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The State of Things
10:54 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Jill McCorkle's First Novel In 17 Years Examines Love And Mortality

Jill McCorkle
Credit Tom Rankin

Jill McCorkle talks about her latest novel 'Life After Life'

Jill McCorkle's first novel in 17 years, “Life After Life” (Algonquin/ 2013), is set in a retirement community. There, the dying grapple with life and death in humorous, dark turns. One character moved to the area to be close to the grave of her former lover. Another fakes dementia to avoid having to deal with his adult son. Jill McCorkle joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her newest work.

The State of Things
10:46 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Son’s Death Spurs Mother To Fight Violence

Khaaliq Johnson
Credit mothersincharge.org

Host Frank Stasio talks to Dorothy Johnson-Speight about her organization Mothers In Charge

When Dorothy Johnson-Speight’s son Khaaliq was killed in 2001, she thought her life was over. He wasn’t the first child she lost – her 3-year-old daughter had died almost 15 years to the day before
Khaaliq’s murder -- but he was the first child lost to violence, and his death shook her.

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The State of Things
7:08 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Wake County Residents Protest Scrapping Dix Deal

WUNC reporters Jessica Jones and Dave DeWitt join host Frank Stasio for a legislative update

Dozens of Wake County residents filled a legislative committee room yesterday to weigh in on several controversial bills affecting the county.

One of the measures would scrap the lease between the state and the city of Raleigh to create a destination park on the site of the old Dorothea Dix hospital.

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Sports
7:05 am
Tue March 26, 2013

App State Latest Domino In Conference Realignment

The Mountaineers have competed in the Southern Conference since 1972.
Credit GoASU.com

Appalachian State University is expected to announce a major change this week for its athletic department. After more than 40 years competing in the Southern Conference, the school in Boone, NC, will announce a transition to the Sun Belt Conference. App State has considered moving its 20 athletic teams for several years and is likely to start competing in the new conference next year.

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Health
7:04 am
Tue March 26, 2013

UNC Hospital Stay Could Be Four-Diamond Experience

Il Palio's Buttermilk Fried Shrimp Salad to be featured on UNC patient menu starting March 26th
Credit Susan Reda

Patients at UNC Hospitals will soon be able to dine bedside on four-diamond fare from Il Palio at the Siena Hotel. UNC's Nutrition and Food Services Director Angelo Mojica is teaming up with Adam Rose, executive chef at Il Palio, to feature some of the restaurant's gourmet cuisine. UNC's Mojica says this kind of thing has never been done before in health care. He's in the process of reaching out to other high-end eateries in the Triangle and says it's a win-win for participating restaurants and UNC Hospitals.

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Politics & Government
5:06 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Planning For Affordable Housing Near Durham-Orange Rail Line

Light rail transit with Amtrak visualization of area near Durham Station Transportation Center.
Credit Triangle Transit Authority

Advocates of the proposed light rail line from Chapel Hill to Durham say local governments should plan early to set aside money for affordable housing near train stations.  Researchers with Triangle Transit Authority met with Durham residents earlier this month. 

TTA research associate Geoff Green says the agency examined how property values changed when other metropolitan areas decided to build light rail.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NC State Tests Dune Filtration System On Coast

BEFORE: Dune filtration system installation.
NC State University

Researchers from NC State have developed a new stormwater filtration system designed to trap pollutants and bacteria that can often cause beach closures. The new system consists of a series of chambers that divert stormwater runoff into sand dunes, which act like giant filters. The filtering materials are buried beneath the dunes so that there are no visible materials on the surface.

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The Story
1:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Things To Say And Not To Say To A Vet

'Trying To Find My Way Home,' by Jason Moon.
Credit Full Moon Music

Jason Moon, an Iraq War vet, talks to guest host Sean Cole about the seven things people say to veterans that alienate and anger them.  Things like: “Glad you made it back home,” and “What did you do over there?” While they seem like pleasantries, Moon says these comments can trigger trauma.  He tells his story of denying and then facing PTSD, and sharing what he's learned with veterans through music. He has started a non-profit and calls it Warrior Songs.

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Environment
1:13 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NC Zoo Helps Launch Anti-Poaching Effort

Rangers display seized ivory tusks in the Nouaba`le – Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo.
Credit Emma Stokes, Wildlife Conservation Society

The North Carolina Zoo has partnered with five other leading conservation organizations from around the world to launch a new software tool aimed at curbing poaching in nature preserves.

The software is called Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (SMART 1.0), and it is intended to assist park rangers and wildlife managers by helping them measure and evaluate the effectiveness of their anti-poaching efforts. Poaching is a major threat to several endangered species, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and marine turtles.  Traditional methods of combating poaching are not making a dent in the illegal practice, and there is a growing gap between the sophistication of poachers and the skill level of the law enforcement patrols trying to stop them.  SMART is open-source and free for any organization or individual to download.

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The State Of Things
11:25 am
Mon March 25, 2013

First North Carolina Congresswoman Gives Voice To Working Class Struggles

Former congresswoman Eva Clayton chats with other speakers during the North Carolina Campuses Against Hunger conference at Elon.
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A conversation with congresswoman Eva Clayton about her life and work

When Eva Clayton was sworn into the U.S. Congress in 1992, she became the first Congresswoman from the state of North Carolina. But before that election, Clayton had a long history of community organizing and politicking. During her extensive career, she has always maintained a devotion to the rights and struggles of working class people.

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