The State Of Things
10:49 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Civil Rights Lawyer Follows Twisted Road To Justice

Mark Dorosin

Frank Stasio talks with Civil Rights Lawyer Mark Dorosin

Mark Dorosin’s path to civil rights law was never straight. He followed many a winding course, skirting the optimism of teaching, exploring the pride of public office and even holding down the 9 to 5 as a manager at Blockbuster Video.

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10:30 am
Mon March 11, 2013

NC DOT Revisits Outer Banks Transportation Projects

A screenshot captured Saturday at Mirlo Beach near Rodanthe shows the surf advancing on Highway 12.
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The North Carolina DOT starts a series of public meetings Monday to get feedback about its plans for Highway 12 and new ferry tolls on the Outer Banks. 

The DOT said Monday it would add one departure time to the ferry from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke Island as more over-wash covers Highway 12.  The route faces intermittent closures after last week's winter storm flooded the highway.

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Business & Economy
3:53 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

N.C. Congressmen Author Bill To Spark Competition In Textiles


Two North Carolina congressmen are working together to push a bill that will reward ingenuity in the textile industry.  Republican Howard Coble and Democrat David Price say the act would allow companies and universities to compete for $5 million in Commerce Department grants.  Congressman Price feels innovators from North Carolina can be in that mix.

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The Story
12:53 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

“I Was A Friend Of Hugo Chavez.” A Classmate Remembers A Latin America President

Before joining the military, Chavez dreamed of becoming a major league pitcher.
Credit Cuentos del Arañero

Rafael Simón Jiménez was a high school friend of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, who died this week. As the country mourns, Dick speaks with him about what the leader was like as a young man and young politician. Rafael Simón Jiménez was part of the Chavez administration until they had a break over political ideals. He says Chavez loved baseball, but learned politics.

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Arts & Culture
12:34 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Union Sailors Caught In Famous NC Shipwreck Laid To Rest 150 Years Later

The wreck of the Civil War vessel USS Monitor lies off the coast of Cape Hatteras. Two sailors who went down with the ship will be laid to rest Friday.
Credit Monitor National Marine Sanctuary /

The remains of two Union sailors who went down with the ironclad USS Monitor off the North Carolina coast will be honored Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. 

The Civil War ship sank 150 years ago.  The remains were found in 2002.  Lauren Heesemann is the research coordinator for NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. 

"The date for the burial was chosen because its the 151st anniversary of the battle of Hampton Roads which is one of the battles that the Monitor is most known for; the battle of the Monitor versus the Merrimack or the CSS Virginia," Heesemann says.

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The State Of Things
10:23 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Panel Discusses Potential Perils Of NC Fracking

Fracking operation in Texas
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A panel of experts join Frank Stasio for this week's North Carolina news update.

Fracking is an inevitability in North Carolina since the legislature lifted a fracking moratorium, but questions remain as to the risk and what will be done with the waste.

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The State Of Things
10:08 am
Fri March 8, 2013

How Gary Brunotte Is Bringing Jazz To Durham

Gary Brunotte

A conversation with and live performance by Gary Brunotte Jazz Trio.

Organist Gary Brunotte has been playing music since he picked up an accordion at age 9. He went on to study and teach at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has been writing, arranging, performing and recording ever since. 

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9:02 am
Fri March 8, 2013

A Stay At UNC Hospitals Could Be Four-Diamond Experience

Patients at UNC hospitals will soon be able to dine bedside on 4-diamond fare from Il Palio at the Siena Hotel. UNC's Nutrition and Food Services Director Angelo Mojica is teaming up with the executive chef from Il Palio - Adam Rose - to feature some of the restaurant's fine cuisine.

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7:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

NC ACLU Asks: What's With The Drones?

Winston-Salem Police with its armored car used in recent standoffs.
Credit Walt Unks / Winston-Salem Journal

The largest law enforcement agencies in the state are being questioned about their use of military style weapons, technology and arrest tactics.  The North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union has sent public records requests to 62 law enforcement agencies.

“One of the reasons that we were very interested in sending out these public records requests, we learned that Gaston County had a drone.  And that was a big revelation,” says state ACLU director Chris Brook.

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Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

MetLife Will Move 2,600 Jobs To North Carolina

MetLife says it will move 2,600 jobs from six other states to North Carolina by 2015.
Credit Daniel Smith / Wikimedia Commons

The insurance giant MetLife will move 2600 jobs from six states to North Carolina as it seeks to consolidate its operations.

The company plans to make Charlotte its national headquarters for its retail business. Cary will become the company's global technology and operations hub.

"The campuses in Mecklenburg and Wake Counties will be multifaceted, bringing functions together to provide a rich work environment, as well as increased career opportunities for our associates from both wide and far," says executive vice president Marty Lippert.

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