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State of Things
10:30 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Remembering Andy Griffith

www.andygriffith.org

Andy Griffith died earlier this month at his home on Roanoke Island, NC at age 86. Griffith was a native son of North Carolina, who proudly brought a tender vision of Southern culture to the masses through television. His portrayal of a wise and honest country lawman on “The Andy Griffith Show” won many hearts.

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Military
9:35 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Report: Child Homicides in the Military Decrease

A concerted effort by the military is reducing the number of homicides of young children by parents or caregivers. That's the finding of a report from Action for Children North Carolina. Tom Vitaglione is a senior fellow with the organization.

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Politics & Government
7:20 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Forest Wins Nomination for Lieutenant Governor

In the Republican run-off election for Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday Dan Forest beat Tony Gurley.

Jeff Tiberii: Forest received nearly 68-percent of the vote in a second primary that had low turnout at the polls. Forest is the son of Sue Myrick, the retiring 9-term Congresswoman and former mayor of Charlotte. He has never held political office but easily beat Tony Gurley who has 10 years experience on the Wake County board of Commissioners. Forest says his attention now shifts toward his November opponent, Democrat Linda Coleman.

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Politics & Government
7:15 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Tedesco Advances in DPI Race

John Tedesco won the republican primary run-off for Superintendent of Public Instruction by beating Richard Alexander.

Education
7:10 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Duke to Offer Free Online Classes

Duke University will begin offering free online classes to the public this September.

Asma Khalid: Duke faculty have signed up to teach eight internet classes. They range from neuroscience to astronomy.  So why fork out more than $40,000 a year for tuition if you can access these high-quality Duke professors for free?  Lynne O'Brien is organizing the partnership at Duke. And she says these online classes won't replace the on-campus experience.

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State of Things
9:18 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The Silk Plant Forest Story

One night in December 1995, Jill Marker was leaving her job as assistant manager of an artificial flower shop called the Silk Plant Forest in Winston-Salem, NC when she was savagely beaten and left for dead. A few months later, police charged a man named Kalvin Michael Smith with the crime and he was convicted by a jury the next year. Smith has always maintained his innocence and several follow-up investigations show that police may have mishandled the case.

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Military
9:15 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Military Seeks New NC Technologies at Symposium

Entrepreneurs, researchers, and the military are gathering in Chapel Hill today to discuss high-tech solutions to military problems.  The Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium is being hosted at UNC by Senator Richard Burr and the North Carolina Military Business Center, which works to secure military contracts in the state.

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State of Things
9:12 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Job Creation & The Economy

Occasionally, there are headlines about a new company coming to the area and bringing a certain number of jobs with it. Politicians love to talk about job creation, but what does it really mean for a local economy when a handful of people have a shot at employment? How many new jobs would it take to have a truly positive impact on a down economy and does it matter if the jobs are low wage?

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Environment
6:30 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Lee County Residents Ponder Fracking

Lee County is one of a handful of central North Carolina areas known to have natural gas reserves. Ever since state legislators passed a law to allow the horizontal drilling method of extracting natural gas known as fracking, county residents have been wondering when and if they’ll see gas wells sprouting up in their backyards. People in the community are divided over what fracking could mean for them.

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Business & Economy
6:25 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Durham Revitalization Project on Southside

The City of Durham has struggled for decades to revitalize a section downtown near the Durham Freeway.  Today there is a groundbreaking to celebrate new plans for the area. 

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