7:49 am
Tue April 2, 2013

North Carolina Steps Up Crackdown On Internet Sweepstakes Parlors

Credit Pete Labrozzi via Flickr, Creative Commons

Police and prosecutors are working to enforce a state Supreme Court ruling that outlaws web-based sweepstakes games.    The justices' ruling last December upheld a law passed two years earlier by the General Assembly.  Since then, sheriff's departments have had the backing of prosecutors and Attorney General Roy Cooper in conducting stings to shut down the industry.

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The Story
1:44 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Why A Hospital Would Charge $400 For A Tylenol, And How You Can Get A Better Price

'The Sick Child' by Edvard Munch
Credit Wikimedia

The next time you get an outrageous hospital bill, don’t get worked up. Take a breath and negotiate.

For a good strategy, listen to Pat Palmer, who knows how to land the best price for services rendered. And she’s seen it all: from $400 bills for a single Tylenol, to a teddy bear masquerading as a very expensive "cough support device."

Pat, who has worked for an insurance company, shares her tricks for finding savings in the fine print of a hospital bill.

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The State of Things
10:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Sci-Fi Publisher Leaves Catholic Faith For Fantastic Worlds

Jim Minz
Credit ktempest, via, Creative Commons

Jim Minz, senior editor at Baen Publishing, discusses his life and the evolution of book publishing

Jim Minz’s childhood in small-town West Bend, Wisconsin prepared him for two things: game shows and science fiction.

West Bend was home to the West Bend Company – the maker of small appliances which were regularly featured as consolation prize on game shows.

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Business & Economy
10:14 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Bridge Construction Means Lengthy Detour To OBX

West side of the Alligator River Bridge

A major highway in eastern North Carolina will be closed for two weeks while crews work on a bridge to the Outer Banks, adding an hour’s drive for people headed to or from the area. The state DOT says Highway 64 will be closed at the Alligator River drawbridge for two weeks, starting tomorrow.  That means drivers will have to take Highway 264 to the south or Highway 17 to the north to get to Manteo.

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9:46 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Duke Women Advance To Elite 8, Men Out

Liston makes it a 7-7 tie

The Duke women's basketball team has made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.  The Blue Devils defeated Nebraska last night, 53-45, despite shooting just 33 percent from the field. Coach Joanne McCallie says her team offset that by holding Nebraska to just 30 percent.

“We play very good defense and we did today,” said McCallie.  “I think that was the difference for our team.  Some of the stops we made, I thought, were very critical.  To hold a Nebraska team to 45 points, that's a very good thing for us to do.”

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5:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Federal Investigators At UNC This Week

UNC Sophomore Landen Gambill is one of five women who filed a complaint that alleges UNC-Chapel Hill violated the Clery Act.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Federal investigators will be at UNC-Chapel Hill this week. They are on campus to investigate claims that the University under-reported sexual assault cases. 

The investigation stems from a complaint filed by three current students, a former student, and a former administrator. They say UNC-Chapel Hill violated the Clery Act by under-reporting the number of sexual assault cases in 2010.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Raleigh Bartender Wins National Pisco Cocktail Contest

John Anton, bar manager at Mandolin
Credit courtesty of John Anton

If you’ve never heard of pisco, then you're not alone. But  Mandolin bar manager John Anton hopes to change that.  He wants to introduce pisco – a Peruvian grape brandy – to people in the Raleigh area willing to give it a go, and he believes that a trip to Peru to witness the makers of the spirit can help him do it. Anton will head to the Peruvian town of Ica next month, courtesy of pisco-maker Campo de Encanto, to watch a 90-year-old master pisco distiller in action.

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The Story
11:45 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Game On: "Pee Wee" Kirkland and Harlem's Rucker Park

Credit 'Pee Wee' Kirkland

Rucker Park is hallowed ground: the New York City basketball courts where the best players in the country make pilgrimages to play.

Guest host Sean Cole speaks with one of the Rucker legends, "Pee Wee" Kirkland, who captivated crowds and honed his skills for college ball and got an offer from the NBA.

"Pee Wee" declined the offer from the Chicago Bulls, in part because he was deep into a life of crime.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Can Zoo Animals Hunt For Easter Eggs?

A chimpanzee eats treats from inside a papier-mâché egg.
Credit Zoo photo by Tom Gillespie

Who says animals can’t participate in an Easter egg hunt? This weekend, while thousands of children across the state hunt for candy-filled Easter eggs, the North Carolina Zoo will give its animals their own egg hunt.

The “Egg-Stravaganza” begins Saturday morning, and it involves zookeepers putting papier-mâché eggs filled with animal treats inside the animals' living spaces. Some of the lucky creatures that will be getting eggs include gorillas, elephants, ocelots, Red River hogs, seals, bears, and a cougar.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Standing Room Only At NC Catholic Churches

Raleigh Bishop Michael Burbidge on Palm Sunday at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Credit Frank Morock

There are so many Catholics in North Carolina these days, it’s hard to keep count.  Those who are keeping count say numbers have jumped 300 percent in a generation. The Diocese of Raleigh is growing so fast it plans to break ground on a 2,000-seat cathedral next year.  For now, if you plan on attending mass this Easter Sunday, you better get up early or you’ll likely be having service at an overflow site at the Clarion Hotel.  Or, you’ll just have to stand.

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