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11:29 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Inheriting The Family Guns - Or Not

A 1944 Montgomery Ward ad for boys' drill rifles.
Credit Montgomery Ward

INHERITING THE FAMILY GUNS - OR NOT

Guest host Sean Cole goes to see his mother to find out why she did not give him the rifle left to him by his grandfather. He's told he comes from a "family of shooters," but that his mother did not hold onto the gun.

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Business & Economy
11:12 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Manufacturing Conference In Raleigh Looks To The Future

North Carolina has a long history in manufacturing.  Thousands of jobs have been lost to competition elsewhere.  But a conference today at the Raleigh Convention Center sets out to show the future is again bright for manufacturing.  Anita Brown-Graham is the Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues.  She says this week’s conference is called “Manufacturing Works.”

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Business & Economy
9:25 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Duke Energy's Plan For The Next 20 Years

A series of hearings begins today to examine how Duke Energy wants to invest in power sources over the next 20 years.  The state Utilities Commission is set to hear from the utility and consumer advocacy groups about its annual Integrated Resource Plan.  Duke Energy spokesman Mike Hughes says the utility plans to open new plants to keep up with North Carolina's population growth.

"Even if the per-household use of electricity is declining, the overall use of electricity is increasing," Hughes says.

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Arts & Culture
10:58 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Grammys: Steep Canyon Rangers Win Best Bluegrass Album, Avett Brothers & Chocolate Drops Miss

Steep Canyon Rangers 'Nobody Knows You' wins Grammy for best bluegrass album of 2012
Credit Steep Canyon Rangers

Here's an update on how some artists with North Carolina connections fared at the Grammys on Sunday February 10.  This article was originally prepared as a Grammy preview looking at the Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Avett Brothers with some of their recent appearances on "The State of Things" on WUNC.

Update 6:11 p.m.

"The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile win for Best Folk Album 2012, edging out the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

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Business & Economy
10:56 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Rocky Mount Exhibit Honors Banking History

Peoples Bank and Trust opened in Rocky Mount during the Great Depression.
Credit PNC Legacy Project

One of the biggest banks in North Carolina is PNC. The bank was introduced to the state after its acquisition of RBC last year.  These banking institutions have roots that reach back to Rocky Mount.  And that’s where a new exhibit honors the region’s rich banking history.

The PNC Legacy Project is the first exhibit you see when you walk into the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount.  David Combs is the Mayor of Rocky Mount.  He was born and bred here.

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Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Downton Abbey & Biltmore – How Similar Are They?

Downton Abbey cast in front of Highclere Castle
(C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE
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Law
4:47 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Triad Police To Use Private DNA Lab

A laboratory in Burlington will begin testing forensic evidence and building a regional database of DNA evidence in an effort to help local law enforcement agencies solve crimes. The privately owned DNA: SI Labs says it can test samples and provide results much more quickly than the State Bureau of Investigation.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Duke Frat Party Ignites Criticism And Racial Tension On Campus

Flyers by Ashley Tsai, Tong Xiang and Ting-Ting Zhou

  The Kappa Sigma fraternity at Duke University has received a huge backlash for throwing an Asian-themed party. Photos surfaced on Facebook of partiers dressed as geishas and sumo wrestlers. The same images were used by student activists to create flyers protesting the event.

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The State of Things
11:09 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Funny Man Ditches Persona And Finds Comedy In Authenticity

Kevin Allison
Credit risk-show.com

A conversation with comedian Kevin Allison

  Kevin Allison is perhaps best known for his work on the 1990s-era sketch comedy show “The State”. After it wrapped, he found himself adrift, until he discovered that by being himself on stage, he could get big laughs.

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Education
11:06 am
Fri February 8, 2013

UNC Report Acknowledges Fraudulent Classes

UNC's academic fraud report falls mostly in line with former Gov. Jim Martin's.

A UNC Board of Governors panel says it agrees with most of the findings from an earlier investigation of academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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