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Health
10:06 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Wilkes Co. Program To Curb Drug Overdose Deaths Goes Statewide

Credit Community Care NC

In 2009, Wilkes County in the northwestern part of the state had the 4th highest rate of prescription drug overdose deaths in the country. Two years later, those numbers dropped by 68 percent. That's because of a program called Project Lazarus, which is now going to be implemented statewide.

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Environment
7:52 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Greensboro Awaits First Draft Of New Tree Ordinance

Stumps like this one have become more common in Greensboro neighborhoods. Duke energy says it cuts when necessary. Residents think the company is being too aggressive.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Some residents in Greensboro are eagerly awaiting the details of a proposed tree ordinance. A city council subcommittee finished the draft for the ordinance this week, but it has not yet been made public.

The new measure comes in response to a dispute between property owners and Duke Energy over the company’s practice of cutting trees.  Nancy Vaughan is an at-large City Council member who helped write the ordinance draft.

"We were able to protect private property as well as public right of way," says  Vaughan.

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The State of Things
3:07 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Exhibit Explores Attention Through TINY Art

In TINY, artists consider the miniature, very small, and microscopic.
Credit The Carrack

Who says bigger is always better? It seems that the smallest things hold our world together. If you unscrewed the back of your watch, you would see a whole world of washers and gears and screws that held together your concept of time. The Carrack recently opened the exhibit "TINY: Attention, Exploded." The exhibit works to explore how we relate to the small.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory Revamps The NC Board Of Elections

Last Friday, Gov. Pat McCrory appointed an entirely new staff to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Earlier that week the board was set to begin an investigation into contributions to McCrory's campaign. A one-hundred percent turnover is unusual and leaves many speculating whether or not it has to do with this investigation.

John Frank is a political reporter for the News and Observer and joined Host Frank Stasio today to talk about the turnover.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Photographer Spends Forty Years Capturing Rural County

The cover of One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia. Edited and with an introduction by Tom Rankin, coedited by Iris Tillman Hill.
Credit http://documentarystudies.duke.edu

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Many photographers in this day and age seek to capture as many worlds as they can in their lifetime. Paul Kwilecki did all of this while staying in Decatur County, Georgia for over four decades.

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Politics & Government
8:56 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Charlotte Mayor Nominated For Transportation Post

Credit Bz3rk, Creative Commons

President Obama has nominated Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx to be the nation's next secretary of transportation. He would replace outgoing secretary Ray LaHood if confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Foxx -- who turns 42 years old today -- is considered a "rising star" among Democrats. 

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Military
6:30 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Camp Lejeune Marine Clears IEDs To Evacuate A Wounded Teammate

Marines in Afghanistan receive counter IED training.
Credit U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena

A Camp Lejeune Marine receives the Silver Star Tuesday for his actions of valor in Afghanistan. 

Staff Sgt. Daniel Ridgeway will the get the award during a ceremony on the base.  Ridgeway says he and his men were walking in line toward a stockpile of enemy weapons, which they had been ordered to clear out, when a blast knocked him over.

"My teammate ended up stepping on an IED," Ridgeway says.

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Politics & Government
8:50 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

17 Protesters Arrested At General Assembly

State NAACP President William Barber and others protest at the General Assembly.
Credit Jessica Jones

Police at the General Assembly in Raleigh arrested 17 protesters Monday evening who were protesting inside the building.

The group, which included state NAACP head Rev. William Barber, was speaking out against a series of Republican-led bills that have been passed recently. Barber says that includes a measure that would require residents to bring photo identification with them to the polls.

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Education
2:49 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Duke Acquires Extremist Literature Collection From Southern Poverty Law Center

The extremist literature collection is being prepared for scholarly use by the Rubenstein Library staff.
Credit Duke University

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project has donated its collection of extremist literature – pamphlets and flyers issued by the KKK, neo-nazis, racist skinheads, border vigilantes, and neo-Confederates – to Duke’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The nearly 90-box collection will be housed there to allow scholarly research on the histories of extremist groups in the U.S.

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The Story
1:21 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

A Soldier's Eye: Rediscovered Photos From Vietnam

Charlie Haughey returned home from Vietnam with almost 2,000 photo negatives of his fellow soldiers.  He put them in a box and left them there for 45 years, untouched, until a friend encouraged him to digitize them.

In this edition of The Story, Charlie says seeing them brings back the war, and "things I did not take pictures of. And there are some that are, to me, just the scariest pictures in the world."

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