We have a full schedule on tonight’s WXDU News from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
First at 6:00, we’ll have the latest edition of Jukebox Graduates, a show produced by the Githens Middle School Bruce Springsteen Club. In this episode, the kids explore music influenced by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Next at 7:00 is WXDU News, including:
- The Durham County Sherriff’s Office warns of an arrest warrant scam in which a man posing as a sergeant asks for money to make an arrest warrant go away. If you have any information on this case, call the Sherriff’s criminal investigations division at 919-560-0880.
- Isla Earth explains what urban planners are doing to solve the problems of urban sprawl.
- You’re not imagining an increase in political polarization in Congress, according to new research from Duke University. A study found that fewer moderates run for Congress, and suggests the divide is the new norm.
- Governor Pat McCrory has signed the General Assembly’s new budget into law. While he praises the budget’s provisions for education and teacher pay, others, including the North Carolina Association of Educators, say it doesn’t go far enough. You can read Governor McCrory’s statement on the budget at http://governor.nc.gov/newsroom/press-releases/20140801/governor-mccrory-will-sign-new-budget-law. And read the NCAE’s position on its August 2014 bulletin at http://issuu.com/ncaeeducators/docs/august_2014_news_bulletin_pdf/0.
- Science Update has details on a scientist who has found a possible link between pesticide use and increased obesity rates.
- The Durham Police Department has added information about unsolved homicides to its website: http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/DPD/Pages/Unsolved-Homicides-.aspx. If you have any information about these homicides, you can report it at (919) 560-4118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also give your tips anonymously to Durham CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers offers a reward for information leading to an arrest in felony cases.
- A new study from researchers at Duke has identified an electrical pattern in the brain that predicts response to chronic stress. They hope their findings can be used to identify people who might respond poorly to stress in order to prevent serious consequences in those exposed to chronic stress, such as soldiers.
- With Good Reason shares the story behind Counselors without Borders, a humanitarian aid organization that focuses on mental health of disaster survivors.
- Duke researchers have found a link between that time about 50,000 years ago that human tool use became widespread and a decrease in testosterone levels. They suggest that the resulting reduction in aggressive behavior allowed for the cooperative behavior necessary for tool development.
- As part of the Durham County Department of Public Health’s initiative to increase healthy food options for residents, corner store Express Mart in Old North Durham has added measures to make choosing healthy food easier. The Department says that almost two-thirds of residents are overweight or obese, and says that this is an important step in increasing access to healthy food, especially for those who cannot drive to a supermarket.
- Martin Kang will have the latest in sports, and we’ll have a look at the week’s weather.
And after the news at 7:30, the Modern Language Association explores how cookbooks go beyond simple instruction manuals as they serve as sources of history and escape in an episode of What’s the Word? called “Cookbooks as Literature.”