Liz Schlemmer

Education Reporter

Liz Schlemmer is WUNC's Education Reporter, covering preschool through higher education. She has previously served as the Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting at WUNC and as the education reporter at Louisville Public Media. She holds an M.A. from the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC Chapel Hill and a B.A. in history and anthropology from Indiana University. Liz is originally from rural Indiana, where she grew up with a large extended family of educators.
 

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The number of teen athletes who have knee surgery to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is on the rise, and girls have seen the sharpest increase. Researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill say the results are concerning and point to the need for better injury prevention among high school and youth athletic teams.

City of Raleigh

Visitors to the Neuse River Greenway can enjoy a large field of blooming sunflowers this month. But the greenway doesn't maintain the bright field of flowers. The sunflowers are actually owned and operated by the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility, formerly known as the wastewater treatment plant. 

Courtesy of Mike Carraway

Residential areas in western North Carolina have seen an increase in bear activity in the past month, including some especially unusual behavior from a couple of black bears in Asheville and Cashiers. 

Courtesy of Sidney Brodie

For nearly 20 years, Sidney Brodie has sewn a new patch to the Durham Homicide and Victims of Violent Deaths Quilt each time a homicide occurs in the city.

He began the quilt in 1998 with the name of Shaquanna Attwater, a 2-year-old girl killed while playing on her front lawn in 1994. Today, the quilt has almost 700 names on it.

Criminal: The Procedure

Jul 7, 2017
JULIENNE ALEXANDER/CRIMINAL

Abortion has been legal in the United State for almost 45 years, but before it was, seeking an abortion was very dangerous. This week's Criminal podcast tells the story of a covert network of clergy who organized to help women get illegal abortions in the late 1960s. 

 Luis Rafael Zarama
Courtesy of Diocese of Raleigh

Updated at 12:45 p.m., July 7, 2017

An auxiliary bishop in Georgia has been chosen to lead Roman Catholics in eastern North Carolina.

A rural road in western North Carolina.
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

North Carolina had the third-highest sheer number of rural traffic fatalities in the country in 2015, according to data collected by the Federal Highway Administration.

Honey bees
David Tarpy

Global warming and urbanization are threatening bee populations across the country. One factor in that threat is heat. At high temperatures, bees become unable to reproduce, fly or even walk.

So researchers from North Carolina State University recently set out to see just how much heat local wild bees could handle.

Courtesy The Children's Home Society of North Carolina

A sexual education program from the Children's Home Society of North Carolina is targeting adolescent boys to prevent teen pregnancy. The Wise Guys program teaches boys between the ages of 12 to 18 about abstinence, contraception and healthy relationships.

Courtesy WakeMed Mother's Milk Bank

The WakeMed mother's milk bank in Cary is seeking donations of breast milk to help feed thousands of premature infants across the East Coast.

Consul General Jorge Archila

The Central American country of Guatemala has inaugurated  its newest consulate in Raleigh to serve Guatemalans living in the Carolinas and southern Virginia.

The consulate is one of four the country is introducing in the United States this year, and it opened for business earlier this week.  Guatemalan nationals can go there to apply for passports and visas, or declare citizenship for their children. 

Fleet Foxes

It's been six years since the last release from Fleet Foxes.  The Seattle-based band's first two records met with critical and commercial success, selling more than 2-million copies and winding up on many a critic's best of list.  The music found a home with a large and loyal fan base, but more than half-a-decade is a long wait. 

A supermarket display of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and other junk food.
Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/rm97z

Duke University researchers have completed a two-year health intervention that resulted in improvements in weight, cholesterol and blood pressure to more than 1,100 Methodist clergy in North Carolina.

Julienne Alexander/Criminal

We don't often get to hear the police speak candidly, but this week's Criminal episode offers the personal perspective of former Dallas Police Chief David Brown. He was chief during the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers days after protests of the police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Wilmington has seen fewer film deals since the state reduced tax credits.
Allen Forrest / Flickr

Filmmakers have spent less and produced fewer projects in North Carolina in the past two years.

That's when the state changed its film incentives program to a capped-grant program. Before the change, state taxpayers offered credits to filmmakers with a project cap but no statewide limit.

Wake County will provide heat relief, like fans, to vulnerable residents.
Brendan Abrey / Flickr

With temperatures into the 90s this week, county human services are receiving more requests for cooling assistance.

A strain of canine influenza is infecting dogs across North Carolina.
Ezio Melotti / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/9BdWfK

As many as a few dozen dogs in North Carolina have been infected with a new strain of canine influenza.  

image of downtown Raleigh, train tracks
Greg Hayter / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/74SqQY

Voters in Raleigh will decide if the city should spend more than $200 million on local road improvements. A bond package will go to referendum in the fall.

chart of 2016-17 flu deaths
Courtesy of the NC Department of Health and Human Services

Flu season is over, and this year's was deadlier than usual. North Carolina health officials recorded more deaths to flu complications this season than in any year since they began tracking them in 2009.

One of the ferries that travels between Hatteras to Ocracoke Island.
Courtesy of outerbanks.com

The Outer Banks will have its first passenger-only ferry next spring. The State Department of Transportation has signed a contract for a catamaran vessel that will carry up to 98 passengers from Hatteras to Ocracoke Island.

man using syringe
Urban Seed Education via flickr, Creative Commons / https://flic.kr/p/7Akc6y

New cases of hepatitis B and C have risen significantly in North Carolina in recent years. In response, state health officials are warning those at a higher risk for the infection to get tested. 

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is known as the primary carrier of the Zika virus.
U.S. Department of Agriculture

With mosquito season underway, public health officials are monitoring the spread of the Zika virus. North Carolina officials say the threat of the mosquito-borne virus is low here this year.

an image of a metallic, green emerald ash borer
USDA

The invasive, tree-killing emerald ash borer has been detected in one more county in North Carolina. The insect was confirmed in Mecklenburg County this week.

People partying on a boat
Bucky Skeel / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/2D84xx

State wildlife officials are warning people to not drink and operate a boat this holiday weekend.

traffic on Interstate 40 in Durham
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

More travelers will hit the road this Memorial Day weekend than any year since 2005.

A picture of PNC Arena.
Alexisrael / Wikipedia

Concert-goers at the PNC Arena in Raleigh may notice new security measures starting this week: the arena will begin using canine units to detect potential bomb threats.

Courtesy of Cheryl Williams

Residents of a historically African-American neighborhood in Raleigh are petitioning the city to protect the area with a historic overlay. Oberlin Village was settled by black freedmen after the Civil War, and its early residents made many contributions to the city. The area has now become a predominantly white neighborhood under development.

A Chapel Hill swimming pool in July.
Town of Chapel Hill

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning swimmers of an increase in outbreaks of a waterborne parasite in pools.

Photo: Mark Martin
Courtesy of Mark Martin

North Carolina's Supreme Court Chief Justice has announced he's joining a task force to seek multi-state solutions to the national opioid crisis. Justice Mark Martin will serve as a member of the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative.

AgriLife Today, Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo / Flickr, Creative Commons

Two Appalachian State University students have won second place at an international competition for their creative, sustainable biofuel project.

Ali Moxley and Kelsey Simon pitched an idea to have corn chip factories use cooking oil left over from manufacturing to fuel trucks that transport packaged chips.

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