4:34 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Jordan Lake Rules Threatened

Jordan Lake
Credit Dave DeWitt

Thousands of visitors are expected to visit Jordan Lake on this Memorial Day. It’s a popular spot for boaters, kayakers, and campers. It’s also at the center of an ongoing fight over clean water.

In 1997, the State Legislature began the long, arduous process of addressing pollution in Jordan Lake. Algae blooms caused by upstream runoff threatened recreational activity on the Lake, and the drinking water that serves much of western Wake County.

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The Story
3:40 am
Sat May 25, 2013

A Pizza Purist


Most kids like pizza, but when Anthony Mangieri was a boy he began to experiment with ancient dough leavening methods.

He'd be in his grandmother's kitchen at one o'clock in the morning, trying to make a Neapolitan pizza as delicious as the ones he'd tasted in Naples, Italy.

His obsession carried into adulthood, and he opened his first pizza place on the Jersey shore. As word spread of his talents, he opened Una Pizza Napoletana, first in Manhattan, and now in San Francisco.

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Thom Tillis Backers File To Create Super PAC

Thom Tillis
Credit NCGA

A high-profile potential challenger for Kay Hagan's U.S. Senate seat is on the verge of getting some major financial support. 

Backers of North Carolina's House Speaker Thom Tillis have put together an independent committee that would support a potential bid for Hagan's seat in Congress.  Organizers of the group "Grow NC Strong" say they have filed paperwork with federal officials to create a political action committee. It would be a "super-pac" which would have no limits on raising and spending money to support Tillis, but would operate separately from any campaign Tillis organizes.

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5:19 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 82

Salmonella magnified 15,000x.
Credit CDC/ Janice Haney Carr

The number of people sickened by salmonella traced to a Fayetteville area hotel has risen to at least 82.  Officials say the outbreak happened earlier this month at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux.  Buck Wilson is the public health director for Cumberland County.  He says finding the precise cause is challenging. 

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

How Will The North Carolina Budget Impact The State?

North Carolina Senate
Credit Government & Heritage Library, State Library of NC /

A discussion on the State budget

Host Frank Stasio will speak with North Carolina reporters and Senator Josh Stein about the budget and how it will impact the Triangle, Western and Coastal North Carolina. Jessica Jones is WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief; Democratic Senator Josh Stein represents Wake County; Kirk Ross is a contributing reporter for Carolina Public Press and a policy adviser to the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

The State of Things
12:15 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Building Community Through Songwriting

Hope Marasco

The music of Hope Marasco

Hope talks about her efforts with host Frank Stasio, and performs some of her original songs, along with Mary Johnson Rockers and Will Ridenour.

8:04 am
Fri May 24, 2013

NC Military Bases Brace For Teacher Furloughs

Teachers at Fort Bragg and other military bases in the state are preparing for up to five furlough days.
Credit Fort Bragg

Teachers at North Carolina's military bases are preparing for up to five furlough days due to cuts from the sequester. 

The Department of Defense says instructors and other nine-month employees can expect mandatory days off after the next school year starts.  Marilee Fitzgerald is the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, which oversees schools at military bases.

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Arts & Culture
7:48 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Crankie Comes To NC: What It Is And Why People Freak Out When They See One

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle singing the ballad 'Lord Bateman' with a crankie they made.
Credit Laura Candler

Anna and Elizabeth play music and tell the story of their crankies.

When traditional Appalachian musician Anna Roberts-Gevalt first showed ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle a crankie, Elizabeth was speechless.

“I really freaked out,” LaPrelle said. She was astounded not only because she had never seen one before, but also because it was such a powerful tool for storytelling.

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Politics & Government
7:47 am
Fri May 24, 2013

McCrory & McFarlane Support Dix Renegotiation

Site of the Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh
Credit Dave DeWitt

Governor Pat McCrory and Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane want some extra time to decide how to utilize 325 acres of prime capital city real estate. 

The two announced today that they are backing House legislation to give the city and state another year to negotiate an agreement to re-purpose the Dorothea Dix property

Raleigh leaders want to use the land as a destination park.  McCrory says he understands and supports that.

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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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