WFAE http://wfae.org en Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut, Sometimes You Just Drive One http://wfae.org/post/sometimes-you-feel-nut-sometimes-you-just-drive-one Three recent college graduates are getting paid to take a road trip. The one catch? They have to drive a giant peanut while they do it.<p>The giant Nutmobile is part of a brand campaign by Planter's, the snack food company. They've hired the grads as brand ambassadors to drive it around the country. After all, it takes teamwork to maneuver a 27-foot-long, yellow peanut in shopping mall parking lots. But if you think handling the vehicle sounds tough, there's more.<p>"Today, I get to walk in the shoes of a 98-year-old American icon," says Megan Kreuger, one of the Nutmobile's drivers. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:39:00 +0000 Alex Schmidt 55837 at http://wfae.org Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut, Sometimes You Just Drive One North Carolina Education Update http://wfae.org/post/north-carolina-education-update <p>The North Carolina General Assembly has had a busy season, and one of the biggest issues of importance has been education. Teacher pay, teacher tenure, the Common Core, rules about charter schools, have all been topics of concern for our state legislature. Closer to home, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is getting ready for the beginning of the school year, dealing with budget, hiring and moving around principals and educators in the system, and all the while facing uncertainty because of what’s happening in Raleigh. We’re joined by two education reporters to get an update on education in our state.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 55770 at http://wfae.org North Carolina Education Update White House Says Delayed Action On Climate Change Could Cost Billions http://wfae.org/post/white-house-says-delayed-action-climate-change-could-cost-billions In a report issued on Tuesday, the White House warned that the cost of inaction when it comes to climate change outweighs the cost of implementing more stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.<p><a href="http://time.com/3049465/report-not-acting-on-climate-change-could-have-serious-economic-impact/">Here's how <em>Time</em> boils down the White House's argument</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"A new report estimates the cost of mitigating the effects of climate change could rise by as much as 40% if action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is delayed 10 years — immediately outweighing any pot Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:48:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 55836 at http://wfae.org Charlotte City Council Continuing Airport Lawsuit, Despite New State Law http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-city-council-continuing-airport-lawsuit-despite-new-state-law <p>The Charlotte city council met behind closed doors Monday night with its lawyers to discuss, once again, the ongoing lawsuit against state lawmakers and the airport commission they created to take control of Charlotte Douglas. The council will continue the suit, despite another, recent state law intended to stop it.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:39:40 +0000 Ben Bradford 55813 at http://wfae.org Charlotte City Council Continuing Airport Lawsuit, Despite New State Law Sports Memories Flow For Charlotte's "Other" Hornets http://wfae.org/post/sports-memories-flow-charlottes-other-hornets <p>Before there were Charlotte Hornets who made slam dunks and shot three-pointers, the city had Hornets who hit <em>grand slams</em> and threw strike-outs. Minor league baseball teams called the Hornets played in Charlotte from 1901 to 1972. On Monday, some former players got a&nbsp;first-hand look at BB&amp;T ballpark - the new home of Charlotte’s current minor league team, the Knights.&nbsp;WFAE’s Mark Rumsey sat down with Concord native Gene Verble, a former major leaguer with the Washington Senators who played for the Hornets from 1956-1959, including &nbsp;three years as player/manager.&nbsp; &nbsp;Verble, 86, reminisced about life in the minor leagues during that era.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:38:28 +0000 Mark Rumsey 55808 at http://wfae.org Sports Memories Flow For Charlotte's "Other" Hornets Top Stories: Netanyahu On Gaza; China Investigates Party Official http://wfae.org/post/top-stories-netanyahu-gaza-china-investigates-party-official Good morning, here are our early stories:<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/29/336246990/israeli-pm-netanyahu-says-gaza-war-will-be-prolonged"><strong>-- Israeli PM Netanyahu Says Gaza War Could Be 'Prolonged'.</strong></a><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/29/336260102/china-puts-former-top-communist-party-official-under-investigation"><strong>-- China Puts Former Top Communist Party Official Under Investigation.</strong></a><p>And here are more early headlines:<p><strong>Former San Antonio Mayor Castro Sworn In As Housing Secretary.</strong> (<a href Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:10:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 55835 at http://wfae.org Israeli PM Netanyahu Says Gaza War Could Be 'Prolonged' http://wfae.org/post/israeli-pm-netanyahu-says-gaza-war-could-be-prolonged <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdoYZ1-9XsM</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:49:00 +0000 editor 55832 at http://wfae.org Israeli PM Netanyahu Says Gaza War Could Be 'Prolonged' Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack http://wfae.org/post/athletes-should-fear-heat-more-heart-attack When a runner's heart stops during a marathon, it gets a lot of press – even though it's actually a pretty rare event. A more common killer among runners, and a condition that needs more prevention efforts, is heat stroke, according to a study by Israeli researchers.<p>During a 2011 running race, physicians at a Tel Aviv hospital noticed there were far more heat stroke victims admitted than <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1106468">cardiac patients</a>. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:47:00 +0000 Katherine Hobson 55833 at http://wfae.org Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack China Puts Former Top Communist Party Official Under Investigation http://wfae.org/post/china-puts-former-top-communist-party-official-under-investigation The central committee of China's communist party placed a former top-ranking official under investigation on Tuesday.<p><a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-07/29/c_133518450.htm">China's state-run news agency Xinhua reports</a> Zhou Yongkang is accused of "serious disciplinary violation."<p>Reporting from Beijing, NPR's Anthony Kuhn tells our Newscast unit that while there is no specificity to those charges from the party, this usually implies that criminal corruption charges will follow.<p>"Before his retirement in 2012, Zhou was a member of the politburo standing committee. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:45:00 +0000 editor 55831 at http://wfae.org China Puts Former Top Communist Party Official Under Investigation Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies http://wfae.org/post/book-news-louise-shivers-author-here-get-my-baby-out-jail-dies <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Louise Shivers, who published her first book, <em>Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail</em>, at the age of 53, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/books/louise-shivers-conjurer-of-rural-south-dies-at-84.html">has died</a>. She was 84. The 1983 novella followed the wife of a North Carolina tobacco farmer who begins an affair with the "red-headed, jagged faced" hired hand Jack Ruffian. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:36:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 55830 at http://wfae.org