Cary residents Rong Cai and Yanshun Liu  and their two sons
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Despite Lack Of Confirmed Cases, Coronavirus Outbreak Impacts Lives Of Chinese Americans In Triangle

For the first time in about a month, Rong Cai got to spend Saturday afternoon with her family. As she made a lunch of shrimp and rice cakes, her son Allen worked on homework for his Saturday Chinese school, where he learns about Chinese language and culture. Meanwhile, Cai’s husband, Yanshun Liu, played board games with their kindergartener Matthew. Later, the family had lunch together.

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WHO Says Risk Of COVID-19 Is Now 'Very High At A Global Level'

The World Health Organization says the risk that COVID-19 will spread and have a global impact is now "very high," raising its assessment for the coronavirus disease that's now been found in more than 50 countries. As of Monday, cases of COVID-19 had been found in just 29 countries. But thousands more diagnoses were confirmed this week, including two spikes that were tied to Italy and Iran. "Outside China, there are now 4,351 cases in 49 countries, and 67 deaths," WHO Director-General Tedros...

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WUNCPolitics Podcast
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A two-for this week, recorded at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill in front of a live audience. 

Since the last census a decade ago, urban areas in the state have gained the population and the power. Patrick Woodie, head of the NC Rural Center, explains the push for rural broadband, Medicaid expansion, and for every last North Carolinian to be counted in 2020. 

Then, our WUNCPolitics Podcast regulars on the left and the right — Rob Schofield of the progressive NC Policy Watch and Becki Gray of the conservative John Locke Foundation — discuss the crowded races on the Super Tuesday primary ballot ... besides the Democratic presidential contest. 


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Duke University will become a smoke-free campus beginning in July 2020. The new policy has been in the works for several years, but the addition of electronic cigarettes and vaping products is relatively new.

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One hundred years ago this August, North Carolina declined the opportunity to be the deciding state to grant women the constitutional right to vote. The decision had come down to Tennessee and North Carolina, so Tar Heel legislators sent a telegram to their counterparts in Tennessee, urging them not to ratify and pledging that North Carolina would do the same. Fortunately, Tennessee ignored that plea and ratified the amendment, adding it to the U.S. Constitution.

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  The 19th Amendment was a watershed moment for women’s rights in the United States, but it left many black women behind. The shortcomings of the suffrage movement inspired faculty-artists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 19th Amendment Project, which is part of the UNC Process Series. The show explores women, power and politics and celebrates pivotal black activists.

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Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack are once again making music as Wye Oak. That's not easy when they're also playing in Bon Iver, Lambchop, Sylvan Esso and their own solo projects 'Flock of Dimes' and 'Joyero.'

There are three new singles to listen to as well.

The duo has expanded their band for a tour that includes a stop tonight at Baldwin Auditorium in Durham. You can hear more of their music at WUNCMusic.org, on the WUNC app and at 91.5 HD2.

Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar greets the crowd ahead of her panel discussion in Greensboro, N.C. Thursday.
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Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar campaigned in North Carolina for the first time on Thursday.

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A female wrestler has made history by winning a state high school wrestling championship in North Carolina.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association said on its website  that junior Heaven Fitch of Uwharrie Charter became the first female to win one of the association's individual state wrestling championships. She won the 106 pound (48 kg) weight class at the 1A division on Saturday.

A photo released  on the association's official Twitter account shows her beaming, standing next to three boys who finished behind her in the tournament.

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The McClatchy Company — which owns The News & Observer, The Herald-Sun and The Charlotte Observer — declared bankruptcy this month.While North Carolina’s printing presses will continue rolling, the papers’ offices will likely reorganize under a private equity firm’s management.

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As algorithms replace our news diet of local papers with each person’s favorite flavor of digital fervor, what happens to our political system? Online finger-pointing and illegitimate journalism are the product of a fractured American identity.

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Adults have long ignored, dismissed or misinterpreted youth activists. President Trump’s tweets blasting teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg for her “anger management problem” is one very public example.

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A 1918 portrait of Charlotte Hawkins Brown
North Carolina Historic Sites

The 19th Amendment: Votes For All Women … Or Just Some Women?

One hundred years ago this August, North Carolina declined the opportunity to be the deciding state to grant women the constitutional right to vote. The decision had come down to Tennessee and North Carolina, so Tar Heel legislators sent a telegram to their counterparts in Tennessee, urging them not to ratify and pledging that North Carolina would do the same. Fortunately, Tennessee ignored that plea and ratified the amendment, adding it to the U.S. Constitution.

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2020 North Carolina Primary Election Coverage

North Carolina is one of 14 states holding primaries on March 3, 2020, also known as "Super Tuesday." On the ballot are legislative, congressional, and judicial primaries. Explore all our coverage.

Where We Live: Exploring The Housing Crisis in NC

As the longest economic expansion in modern history heads into a new decade, some North Carolinians have seen their fortunes grow while others have been left out.

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Police stand guard after the confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
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The UNC System Board of Governors is not making any immediate decisions on what to do with the Silent Sam monument, now that it is awaiting the statue's return.

UNC System Interim President Bill Roper said he will seek a "lasting, legal solution" for the future of the statue torn down by protesters, but that it will not return to its former location at UNC Chapel Hill.

"It will not go back on campus," Roper told reporters Friday.

The pedestal of the Silent Sam statue without the Confederate monument on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.
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A judge imposed a 45-day deadline on the Sons of Confederate Veterans to return the Silent Sam statue to the University of North Carolina.

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Homelessness on campus does not always look the same as homelessness on the streets. It often means students without a place to stay end up couch surfing until they find a more permanent solution.

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The legal battle over the UNC System’s $2.5 million settlement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans heads back to court Wednesday.

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