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Education
8:05 am
Fri June 1, 2012

American Graduate: Poetic Justice Part 1

Poetic Justice

WUNC is part of the American Graduate Project. It’s a public media initiative looking at education and the drop out crisis in North Carolina. It’s a big issue, by some measurements, an estimated 1-in-4 high school students will drop out before graduation day. As a part of this project WUNC commissioned slam poets Kane Smego and Will McInnerney to host an after-school writing workshop at Northern High School in Durham. Today we begin a series of poetic reflections on their classroom experience.

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Politics & Government
7:55 am
Fri June 1, 2012

John Edwards Found Not Guilty On One Fraud Count; Mistrial Declared On Other Counts

John Edwards' campaign finance case ended in a mistrial. Jurors came back yesterday and acquitted the former senator and presidential candidate on one charge and said they were deadlocked on five others. WUNC's Jeff Tiberii has been covering the trial since it started more than a month ago, he joins us from our bureau in Greensboro. 

What was it like in the courtroom when the jury's decision was announced?

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Business & Economy
6:10 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Job Fair For Veterans

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a job fair for veterans and military spouses in Chapel Hill today. It's part of a national initiative to curb the high unemployment rate among veterans.

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Gaming Bill Tentatively Passes House

A bill that would introduce Las Vegas-style live gambling to the Eastern Cherokee reservation has tentatively passed the House. Governor Bev Perdue struck a deal with leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, but lawmakers must change state law in order for the arrangement to move forward. Republican Thomas West is a sponsor of the bill.

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State of Things
11:19 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Citizen Journalism from China to Carolina

Bo Xilai was a fast-rising politician in China. His sudden downfall plays out like a soap opera, with stories of corruption, hidden money, and murder. This story was picked up by the international press, but the details first broke on a Chinese language website called Boxun.com, which is run out of an office in Durham, NC. Host Frank Stasio will take a look at citizen journalism, working from half a world away with Watson Meng, the founder and editor of Boxun.com, and Scott Savitt, a China journalist and translator.

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State of Things
11:13 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Silver Sparrow

http://www.tayarijones.com/

Novelist Tayari Jones is the author of three books, all set in Atlanta, GA. Her latest, “Silver Sparrow” (Algonquin Books/2011) introduces readers to Atlanta’s black middle class through the story of two sisters, Dana and Chaurisse, whose father is married to both of the girls’ mothers.

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Politics & Government
9:45 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Presidential Campaigns Saturate Triangle Airwaves

The findings of a new analysis are no surprise to anyone who's flipped on the TV recently, the Obama and Romney campaigns are saturating local airwaves. Three of the country's top ten political advertising markets are in North Carolina.

Asma Khalid: Analysis from NBC News/SMG-Delta shows the presidential campaigns are spending a lot of money in Raleigh Durham, it's the number five market in the country for the concentration of political ads. Dominico Montanaro is deputy political editor at NBC News.

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Law
7:30 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Fayetteville Enacts Limits On Number Of Dogs

Fayetteville's city council has approved new dog limits. Starting July 1st, people living in apartments will only be able to keep two dogs, and people living on less than a half acre will be limited to three. Cumberland County approved the same ordinance earlier this month. Three council members voted against the measure, saying the city should focus on problem dogs. But Cumberland County animal control director John Lauby says the new restrictions will make people safer.

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State of Things
11:20 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Remembering Doc Watson

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North Carolina music legend Doc Watson died yesterday in Winston-Salem, NC. He was 89. Watson was a guitarist and folk singer, best known for his flat-picking style on the guitar.

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State of Things
11:11 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Mental Health and Children

More than 13 million American children and teenagers suffer from anxiety, depression, eating disorders, hyperactivity and other mental illnesses. The naturally irrational, impulsive or volatile behavior kids exhibit every day makes it tough to accurately diagnose them and medicating minors is a controversial practice, particularly when the study of child mental health is considered under-researched.

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