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5:48 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

North Carolina's Jobless Rate Inches Upward

North Carolina's unemployment rate increased slightly to 9-point-6 percent in July. It's the first increase after holding steady for three months at 9-point-4 percent. But Larry Parker with the Division of Employment Security says overall, the numbers indicate things are moving in the right direction.

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State of Things
12:18 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

(Another) UNC Football Scandal

Just a year after an NCAA investigation into improper academic and financial benefits for members of the University of North Carolina’s football team, the school is under suspicion of academic fraud again. The first scandal resulted in the firing of Coach Butch Davis and the accelerated retirement of Athletic Director Dick Baddour. The latest probe involves student athletes and UNC’s Afro-American Studies program. WUNC Education Reporter Dave DeWitt joins host Frank Stasio for a look at the latest trouble brewing for UNC athletics.

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State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Dirty Dancing at 25

www.dirtydancingfestival.com

Legions of fans will flock to Lake Lure, NC this weekend for the third annual Dirty Dancing Festival, a celebration of the 1987 movie starring Patrick Swayze.

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State of Things
12:03 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

The Old Ceremony

www.theoldceremony.com

The Old Ceremony is well-known to music lovers in the Triangle. 

The band has been playing together for eight years and now their new album “Fairytales and Other Forms of Suicide” will receive an international release. Host Frank Stasio will be joined by the Old Ceremony as they talk about the evolution of their music over the years.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

BB&T Expands Banking to South Florida

Winston-Salem-based BB&T is moving forward with plans to expand its banking operations in southeast Florida.

Leoneda Inge:  BB&T is one of the oldest and largest banks under the state’s banking supervision.   Ray Grace is North Carolina’s Acting Commissioner of Banks.  He says acquiring Bank Atlantic restores the luster to BB&T’s image as a growing institution after PNC’s acquisition of RBC.

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Business & Economy
7:28 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Record Corn Crop Predicted for NC

NC Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services

State agriculture officials are predicting a record corn crop this year. That's good news for corn growers who will command higher prices thanks to a drought in the midwest. Ron Heiniger is a corn specialist at North Carolina State University. He says the crop in Washington county has benefited from plenty of rain.

Ron Heiniger: Well its big, I'm six foot one and it would take two of me and a little bit more, probably about 14 foot tall is a lot of this corn.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Youth Radio Institute: Dontá McCormick

Dontá McCormick

It's Friday and time for the next installment from our series from the WUNC Summer Youth Radio Institute. Donta McCormick was one of our youth reporters this summer. He and his brother grew up in North Durham -- in neighborhoods where most of their friends never made it out of high school. But as Donta reports -- the support of a mentor helped make sure his brother's path would be different from their friends.

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Education
6:27 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Gov. Jim Martin To Lead UNC Academic Review

Former N.C. Governor Jim Martin

A former governor will lead an investigation into academic irregularities at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Education
6:11 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Community Colleges Seeing Big Gains In Enrollment

Some area community colleges are reporting increased enrollment for the coming semester, among them Durham Tech and Wake Tech. Numbers for Wake Tech Community College are already over 20-thousand with a few days left to register. Wake Tech President Stephen Scott credits the steadily-improving economy to the a surge in enrollment along with class affordability and quality in the programs. Placement, he adds, is nearly 100 percent in many fields of study including medical, IT, and engineering. Scott says part of the success may be due to how the college looks at a technical education.

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State of Things
11:17 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Lost Artifacts of Morgantina

duke.edu

In 2010, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art had to return 16 silver cups and bowls to a little town in Sicily called Morgantina.

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