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9:44 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Tim & Scrooge

Tim & Scrooge
Credit www.osctheatre.com

Watching "A Christmas Carol" is an annual holiday ritual for millions of people around the world. The story of the mean old Ebenezer Scrooge and his conversion from sinner to savior has been shown in a variety of versions on the big screen, the television and on the stage. But for those fans wondering what happened after Scrooge's change of heart, there is only one show to watch: the musical production of “Tim and Scrooge: A Carol for a Later Christmas.” It's a play written by Nick Meglin with music by Neil Berg and the narrative picks up with a now not-so-tiny Tim 12 years after the events of the original story. Host Frank Stasio talks to Meglin about his sequel to "A Christmas Carol," which makes it local premiere at Greensboro’s Open Space Café Theatre on December 8th.

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Business & Economy
8:15 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Raleigh Grows Despite Recession

The recession that began four years ago is still holding many communities across the country hostage.  Homes continue to fall into foreclosure and long-term employees are again looking for work.  But there are some areas in the United States that are recovering quite well during this down-turn.   And one of those metropolitan areas includes Raleigh.

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Sports
8:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Synthetic Ice Rink Offers Warm-Weather Skating

Recent warm weather has not stopped ice skaters from hitting a rink in Graham. The synthetic surface at the Children's Museum of Alamance County does not rely on cold weather or freezing water. Carlyn Sautter works for Graham Parks and Recreation.

Carlyn Sautter: "It is not ice, its actually a very dense polymer. But it skates like ice, it actually looks like ice, so you kind of feel like you're on ice when you're out there. You do use real ice skates so it gives it that added effect as well."

Business & Economy
5:50 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Occupy Raleigh Finds a New Home

The new Occupy Raleigh encampment
Credit Occupy Raleigh

Occupy Raleigh protesters have set up camp four blocks from the Capital. About 15 to 20 protesters have been camping since Thanksgiving. They're paying $400-a-month for the site owned by Rob Baumgart. Baumgart says it's purely business, but he did sympathize with the protesters.

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Business & Economy
5:45 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Inside Occupy Raleigh: Part 2

Joseph Huberman

Meet Occupy Raleigh protester Joseph Huberman, a 61-year-old artist and former small-business owner who's now retired.  He's been with the movement since it started.  Hear an interview with Occupy Raleigh protester Joseph Huberman, a 61-year-old artist and former small-business owner who's now retired.

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Business & Economy
5:40 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Inside Occupy Raleigh: Part 1

Kurt Zehnder

Kurt Zehnder is a 20-year-old Occupy Raleigh protester, and a self-described moderate Republican. He attended Western Carolina for a year before running out of money and dropping out. Now he's waiting tables, saving up for college, and camping out as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Hear an interview with Kurt Zehnder, a 20-year-old Occupy Raleigh protester, and a self-described moderate Republican.

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Law
4:30 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Lawmakers Wrap Up Session

Lawmakers have adjourned their post-Thanksgiving work session.

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State of Things
11:37 am
Tue November 29, 2011

North Carolina Mental Health

North Carolina is poised for another radical overhaul of its mental health system. This time the changes have to do with the way state mental health agencies pay for patient care. A new law passed by the state General Assembly last spring requires agencies to become more like HMOs. Instead of billing Medicaid for individual services, agencies will get a lump sum up front, which they will then use to pay patient costs. Opponents of the legislation fear this change will lead to poor care for the state's mentally ill.

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State of Things
11:30 am
Tue November 29, 2011

When She Woke

Book cover, ''When She Woke''

For writer Hillary Jordan, the lessons of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic, “The Scarlet Letter,” are relevant today. In her new book, “When She Woke” (Algonquin/2011), Jordan imagines that the skin tone of convicted criminals can be genetically altered to fit their misdeeds. Petty crimes are punished with yellow pigmentation, sex crimes with blue and criminals convicted of murder – like the book’s protagonist Hannah Payne – are turned bright red. Hannah, a devoutly religious young woman, is being punished for killing her unborn child. Her incarceration is also broadcast on reality TV.

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State of Things
11:24 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Freedom to Marry

Next May, North Carolina voters are scheduled to go to the polls to vote on a proposed amendment to the North Carolina state constitution that will ban same-sex marriage. Yet, according to recent polls, support for same-sex unions is on the rise. Nearly 53% of Americans favor the right to marry for everyone. That’s up from 42% five years ago.

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