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Education
3:27 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Schools Seek To Plug Budget Holes

School districts are looking at every option to find funding for next year. This summer, a federal stimulus funding package ends, and could lead to teacher layoffs.

Dave DeWitt: Not every school district has what Wake County has a rainy day fund. Now, school board members are considering using a good chunk of the $35 million or so that’s in it to save 500 teacher jobs.

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State of Things
9:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

The Human-Animal Bond

www.humanesociety.org

Humans have an inconsistent relationship with animals. Some of them we invite into our homes and treat as family. Others we send to slaughter and happily eat. Still others we are content to let roam wild, unimpeded by human hands.

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Environment
7:25 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Public Meeting on "Fracking" Report

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources is ready to present its draft report on hydraulic fracturing.   This is the controversial process used to extract natural gas from shale rock underground.

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Environment
7:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

NC Wraps Up One of its Warmest Winters

It's the first day of Spring but it may feel like winter never really settled in. State Climatologist Ryan Boyles says it was the 8th-warmest winter on record in North Carolina and the 6th-driest. He says that's had some up-sides.

Ryan Boyles: Recreation has been much higher this year; people have been able to really get out and enjoy the outdoors this past winter because we've had such mild temperatures. Snow removal costs have been very small this past winter, especially compared to the previous two winters. But there are some negative impacts as well.

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Business & Economy
7:00 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

DOT Planning for Future of Biking, Walking

State officials are asking for public input as they prepare a statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan.

Jeff Tiberii: There are more than 3-thousand miles of existing bike routes in North Carolina. Officials at the Department of Transportation want to add better signage, as well as a useful website with maps of the trails. Julia Casadonte says the state last updated the plan 15 years ago. She notes the state's population has grown significantly during that time.

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State of Things
9:00 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Meet Mike Franzak

authors.simonandschuster.com

Michael Franzak never had dreams of fighting for his country when he joined the Navy after high school, but he was desperate and had nowhere else to go.

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Sports
6:50 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Heels and Pack head to the Sweet 16

UNC and NC State are moving on to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men's basketball Tournament. But the news isn't all good.

Jeff Tiberii: Moments after UNC's convincing 87-73 win against Creighton in the Round of 32, Dennis Marshall stood three rows behind the Tar Heel bench with a look of grave concern. His son, Kendall has just scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists. But dad had noticed Kendall hadn't touched the ball with his right hand for the last 10 minutes of the game, after being fouled hard. Moments later Roy Williams confirmed dad's fears:

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Sports
9:05 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Duke Done in NCAA Tournament

Coach K talks to his team during a first half time-out on Friday night.
Jeff Tiberii

NC State and UNC are moving on in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. But Duke‘s season has come to an abrupt end.

Jeff Tiberii: The second seeded Blue Devils were shocked by the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 75-70, in Greensboro on Friday night. Earlier in the day UNC beat Vermont 77-58 in the same building. And many Carolina fans hung around for the upset. Lehigh senior Jordan Hamilton:

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Arts & Culture
6:05 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

El Anatsui Exhibit at Museum of Art

El Anatsui's "Sacred Moon," 2007, aluminum and copper wire.
NCMA

A new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art offers visitors an unprecedented chance to follow the 40 year career of one of Africa’s most celebrated contemporary artists.

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State of Things
8:54 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Celebrating a Contemporary Composer

Karel Husa was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1921. As a young man, his city was occupied by Nazi Germany, which forced Husa to reconsider his career path. Instead of going to work in a factory, he decided to pursue music. That choice led him to study in Paris, then eventually become a professor of music at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. In 1969, Husa won the Pulitzer Prize for his composition, “String Quartet No. 3,” which featured viola and cello in key parts usually reserved for the violin.

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