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4:10 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Chapel Hill Charter School Runs Into More Problems

A controversial charter school that was approved to open its doors in Chapel Hill this fall has hit a road block. The managing company that was supposed to run the day-to-day operations of the Howard and Lillian Lee Charter School has pulled out.

National Heritage Academies, Inc. runs more than 70 charter schools across the country, including six in North Carolina. The Lee School would have been number seven, but NHA has backed out of the project.

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Sports
3:46 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

March Madness Alternative: A Public Radio Bracket

KPCC's Public Radio Show Bracket
Credit Mike Roe/KPCC

You don’t have to be a basketball fan to participate in this March Madness bracket, just a public radio listener. Southern California public radio station KPCC has created an alternative competition pitting 32 public radio shows against one another. Listeners can vote for their favorites on their website.

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The State of Things
11:02 am
Tue March 19, 2013

What Does The New Papacy Mean For Latino Catholics In The Triangle?

Spanish catechism for the Catholic Church
Credit book cover, amazon.com

Luis Royo, Coordinator for Hispanic Ministries at St. Thomas More Church, talks to Host Frank Stasio

Today, Pope Francis officially became the 266th Pope for the Catholic Church, and the first representative of the New World. The 265 men who served before him were all European, but Pope Francis was born in Argentina, where he continued to serve until the church tapped him for the top job in Rome.

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The State of Things
10:51 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Humanities Experts Gather To Discuss Human Rights

Anat Biletzki, PhD.
Credit quinnipiac.edu

Philosophy professor Anat Biletzki discusses human rights and the humanities.

When we talk about human rights, we’re usually solidly in the expertise of political scientists. But professors of English and philosophy may have a role to play, too. That’s the goal of The Second Annual Conference on Human Rights and the Humanities. It’s being held by the National Humanities Center, and it brings together a variety of experts to discuss human rights.

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The State of Things
10:42 am
Tue March 19, 2013

What Does Disability Mean To You? UNC Student Exhibit Features Personal Stories And Pictures

photo from 'This Able Life'
Brittany Darst

Host Frank Stasio talks to Katie Savage, Joey Bozik and Megan Gress about their organization Advocates for Carolina.

A new exhibit at UNC Chapel Hill aims to challenge the way people think about the word "disability." It's a collection of photos and narratives written by students called "This Able Life." UNC junior Katie Savage founded the campus group, Advocates for Carolina. She says she hopes the exhibit will help dissolve the stigma often associated with disability and transform the word into something celebratory that empowers and inspires.

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Environment
10:33 am
Tue March 19, 2013

155 Sea Turtles Rescued From Cold Water Off NC Coast

Several live cold-stunned green turtles from Cape Lookout Bight
Credit NC Sea Turtle Project

155 sea turtles were rescued off North Carolina’s coasts and beaches this year and treated for “cold shock,” caused by low water temperatures.  That’s more than usual, and about half the animals are still recovering. Wildlife officials reported a record number of sea turtle nests last summer. They say it's not likely high numbers will be seen again this season because the same turtles don't typically come back to nest every year.

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Sports
10:07 am
Tue March 19, 2013

NC A&T Aims For Spoiler Role In NCAA Tournament

Adrian Powell at the free throw line.
Credit NC A&T Sports Information

NC A&T will tip it off against Liberty tonight in Dayton, OH as part of the First Four. The Aggies surprised everyone last week when they seized the MEAC championship in a 57-54 win against Morgan state.

Last year Norfolk State represented the MEAC in the NCAA Tournament. As a 15-seed the Spartans defeated 2-seed, Missouri, 86-84. It is one of only six upsets where a 15-seed knocked off a 2-seed. With a victory tonight, North Carolina A&T would meet 1-seed Louisville on Thursday. A 16-seed has never beaten a one-seed.

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Science & Technology
8:42 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Invasive Ant Species Creeps Through Triangle

An Asian Needle Ant (left) stings a termite. The ant is slowly invading nests of other invasive species in North Carolina.
Credit Benoit Guenard / NC State University

Researchers from N.C. State say an invasive species of ant is slowly spreading through North Carolina's forests.

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Business & Economy
7:03 am
Tue March 19, 2013

North Carolina Gaining On Jobs Front

Credit NC Commerce

North Carolina’s jobless rate may not be anything to cheer about, but the state’s job growth is getting some applause. 

The state’s unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in January.  It's one of the highest in the nation, hovering hovered around that amount for the past year. The national rate sits at 7.9 percent.

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Politics & Government
7:02 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Fee Illegality May Change Orange County Recycling Program

Orange County leaders may be forced to change how its recycling program is paid for.  The county says its recycling efforts have reduced trash in landfills by nearly 60 percent.  The county has been charging fees on property tax bills for the last decade to help pay for the program.  But the fee was never approved by the General Assembly.  The county manager's suggestion to privatize recycling pickup was resisted by some county commissioners. 

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