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The Story
10:03 am
Fri May 31, 2013

When I Was Kidnapped

Credit courtesy of Rose Maura Lorre

 Rose Maura Lorre was kidnapped in 1982 in New Jersey. She was seven years old. While many kidnapping survivors aren't able to tell their stories, Rose says she told her story a lot. Too much, she says.

Also in this show, an audio portrait from Moore, OK, where a tornado tore through town killing 24 people. Plus, a reading from writer Robert Macfarlane, and a sculptor who recreated Rome’s Trevi Fountain…in cardboard.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Taking Flight For Aviation Jobs Of Tomorrow

Hannah Wade takes control of the FAA-approved flight simulator at the Aviation Academy in High Point.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Across the state thousands of high school students will graduate this weekend. About three dozen are from the Aviation Academy at T.W. Andrews High School in Guilford County. It’s one of only a few such programs in the state preparing young men and women for careers in aeronautics and engineering. And after two classes of students, the program’s graduate rate is perfect. 

  

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Environment
4:50 am
Fri May 31, 2013

State Leaders Push Preparedness For Hurricane Season

Gov. Pat McCrory (left) and Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan (right) talk about the state's readiness for the 2013 hurricane season
Credit Gurnal Scott

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on North Carolina's preparation for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.

State leaders are stressing the importance of preparation for residents and themselves as hurricane season begins this weekend.   Forecasters say the 2013 Atlantic storm season could be another busy one.  

Their prediction of up to 20 named storms could surpass last year's 19.  North Carolina leaders stood along with Governor Pat McCrory to say now is the time for everyone to prepare for whatever may come.

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Sports
8:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

NCAA Baseball Tournament Kicks Off This Weekend

The Tar Heels are seeded number one in the NCAA tournament.
Credit Jeffrey A. Camarati, UNC

The NCAA baseball tournament gets underway this weekend with games in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.  NC State hosts a regional with a game against Binghamton tomorrow night at seven.  UNC Chapel Hill is the number one overall seed and will also host a regional tomorrow night.  The Tar Heels face Canisius at 6:00.  Coach Mike Fox says fans have a big role to play in his team's success.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Solar Energy Forums Shine Light On Permitting Process

A Duke Energy/Progress Energy solar farm.
Credit Duke Energy/Progress Energy

North Carolina’s solar energy industry has garnered much success in recent years – from solar panels to solar farms. 

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Politics & Government
5:07 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Lawmakers Offer Three Competing Tax Reform Plans

State Senate chamber
Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers have formally laid out three competing plans to reform North Carolina's tax code.

They've filed three bills that would all lower sales and income tax rates. The measures would all expand the sales tax base by broadening it to include more services. But each plan features different details.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

'Homeland' TV Series Filming In Raleigh Next Week

The TV series Homeland will film in Downtown Raleigh June 3-4.
Credit Homeland

The critically-acclaimed TV series “Homeland” heads to Downtown Raleigh June 3-4 to film scenes for season three. The Showtime series normally shoots in and around Charlotte. Earlier this week, the show filmed a scene in The Charlotte Observer newsroom. (The News & Observer created a slideshow of the newsroom filming.)

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Bull City Summer Project Keep Kicking

Durham Bulls Stadium
Credit Joenad / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DBAP.jpg

Writer Adam Sobsey and videographer Ivan Weiss describe their work on Sam Stephenson's new documentary, Bull City Summer

The brainchild of documentarian Sam Stephenson continues as the Durham Bulls season goes on. He and a group of artists, writers and others are trying to document all 72 home games of the Durham Bulls.

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The State of Things
11:29 am
Thu May 30, 2013

What Is The Muslim Experience In North Carolina?

The Kaaba,also known as the Sacred House is a cuboid building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Credit Turki Al-Fassam / flickr

A panel share their thoughts on the Muslim experience in North Carolina

About 26,000 Muslims live in North Carolina, a 30 percent increase during the past 10 years. At the same time, the post 9/11 fear of Islamic terrorism continues to dominate people's views of the Muslim religion and people in their community.

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The Story
10:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Maxed Out on Everest

Mt. Everest
Credit Mark Jenkins for Natioal Geographic.

Hundreds of people are now attempting to climb Mt. Everest every year. National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins says the mountain, once tackled only by professional climbers, has become accessible to anyone who can afford to pay to go up and down. And as a result, the mountain is being ruined by garbage, human excrement, and even bodies of deceased climbers.

Also: In a World War II era blimp hangar in California, a prototype of a new kind of aircraft, the “Aeroscraft” is being tested. It’s a space-age looking machine that’s almost as big as a football field and able to carry 50 tons or more.

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