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8:37 am
Tue September 30, 2014

This One-Of-A-Kind NC Commission Secured Exoneration Of Convicted Murderers

September 2, 2014, Leon Brown on exoneration day.
Credit Jenny Warburg / Death Penalty Information Center

In 1984 Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were both charged with the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, Sabrina Buoy. 

McCollum was 19 years old at the time. Brown was 15. Prosecutors said that the two took Buoy into a soy bean field to rape her.

The half-brothers have intellectual disabilities. Both signed written confessions that they later recanted. Both were convicted.

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Politics & Government
8:35 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Why Many NC Voters Don't Know Who They'll Elect To The Supreme Court

Justice Robin Hudson (center) and Judge Eric Levinson spoke with at a Supreme Court candidate forum in Raleigh in September moderated by Donna Martinez (left).
Credit Jorge Valencia

With five weeks to go before Election Day, candidates for the state’s highest court are trying to get some attention. And they’re spending more time raising campaign funds because the legislature eliminated state funding for judicial races last year.

Campaign ads for the Supreme Court are usually pretty civil. They're kind of like one from Justice Bob Hunter, in which a narrator says: "In the North Carolina Legal system, one quality must stand out: Fairness." In the video, three young people hold a sign that says "fairness" and a then flip it over to say, "Bob Hunter!"

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Why Unmarried Women Could Determine Your Next U.S. Senator From NC

Credit Nicole Gottier / Flickr/Creative Commons

The race between Democratic Senator Kay Hagan and her challenger, Republican state Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, is one of the most closely watched in the country. That’s because Republicans need to win only six seats in the U.S. Senate to gain a majority.

The most recent polls put Hagan slightly ahead. Groups rooting for Hagan are trying to get more women to the polls this year.

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The State Of Things
11:58 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Meet Thistle & Shamrock Host Fiona Ritchie

Fiona Ritchie with Frank Stasio. 9/29/14

For more than three decades, Fiona Ritchie has taken public radio audiences on a weekly journey through the world of Celtic music.

The Scottish-born host of NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock, began her radio career in North Carolina at WFAE in Charlotte. She recently collaborated with Doug Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College, on a new book:  Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia (UNC Press/2014)

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Arts & Culture
9:41 am
Mon September 29, 2014

The IBMAs Are 'Living In Raleigh Now'

Chatham County Line wrote "Living In Raleigh Now" to commemorate the International Bluegrass Music Festival's move from Nashville.
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The world's premier bluegrass music event is all this week in Raleigh. The International Bluegrass Music Association's annual gathering and Festival used to be in Nashville but moved to Raleigh a year ago.  

Tens of thousands of people attended last year and city officials say visitors spent more than $10 million on food, hotels and entertainment.    

The organization has since decided to put down roots and committed to holding the event in Raleigh for the next six years.  

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Health
8:38 am
Mon September 29, 2014

EPA Hosts Chemical Safety Summit in RTP

The EPA says many chemicals people used are do not require much testing.
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The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a chemical safety data summit in Research Triangle Park today and tomorrow. 

Unless a chemical is being used as a food additive, a drug, a pesticide or one of a few other specialized uses, EPA officials say there's not a significant amount of testing required. 

Russell Thomas is a director at the EPA.  He said there are hundreds of new chemicals introduced into the environment each year.

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Sports
8:30 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Panthers' Weakened Offense, Defense Give Up Win To Ravens

The Carolina Panthers lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers lost to the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, 38-10.

Coach Ron Rivera was vocal about his disappointment.

The Panthers' offense was weakened to begin with. Two running backs were sidelined with injuries before the game, and DeAngelo Williams injured his ankle during a rush in the first half.

Rivera said that's no excuse.

“It doesn't matter who the running back is; we've still got to block,” Rivera said. “And we're going to be looking to do some things differently and do things the right way.”

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Education
7:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

'Throne Of Lies' #TeachingInNC

More than 300 teachers across the state have participated so far in our #TeachingInNC project.  It's where we ask teachers to give us a snapshot of their lives, using words or pictures. We hope that, collectively, these snippets will give "the rest of us" a sense of what it's like to be a teacher in NC. 

Most teachers are sending in their snapshots via Twitter, but some are using Instagram. This one made us laugh.

That same teacher also submitted this:

>>Browse all 701+ submissions here.

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Politics & Government
4:38 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

State Board Of Elections Fields Complaints About Americans For Prosperity Mailings

The state Board of Elections has received thousands of calls about incorrect voter registration information sent out by the state chapter of Americans For Prosperity, a national conservative group.

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Appeals Court Hears Voting Laws Challenge

Voting sign
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In just more than month, North Carolina voters will head to the polls. But the regulations around the voting processes remain in limbo. The North Carolina legislature passed laws to change the system, including the elimination of same-day registration. But the federal government and advocacy groups have challenged those regulations for this upcoming election. An appellate court heard the arguments yesterday. Host Frank Stasio talks with WFAE reporter Michael Tomsic about the proceedings.

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