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8:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Discrimination Of LGBT Students Not Specifically Prohibited In Proposed Law

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The state House of Representatives has sent Gov. Pat McCrory a bill updating laws on charter schools.  This comes over the objections of Democrats who asked that LGBT students be specifically protected from discrimination.

Democrats asked that Senate Bill 793 include a provision preventing charter schools, which are run by private companies with tax-payer money, from barring the admission of students who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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Politics & Government
4:09 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Governor McCrory Says He Could Veto State Budget

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Governor Pat McCrory says he will consider vetoing a budget bill if he doesn't like what House and Senate budget negotiators come up with. The governor gave a brief interview just outside the Old Capitol earlier this afternoon.

Leaders in both houses still don't agree on some final key issues, which include how big teacher raises should be and how many teacher assistants to keep in classrooms. Governor McCrory said he met with the House caucus earlier today to spell out his priorities.

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Education
3:07 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Tablets Return To Guilford County Schools In August, Students Now Face Fines

More than 2,000 tablets broke and about a dozen chargers partially melted earlier this school year.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Middle school students in Guilford County will face new punishments for broken tablet computers this fall.

Guilford County Schools rolled out a federally funded tablet program last August. But by October more than 15 percent of the devices had broken and a few chargers melted. The district stopped the program and found a new manufacturer.

After public feedback some new rules are in-place for the re-launch this fall:

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

  The race for North Carolina’s Senate seat takes new twists and turns. Incumbent Kay Hagan seeks to balance the interests of the state Democratic Party members while challenger Thom Tillis tries to broker a budget deal in the North Carolina legislature. Host Frank Stasio  talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the intricacies of the Senate race, plus the latest in North Carolina politics.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Child Poverty Rate Rising In North Carolina

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When children are living in poverty, it can have long-term consequences for their health, education and their own economic status. 

But in many cases, their families don’t have access to social services, or know where to get help. 

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri July 25, 2014

NC Songwriters Play In The Round

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After years of national success, Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Justin Robinson, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, are taking a step back and looking for new ways to explore the folk music both have loved for years. 

The two North Carolina musicians are sharing the spotlight as solo artists in Songwriters in the Round at the Carrboro Arts Center next Thursday at 8 p.m.

They will be joined by two more local musicians on stage as they trade songs back and forth and play off of one another. 

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Fri July 25, 2014

LISTEN: Grammy Winner Lisa Fischer Sings "Breath of Heaven" Live

Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones
Credit flickr/ aka Francois aka Mister Pink

Lisa Fischer has made a career singing backup vocals for artists from Mick Jagger and Luther Vandross to Dolly Parton and the Nine Inch Nails. She sang this solo rendition of "Breath of Heaven" live on The State of Things:

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Environment
8:48 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Six Months After The Spill: Tourism Flows, Tobacco Grows and Questions Linger Along The Dan River

Tourism is doing well along the Dan River in Rockingham County, a few miles upstream from the site of a massive coal ash spill in February.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Following a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River in February, The Department of Health and Human Services issued an advisory downstream from the site, recommending people stay out of the water. Now, after surface water and soil testing, state health officials say recreational use of the Dan River is safe.

 

It has now been almost six months since a Duke Energy storm water pipe ruptured near the Virginia border, sending 39,000 tons of potentially toxic material into the Dan River. Some of the effects have been marginal and others remain unknown.

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Politics & Government
6:18 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Gov. McCrory On Budget Stalemate: 'We're Making Headway'

Credit Jessica Jones

 Governor Pat McCrory says that he and Republican leaders are making headway on resolving differences over the state budget.

He made an unusual visit to the legislature Thursday where he says he touched base and continued dialogue with lawmakers. McCrory says he spent more than an hour and a half talking with Senate leaders this week.

“I did present both the Senate and House caucuses, I think, breakthrough plans on how to work out our differences,” he said.

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Arts & Culture
6:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bands Converge This Week At Merge 25: Listen To These Three

Bob Mould
Credit Merge Records

Merge Records is well into it 25th birthday party. The label is taking all of 2014 to celebrate its silver jubilee. There've been reissues of classic recordings and a 25K run already, but this week is a big one for the music. There's a series of concerts both in Carrboro at the Cat's Cradle and in Durham at Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke University campus. Eric Hodge checked in with three artists on the Merge label to find out what they're up to.

Bob Mould

Known for: A dark cloud of words steeped in a sunshine of melody.

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