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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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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Ashley Christensen Named NC’s Sole James Beard Nominee

Credit James Beard Foundation

More than a dozen North Carolina restaurants and chefs earned a spot on the James Beard Award semifinalist list this year, but only one is advancing to the nominee (finalist) category: Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh. Christensen was nominated for Best Chef: Southeast, a position she shares with four other chefs in the region. Here is her reaction on twitter this morning:

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Education
1:17 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Dalton Gets Nod As A Community College President

Former Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton speaks at Isothermal Community College after being named its next president.
Credit Isothermal C.C.

Former lieutenant governor Walter Dalton waits for approval from the state Board of Community Colleges to become a community college president.  The members of the Isothermal Community College Board of Trustees chose Dalton last week to be the school's fifth president.  Dalton would succeed Myra Johnson who has been president of ICC for the past six years.  Dalton was one of a half-dozen finalists for the position.  School spokesman Mike Gavin says Dalton's history with the college could have been a factor in his selection.

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Business & Economy
1:16 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

White House Continues Effort To Increase Minimum Wage

Obama spoke in Asheville last month about raising the minimum wage.
Credit Randomsoleil, via Flickr, Creative Commons

The White House is continuing to take its effort to raise the nation's minimum wage on the road.  The proposed change was part of President Obama's message during his stop at an Asheville plant in February. He said it's time for an increase in the minimum wage "because if you work full time, you shouldn't be in poverty."

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

North Carolina Journalist Gives A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Local Media

I Never Promised Not To Tell by Grady Jefferys
Credit Amazon.com

Frank Stasio talks with journalist and author Grady Jefferys.

The Pew Research Center released its annual State of the Media report for 2012, and television news viewership is down. Political coverage has declined, and on local TV news, 40 percent of the content is made up of traffic, sports and weather. Meanwhile, newspaper newsrooms in 2012 employed 40,000 people, the smallest number of full-time journalists since 1978.

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