has announced a partnership with Duke Energy Progress to switch out most of its high-pressure sodium streetlamps (the yellow kind) with LED lamps (the white kind).

LEDs are more easily directed in a specific direction and also more energy efficient. So not only can the town do a better job of putting the light on the road (as opposed to spilling off into the neighboring areas), they'll also save an estimated $200,000 a year.

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Sports
6:33 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The UNC-Chapel Hill Sports/Academic Scandal - A Quick Rundown

Credit Tnbailey09 voa Creative Commons

Over the past week, a new iteration of the UNC-Chapel Hill sports/academic scandal has been making headlines.

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