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The State of Things
2:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

At The Movies: What Movie Have You Seen Over And Over?

Groundhog Day, The Movie
Credit Wikipedia

You know that movie. The one you can almost recite verbatim. The one you just cannot stop watching over and over. The one that comes on the television and for some strange reason, you just can't change the channel.

Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, return to The State of Things to talk with host Frank Stasio about those films we have watched over and over.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

At The Movies: Which Is Better- The Book Or The Movie?

The Great Gatsby movie set
Credit Wikimedia

  The Hunger Games. Harry Potter. The Great Gatsby. Blockbuster films or popular literature? Do you ever walk out of the movie theater and hear, "The book was so much better than the movie."? Or do you prefer the silver screen adaptation of your favorite novel? Turning a book into a movie poses all sorts of challenges.

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Environment
8:40 am
Wed April 16, 2014

North Carolina’s Rules On Fracking To Be Completed This Year, Well Permits To Be Issued Next Year

A drilling site in Rio Blanco and Garfield counties, CO.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service via Flickr

The commission that’s writing North Carolina’s rules on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, is getting ready to present its recommendations to the General Assembly. The Mining and Energy Commission has been working since Sept. 2012, and today will debate the last eight rules it is preparing.

A few people like Sharon Garbutt have been following the Mining and Energy Commission. Garbutt has been volunteering to take children on field trips to the Haw River for 20 years. Most of the time, the kids love it.

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Business & Economy
9:03 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

No Evidence That Low-Paid Immigrants Are "Taking" NC Jobs

Credit NC Bankers Association

A new study is challenging the notion that low-paid immigrant populations are "taking" jobs from native North Carolinians.

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Politics & Government
5:20 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

NC Governor Lauds State's Tax Overhaul To 'Build North Carolina's Future'

Credit NC Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory held a press conference today to celebrate a new report suggesting the state's economy is benefiting from tax cuts enacted last year.

The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council's "Rich States, Poor States" report ranks North Carolina sixth in the nation for its economic outlook.

McCrory says lowering corporate income taxes in particular has encouraged companies to move to the state.

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Education
5:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

UNC’s New Grading System Could Show What That ‘A’ Is Really Worth

Starting this fall, UNC student transcripts will offer grades alongside the median score and ranking among classmates.
Credit UNC / insidehighered.com

Student transcripts from the University of North Carolina will look pretty different this fall. Beyond course grades and GPAs, the records will also include the median grade and where the student ranked among their classmates.

Sociology Professor Andrew Perrin is leading the charge for the transition to "contextual grading."

“I think this is both about reinforcing our ability to offer excellent education and then also being faithful and fair in our reporting about how well we think students have actually performed in the classroom,” Perrin said.

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Back Porch Music Concerts
4:50 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Back Porch Music Is Back On The Lawn: 8 Free Concerts In 2014

WUNC's Back Porch Music on the Lawn series is getting back to its roots.  The series is moving back to the popular spot under the Lucky Strike tower in the heart of the American Tobacco Campus.  There will be 8 free concerts on Thursday nights from May to September.  The series is part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the American Tobacco Campus.

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Health
3:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Paraplegic Man Saves Another Man's Life; You Can Help Say Thanks

Brandon Jeffries (left) and Erik Fugunt. Erik saved Brandon's life in 2012.
Credit Jacqueline Dunkle

It was 4:30 in the morning and Erik Fugunt was awake. He's a mechanic and he'd been working on a boat in the garage. He took a break, took his earbuds out, and went to take out the trash. That's when he heard it... a sound that you never ever want to hear. Craaaash. Actually, he describes it this way: "Crash, crunch smash, smash, patoosh!"

This wasn't just any fender bender, Erik could tell. "You know rally car racing? When they wreck, when they take a tumble? It's a distinct, horrible smash, like someone rattling around like a ping-pong ball. That's what I heard."

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Witness To An Execution: Part Two

Execution chamber
Credit Wikipedia

Stephen Lich Tyler drove to Texas last week to witness the execution of his father’s killer, Ramiro Hernandez Llanas. Before he left, he spoke on The State of Things about his struggles with the decision to attend and his expectations of the execution. He returned to the studio today to talk with host Frank Stasio about the experience and how it shaped his perspective on the death penalty.

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Health
9:49 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Durham NC Opens New STD Screening Clinic - HIV Testing Free

A microscopic image of HIV
Credit Duke University

In the last year, Durham County has seen about 100 new cases of HIV reported. It's also seen about 20 new cases of syphilis.

Generally speaking, that's on par with other metro areas in the state, which are seeing more cases of STDs, while North Carolina's rural areas are seeing a decline.

It's hard to know what is accounting for the rise. The most obvious possibility is an increase in unsafe sexual activity. But there's also a chance that, as screening becomes more commonplace and more effective, we're simply identifying more cases that were there to begin with.

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