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Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence inundate the town of Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.
Steve Helber / AP

Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas this weekend, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland.

Albie Lewis (right), a FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, talks with NC Governor Roy Cooper (left) aboard a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft after surveying the damage done by Hurricane Florence on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.
Casey Toth / The News & Observer, Pool

Updated at 5:29 p.m.

Governor Roy Cooper toured storm damaged areas around the state Sunday and visited a shelter in Chapel Hill housing evacuees from Hurricane Florence.

Ranomasina, the "extraordinary" blue-eyed black lemur born at the Duke Lemur Center
David Haring / Duke Lemur Center

A baby lemur was born at the Duke Lemur Center that veterinarians have called "extraordinary." 

"This is not just any baby," said Bobby Schopler, a veterinarian at the Duke Lemur Center since 2005. "This is the most important birth in the 13 years I've worked here."

Educators filed into the General Assembly building Wednesday as lawmakers gaveled in the 2018 session
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Scientist Rachel Lance poses with a replica she created of  the H.L. Hunley submarine.
Courtesy of Rachel Lance

As the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the stories and interviews of 2017. Throughout the year, WUNC reporters, producers, editors and hosts worked on hundreds of these stories for both broadcast and digital publication.

illustration of the U.S. Capitol building
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Tech giants are testifying before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday about Russian efforts to spread disinformation in the U.S.

Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with two national security analysts, will speak with lawmakers about ways that Russia has used the social media platforms.

Live stream will begin at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

President Donald Trump speaks about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
Andrew Harnik / AP

The United States will withdraw from the international climate agreement known as the Paris accord, President Trump announced on Thursday. He said the U.S. will negotiate either re-entering the Paris agreement or a new deal that would put American workers first. NPR journalists fact-checked and added context to his remarks, including comments about the economy and U.S. energy sector.

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WUNC race and southern culture reporter Leoneda Inge
National Association of Black Journalists

WUNC reporter Leoneda Inge received the Journalist of Distinction Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

The award goes to journalists who provide “breadth and depth in coverage of a topic or topics of significance to people in the African diaspora,” according to NABJ.

illustration of a presidential checklist
Chelsea Beck / NPR

Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter.

A view of the Wake Forest University campus
Ken Bennett / Wake Forest University

Travel + Leisure Magazine has picked Wake Forest University as the most beautiful campus in the state.

The magazine notes that while North Carolina has no shortage of pretty schools, that Wake Forest has "top quality" groundskeeping, and that the buildings are "gorgeous inside and out."

A picture of running tap water.
malla_mi / Flickr

Updated at 2:45 p.m. Sat, Feb 4, 2017

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority says its tap water is safe to drink. Officials say samples from across the service area tested safe Saturday afternoon. Though they're asking customers to use water sparingly as supplies remain low. The Orange County Health Department has lifted its Do Not Use order and hotels and restaurants are free to reopen. More information here.

Updated at 6:57 p.m. Fri, Feb. 3, 2017

Customers of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority are being told not to drink or use tap water for at least another 24 hours. That's according to emergency management and water officials.

Emergency water bottle donations are being accepted at the Chapel Hill Community Center.

UNC Hospitals has arranged for a water tanker.

The men's basketball game between UNC-Chapel Hill and Notre Dame - originally scheduled for Saturday evening - has been moved to 1 PM Sunday, in Greensboro.
 

Updated at 2:37 p.m. Fri., Feb. 3, 2017

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority is directing customers to stop using water immediately due to a water main break in Chapel Hill.

In this Jan. 9, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump talks with reporters at Trump Tower in New York.
Evan Vucci / AP

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 am ET/8am PT on Wednesday.

President Obama speaks at UNC Chapel Hill.
Yizhou Jiang / WUNC

The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating President Obama's farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday night, scheduled to begin at 9 pm ET/6pm ET.

The team will be adding fact-checks and background to Obama's comments as he gives them. We'll be watching in particular for remarks on his legacy, national security, health care and foreign policy, among other topics.

