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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
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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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Sports
8:13 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Five NC Schools Join The Madness

Five North Carolina teams made the NCAA men's basketball tournament, including the ACC's Big Three in the Triangle. 

Duke is a number 2 seed in the Midwest region and faces Albany Friday afternoon.

"We're excited with the position we're in," forward Ryan Kelly tells GoDuke.com.

"We've got some time to prepare and every team we face from this point on is capable of being us and we're certainly capable of beating them.  That's how we have to approach it.  A loss is the end of your season, so we just have to keep winning."

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Politics & Government
7:06 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Undocumented And Driving Without A License

NC DOT controversial driver license with the 'pink' stripe signifying the driver is undocumented or has 'No Lawful Status.'

Leoneda Inge feature on an undocumented Mexican teenager who drives without a license.

There are thousands of young, undocumented immigrants in North Carolina, dreaming of going to the school of their choice, finding a good job and getting a driver’s license.   Many of these ‘dreamers’ are waiting for official papers from the federal government after applying through the ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ program.  But in this state, they’re also waiting to find out for if their new legal status warrants a ‘No Lawful Status’ banner stamped on their driver’s licenses.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

2011 James Beard Award Winner Shares A Recipe

Credit courtesy of Andrea Reusing

Like a few others in the Triangle, Andrea Reusing found out she was a James Beard semi-finalist on Twitter.  But of the 13 semi-finalists in North Carolina this year, Andrea Reusing of Lantern is the only one to have ever won the award before.

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The Story
1:26 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Falling Out Of Love, And Figuring Out Divorce

Credit Alexandra Fuller

The writer Alexandra Fuller calls herself a storymaker but the story she tells in her new book “Falling” comes out of an intensely lived experience.

She tells guest host Phoebe Judge that her long marriage was beginning to fray, and she told her husband she wanted to leave. Minutes later, he had a terrible accident and the end of her relationship became entwined with the accident.

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