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10:20 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Ending the War on Drugs

The United States spends billions of dollars each year to fight the drug trade, but demand for illegal substances persists. Increasing acceptance of medical marijuana and horrific drug violence in Mexico are making many people skeptical about the “War on Drugs.” At the recent Summit of the Americas, leaders of some South American countries criticized the U.S. for its staunch support of the war. Is public sentiment moving us into an era without a war on drugs?

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State of Things
10:16 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Jules Verne

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The annual gathering of the North American Jules Verne Society takes place in Marion, North Carolina this year. Jules Verne, a 19th century French writer, is well known for books like "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," and "Journey to the Center of the Earth," but poor

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Politics & Government
6:45 am
Thu June 14, 2012

No Re-Trial For Edwards

John Edwards will not face another criminal trial on charges of alleged campaign finance violations.

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Politics & Government
5:55 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Changes Coming To UNC Board Of Governors

The latest round of UNC system Board of Governors meetings start today. The meetings may get heated, as the Board weighs in on an academic scandal and elects new leaders.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

ACLU Sues State Over Adoption Restrictions

ACLU lawyer Elizabeth Gill speaks in front of same-sex couples at the federal courthouse in Greensboro.
Jeff Tiberii

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit in Greensboro seeking expanded adoption rights for same-sex couples.

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State of Things
11:41 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Remembering Doc Watson

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Doc Watson's virtuosic guitar playing changed bluegrass music forever. He brought the guitar out from behind the banjo and fiddle and set the bar for acoustic musicians. His career took off with the folk revival of the 1950s and remained vital until his death last month. Now the Deep Gap, North Carolina native will forever be an icon of mountain music.

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Business & Economy
7:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

RTI Awarded Energy Grant

RTI International has been awarded 4-point8-million dollars to develop technology to help reduce the energy needed to power manufacturing facilities.

Leoneda Inge:  RTI International will partner with Duke University and Veolia Water Solutions in Cary to develop a system that will allow heat from industrial processes to treat waste-water.  David Danielson is Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the US Department of Energy.  He says his office is funding 13 projects in this first round.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bill Rewriting Racial Justice Act Passes House

House lawmakers have passed a bill that would rewrite the state's Racial Justice Act.

Jessica Jones: House lawmakers passed the controversial measure by a veto-proof 72 to 47 after a long debate yesterday afternoon. The bill would narrow the use of statistics that death row inmates could use to show that racial bias was a factor in their cases. It would also narrow the time frame inmates could use to prove bias. House Majority Leader Paul Stam is a sponsor of the bill.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Food Stamp Service Interrupted in Guilford County

Thousands of residents in Guilford County have been without food stamps for several weeks.

Jeff Tiberii: Problems started last month when the county department of social services began using a new software program. Steve Hayes with social services says there were significant delays in processing, applications and re-certifications.

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Politics & Government
5:55 am
Wed June 13, 2012

House Tentatively Passes Budget

Lawmakers in the state Senate have tentatively passed a 20.1 billion dollar spending plan as part of this year’s budget adjustment. The Republican-penned plan spends about 127 million dollars less than the House plan approved last month.

Jessica Jones: Republican Richard Stevens is the co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. As he addressed his fellow senators earlier today, Stevens said the good news about these last few days of the fiscal year is that almost every department has stayed within its budget.

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