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5:01 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Tipping Point: Arapahoe Charter, Pamlico Schools, And ‘Choice’ In Rural NC

Arapahoe Charter School in Pamlico County.
Credit Dave DeWitt

This is a story about choice. And it starts in the lunch line at Arapahoe Charter School in Pamlico County when students choose between pizza and french fries.

And while that choice may seem easy to make, the choice to offer it is a little more complicated.

Charter schools aren’t required to offer meals, even to kids who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. But Arapahoe does – and sixty percent of the students here qualify.

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Education
2:21 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Turnover At The Top At UNC-Chapel Hill

Holden Thorp
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

It was a day of goodbyes at today's UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees meeting. Chancellor Holden Thorp and several trustees are leaving after a tumultuous tenure. 

Over the past few years, Trustees meetings have often been tense, uncomfortable, and even demoralizing for the members, as the leaders of UNC-Chapel Hill have dealt with scandals in athletics and academics. But with Thorp on his way out, Board chairman Wade Hargrove offered nothing but praise.

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The Story
1:57 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Free Help Guy Wants To Make Your Life Better

The Free Help Guy allowed a hypnotist to practice hypnotizing him.
Credit The Free Help Guy

A man in London – who shall remain anonymous – took leave from work earlier this year, and undertook a six-month mission of offering help to anyone who asks for it.

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Shearon Harris Shutdown & Investigation

The Shearon Harris nuclear power plant
Credit Nuclear Regulatory Commission / nrc.gov

Reporter John Murawski updates us on the status of the cracked Sharon Harris Nuclear Power Plant

Federal regulators are investigating the Shearon Harris nuclear plant near Raleigh. They want to know how a flaw in the reactor vessel went undetected or unreported for over a year. News & Observer reporter John Murawski fills in host Frank Stasio on the latest.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Untold Story Of World War II Heroism Revealed

The Secret Rescue by Cate Lineberry
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We’re all familiar with the brave soldiers who fought and died during World War II, but the story of a group of medics and nurses, stranded in Nazi-occupied Albania, remained untold until now.

Writer Cate Lineberry chronicles the tale in her new book, “The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Medics and Nurses Behind Nazi Lines” (LBC/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to writer Cate Lineberry about her new book.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Duke Researcher One Of The Most Influential People In America

Kimberly Blackwell
Credit medicaloncology.medicine.duke.edu / Duke Medical Oncology

Duke oncologist Kimberly Blackwell talks about her career that landed her on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people this year

Time Magazine comes out with a list of the 100 most influential people each year. Names like Justin Timberlake and Barack Obama made the grade in 2013. But also on the list was Duke oncologist Dr. Kimberly Blackwell.  She was celebrated for her achievements improving chemotherapy treatments for a certain kind of breast cancer.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Senate Budget Proposes Scrapping Publicly Financed Judicial Elections

Credit Dave Crosby http://www.flickr.com/photos/wikidave / flickr

In 2002, North Carolina was the first state in the country to establish a system of full public financing for its high court judges. The law was enacted after huge sums of money began flooding into court elections across the country.

Many observers say the system helps take politics out of judicial elections and encourages the best candidates to run.  North Carolina’s judicial financing system is widely seen as a national model. Since it was created, legislators in New Mexico, Wisconsin and West Virginia have been inspired to create their own public funding programs too.

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Science & Technology
6:58 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Virtual Reality At Duke Opens New Worlds

Illustration of figure using the DIVE
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Alex Granados takes listeners on a tour of the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment.

Editor's Note: The Duke Immersive Virtual Environment is incorrectly named in the audio.

Researchers at Duke University are using a virtual reality center to test experiments that aren’t feasible in the real world.

It’s called the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment, or the DIVE, for short. In reality, it’s a cube. Six sides. You get inside. Images are projected on each wall. With the help of special goggles, the images become an immersive 3-D world. A special wand allows you to interact with the world.

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Health
6:27 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Audit Finds DHHS Did Not Fully Test New Computer System

Credit Tabitha Kaylee Hawk via flickr, Creative Commons

The state Auditor has found that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services did not fully test a new computer system.

The DHHS system was installed to start processing Medicaid claims beginning in July.   Beth Wood's audit found that the nearly $500 million computer system was not put through all of its paces.  The report raises questions about the software and its ability to handle Medicaid claims paid by the state that exceed $12 billion. 

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Begins Senate Confirmation Hearing

President Obama announced Mayor Anthony Foxx, of Charlotte, as his nominee for Transportation Secretary in the East Room of the White House on April 29.
Credit Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx appeared today before a Senate committee as his confirmation hearing began this afternoon on Capitol Hill.  President Obama nominated the two-term Charlotte mayor last month to replace the retiring Ray LaHood as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  Senators will likely delve into his transit reforms in Charlotte during the hearing. 

In his opening statement, Foxx told the committee a story about going to his first job at age 12 by taking the number six bus after school.

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