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Business & Economy
12:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Universities Work Together To Bring Ultrafast Internet To NC

Marc Hoit
Credit http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/

A consortium of universities and municipalities are working to bring ultrafast Internet access to central North Carolina.  North Carolina State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke will submit a request for proposals Friday to Internet providers.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Unemployment Changes Coming

  The General Assembly is expected to consider legislation this week that will reform the federal unemployment insurance program. Republican leaders say the changes will help pay back a growing debt the state owes the federal government.

Advocates for workers say they are unnecessary and will push thousands of residents over a financial cliff. News and Observer reporter Mandy Locke joins Frank Stasio to discuss the changes and how it may affect tens of thousands of North Carolina residents.

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Science & Technology
10:21 am
Tue January 29, 2013

What Do Angry Birds Actually Look Like?

A new study from Duke University looks into how male sparrows express their anger. Although they are capable  of fighting to the death, the new study reveals that they often wave their wings wildly before attacking in an attempt to avoid a possibly fatal brawl.

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Law
5:03 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

New Blueprint Calls For Proactive, Efficient Approach For Court System

District Attorneys are touting a plan to help North Carolina become safer as the General Assembly prepares to begin its legislative session.  The blueprint for a safer North Carolina is a collection of bullet points. Ben David wrote it and hopes it can lead to a more proactive approach when dealing with crime prevention, funding for the courts and recidivism. David is president of the state conference of District Attorneys and the DA in New Hanover and Pender Counties. He says these building blocks could help Manteo with one issue, and assist Asheville in another area.

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Business & Economy
5:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

DNC Brought Economic Boost To Charlotte

Charlotte leaders released a report calling the 2012 Democratic National Convention an economic success for the Queen City.

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Arts & Culture
4:49 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Raleigh's Stone's Warehouse Could House Low-income Artists

Raleigh's old Stone's Warehouse building could be the future home to talented Triangle-area artists who often struggle to make ends meet. The city council has approved a 99-year lease with the state Historical Preservation Foundation for project. Landmark Asset Services is a Winston-Salem firm that specializes in such rehabs. The group has teamed up with developer Vann Joines - who says the 7-and-a-half million dollar Raleigh Arts Village will encourage people - from woodworkers to storytellers -to be an economic driver for the community.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Deborah Hicks Escapes Appalachia, Returns As A Teacher

The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America
Credit ucpress.edu

Deborah Hicks  grew up in an Appalachian paper mill town she hoped to escape. Her education opened doors for her to leave and travel to other parts of a country, but she returned time and again to Appalachia as a teacher. Deborah has dedicated her life to educating those that need her most - focusing on young girls in poor neighborhoods. She is the founder and director of PAGE, Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education, in Madison County.

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Science & Technology
11:32 am
Mon January 28, 2013

New Clues Found In Sinking Of Confederate Sub

Scientists say they may have found a new clue that sheds light on the sinking of Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley during the Civil War. The new evidence lies in a pole, called a spar, once placed on the front of the sub and used to plant explosives on enemy ships.  Scientists announced Monday that 135 pounds of gunpowder was attached to the spar at the front of the vessel.

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Business & Economy
9:50 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Bay Scallop Harvesting Resumes After 7-Year Moratorium

Sorting the scallop catch
Credit www.fishwatch.gov

For the first time since 2006, fishermen along North Carolina's southeastern coast can go after bay scallops in Bogue Sound.  A moratorium on the mollusks has been lifted in that area and the inner coastal waters to the South Carolina line.  The state imposed the ban because of declining populations seven years ago.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Progress Energy Wants to Cut Solar Rebates

Progress Energy Carolinas wants to cut its rebates for customers who install solar panels at their homes. Right now, Progress gives rebates of one dollar per watt, up to a maximum amount of ten thousand dollars. But the company plans to cut those rebates in half. Jeff Brooks is a spokesman for Progress Energy Carolinas.

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