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Historic Highway Marker Unveiled For Durham's Black Tennis Club

A North Carolina Historical Highway Marker was unveiled Thursday, celebrating the all-black Algonquin Tennis Club. Tennis fans of all ages stood in front of the W. D. Hill Parks and Recreation Center in Durham for the unveiling on Fayetteville Street.

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Greenland Says It's 'Not For Sale' After Reports That Trump Wants To Buy It

President Trump may have been joking about wanting to buy Greenland, if he said it, but officials there want him to know: The island isn't for sale. Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, a Greenlandic politician, told Here & Now that she was "not surprised" by media reports that the U.S. president was interested in purchasing the massive, ice-covered island. "It sounds a little bit like a joke because Greenland is not for sale," she said. An autonomous Danish territory, the island straddles the Arctic and...

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As the state budget impasse plods along, there was news about jobs, a judicial nomination, and healthcare for small businesses.

Rob Schofield, from NC Policy Watch, and Mitch Kokai, with the John Locke Foundation, have a review of the Week in State Politics.

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Nevada National Security Site

More than 500,000 American veterans were exposed to nuclear weapons tests from the 1940s to the early 1990s. These so-called “atomic veterans” were not permitted to speak about their participation in the tests until 1996 when the Nuclear Radiation and Secrecy Agreements Laws were repealed. Now the veterans who were exposed to the radiation from the weapons program will be offered a certificate marking their contribution.

Volunteers in blue vests escort women into a clinic in the face of protestors.
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In their budget, Republican state lawmakers proposed $2.6 million in funding for crisis pregnancy centers and anti-abortion organizations. This funding would quadruple the amount given to one particular nonprofit, despite a report from the state Department of Health and Human Services that does not recommend expanding the program.

Image of soul and hip hop artists Sonny Miles performing with a guitar.
Kai McNeil

Artist Sonny Miles is on a journey back to himself. After a year spent refining mixtape collaborations, he is dropping a new EP: “Gamma.” It is a return to his roots in acoustic soul and pays homage to the last three years he spent learning beat making and hip-hop performance.

Using Music To Release Your Emotions

Aug 16, 2019
Ismael Luna-Cornejo in the WUNC studios in Durham.
Allison Swaim / WUNC

Every Friday night at 9:19 there’s a cypher on the streets of downtown Durham. You know that big bull right across from the Marriott? That’s us. We meet there to freestyle – to release - to find reprieve from your everyday routine and express your innermost feeling. 

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Brad Bunyea

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, musician Molly Sarlé talks about Jake Xerxes Fussell's version of 'Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing On a Sweet Potato Vine?'

Herb and flower farmer Isabelle Barron stands in front of a row of elderflowers, at Patchwork Urban Farm's plot on Hillside St.
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A plant that grows wild in Western North Carolina is having a moment.

Elderflower, “or elder,” as it’s often called, is being infused in cocktails, preserved in jams -- and it was even baked into Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding cake.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, looks at his daughter, Isla, and his wife Amy on pit row prior to an Xfinity Series NASCAR auto race at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is safe and in a hospital for evaluation after his plane crashed in east Tennessee, the NASCAR television analyst and retired driver's sister tweeted.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a campaign to educate parents about vaccinations.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fresh-faced Kindergartners entering school this year will almost certainly be surrounded by a higher percentage of peers whose parents have actively avoided obtaining their vaccinations.

Across the state, numbers of unvaccinated children have been creeping up. While numbers for the 2019-20 school year won't be available for months, looking at data for the past eight years suggests the trend is not likely to reverse.

Wednesday night, thousands of El Pasoans streamed into Southwest University Park, for a community memorial to honor the 22 victims of the mass shooting that took place just over a week ago, on Aug. 3.

Upon entering the city’s minor league baseball stadium, visitors were greeted by a group of therapy dogs who traveled from Nebraska to provide comfort.

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#BackChannel: Trump’s Racist Attacks, Remembering Toni Morrison, And Race & Representation In ‘Pose’

Last month, President Donald Trump called Baltimore a “rat and rodent-infested mess” and told four Democratic Congresswomen of color to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” These are just the latest examples of a repeated tactic: the president denigrates women and people of color who oppose him and his policies. What power do his words have and how do they affect the people and the cities he attacks? Popular culture experts Mark Anthony Neal and Natalie Bullock Brown take on that topic with host Frank Stasio in the latest installment of #BackChannel, The State of Things’ recurring series connecting culture and context.

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Normally there’s nothing controversial about kids going back to school in August. But in a handful of North Carolina districts near Charlotte, local leaders are defying state law – or at least stretching it – to roll their buses early. 

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Governor Roy Cooper announced he's issuing an executive directive to several state agencies to improve standards around firearm safety.

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A Back to School Safety Summit in North Carolina will focus on topics that include school resource officer training, student resources for preventing violence and a new State Bureau of Investigation unit focused on threat analysis.

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Leaders of Wake Forest University are creating a commission they say will examine the school's history with slavery and race relations. 

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