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1:10 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Witnessing The Moore Tornado From Air And Ground

Alonzo Adams took this image of the tornado advancing on a neighborhood in Moore, Okla., on Monday. The tornado, with winds of 200 mph, was close to a mile wide.
Credit Alonzo Adams

As a mile-wide tornado tore across the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday night, it destroyed houses, flattenedd schools and threw cars into the air.

Host Dick Gordon speaks with three people who witnessed it from the ground, from the air and from a shelter.

He speaks with Alonzo Adams, a photographer who captured images as a giant black funnel cloud advanced toward a neighborhood. (See a photo gallery.)

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Politics & Government
11:31 am
Wed May 22, 2013

NC Farmers Wait For Details Of Federal Farm Bill

A tobacco crop at Strickland Farms
Credit Leoneda Inge

Farmers in North Carolina and around the country are keeping their eyes on Washington, where Congress is crafting a new Farm Bill

The Senate's version cuts more than $2 billion in agricultural spending per year, but includes about $100 billion in subsides over the next five years.  President Obama has asked Senators to find more ways to save money, including cuts to a farm insurance program.

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Sports
9:49 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Bringing The Buzz Back: Charlotte Seeks To Be The NBA's Hornets Again

Michael Jordan announces the effort to rename his NBA franchise
Credit NBA Entertainment/Getty Images

Charlotte's NBA franchise has begun the journey toward re-embracing the past.  Bobcats owner Michael Jordan announced Tuesday that his team is on its way to being known as the Charlotte Hornets.

Jordan said he has informed the league of his decision and feels the NBA's Board of Governors will approve the name change when they convene in July.  He says this is only the first step.

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Politics & Government
5:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Toll Roads Bill

Credit Jessica Jones

Lawmakers in the House have approved a bill that would allow the Department of Transportation to add new toll lanes to interstate highways, but only if some of the old lanes are kept toll-free.

The new toll lanes would essentially be express lanes, with less congestion and higher speed limits. Republican representative John Faircloth says North Carolina's roads are desperately in need of funding. Faircloth says he agrees with Representative Jeff Collins, who is the bill's sponsor.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

In Wake Of Tornado, NC Attorney General Warns Of Donation Scams

Oklahoma National Guard soldiers and airmen respond to a devastating tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., May 20, 2013.
Credit Sgt. 1st Class Kendall James, OK National Guard

North Carolina's Attorney General is warning state residents to not be swindled in the wake of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy.  Roy Cooper says he understands that there are many North Carolinians who want to help the people of Oklahoma, but he urges people to do their homework because there are scammers who see the Midwestern tragedy as an opportunity to take your money.

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The Story
3:40 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

For IRA Prisoner, Hunger Strike Was Last Resort

A poster in support of the hunger strike in the H-blocks of Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison
Credit Republican Movement

In the fall of 1980, imprisoned members of the Irish Republican Army demanded to be recognized as more than common criminals by the British government. They refused to wear the prison uniform, refused to do prisoner work, and, eventually, refused to leave their cells.

But they were making little progress. So IRA members at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland decided to refuse to eat.

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

'Big Fish' Author Pens Fifth Novel

Daniel Wallace's new book, The Kings and Queens of Roam.
Credit Amazon.com

Daniel Wallace is best known for his debut novel “Big Fish,” which became a Hollywood movie.  which became a Hollywood movie and is soon debuting as a musical. But he's written four more novels since then. His latest is called "The Kings and Queens of Roam," and it follows two sisters as they grow up in an imaginary former textile town.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Poet Explores How Childlike "Boyishness" Exists Where You'd Least Expect It

The cover of Boyishly, a new book by Tanya Olson.
Credit yesyesbooks.com

English professor Tanya Olson discusses her first book of poems, 'Boyishly'

  Tanya Olson will tell you that being an eight-year-old child in the world allows you a lot of room to be whoever and whatever you want. You can be a whale, a man, a spaceship, and few will tell you otherwise. After that age though, the feeling doesn't necessarily go away. She explores that desire to transform in her first book of poems, "Boyishly" (YesYes Books, 2013). Tanya Olson is a poet and an English professor at Vance-Granville Community College.

Education
5:26 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Proposed Board Splits Charter Advocates

A bill to create a new Charter School Board has passed the State Senate.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Charter schools have been around in North Carolina for about a decade and a half, and for most of that time, the relationship between charters and traditional public schools has alternated between frosty and hostile.

“One of the fundamental reasons for introducing charter schools is to put an element of competition into the education arena and let parents make the choice,” says Baker Mitchell. Mitchell opened his first charter school in 2000 outside of Wilmington and a second six years later; he has a third opening this fall.

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Politics & Government
5:46 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

State Senate Budget Plan Ups Medicaid Spending, Moves SBI

State Senate chamber
Credit Dave DeWitt

Jessica Jones reports on the State Senate budget plan.

Lawmakers in the State Senate have presented a $20.6 billion budget proposal. It would spend slightly less than Governor McCrory’s plan and offers no raises for state employees.  The plan would also increase state Medicaid spending by about $300 million and make big changes to the State Bureau of Investigation.
 
Republican budget writer Senator Pete Brunstetter told reporters earlier today that he knows this is a tough budget plan. He says its purpose is to make sure the state lives within its means.

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