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(Subject to Change)

Monday, September 8th

  • Coyotes in Charlotte--David Hains examines a trend where coyotes are becoming more city creatures instead of remaining in rural communities in search of food.  The change in venue has Charlotte residents concerned about their safety but officials say people should be taking greater precautions with their pets.  (Mecklenburg Co.)
  • Patches the Polar Bear--Jeff Smith introduces us to Patches, the first resident of the expanding polar bear exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo.  The 26-year-old female bear is helping to bridge the gap for zoo goers as the new polar bear habitat nears completion. (Randolph Co.)
  • The Tar Heel Traveler:  Turtles--Scott Mason visits unique cities scenery and citizens as part of his continuing Tar Heel Traveler program.  In this segment, volunteers from the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Topsail Island show how they care for sea turtles and give them the ability to begin a new life back in the ocean.  (Onslow and Pender Counties)
  • Newsmaker:  Clay Aiken/Democratic Candidate, North Carolina Second Congressional District--Former "American Idol" contestant and Raleigh native Clay Aiken is running as a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina's Second Congressional District.  Mr. Aiken will join us as part of a series of interviews that will begin airing on September 4th as part of UNC-TV's 2014 Election Coverage.  Mr. Aiken faces Republican Incumbent Congresswoman Renee Ellmers who was elected to the post in 2011.  The Second Congressional District is located in the central and eastern parts of the state and includes all or parts of Alamance, Chatham, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Moore, and Wake Counties.

Tuesday, September 9th

  • Western Carolina University 125th Anniversary--Jeff Smith travels to Cullowhee to Western Carolina University as the institution of higher learning celebrates 125 years of bringing education and career opportunities to Western North Carolina. Since its humble beginnings in 1889 as a one-room schoolhouse referred to as “The Cullowhee Experiment,” Western Carolina University has grown from serving 18 students to today providing higher education to more than 10,000 students.  (Jackson Co.)
  • Western Carolina Uiniversity Sim Lab--Frank Graff heads to Western Carolina University to introduce us to "Sim-Man," a rather human-like mannequin who teaches students how to respond to real life medical situations. "Sim-Man" is part of the university's new $46 million state of the art teaching labs located in the Health and Human Science Building. (Jackson Co.)
  • Newsmaker:  Ran Coble/Executive Director, The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research--In February of this year, Mr. Coble announced that will retire in September after 33 years of service. The Center will celebrate its 37th anniversary on September 10th and is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the goals of a better-informed public and more effective, accountable, and responsive government. The Center identifies public policy issues facing North Carolina and enriches the dialogue among citizens, the media, and policymakers. Based on its research, the Center makes recommendations for improving the way government serves the people of this state.  One hundred percent of its funds contributed from private sources.

Wednesday, September 10th

  • North Carolina Science NOW:  Storm Surge--Frank Graff moves forward with his North Carolina Science NOW series with a report on storm surge.  Frank shows us how a new computer model of storm surge, developed by UNC's Institute of Marine Science in Morehead City, is leading to a new way for NOAA to issue hurricane warnings starting this year.  (Carteret Co.)
  • Hurricane Preps--Jeff Smith takes a look at the procedures that are in place for anyone residing or visiting the Outer Banks should the threat of a hurricane becomes imminent.  The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st until November 30th.  (Dare County)
  • Newsmaker:  Stephen Lair/Executive Director, Home Instead Senior Care--Mr. Lair will join us to talk about Home Instead's current campaign. Discussing aging issues, such as living arrangements, finances, dating, end-of-life decisions and driving, early and often can save families years of heartache, tension and even legal battles. However, approximately two-thirds of American families put off these important discussions. Though difficult, these conversations with aging parents or relatives are crucial, particularly in advance of a health crisis or other emergency.  To help facilitate these discussions, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Chapel Hill and Orange County is sponsoring the “The 40-70 Rule®” program to provide free family resources including videos, conversation starters and tips, and an Action Plan for Successful Aging to ease the conversation between adult children and their parents.

Thursday, September 11th

  • Governor Pat McCrory Interview--Kelly McCullen has a one on one conversation with North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to get his his thoughts about the recent Legislative Session and other issues the governor is addressing in the state. 
  • Newsmaker:  Marshall Adame/Democratic Candidate, North Carolina Third Congressional District--Retired US Marine and Vietnam Veteran Marshall Adame from Jacksonville, North Carolina is the Democratic candidate running for U.S. Congressional District 3. Mr. Adame will join us as part of a series of interviews that will begin airing on September 4th as part of UNC-TV's 2014 Election Coverage.  Mr. Adame faces Republican Incumbent Congressman Walter Jones, who has held the position since 1994.  The counties making up the Third Congressional District are located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Currituck, Canderr, Tyrell, Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Pitt, Pamlico, Craven, Jones, Lenoir, Carteret, Onslow, Wayne and Duplin Counties.

Friday, September 12th

  • Tryon Palace--Stephanie Bourland takes us to Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina's first capitol.  The original Tryon Palace was built between 1767 and 1770 for colonial Governor William Tryon as the first permanent capitol of North Carolina—where legislators debated, patriots gathered, and George Washington danced. It was meticulously reconstructed in the 1950's, complete with English antiques and gardens. (Craven Co.)
  • Museum of Durham History--Linda Patterson takes us on a tour of the Museum of Durham History.   The museum uses stories about people, places and things to foster curiosity, encourage further inquiry, and promote an understanding of diverse perspectives about the Durham community and its history.   (Durham Co.)
  • Wedding Story Writer--Heather Burgiss introduces us to Michelle McMurray de Luces of Cary who has made a successful business of writing other people's love stories.  She makes wedding books in the form of a novel for couples from their courtship to the wedding day that include interviews with family members and pictures.  Michelle has also collected over 50 vintage wedding gowns over the years.  (Wake Co.)
  • Julie Amani/Founder and Director, Hoppin' John Fiddlers Convention and Tim Wells/Event Coordinator, Hoppin' John Fiddlers Convention--The Hoppin' John Fiddlers Convention takes place September 18th through 20th. Now in its eighth year, the event has been featured in Our State Magazine and will showcase a plethora of North Carolina musicians. They will compete in different instrument categories and will perform old time music in an informal, collaborative and learning setting. In addition to the core mission of celebrating indigenous music traditions of the state and region, the site of the event is the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center. This site was recently purchased by local community members to keep the land from being developed and to continue its existence as a permanent community arts center. Many well known artists have appeared here including the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Del McCoury.