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11:58 am
Thu March 7, 2013

For Whistleblower Of Lance Armstrong Doping, Public Confession Gives Little Closure

Credit Pierre Metivier via Flickr

Betsy Andreu is married to a former cycling teammate of Lance Armstrong and she's known for years that he took banned drugs. He admitted it in front of her when he was in the hospital for cancer treatment. She wasn't the only one who heard the admission, but she was the one who called him on it and spoke out in the press and was reviled for her statements.

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The State Of Things
11:36 am
Thu March 7, 2013

A Look Back At The 1968 Poor People’s Campaign And How We Create Black And Brown Unity Today

Power to the Poor: Black-Brown Coalition and the Fight for Economic Justice, 1960-1974
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A conversation about the Poor Peoples Campaign, then and now.

The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 often overshadows what may be his most radical crusade. The Poor People’s Campaign in the spring of 1968 was organized by a coalition of predominately Black and Brown organizers working across the color line.

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Sports
7:30 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Tournament Town Set To Host ACC's Premiere Basketball Events

The ACC Women's Tournament has taken place at the Greensboro Coliseum every year since 2000. A different school has won the event in each of the last four seasons.
Credit TheACC.com

The 36th annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday morning at the Greensboro Coliseum.  Last year, more than 60,000 tickets were purchased for the four day event. Fans attending this year’s tournament are likely to notice some of the $8.5 million in renovations and upgrades that were recently completed.

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Education
6:25 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Sexual Assault Case Splits Campus, Prompts Federal Investigation

UNC-Chapel Hill student Landen Gambill addresses a rally on campus.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Dave DeWitt reports on the story.

When she decided to bring allegations of rape against a former boyfriend in the spring of 2012, UNC-Chapel Hill student Landen Gambill had three options available to her. She could file charges with the UNC-Chapel Hill judicial system, she could file a civil lawsuit, or she could file a criminal complaint.

She chose the first option – to keep the case on-campus – and from the start of the investigation through the final verdict and up until the present day, she felt violated and betrayed by the system.

And now she’s fighting back.

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Weather
4:43 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

American Red Cross Launches Free Tornado App

2010 tornado in Iredell County, NC
Credit England / Flickr

A new tornado app from the American Red Cross is out this week. Available in both English and Spanish, it gives users instant access to local, real-time information on severe weather alerts and warnings. Barry Porter from Triangle Red Cross says it's linked directly to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Transportation
4:41 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Lawmakers Moving To Revive Study Of Red Route For 540 Loop

State lawmakers in the Senate have tentatively passed a bill that would revive a federal study of a proposed section of the 540 Outer Loop highway across Wake County. Back in 2011, Garner residents convinced lawmakers to pass a bill that banned studying what's called the Red Route. It's a proposed part of the Outer Loop that would have required bulldozing parks and neighborhoods in Garner. Local leaders favor what's known as the Orange Route, but that would extend through wetlands that are home to an endangered mollusk.

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Science & Technology
3:42 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Older Gamers, Play On

Surveys showed older adults who play video games scored higher on well-being tests than those who don't.
Credit Anne McLaughlin / ncsu.edu

Researchers at N.C. State say playing video games might have positive psychological effects later in life.  A report released this week says a study of people who were 63 or older found those who play video or computer games at least occasionally reported more positive emotions in a mental health survey than those who don't.


"There's a whole gaming industry that's focused on the 12-year-old to 21-year-old demographic," says Dr. Jason Allaire, lead author of the study.

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The Story
1:07 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Over 20 Years, Correspendent Meets Russians, Mujehedeen and Taliban In Afghanistan

Terence White and mujahideen guerrilla leader Commander Ahmad Shah Masood in 1998.
Credit Terence White

A conversation with the longest serving foreign correspondent in Afghanistan. He has traveled in the country when the Soviets were fighting. He spent time with the Mujahedeen and watched the rise of the Taliban and the invasion by U.S. Forces in 2001. He no longer files stories and has begun to do contract work in the country saying that he's well equipped to operate in a war zone. He has written a memoir about his work called "Hot Steel."

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Politics & Government
11:35 am
Wed March 6, 2013

House Republican Leaders Plan Photo ID Bill

  • A story about efforts to produce a photo ID bill in the legislature.

Republican leaders in the state House say they’re committed to bringing forth a bill that would require all state residents to present photo identification in order to vote. They say they know some voting rights advocates are opposed to any kind of photo ID bill. That’s why they’re rolling out a schedule of public hearings and meetings before introducing a specific measure. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis told a news conference that he and other House members are committed to going through a careful and deliberative process as they put together a Voter ID bill:

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Wed March 6, 2013

How Charter Schools Are Changing Public Education

A panel of experts discuss how charter schools are changing public education

Seventy new charter schools have applied to become part of North Carolina’s growing population of alternative public schools. For the longest time, the number of charter schools in the state was capped at 100, but lawmakers changed that back in 2011.

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