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    Calendar changes considered at 5 Wake County schools

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    To ease overcrowding, Wake County Schools may calendar changes at four elementary schools and one middle school for the 2015-2016 school year. More>>

    NC State receives $2 million for agriculture leadership program

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    The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University will receive a $2 million gift from the daughter of a former Sampson County teacher. More>>

    What's happening to Common Core in NC?

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    The General Assembly passed a law this summer opponents of Common Core hope will derail its use in North Carolina's public schools.
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    Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools composting reduces trash by 90 percent Video included

    A student at Smith Middle School composts what is left of her lunch. A student at Smith Middle School composts what is left of her lunch.
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    The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district has turned to composting to cut the amount of trash it sends to the landfill by 90 percent. More>>

    13 NC kids killed since 1999 by drivers passing school buses Video included

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    NC drivers pass stopped school buses every day, violating state laws requiring drivers to yield when a bus's stop arm is extended.
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    Highway Patrol: Drivers passing stopped school buses is an 'epidemic' Video included

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    The State Highway Patrol is focusing on school bus violators in North Carolina as the traditional school year begins. More>>

    The Clueless Chick: Back to school tips Video included

    Back to school ideas and tips from Jennifer Durbin. Back to school ideas and tips from Jennifer Durbin.
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    This is the first week of school for traditional calendar students. That means it's time to readjust your schedule to accommodate extra time to pack lunches every day.
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    49 teaching positions still open in Wake Co. schools Video included

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    Most classrooms in Wake County are full today, but some teaching positions remain empty heading into the school year.
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    Wake Co. lauds success of school bus plan Video included

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    Thousands of traditional calendar students headed back to class Monday, and there were a few bumps along the way in Wake County as the county launched a new bus plan. More>>

    How to report drivers who pass stopped NC school buses

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    Thousands of motorists pass stopped school buses every day, and you can do something about it.The North Carolina Highway Patrol has a form for people who see a motorist pass a stopped school bus.Highway Patrol form to report drivers who pass school busesUnder North Carolina law, G.S. 20-217, drivers going either direction must stop when a school bus is stopped to let children off. Drivers are not supposed to continue until the bus has completed dropping the children off and begun to move agai... More>>

    Duke students start class in Durham and China Video included

    Classes started Monday at the Duke Kunshan University in China. Classes started Monday at the Duke Kunshan University in China.
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    Duke University students are back in class in Durham and at a brand new campus in China. More>>

    Dr. Campbell: Backpack safety Video included

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    As Students in our area go back to school, most will purchase a new backpack in order to carry essentials to and from school. It’s important to talk about keeping kids safe ---backpacks can result in back injury, but there are strategies to help you and your student pick the right type of backpack and use it properly, avoiding serious injury. More>>

    NC school buses passed 3,153 times on a single day

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    On a single day in North Carolina, more than 3,000 cars passed stopped school buses, violating state laws requiring drivers to yield when a bus's stop arm is extended. More>>

    Cars whiz by school buses as WNCN cameras roll Video included

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    WNCN's cameras caught drivers zooming past stopped school buses - a clear violation of North Carolina law. More>>

    NC has stiff penalties for passing stopped school bus

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    Thousands of motorists pass stopped school buses every day, and many of them may not even realize they are breaking the law. It's an issue that has received intense attention in North Carolina, with 13 children being hit, and killed, at bus stops since 1999. One survey on March 26 of this year recorded 429 times where a driver roared past a stopped school bus in Wake County alone. In Durham County, there were 89 violations that same day and Cumberland County had a whopping 210. Johnston Coun... More>>

    'Active shooter' drill to take place at Ligon Middle in Raleigh Video included

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    The Wake County Sheriff's Office will hold an “active shooter” training exercise at Ligon GT Magnet School Friday morning. More>>

    Private school vouchers unconstitutional, NC judge rules Video included

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    More than $720,000 is in limbo after a judge ruled that using taxpayer money to pay for private school vouchers is unconstitutional.
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    POLL: What is the best K-12 drama?

