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5:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Survey Predicts Slow Growth For NC Businesses

Small business owners in North Carolina are more optimistic about their companies, but hiring remains stagnant.  A survey released yesterday from PNC Financial says nearly 30 percent of North Carolina businesses report that they are optimistic about their prospects for the next six months.  That's up from 15 percent last fall.  But PNC economist Mekael Teshome says the state's business outlook reflects the slow growth nationwide.

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

House Lawmakers Unveil Voter ID Bill

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Republican House Explains Voter ID Bill

Republican leaders in the state House have unveiled details of their long-awaited Voter ID bill.

The measure would require most North Carolinians to bring photo identification with them to the polls, beginning in 2016. It would allow residents to use a number of different kinds of IDs in order to vote.
Republican Speaker of the House Thom Tillis told a news conference earlier today that weeks of discussions have gone into creating this bill.

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Military
4:51 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Fort Bragg To Phase Out Harming Animals In Army Training

Medics in training at Fort Bragg
Credit Sgt. April de Armas/82nd CAB, Fort Bragg

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) alleges that at least 300 goats are killed and maimed at Fort Bragg each month for medical training.  Now activists are applauding signs the army may be starting to the change the way soldiers are trained for trauma response. According to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress has required the military to lay out a timeline to phase out the use of animals for training purposes.

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

TEDx Brings Ideas Worth Sharing To Greensboro

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Participants of TEDxGreensboro join host Frank Stasio to talk about the upcoming event.

TEDx is the community offshoot of TED, a nonprofit dedicated to "Ideas Worth Spreading." Greensboro is the site of a spring conference, featuring such speakers as Daniel Herr, a neuroscientist giving the talk, "The Language of Nature: what's the big deal about nano"; and Katie Marshall, a corporate communicator at Volvo Financial Services, talking about her passion for Greensboro, and the intersection between college and professional life.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Slam Poetry Festival Gives Voice To Area Students

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Louder Than a Bomb organizer Kelly Rae Williams and student poet Aaron Ashby give us a preview of the event

The Louder Than a Bomb Poetry Slam competition started in Chicago in 2001. Inspired by the competition and a documentary about it, local group Poet.she Female Performing Arts & Spoken Word decided to bring the competition to Greensboro.

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The Story
12:10 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Stop And Frisk On Trial In New York City

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Some New Yorkers have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the New York City Police Department 's "Stop and Frisk" policy unfairly targets African Americans and Latinos. We hear from one of the young men behind the lawsuit, Nicholas Peart, who has been stopped by police three times.

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Military
7:29 am
Thu April 4, 2013

North Carolina To Open New State Veterans Home

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

North Carolina will open its newest full-service State Veterans Home Thursday in Kinston.  Residents there can have on-site registered nurses, therapists and service officers to assist with VA benefits to deal with their physical injuries.  They will also be either next to, or a short drive from, a local hospital should they need more intensive medical care. 

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Politics & Government
5:03 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

State Senate Votes To Repeal Racial Justice Act

The State Senate chamber
Credit Dave DeWitt

State senators have voted to repeal a historic law passed in 2009 that allows death row inmates to use statistical evidence of racial bias to challenge their sentences.

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The State of Things
4:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Local & International Talent Light Up Full Frame Documentary Film Fest

Nicole Triche
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A sneak preview of the 2013 Full Frame Film Festival

Rivalries are fierce at the World Taxidermy Championships. Judges, armed with flashlights and magnifying glasses, examine anatomy and artistry. And taxidermists, who fancy themselves artists, vie for the legitimacy of their craft.

Nicole Triche’s new documentary, “Taxidermists,” premiers at the annual Full Frame Documentary  Film Festival. Triche is also an assistant professor at Elon University in the school of communications.

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Health
4:35 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Governor Wants Managed Care For Medicaid

Pat McCrory
Credit Gurnal Scott

Governor Pat McCrory has announced a plan that could privatize the state's Medicaid program that serves low-income people.

The state will hold a competitive bidding process for three big managed-care providers to deliver medical, mental and dental services to patients. Governor McCrory says the plan will help streamline the delivery of Medicaid services.

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