When cars made it to the white tents at Career and Technical Education Center, they had to give volunteers the medical history before moving forward to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
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New Coronavirus Variant Shows Up In North Carolina

State officials are reporting the first case in North Carolina of a more contagious strain of the coronavirus that was first detected in the United Kingdom in December.

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Senate To Begin Trump's Impeachment Trial Week Of Feb. 8

Updated at 6:58 p.m. ET Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the sole article of impeachment for incitement to insurrection against former President Donald Trump will be delivered to the Senate on Monday and a trial against the Republican will begin the week of Feb. 8. "The Senate will conduct a trial on the impeachment of Donald Trump," Schumer said Friday on the Senate floor. "It will be a fair trial. But make no mistake, there will be a trial." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D...

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Joe Biden was sworn in as the nation's 46th president on Wednesday, as Kamala Harris became the first female, Black and Asian vice president.

In our weekly review of political news, Aisha Dew and  Clark Riemer discuss the moment, potential policy pitfalls for the Democrats, and how Republicans should proceed.


The Old Well on the UNC- Chapel Hill campus.
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Friday announced that it avoided returning to campus 112 undergraduate students who tested positive for the coronavirus through its newly launched mass testing program.

Retired Four-Star Army Gen. Lloyd Austin will be the first Black U.S. secretary of defense. Host Leoneda Inge talks about what this historic appointment might mean for troops and veterans of color with David Chrisinger, an expert on white supremacy in the military, and Mary Tobin of the West Point Women's alumni association who mentors young Black officers.


Payton, a male polar bear, moved into the North Carolina Zoo on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.
North Carolina Zoo

North Carolina has a new resident that weighs more than 1,000 pounds.

His name is Payton. He is a polar bear.

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Every family looks different. But if your parents are a different race than you are, your family can expect to get looks … and personal questions too. That’s because transracial adoption was rare, even controversial, until relatively recently. The number of transracial adoptions has increased in the past 50 years — particularly white parents adopting children of color.

Health Secretary Mandy Cohen and Governor Roy Cooper
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North Carolina's top public health official acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that the state has seen a small number of coronavirus vaccine doses thrown out at a time when supplies remain limited.

Travis Long The News & Observer

North Carolina's top public official acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that the state has seen a small number of coronavirus vaccine doses thrown out at a time when supplies remain limited.

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The UNC System Racial Equity Task Force has submitted its final report recommending changes across North Carolina's public universities. 

The estimated size of the largest gasoline pipeline spill in North Carolina history keeps growing. Colonial Pipeline now estimates that nearly 1.2 million gallons of gasoline spilled when a pipeline ruptured in a Huntersville nature preserve last August.

That's more than double the previous estimate of 492,339 gallons as of Dec. 31, and far above the initial estimate of just 63,000 gallons last year. Colonial warned the number could go higher, as workers are still recovering 3,000 to 5,000 gallons of gasoline a day.

Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church Rev. Dr. William Barber II, left, speaks as Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, right, listens
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

Reverend William Barber of Goldsboro delivered the homily at the official prayer service for the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden on Thursday.

Barber is known nationally for his political activism.

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WUNC Commits To Anti-Racism

Black lives matter. WUNC believes this because it is true, and truth fuels what we do at North Carolina Public Radio. WUNC does not believe that saying Black lives matter is a political statement, or supportive of any single organization, or that it conflicts with our journalistic mission. In fact, saying and believing that Black lives matter enhances that journalistic mission, by acknowledging the various levels of systemic racism with which our social, political and corporate establishments...

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The 2020 Coronavirus Crisis

Everything you need to know about the outbreak and response – across the globe and in North Carolina.

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Growing Up Transracially Adopted: Stories of Race, Culture And Identity

Every family looks different. But if your parents are a different race than you are, your family can expect to get looks … and personal questions too. That’s because transracial adoption was rare, even controversial, until relatively recently. The number of transracial adoptions has increased in the past 50 years — particularly white parents adopting children of color.

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Tested is a hard look at how North Carolina and its neighbors face the day's challenges. Hosted by journalists Dave DeWitt and Leoneda Inge.

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The Old Well on the UNC- Chapel Hill campus.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Friday announced that it avoided returning to campus 112 undergraduate students who tested positive for the coronavirus through its newly launched mass testing program.

Gerry Broome AP Photo

The UNC System Racial Equity Task Force has submitted its final report recommending changes across North Carolina's public universities. 

Annmarie Brown sits at a desk and computer to attend school virtually.
Courtesy of Emily Brown

When the Durham Public Schools' board of education voted to remain in virtual learning for the rest of the school year, Rhiannon Giles' reaction was complicated.

"I think they made the right decision, but also I cried," Giles said.

She's the mother of two students at Club Boulevard Elementary, with a daughter in fifth grade and a son in kindergarten.

Eleanor holds the new book she received from Dr. David Tayloe during her one year check up. Tayloe's New Bern clinic gives books to kids at each of their well visits from six months to five years of age, as part of the Reach Out And Read program.
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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced it's expanding a successful early literacy program to all North Carolina counties.

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