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State of Things
11:31 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Washed in the Blood

Washed in the Blood
Credit www.lisaalther.com

When Lisa Alther finds herself confused about a topic, she sits down and writes a novel about it. So when it came to light that her ancestors were Native American and Portugese, she decided to write her way into understanding how she could be connected to them. The result is a series of linked novellas called "Washed in the Blood" (Mercer University press/2011). In the book, Diego Martin and Daniel Hunter, a Spaniard and a Quaker, come to Appalachia to change the place and wind up changed themselves. The stories of their descendants and the changes to the landscape make "Washed in the Blood" a sweeping Southern epic.

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Politics & Government
5:35 am
Wed February 1, 2012

McCrory Announces Campaign

Pat McCrory kicks off his campaign.
Jeff Tiberii

Republican Pat McCrory is in his first full day on the campaign trail for Governor.

Jeff Tiberii: On Tuesday night in a Greensboro suburb just blocks from where he grew up McCrory made the symbolic first step of his Gubernatorial bid:

Pat McCrory: Ladies and Gentlemen I am proud to return back home to officially announce that I will run for Governor because we’re going to fix this broken government and we’re going to fix this broken economy here in North Carolina.

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Business & Economy
5:25 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Non-Profit Poultry Plant Opens in Marion

The Foothills Pilot Plant in western North Carolina
Jeff Tiberii

A first-of-its-kind meat processing center has opened in Western North Carolina. The Foothills Pilot Plant is a non-profit operation designed to help small farmers and impact the local food movement.

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Environment
5:05 am
Wed February 1, 2012

New Planting Map Shows Warmer Winters

The US Department of Agriculture says winters aren't as cold as they used to be in North Carolina. It has released its first new map of planting zones in more than 20 years. Tony Avent is the owner of Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh. He was a technical advisor on the map. He says its detailed, interactive features surpass anything previously available.

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Education
3:10 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Local Universities See Endowment Gains

College and university endowments are growing again. But as Dave DeWitt reports, the gains are not enough yet to cover losses over the last five years.

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State of Things
11:06 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Remembering Mary Duke Biddle

Mary Duke Biddle

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was part of a philanthropic family that got Duke University on its feet, started the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and helped countless others with charity and kindness. She died last week at the age of 91.

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State of Things
10:59 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Inside the Mind of Stephen Hawking

Kitty Ferguson's book, ''An Unfettered Mind''

Stephen Hawking is a giant in the scientific world, despite the fact that Lou Gehrig's disease has severely disabled him, causing him to lose the use of his arms, legs and voice. Hawking is a cosmologist known for his simplified explanations of complicated scientific topics. Author Kitty Ferguson has a new biography out about him called, "Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind" (Palgrave Macmillan/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to her about her new book.

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State of Things
10:29 am
Tue January 31, 2012

The Postmortal

Drew Margary's novel, ''The Postmortal''

In Drew Magary's debut novel, "The Postmortal" (Penguin/2011), humanity has found a way to cheat death. Barring unfortunate fatal accidents, people can now live forever, but unforeseen consequences can be worse than death.

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Education
6:45 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Mary DBT Semans Remembered at Duke Chapel

Funeral Services for Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans at Duke Chapel.
Duke University

The Duke family and hundreds of their closest friends and supporters filled Duke Chapel yesterday in Durham to say good-bye to Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans.   Duke President Richard Brodhead described Semans as the university’s principal link to Duke’s founding generation.  Leoneda Inge produced this audio postcard from Semans’ funeral.

Music performer:  The Ciompi Quartet

The Rev. Dennis Campbell:  When Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was born Duke University was no more than a twinkle in her great uncle’s eye.”

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Sports
4:00 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Hoop Dreams Realized, Sort Of

Big-time college basketball is a way of life in North Carolina. It brings excitement and millions of dollars to the Triangle, and gives the region much of its identity. But actually playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference is out of reach for everyone but the most elite athletes. Except at UNC-Chapel Hill, where a Junior Varsity basketball team continues to prosper. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity for “regular” students.

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