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    To mark the start of the school year, WNCN compiled a short list of some of the best K-12 dramas. More>>

    Helping Hand Mission hands out school supplies

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    Helping Hand Mission in Raleigh handed out school supplies to children of families who have fallen on hard times. More>>

    Durham Rescue Mission giving away backpacks, supplies to kids Video included

    The Durham Rescue Mission, with the help of GSK, is giving away backpacks to needy children. The Durham Rescue Mission, with the help of GSK, is giving away backpacks to needy children.
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    The Durham Rescue Mission is making sure all kids get the supplies they need for the upcoming school year. More>>

    Wake Co. sees jump in teacher turnover Video included

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    Wake County is seeing significant turnover in teachers – and still looking to hire teachers as the traditional school year approaches. More>>

    Tips for smart back-to-school shopping

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    Parents and students across North Carolina are preparing for traditional calendar schools to start back from summer break. That means parents will be stocking up on the necessary back to school supplies. More>>

    Wake schools discuss enrollment changes to fill 3 new schools

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    Wake schools leaders held first discussions Tuesday concerning enrollment changes that will be necessary for the 2015-16 school year when two new high schools and an elementary school opens. More>>

    POLL: What is your favorite K-12 comedy?

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    The awkwardness of growing up, the perils of "fitting in" and the complicated first relationships combine for the perfect comedic recipe.
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    New Johnston Co. Schools software allows for feedback

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    Johnston County Schools has launched new software called “EdChat” that is designed to be a simple way to give parents, teachers, staff, students and community members an outlet for ideas, concerns and praise. More>>

    Carrboro school fighting to keep charter Video included

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    By the time school starts for the 2014-15 academic year, North Carolina will have more than 150 operating charter schools. That number has grown more than 50 percent over the last two years. More>>

    NC schools lack enough counselors per students

    Phil Sanchez discovers there are not enough counselors for students in North Carolina schools. More>>

    Smarter Living: the benefits of extracurricular activities for your child Video included

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    Whether your child is preparing to meet high school requirements for college or is just interested in getting involved in an activity they enjoy, this week's installment of "Smarter Living" will look at the benefits of extracurricular activities. More>>

    Phil prepares meals for hundreds of Wake Co. children

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    Wake County school cafeteria staff works year-round to provide meals for year-round students and kids in summer camp. To help workers, Phil Sanchez heads to the kitchen of Smith Magnet Elementary School. More>>

    Key to saving for college is to budget for it early Video included

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    Most children who plan to attend college won't get a full-ride from scholarships and grants. But there are smart ways you can save and prepare for college costs. More>>

    White House outlines budget cuts impact on NC Video included

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    Governor Pat McCrory is in Washington, along with other governors, meeting with President Barack Obama. The president is expected to discuss budget cuts with the governors Monday.
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    • Teen Sues SC Over License Photo

      Teen Sues SC Over License Photo

      Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:38:19 GMT
      Chase Culpepper, 16, was asked to remove his makeup before taking his driver’s license picture.Chase Culpepper, 16, was asked to remove his makeup before taking his driver’s license picture.
      An organization that supports transgender rights is suing South Carolina after the state wouldn't issue a driver's license to a 16-year-old boy unless he took off his makeup.
      An organization that supports transgender rights is suing South Carolina after the state wouldn't issue a driver's license to a 16-year-old boy unless he took off his makeup.
    • Documents Reveal Plan to Overhaul Emergency Care

      Documents Reveal Plan to Overhaul Emergency Care

      Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:32:56 GMT
      Documents reveal the "politically sensitive" plan to overhaul EMS.Documents reveal the "politically sensitive" plan to overhaul EMS.
      7 On Your Side Investigations uncovered new documents that detail a “politically sensitive” proposal for overhauling the Greenville County EMS system. The plan would change the way ambulances respond in a 9-1-1 emergency and would give control of the life-saving service to the county's largest hospital chain, Greenville Health System. 
      7 On Your Side Investigations uncovered new documents that detail a “politically sensitive” proposal for overhauling the Greenville County EMS system. The plan would change the way ambulances respond in a 9-1-1 emergency and would give control of the life-saving service to the county's largest hospital chain, Greenville Health System. 
    • Upstate LECs Addressing Security Concerns

      Upstate LECs Addressing Security Concerns

      Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:27:07 GMT
      Law enforcement agencies across the Upstate are making changes to protect their own and youLaw enforcement agencies across the Upstate are making changes to protect their own and you
      From courthouses to law enforcement centers and administration buildings—law enforcement agencies across the Upstate are making changes to protect their own and you.
      From courthouses to law enforcement centers and administration buildings—law enforcement agencies across the Upstate are making changes to protect their own and you.

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