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5:20 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

NAACP Vigil Supports Georgia Inmate

Supporters of a man convicted of murder in Georgia plan to hold a prayer vigil in Wilson tonight.

John McNeil sits today in a Georgia prison. He killed a man he said threatened him and his son at his home in 2005. McNeil was sentenced to life in prison nine months after the incident. The jury went against what police found

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Business & Economy
5:10 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

State Officials Question Alabama Bank's Loans

North Carolina officials are seeking answers from an Alabama-based bank that is offering payday loans in the state. Such short-term, high-interest loans are illegal in North Carolina. But Regions Bank, which has several branches here, is offering the loans online. Attorney General Roy Cooper says his office has written Regions Bank to see if any North Carolina customers have taken out the loans.

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State of Things
9:46 am
Wed October 3, 2012

When I Leave

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Ella Joyce Stewart grew up on a farm in rural North Carolina during the time of segregation.

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State of Things
9:39 am
Wed October 3, 2012

On the Front Lines

Success in the war on Afghanistan depends on Afghan soldiers taking over after U.S. troops leave.

The Army’s Green Beret’s are charged with training them. Kevin Maurer, the local news editor for the Wilmington Star-News embedded with the Green Beret and walked away with a book, “Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces” (Berkley Hardcover/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his experiences.

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State of Things
9:31 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Maestro Mystery

For years, Felix Mendelssohn’s “Easter” sonata has been a source of contention in the music world. Some thought it was composed by him, but others attributed it to his sister Fanny. Duke graduate student Angela Mace solved the mystery once and for all this year. Host Frank Stasio talks to her about her discovery.

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Business & Economy
7:20 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Lenovo To Build Computers In NC

Most of the computers sold in the United States are made somewhere else in the world.  That includes computers made by Lenovo.  But yesterday, the computer giant announced it will soon open its first U.S. based manufacturing plant.  And that plant will be in North Carolina.

Lenovo has been moving like lightening during the past 18 months.  The company has gone from 400 retail stores to four-thousand.  And it’s paid off quarter after quarter.  David Schmook is President of Lenovo for North America. 

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Business & Economy
7:15 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Duke Energy Could Spend Billions To Fix Florida Plant

Duke Energy may have to pay billions of dollars to repair the Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida.

A Charlotte engineering firm says the cost to fix a cracking outer-concrete layer of the containment unit could reach 3-point-4 billion dollars. Utility spokesman Mike Hughes says that's a worst-case scenario.

Mike Hughes: "Including having to do additional repair work that is not part of the planned repair scope."

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State of Things
10:10 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Immigration Discrimination

A two-year Department of Justice investigation has concluded that the Alamance County Sheriff, Terry Johnson, and his department have been carrying on a routine of discrimination against Latinos. Johnson denies the allegations, and the Alamance County Board of Commissioners is asking the DOJ to present its evidence. Host Frank Stasio talks about immigration discrimination in Alamance County with WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

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State of Things
10:02 am
Tue October 2, 2012

North Carolina's Poet Laureate

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Joseph Bathanti was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He even went to college and graduate school there. So it's a testament to his passion for North Carolina that he was just announced as the Tar Heel state's newest poet laureate. Bathanti came to North Carolina in the late 1970s to be a VISTA volunteer.

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State of Things
9:48 am
Tue October 2, 2012

The Suburban Strange

Nathan Kotecki's first young adult novel is haunted by the moody alternative rock of the 1980s which haunted his own youth. Even though the Durham writer's book is set in the present, it's heavy on nostalgia. Kotecki says that for high school kids trying to find their identity as serious, creative types, looking backwards is the easiest way to reject the status quo. Courting the supernatural also helps. Nathan Kotecki joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his book, "The Suburban Strange" (Houghton Mifflin/2012).

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