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The State of Things
12:20 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Overmountain Men Blend History, Appalachian Music

'The Next Best Thing' is the second CD by Overmountain Men
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Music and conversation with David Childers from Overmountain Men

Musicians David Childers and Bob Crawford bonded over a shared love of Appalachian music and history. The result is the second CD from their band "The Overmountain Men." Crawford is also the bassist for the Avett Brothers, while Childers has had a long career with the Modern Don Juans.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Lawmakers Pass Group Home Fix

N.C. General Assembly
Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers have passed a bill that would provide emergency funding to maintain care for group home residents across the state.

Legislators in the Senate voted unanimously to approve House Bill 5 yesterday. It will allow group home residents and patients in special dementia units to remain where they are for now. The bill specifies that a 40 million dollar pot of money that's already being used for adult care home residents can also be used to help group home residents.

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Business & Economy
7:40 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Raleigh Coffee Truck Offers 'Joe' And Sexy 'Janes'

Amy Carrieri is dressed in black fishnet inside her 'Cup O Jane' coffee truck in Raleigh.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Leoneda Inge reports on sexy 'Cup O Jane' coffee truck in Raleigh.

In Raleigh, on the edge of downtown, there’s a coffee truck that causes many customers to do a double-take.  The women pouring ‘cups of Joe’ are wearing fishnets, lingerie and other sexy attire.  The truck is appropriately called 'Cup O Jane.'  The entrepreneurs who started this risque coffee service were looking for options after a lay-off.  And if there’s one thing for sure, even in a down economy, sex sells.

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Politics & Government
6:17 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Non-Citizens To Get Different Driver's Licenses

North Carolina driver's license
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State DOT officials will issue redesigned driver's licenses later this year that will visually distinguish citizens from non-citizens.   Immigrants here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will notice their licenses will have the words "No Lawful Status" printed on them.  State DOT spokeswoman Greer Beaty says those words will be in a bar across the top that will differ from the blue on a normal license.

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Education
4:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

UNC Wants To Make Classes Go Viral

Starting this fall, four of Coursera's 90 online courses will come from UNC-Chapel Hill.
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UNC-Chapel Hill will start offering free online classes to the public this fall. The university announced Thursday it's partnering with the California-based company Coursera to provide four massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

"What we're hoping is that what we learn and what we develop through these MOOCs will help to enhance our face-to-face campus-based courses," says Carol Tresolini, vice provost for academic initatives at UNC.

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

GPAC Gets City Funding But Still Has $40 Million Left To Raise

The Greensboro City Council has allocated $20 million in funding for a proposed downtown performing arts center after months of wavering over what role to play in the venue.  On Tuesday council members voted 6-to-3 supporting the money. If the performing arts center is built, all of that money will be paid back through the hotel/motel tax (pending approval from Guilford County Commissioners) and through ticket surcharges and parking fees.

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The State of Things
10:12 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Gauging The Reaction To State Of The State Speech

Governor Pat McCrory Delivers State of the State Address
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Gov. Pat McCrory is the first Republican Governor in North Carolina for 20 years. So, many looked with anticipation to his first State of the State address this past Monday to see what kind of governor he would be.

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The State of Things
9:51 am
Thu February 21, 2013

How Media Consolidation Kills Democracy

Michael Copps
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The gradual consolidation of media companies into the hands of just six corporations is bad for democracy. At least, that’s what former FCC commissioner and chairman Michael Copps thinks.

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Health
7:42 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Duke Researchers: Wounds From Bullying Stick Around For Years

Duke researchers say bullying can lead to anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide up to 20 years later.
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A study from Duke University says adults who were bullied as children are much more likely to have anxiety or depression. 

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Politics & Government
5:19 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

House Passes Tougher Penalties For Meth Producers

State lawmakers in the House have passed a measure that would make it a felony for convicted meth producers to possess pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient needed to produce methamphetamine.

Republican representative Craig Horn says the bill would help the state fight against the illegal drug, which he says is produced in every county across North Carolina.

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