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The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Repaying A Debt: Doctor Brings Personal Story Of Poverty To Patient Care

Dr. Leslie Smith
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Meet Dr. Leslie Smith

When Leslie Smith was 24 years old, she was in a fire. After spending 3 months at the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, she was released. Smith told Host Frank Stasio “It took me about ten years to recover from those injuries.”

“I had bandages from my neck down to my thighs where my burns were, and then from my thighs down to my ankles where they had taken skin to do skin grafting operations. So I literally was covered from ankle to neck in bandages.”

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Environment
8:14 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Wildlife Officials Spar With Hyde County Over Refuge Expansion

A proposed expansion of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is running into opposition with some local leaders. 

Refuge leaders say the expansion is necessary to preserve the ecosystem that supports a wide range of wildlife, including migrating birds, black bears and red wolves.

"New Lake is a naturally occurring lake out there, but we currently only have about 80 percent of it within the refuge boundary," says refuge manager Howard Phillips. 

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Politics & Government
7:20 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Redistricting Objections Back In Court

North Carolina's newest Congressional districts are among those up for debate in Wake County Superior Court Monday and Tuesday.
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A panel of judges is set to hear arguments Monday about whether to uphold or reject North Carolina's newest legislative and congressional districts.

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Environment
6:21 am
Mon February 25, 2013

NC Taskforce Prepares Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

The 'Chevy Volt' is one of the more popular 'Plug-in' electric vehicles in North Carolina.
Credit Leoneda Inge

A new readiness plan aims to help the state of North Carolina prepare for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles on the road in the next decade.  The state’s first Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) readiness plan was created through the 'NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging-in from Mountains to Sea (M2S).' 

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Muslim Women Speak Up About the Veil

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Women Speak Up About the Veil

Rarely do articles of clothing receive as much attention as the Muslim headscarf does in the 2000s. In quite a strange twist, the glances and questions that women who wear the headscarf, in non-Muslim majority societies receive is many times in contradiction with one of the purposes of the veil, which is to not draw attention to oneself.

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The State of Things
12:20 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Overmountain Men Blend History, Appalachian Music

'The Next Best Thing' is the second CD by Overmountain Men
Credit Overmountain Men

Music and conversation with David Childers from Overmountain Men

Musicians David Childers and Bob Crawford bonded over a shared love of Appalachian music and history. The result is the second CD from their band "The Overmountain Men." Crawford is also the bassist for the Avett Brothers, while Childers has had a long career with the Modern Don Juans.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Lawmakers Pass Group Home Fix

N.C. General Assembly
Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers have passed a bill that would provide emergency funding to maintain care for group home residents across the state.

Legislators in the Senate voted unanimously to approve House Bill 5 yesterday. It will allow group home residents and patients in special dementia units to remain where they are for now. The bill specifies that a 40 million dollar pot of money that's already being used for adult care home residents can also be used to help group home residents.

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Business & Economy
7:40 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Raleigh Coffee Truck Offers 'Joe' And Sexy 'Janes'

Amy Carrieri is dressed in black fishnet inside her 'Cup O Jane' coffee truck in Raleigh.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Leoneda Inge reports on sexy 'Cup O Jane' coffee truck in Raleigh.

In Raleigh, on the edge of downtown, there’s a coffee truck that causes many customers to do a double-take.  The women pouring ‘cups of Joe’ are wearing fishnets, lingerie and other sexy attire.  The truck is appropriately called 'Cup O Jane.'  The entrepreneurs who started this risque coffee service were looking for options after a lay-off.  And if there’s one thing for sure, even in a down economy, sex sells.

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Politics & Government
6:17 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Non-Citizens To Get Different Driver's Licenses

North Carolina driver's license
Credit NCDOT

State DOT officials will issue redesigned driver's licenses later this year that will visually distinguish citizens from non-citizens.   Immigrants here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will notice their licenses will have the words "No Lawful Status" printed on them.  State DOT spokeswoman Greer Beaty says those words will be in a bar across the top that will differ from the blue on a normal license.

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Education
4:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

UNC Wants To Make Classes Go Viral

Starting this fall, four of Coursera's 90 online courses will come from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill will start offering free online classes to the public this fall. The university announced Thursday it's partnering with the California-based company Coursera to provide four massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

"What we're hoping is that what we learn and what we develop through these MOOCs will help to enhance our face-to-face campus-based courses," says Carol Tresolini, vice provost for academic initatives at UNC.

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