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8:18 am
Wed April 17, 2013

House Committee Passes Teacher Tenure Bill

Credit www.ncleg.net

A state House committee has approved a measure in committee that would revamp teacher tenure in the state.

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The Story
4:10 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Longtime Boston Marathon Runner, Announcer Calls Event 'A Symbol Of Freedom'

Two bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Credit Instagram user xxshawnxxx

On this edition of The Story, host Dick Gordon speaks with longtime Boston Marathon announcer and runner Kathrine Switzer.

She was covering the event on Monday and witnessed the explosions. She says the event may have been targeted because it is a symbol of freedom.

"This has gutted me," she tells him.

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Education
3:55 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

UNC Greensboro Mass Casualty Drill Takes On New Weight After Boston Attacks

Credit UNC Greensboro Office of Emergency Management

UNC Greensboro students and staff will be among the participants in a mass casualty drill on campus tomorrow morning.  Organizers are using a tornado aftermath scenario to see how first responders react in a crisis situation with injuries. The drill comes just two days after a real-life scenario unfolded in Boston, where two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 100.

Susan Hannah,  an instructor at UNC Greensboro's School of Nursing, says the drill was planned before the real-life emergency played out in Boston.

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Environment
3:54 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Triangle Greenways Council Buys 22 Acres In Durham County For Future Trail

Chunky Pipe Creek
Credit Triangle Greenways Council

Just days after the City of Durham kicked off its trail season, the Triangle Greenways Council (TGC) has finalized a deal allowing for the creation a new greenway in Durham County. The group purchased a parcel of land along Chunky Pipe Creek, about two miles upstream from Falls Lake, Raleigh’s drinking water source (see a map here). The land has already been designated  for a future greenway project in the Durham Open Space Plan.

TGC  bought the land on April 10 from private owners, who will benefit from the NC Conservation Tax Credit and other federal tax deductions that incentivize conservation efforts. The purchase is the fourth parcel that TGC has bought along the creek.  The City of Raleigh provided funding via the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, a consortium of seven conservation groups that aims to protect land important to  the health of drinking water sources in the Upper Neuse River Basin.

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The State Of Things
12:24 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Conference Explores North Carolina’s Energy Future

Strata Solar's Solar Farm in Fuquay Varina.
Credit http://www.stratasolar.com / Strata Solar

Host Frank Stasio talks about North Carolina's energy present and future with Marilyn Brown, Lyle Estill, and John Morrison.

North Carolina companies are in the midst of a sustainable energy boom. Solar farms have bloomed, wind farms could be on their way, and local entrepreneurs are experimenting with biofuels and solar power. But cheap natural gas and new legislation could slow sustainable energy growth.

Experts are discussing these advancements at the North Carolina Department of Commerce's 10th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference in Raleigh today. Keynote speaker Marilyn Brown is a professor from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She said today on The State of Things that many people are looking to fracking for natural gas to solve our energy needs.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Why Did You Pick Up The Bassoon?

US Army image of a bassoon from the US Army Band Europe.
Credit Flicker user SJrankin

Seven musicians join host Frank Stasio to show off their bassoon playing skills

  The music critic and composer Cecil Gray once said: "The bassoon in the orchestra plays the same role as Gorgonzola among cheeses -- a figure for fun. Actually, the bassoon can be the most romantic and passionate of instruments, and Gorgonzola can be the finest of cheeses, but they must both be treated properly."  Why would anyone pick up the bassoon?

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Business & Economy
11:22 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Meals On Wheels Feel The Pinch Of The Sequester

Meals on Wheels volunteers in Wake County.
Credit Meals on Wheels of Wake County

The automatic budget cuts or sequester handed down from Washington are starting to affect North Carolina organizations that serve seniors.  Meals on Wheels of Wake County says they got the news last week.  Sequestration means they will lose funding that equates to 12,000 meals a year.  Alan Winstead, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Wake County, says he’s confident they will find alternative funding to continue serving hot lunches to 1,300 seniors a day, but the budget cuts have other implications. 

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Environment
9:46 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Ready Or Not, Here Come The Cicadas!

A 17-year periodic cicada from the Magicicada genus, similar to the ones that will emerge in parts of North Carolina.
Credit Bruce Marlin, via Wikimedia Commons

North Carolinians in the western Triangle and Triad soon will be visited en masse by the ear-splitting song of the 17-year cicadas. Over the next ten days or so, cicadas from  a group classified as Brood II will begin emerging from the ground and begin a month-long mating frenzy. The females will lay their eggs by sawing little slits into twigs on trees and depositing their eggs into those slits. When the eggs hatch, the nymphs drop to the ground and tunnel into the soil to feed on tree roots, where they'll stay for another 17 years until they become adults.

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Coastal Plain Counties Praised For Conservation Efforts

Coastal plain counties where groundwater levels are improving.
Credit NC Division of Water Resources

Officials with the state Division of Water Resources say a new report shows great improvement in groundwater levels over a 15-county area in eastern North Carolina. According to state officials, deep-well, freshwater aquifers in the coastal plain have to stay above full capacity to keep from mixing with saltwater.  If they were to mix, cities would have to spend money to filter out saltwater to make their water is safe to drink.

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Education
1:17 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Fewer People Are Applying To Law School

UNC School of Law
Credit Steve Exum, UNC School of Law

Many law schools across the country have experienced a drop in applications over the past two years.  Officials say rising tuition and a shaky job market are contributing to the decline. 

“Applications this year, reflecting kind of a national trend are down to about 1,510 from 2,300 last year, that's about a 35 percent drop,” says Jack Boger, dean of the UNC School of Law. “A lot of law schools experienced that kind of drop a year ago; we didn't at that point, but the national trend has caught up with us.”

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