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11:36 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Sledge Awaits Justice From Behind Bars

News & Observer reporter Mandy Locke discusses the wrongful conviction case of Joseph Sledge

In 1976, Joseph Sledge was accused of murdering a mother and daughter in Bladen County, NC. Because of the many limits of scientific evidence at the time, hairs found at the scene of the crime were identified as "Negroid." And because Joseph Sledge was a Black man, the hairs were linked to him. Over 34 years later, the use of DNA testing has been used to prove that those hairs were not Sledges'. 

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The State of Things
10:59 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Novel Inspired By Baptist Missionary’s Diary

Elaine Neil Orr
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Host Frank Stasio talks to author Elaine Neil Orr about her first novel 'Different Sun.'

Elaine Neil Orr was born and raised in Nigeria, the daughter of Baptist Missionaries. When she began writing her memoir about 10 years ago, her mother gave her a keepsake – the 1853 diary of the first Baptist Missionary in Nigeria. This artifact spoke to Orr, and it was the inspiration for her first novel, “A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa” (Berkley Trade/2013).

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The State of Things
10:51 am
Tue April 2, 2013

A North Carolina Family Lives State's History

Professor Chris Benfey
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Author Chris Benfy talks about his new book 'Red Brick, Black Mountain, and White Clay

Several years ago, Chris Benfey decided to write a traditional memoir. He soon realized, however, that his family was anything but traditional. His new book, “Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay” (Penguin/2012), is part memoir, part history, part archeology.

It tells the stories of his ancestors’ work as bricklayers, his father’s escape from Nazi Germany and his great aunt and uncle’s pivotal role in the founding of Black Mountain College. Chris Benfey is a Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. He joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss his family’s North Carolina stories.

Politics & Government
10:02 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Could NC Soon Have A Pepsi-Cola Ferry Line?

Chicamacomico Ferry
Credit NC DOT

A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill that would allow for sponsorship of ferry lines along the North Carolina coast.

Last year the state’s seven ferry lines ran a deficit of more than $30 million. The ferry system is consistently in the red, and fuel costs are only making it worse. Leaders have discussed raising fares, but a new bill would avoid that by seeking about $4 million in sponsorship from large corporations. Think the Pepsi-Cola line instead of Hatteras-Ocracoke.

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Politics & Government
9:05 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Governor's Office Eliminates Latino Affairs Office

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Governor Pat McCrory's office says it no longer has a staff member devoted to Hispanic affairs.  The governor's staff says the duties of the state's Latino office will go to another office that handles all contact with state residents.

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Law
7:49 am
Tue April 2, 2013

North Carolina Steps Up Crackdown On Internet Sweepstakes Parlors

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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
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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
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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
NC DOT

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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Sports
9:46 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Duke Women Advance To Elite 8, Men Out

Liston makes it a 7-7 tie
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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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