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The State of Things
11:37 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Meet Dr. Jeffrey Brantley

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Dr. Brantley about his life and work.

The key to greater peace and health is as simple as "mindfulness" - the act of paying attention on purpose. However, practicing mindfulness isn't as simple or as easy as it sounds. Dr. Jeffrey Brantley helps patients find their way to mindful living and a stronger connection between their minds and their bodies.

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Business & Economy
8:36 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Water Report Criticizes Private Companies

A non-profit organization has released a report that claims private utilities are not providing affordable or healthy water to some small communities in North Carolina. The report from Clean Water for North Carolina says private companies charge their customers using a system called single tariff. It allows them to raise rates if they make more investments in water systems. Katie Hicks is the lead author of the report.

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Arts & Culture
8:20 am
Mon June 6, 2011

'Miracle on the Hudson' Coming to Charlotte

It was nearly two years ago that U.S. Airways flight 1549 bound for Charlotte had to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River. Everyone on board survived what was called a miracle landing. This week the plane is making one last journey to the Queen City where it will go on display at the Carolinas Aviation Museum. Shawn Dorsch is the president of the facility. He says the plane will arrive Friday for a special event with the crew and passengers including Captain Sullenberger before going on public display Sunday. 

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Law
5:26 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Edwards Indictment Elicits Old Disappointment

John Edwards' indictment today marks the beginning of what may be a long courtroom battle over whether or not he violated campaign finance laws. Some North Carolinians who worked on his campaigns say regardless of the legal outcome, they still feel betrayed by the affair he conducted with his mistress when he was a presidential candidate in 2008. Linda Gunter is the President of Democratic Women of Wake County. 

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Education
3:18 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Wake Schools Brace For Budget Cuts

Tony Tata
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Educators across the state are reacting to the state budget making its way through the legislature today. 

 Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata prepared his budget on the premise that the state’s largest school district would receive 5 percent less than it did the previous year from the state. The current budget is more like 6 percent. But Tata isn’t complaining. 

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Beaver Queen Pageant

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Host Frank Stasio talks to last year's Beaver Queen Virginia Bridges; and Marty Jarrell, co-founder of the pageant.

The Beaver Queen Pageant is a mix of costumes, excess and shady dealings. It boasts participants with names like Scarlett O'Beavah and Cherry Cherry Bang Bang DaBeava. Saturday is the 7th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant, and it's all for a good cause: raising money for the Durham-based Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.

The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Exposure: A Novel By Therese Fowler

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Host Frank Stasio talks to Wake Forest novelist Therese Fowler about "Exposure" and dealing with the aftermath of her son's ''sexting'' experience.

Therese Fowler’s new novel “Exposure” (Ballantine Books/2011) is a Romeo-and-Juliet story with a modern twist. Eighteen-year-old Anthony is involved in a secret relationship with 17-year-old Amelia. When Amelia’s father finds naked photos of Anthony on his daughter’s computer, the boy faces potentially devastating legal consequences. The plot is one that mirrors real life. Fowler's son was arrested for sending nude photos to his girlfriend when he was 19.

The State of Things
11:41 am
Fri June 3, 2011

The Radials

The Radials
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Host Frank Stasio will talk to The Radials about their new EP "Five More Miles."

Archeologist Shawn Patch loves his job. But sometimes, he needs an outlet for the music he hears in his head. He put together an acoustic duo a few years ago, and then started adding musicians. That duo has now grown to a full-fledged Americana band called The Radials. They’ll be at the Broad Street Cafe in Durham tomorrow. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Politics & Government
6:00 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Lawmakers Vote to Allow Higher Interest Rates

 Lawmakers in the state House have approved a bill that would allow companies offering small loans to increase their interest rates. Jessica Jones reports the companies often target military customers. 

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Environment
5:17 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Sea Turtles Get Second Chance

The Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center has released 41 turtles on Topsail Island. More than 4 hundred school children came from surrounding counties to watch yesterday's event. The turtles were escorted down the beach and gently returned to their ocean home. Many of the turtles that were released had been found stunned in last winter's cold water. Jean Beasley, the center's director, said sea turtles are crucial to human survival.

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