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12:45 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bank Robberies Down Slightly

The North Carolina Bankers Association says the number of bank robberies is down slightly since last year. The group met with law enforcement agencies yesterday to discuss how to reduce the crime rate. The association says there have been 113 robberies this year compared to 129 in 2011. Associate counsel Dawn Thompson says the group keeps track of crime trends to help law enforcement cut down on robberies.

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State of Things
11:04 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Sports Roundup

North Carolina State University has a new football coach, and the Charlotte Bobcats are winning games. It's been a busy few weeks in the sports world across North Carolina. WUNC's Dave DeWitt joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the many changes, and the stories behind the sports headlines.

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Business & Economy
6:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Youth Employment Lowest Since WWII

A nnational report shows the number of working teenagers and young adults is at its lowest point in 50 years. 

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Politics & Government
6:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

City of Raleigh to Lease Dix Property

Raleigh is on its way to having a destination park like New York's Central Park and Chicago's Millenium Park. The Council of State voted earlier today six-to-2 to approve leasing the state-owned Dorothea Dix property to the City of Raleigh for 75 years. The City will pay 5 hundred thousand dollars a year, with a 1-point-5 percent annual increase.

Some Republican legislative leaders have criticized the deal, most notably Senate President Phil Berger. He says he's considering legal action to terminate the lease. But Governor Bev Perdue says Berger and other opponents are misguided.

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State of Things
10:06 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus
Credit baylorpress.com

As Christmas draws nearer, we are flooded with images of Santa Claus. He is perhaps our most iconic symbol of the holiday. The modern Santa Claus is based on the legends of Saint Nicholas, or Nicholas of Myra from the 4th Century. Adam English is Associate Professor of Religion at Campbell University and author of “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus” (Baylor University Press/ 2012). He joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the historical origins of Santa Claus.

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Military
9:15 am
Tue December 4, 2012

UNC To Train Military Medics For Civilian Work

UNC Chapel Hill and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina are collaborating on a training program for military medics who want to transfer their skills to the civilian world. A physician assistant master's program building on the experience and training of Special Forces medics will be designed with input from a team at Fort Bragg.

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Politics & Government
6:20 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Dix Park Boosters Pledge Three Million Dollars

Park Boosters On Dix Campus
Credit Jessica Jones

Civic groups in Raleigh advocating the creation of a public park on what is now the Dorothea Dix hospital campus have pledged three million dollars toward the effort. The Council of State is scheduled to vote today whether to allow the City of Raleigh to lease the land from the state.

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

10 Years After Ice Storm, Responders Say Preparation Is Key

North Carolinians are remembering a paralyzing ice storm that happened 10 years ago today.

About 1-point-8 million people were without power at the storm's height. Residents, businesses and first responders were all at the storm's mercy. Many of them have learned lessons a decade later. Barry Porter of the American Red Cross says mobilizing before any storm is important

Barry Porter: "We have to get our materials and supplies so we partner with government agencies to know which shelters can be opened. Which ones have power ability on their own."

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

NC Agriculture Exports Hit Record $3.75 Billion

North Carolina Agriculture products are in growing demand around the world according to new numbers from the US Department of Agriculture.

The USDA reports North Carolina agriculture exports hit 3.75-billion dollars last year.  That makes the state 11th in the nation for overall ag exports.  The latest export numbers also set a record for North Carolina.  Peter Thornton is an International Marketing spokesman for the state ag department.

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Business & Economy
5:10 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Utilities Commission Approves Settlement With Duke Energy

State regulators have accepted the terms of a settlement with Duke Energy over its merger with Progress Energy.

The utility commission's vote was unanimous on the agreement terms announced last week. Duke Energy will move ahead with changes that include Jim Rogers' retirement as C-E-O. He plans to spend another year running the company But spokesman Tom Williams says Rogers could step away sooner.

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