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4:58 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Fullsteam One Of Four Breweries Nationwide To Be James Beard Semi-Finalist

Fullsteam's First Frost persimmon ale
Credit Fullsteam

Like last year, Sean Lilly Wilson of the Durham brewery Fullsteam found out that he was on the list of 2013 James Beard Award semi-finalists via Twitter.  And he thought it was a mistake.  His reaction?  “Profound disbelief,” he says.  Wilson’s Fullsteam made the semi-finalist list for the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional Award, joining names like Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, and The Brooklyn Brewery.

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Sports
1:14 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

VIDEO: Jeff Gordon Car Salesman Prank Goes Viral

Oh, the fun you can have if you’re a NASCAR driver.  

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Education
1:10 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Sequester Hits Durham Schools

Eric Becoats, Superintendent Durham Public Schools
Credit Dave DeWitt

Local school districts are bracing for funding cuts due to the federal sequestration. In Durham, the cuts from sequestration could be as much as $1.7 million. In Wake County - a much larger district - the same sequester cuts would total about $11 million.

And it's the most vulnerable students who will be affected.

"Most of the items that would be impacted would be some title one funding," said Eric Becoats, Durham's superintendent. "We would also expect to see some decreases in our exceptional children's funding that we receive from the federal government as well."

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Law
1:02 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

NC Takes Small Share Of Google Privacy Settlement

North Carolina is among 39 states to reach a settlement with Google over privacy concerns about the company's Street View feature.

Google used cars equipped with cameras and antennas to capture street level photos across the country from 2008 to 2010.  Authorities say the vehicles gathered personal information over open wi-fi networks during that time. 

"In broad terms, it might include URLs of web pages and possibly partial or complete email communications,"  says Kevin Anderson, head of the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice.

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The Story
11:57 am
Wed March 13, 2013

A Look Inside The Conclave In Rome

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel ceiling
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We listen in on the selection of the pope in 2005. It comes from the history program Witness, which is a BBC production distributed in the U.S. by American Public media. Rebecca Kesby speaks to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who was inside the Vatican in 2005, and describes the process of voting and deciding who would become the new pope.

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The State of Things
10:45 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Midwifery In North Carolina

WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones discusses pending policy to allow midwifery in North Carolina

An increasing number of families each year in the United States decide to have home births. But in North Carolina, having a home birth conducted by a single Certified Professional Midwife is illegal.

Republican Senators are seeking to decriminalize Certified Professional Midwife practices as well as build a licensing process for midwives.They've recently introduced the Home Birth Freedom Act and a move to decriminalize direct entry midwifery.The bills have received a lot of criticism for allowing midwives without nursing credentials to practice independently. WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief, Jessica Jones, joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss the perspectives surrounding Senate Bills 106 and 017.

The State of Things
10:39 am
Wed March 13, 2013

The History Of Modern Terrorism

The Foundations of Modern Terrorism by Martin A. Miller
Credit cambridge.org

Host Frank Stasio talks to professor and author Martin Miller about his new book, 'The History of Modern Terrorism'

When we talk about terrorism we usually think of drones, suicide bombers or some other kind of technological weaponry, but its roots go back much further.

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The State of Things
10:32 am
Wed March 13, 2013

One Man’s Search For The Next American Revolution

Professor and author Gar Alperovitz discuss his new book, 'What Then Must We Do: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution'

  The nation’s wealth is now concentrated in so few hands, the wealth gap growing so fast, that even its most ardent defenders question whether our current form of corporate capitalism can survive. Gar Alperovitz is looking for the next American Revolution. He is a professor of political Economy at the University of Maryland and author of the book, “What Then Must We Do: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution” (Chelsea Green/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to him about what can be done to save capitalism.

Environment
7:42 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Wildlife Officials Outline Areas Of Concern For Wind Farm Projects

A new map detailing high-risk habitat areas for land-based wind energy projects has been posted online by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A new map detailing high-risk habitat areas for land-based wind energy projects has been posted online by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Politics & Government
7:26 am
Wed March 13, 2013

NC Senator Calls For More Financial Oversight Of Universities

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) says universities need more financial oversight when it comes to federal funds. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) says the proposal is unworkable.
Credit U.S. Senate

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) says she's co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit colleges from using federal grants for their advertising budgets. 

Sen. Hagan and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) presented the proposal Tuesday.  They say higher education institutes need more financial oversight to ensure responsible spending.  Sen. Hagan said the measure will prevent for-profit colleges in particular from recruiting people who might end up deep in debt.

"Use your taxpayer dollars on education, improving education outcomes for students," Hagan said.

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