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State of Things
11:28 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Down Along the Haw

The Haw River winds through much of North Carolina, but few people know how important the river is to the state. Today, the river provides habitat for animals, a recreation area for tourists, and a source of drinking water for many communities. But the river hasn't always been so healthy; it was severely polluted in the past, and only recently has started to recover.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Democrats Regain Majority On Wake School Board

Democrats have regained control of the majority on the Wake County School Board.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Democrats have regained control of the majority on the Wake County School Board. Incumbent Kevin Hill defeated Republican Heather Losurdo in a runoff election last night.

Looking worn out and even slightly embarrassed, Kevin Hill greeted supporters last night after the final votes were in.

In the most expensive Wake School Board race in history, Hill defeated Losurdo by just four percentage points. He is the fifth Democrat to win this election season – a strong rebuke of the Republicans who held the majority the last 2 years.

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Politics & Government
4:45 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Greensboro Getting a New Mayor

Voters in Greensboro have elected a new mayor.

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Education
2:10 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Halifax Schools Beef Up Truancy Procedure

Education officials in Halifax County are stepping up efforts to hold parents accountable for student attendance. The county court system will host monthly truancy sessions starting at the end of November. Many other counties have similar programs. The move comes as dropout and truancy rates continue to rise in Halifax County's three school districts. County District Attorney Melissa Pelfrey says those districts don't always take the same steps to address truancy.

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State of Things
11:02 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Church and State

As voters across the country go to the polls today, host Frank Stasio examines the long, tangled history between religion and politics in American life. Joining him is Jon Elliston, an investigative reporter with the Carolina Public Press who has recently written about newly released documents describing the relationship between the Rev. Billy Graham and President Richard Nixon. Also joining the conversation is Rev. Nancy E.

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Health
9:00 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Duke Research Breaks Down Teen Drug Use

A new study from Duke University sheds more light on teen drug use. Researchers found Native American youths have the highest rate of drug use followed by whites, Latinos, African Americans and Asians. Dan Blazer is a professor of psychiatry at Duke and senior author on the study. He says drugs are a serious problem among 12 to 17 year-olds.

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Education
6:50 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Decision Time In Wake School Board Race

The final seat on the Wake County School Board is up for grabs today. Voters in Wake County’s District 3 will decide between Republican Heather Losurdo and Democrat Kevin Hill.

The runoff campaign has been intense, personal, and expensive. Counting all five school board races and the District 3 runoff, school board candidates have spent around $500,000. Outside interest groups have spent tens of thousands more. Losurdo says these messages are distracting to voters in District 3.

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Politics & Government
6:45 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Taxes on Ballot in Durham, Orange Today

Voters go to the polls today for municipal elections across the state. In Durham and Orange Counties, they will decide on sales tax measures in addition to picking candidates.

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Politics & Government
6:45 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Greensboro Voters Choose Mayor, Council Today

Voters are casting ballots in local elections across the state today. Greensboro voters will pick a mayor and City Council.

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Politics & Government
6:40 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Lawmakers Pass Redistricting Corrections

State lawmakers have voted to restore omissions in redistricting maps that left out about half a million voters.

Lawmakers voted mostly along party lines yesterday to pass bills that restored the missing census blocks. A software problem in the program used to draw the maps caused the issues. Republican representative David Lewis said debating these bills is completely unlike the heated discussions over drawing the maps earlier this year.

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