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Environment
5:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Alcoa Still Seeking Long-term License

At this hydroelectric damn water passes through the penstocks, as Alcoa employees observe
Jeff Tiberii

Nearly 100 years ago Alcoa Incorporated began generating electricity by using dams along the Yadkin River about 60 miles South of the Triad. For decades that electricity was used to power Alcoa’s aluminum plant in Badin. The factory has long since closed, however, and today the electricity is sold on the open market. Alcoa owns the hyrdoelectric dams and is seeking another 50-year federal license to operate them – and continue selling power. Opponents of this effort are concerned about water quality and whether the damns should be more beneficial to the local and state economy.

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Politics & Government
2:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Michelle Obama Visits North Carolina

Michelle Obama at NC Central
Jessica Jones

First lady Michelle Obama was in Durham and Greenville yesterday to help get out the vote for her husband. With less than two months to go before election day, polls show the race is close between President Obama and his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney. Jessica Jones reports the Obama campaign is hoping younger voters will help the president win North Carolina a second time.

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Law
8:20 am
Wed September 19, 2012

ACLU Seeks Stories Of Racial Profiling

State police agencies are  mandated by law to track every traffic stop they make...who was pulled over and why. 

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Education
4:20 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Wake Looking At New Student Assignment Plan

Families in Wake County will soon have to learn the particulars of yet another student assignment plan.

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Environment
4:10 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Hatteras Ferry Could Be Delayed

Department of Transportation officials want coastal residents to be aware that the rainy, windy weather could delay the ferry from Ocracoke Island to Hatteras Island. The Army Corps of Engineers dredged Hatteras Inlet back in May. But DOT spokeswoman Lucy Wallace says shoaling in Hatteras Inlet means it will have to be dredged again. In the meantime, she says passengers should keep an eye on the ferry schedule.

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State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The Indy...Sold!

www.indyweek.com

The Independent Weekly has been covering news, art, and culture in the Triangle for 29 years now. Steve Schewel, the owner of the Indy, recently sold it to Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman. They also run Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon and the Santa Fe Reporter in New Mexico. What will happen to the Indy now that it is under new management? Will the paper hold onto its local identity? Host Frank Stasio is joined by the Indy editor Lisa Sorg to talk about changes to the paper.

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State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Telegraph Avenue

Book cover,

Michael Chabon famously constructs whole worlds in his novels.  From the superhero invented by Cavalier and Clay to the Yiddish State of Alaska. His new novel, “Telegraph Avenue” (Harper Collins/2012) is no exception. It conjures a Bay Area struggling with chain stores and its countercultural past. It also comes with a playlist. Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon joins host Frank Stasio to talk about art, culture and the consolation of music.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Tue September 18, 2012

The Brothers Size

http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/

"The Brothers Size" is a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney dealing with the relationships between three African-American men. The older brother has lived on the straight and narrow, running an auto repair shop. The younger brother is a dreamer who has just come out of prison.

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Arts & Culture
7:25 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Civil War Cannon Unveiled At Museum Of History

Blakely Cannon at NC Museum of History
NC Dept of Cultural Resources http://www.ncdcr.gov

A cannon that saw service in Wilmington during the Civil War will now mark the plaza in front of the North Carolina Museum of History. The Raleigh museum is unveiling the artifact later this morning, adding to its exhibits marking the sesquicentennial of the conflict.

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Education
4:20 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Students, Faculty, Alumni React To Thorp's Resignation

Holden Thorp
UNC-Chapel Hill

The resignation of UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp is drawing a variety of reactions from those on-campus and off. Thorp has been at the helm for four years. During the last two, he faced growing criticism for how he has handled a series of scandals in the football program and the African and Afro-American studies department. And then last week, the school’s top fundraiser abruptly resigned after being confronted with a number of personal trips he took at university expense.

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