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President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.
Gerry Broome / ASSOCIATED PRESS

President-elect Donald Trump is touring battleground states that delivered him victory on Election Day. Last Thursday, he spoke in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has stops scheduled in Iowa and Michigan. On Tuesday night, Trump spoke in Fayetteville, N.C.

Alex Sanz / ASSOCIATED PRESS

First Lady Michelle Obama campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Charlotte and Raleigh on Tuesday.

portrait of WUNC reporter Leoneda Inge
J Caldwell

Leoneda Inge, an experienced and award-winning public radio journalist, has been named North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC's first-ever Race and Southern Culture Reporter.

The new position will explore modern and historical societal constructs to tell stories of poverty and wealth; health, wellness and food culture; and education and racial identity in the unique context of a changing American South. 

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Storymakers:Durham

WUNC is listening.  What's your story?  Check out WUNC's new partnership here

A picture of the plane on the roadside.
Russ Henry / WUNC

Authorities have reopened two lanes of Interstate 540 westbound  in Raleigh after a single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on the shoulder this morning.

An image of Gov. Pat McCrory speaking after voters approved a $2.2B bond referendum
Jorge Valencia / WUNC

The results are in for the North Carolina primary. In the race for president, Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary and Donald Trump has been declared the winner on the Republican side. With 95 percent of precincts reporting, poll results show:

The following is WUNC's Overall Excellence Entry for the 2016 RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards contest.

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Early in 2015 a triple-murder in the college community of Chapel Hill led to a global outpouring of support. WUNC reporters and hosts followed the tragedy from the morning after the shooting around the globe, as a community mourned and tried to carry on the legacy of the three victims. Web coverage here.

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NC PUBLIC RADIO WUNC AND PRI PARTNER ON THE CIVILIST PODCAST HOSTED BY WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST STEVEN PETROW

Ballot Box
Wikipedia

Whether it is the local elections or the race to the White House, each vote counts. But what is driving voters as they cast their ballots in 2016?

 The State of Things is taking a look at the political mood of the state and wants to hear from you. 
As a North Carolinian, are you more or less politically engaged this year than in the past? Why? Send your response to sot@wunc.org with “politics” in the subject line.

An image of police responding to electrical accident at UNC-CH
Adam Hochberg / WUNC

Thursday, January 21: A UNC-Chapel Hill employee was hospitalized after an electrical accident that temporarily cut power for much of campus. Dey Hall and Wilson Library still have no power and are closed.

An image of the "WUNC" sign
Charlie Shelton / WUNC

The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) announced Monday that North Carolina Public Radio has been selected as one of 15 stations across the country to be a part of a new storytelling initiative "Localore: Finding America."

Pope Francis in March 2013
Presidency of the Nation of Argentina / via Wikipedia

NPR and WUNC will provide special coverage of the Pope’s address to Congress beginning at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday September 24.  

This audio link will provide a stream of those remarks before Congress:

(You can also listen to our live audio stream available near the top of this page, too.)

Watch the address from PBS:

A seflie of reporter Jorge Valencia with dentists in Syria
Jorge Valencia

A few weeks ago, WUNC reporter Jorge Valencia boarded a series of planes and buses en route to Reyhanli, a small city on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Syria border.

He was following a group of American dentists and students who were willing to travel into a dicey part of the world to complete a task: they wanted to carry out a mission that had been planned by Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha -- aspiring dentists who’d been planning on giving free care to refugees of the war in Syria before they were murdered by a neighbor in Chapel Hill this year.

A picture of an EDS truck by the WUNC sign.
Rebecca Martinez / WUNC

Updated at 7:45 a.m., Friday, February 27

Duke Energy has set up a day camp of sorts outside the WUNC studios in Chapel Hill. The temporary mess hall has been set up to feed utilities workers brought in to restore power to the Triangle, where tens of thousands are still in the dark, so to speak.

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NPR

Sunday's episode on February 22, 2015, of On The Media focused largely on issues surrounding the Chapel Hill shootings that left three young Muslims dead.

The show examined the divisive language of terrorism, reporting on media coverage and charges of double standards in that coverage, and at responses on social media.

You can listen to the whole program and selected excerpts below.

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