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The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado did strike southwest Charlotte this week. The service says the tornado hit Wednesday evening with maximum winds of 90 miles per hour, causing damage along a 1.5 mile stretch of John Price Road, and along a 0.5 mile stretch from Microsoft Way to West Arrowood.

Avner Vengosh
Duke University

As Duke Energy and environmentalists have debated the safety of private wells near coal ash ponds, they've disagreed about the source of a carcinogen called hexavalent chromium. Scientists at Duke University figured out how to identify the chemical’s source. Conclusions from the study of 376 private wells say coal ash likely isn't to blame. WFAE's David Boraks talked with the study's lead author, Avner Vengosh about his research and recommendations.

The Positive Effects Of Rain From Hurricanes

May 30, 2016
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As Hurricane season begins this week, there’s something to keep in mind. Although these storms are known for bad things like strong winds, heavy rain, downed trees, flooding, and power outages. There may be an upside. Researchers at Duke University say they can bring much-needed rain during droughts. 

Two Triangle Chemists Win Nobel Prize

Oct 8, 2015

Two of the three winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry live and work in the Triangle. Aziz Sanjar is a professor of bio-chemistry and bio-physics at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Paul Modrich is a professor of bio-chemistry at Duke University.  As WUNC’s Dave DeWitt reports, it was another example of collaboration between two universities that may be known best as fierce rivals.

Jury Convicts Boone Man In $25M Metals Scam

Mar 2, 2014

A Florida jury has convicted a North Carolina man of operating fraudulent precious metals investment businesses that fleeced investors of 25 million dollars. The jury found 54-year-old Arthur John Schlecht of Boone guilty Thursday of conspiracy and wire fraud charges. He faces a maximum 40-year prison sentence plus fines and restitution. Prosecutors say there were hundreds of victims. Four other defendants pleaded guilty. Schlecht's companies offered people the chance to invest in gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion that would be stored in vaults for them.