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6:06 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Lawsuits Focus on Biomass Facilities

An exemption for biomass facilities from carbon dioxide limits under the Clean Air Act is being challenged in court. The Environmental Protection Agency is exempting biomass facilities from the rules for the next three years because they're considered carbon-neutral or low-carbon emitters. Frank Rambo is the senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center working on that case.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Producer Mitch Easter's Guitars Stolen

Mitch Easter is a legend in the world of alternative music. He was a founding member of Let's Active, produced the first REM recordings back in the early 80s and has since helped scores of young bands hone their sound. One of the guitars used in those original REM recording sessions was among half-dozen instruments stolen from Easter's home in Winston Salem. 

State of Things
9:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Meet Kelley Katzenmeyer

Kelley Katzenmeyer
Credit www.lemonadestandproductions.com

Filmmaker Kelley Katzenmeyer, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, deferred her admission to Columbia University to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea last year. She took her camera and immediately went to work documenting the rigorous Korean education system. Katzenmeyer planned to make a film about the pressures placed on Korean students to succeed, but she discovered that the pressure of attaining cosmetic beauty rivals academics. The forthcoming film is Katzenmeyer’s first documentary project.

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Education
1:56 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

UNC BOG Supports Thorp

UNC system leaders today expressed public support for UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp. Thorp has been under fire from some alumni for firing football coach Butch Davis last month.

UNC system president Tom Ross and Board of Governors chair Hannah Gage released a statement this morning, reiterating their support for Thorp and his leadership of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Earlier this week, an alumni group threatened a lawsuit. They said they were misled into helping pay for a stadium expansion and were led to believe Davis would continue as coach.

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State of Things
1:10 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

The Wanderlust Files

Ndem, Senegal
Credit Sed Miles

The last time Durham-based photographer Sed Miles was on “The State of Things,” he was preparing to pack up and leave the country, headed out on a dream assignment to see the world. Since then, he’s been to Mexico, Brazil, several European countries and West Africa. Miles has been documenting his travels on a photography blog he calls “The Wanderlust Files.”

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State of Things
1:06 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Adventures of a Funny Southern Woman

Celia Rivenbark, one of our favorite humor columnists, is out with a new collection of essays, "You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2011). In it, she riffs on yoga, Twitter, sleeping hip-hop stars, cinema and, of course, Aunt Verlie.

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State of Things
1:02 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Shana Tucker

Shana Tucker
Credit www.soundsituations.com

College exposed cellist Shana Tucker to a world of musical possibilities. Before enrolling at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Tucker had only been trained to play classical music. But during her time as an undergrad in the nation’s capital, she was introduced to jazz and the magic that can be created with improvisation. Tucker, a singer-songwriter, now lives in North Carolina where she is fast becoming a staple of the music scene in the Triangle. Her debut solo CD, “Shine” was released this year.

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Arts & Culture
10:49 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Poetic Portraits of a Revolution: Home Sweet Home

Portraits of a Revolution

Will McInerney, Kane Smego, Mohammad Moussa, and Sameer Abdel-Khalek spent the last two months traveling, writing, interviewing, and photographing the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia. Now they're back.  And be sure to visit their blog.

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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Fri August 12, 2011

MCNC Spreads Broadband to Rural Areas

Federal and state leaders are celebrating the second phase of a major broadband initiative across North Carolina.

Today’s virtual ground-breaking will take place in four corners of the state – including the Elizabeth City State University campus and the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.  Joe Freddoso is president and C-E-O of M-C-N-C.  He says the independent, non-profit has been funded to build more than15-hundred miles of broadband infrastructure – statewide.

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Politics & Government
5:05 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Reuben Young Heads New Department of Public Safety

Governor Perdue has appointed the head of the new, restructured Department of Public Safety.

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