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5:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Irene Clean-Up Won't Slow Holiday Traffic

AAA Carolinas expects more drivers on the road this holiday weekend despite damage from Hurricane Irene. The agency says about 870,000 motorists will be traveling in North Carolina over the Labor Day weekend. That's about 1 percent more than this time last year. And AAA Carolinas spokesman Tom Crosby says that includes areas with storm damage.

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Business & Economy
4:39 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Report Finds Rural Roads and Bridges Crumbling

Rural roads and bridges across the country are often unsafe and in need of repair. That's according to a new report by TRIP, a national non-profit research group out of Washington. The report finds traffic deaths are around three times likelier on rural roads than all other roads. 907 people died on rural roads in North Carolina in 2009. That's the third highest total in the country.

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State of Things
12:09 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Speed Drummer

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Eric Okamoto is a percussion teacher in Cary, NC who has brought drumming to new heights. Since he won his first speed percussion competition in 2003, Okamoto has continued to top the list of the world's fastest drummers. He just broke more records at a competition in Nashville, Tennessee in July.

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State of Things
11:55 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Supreme Love for John Coltrane

John Coltrane
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In recent years, High Point, NC has come to embrace the legacy of one of its most famous former residents, jazz legend John Coltrane. This weekend, the town will host the first John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. Coltrane spent his youth in High Point, where he learned to play the clarinet and the saxophone. Host Frank Stasio talks about Coltrane's early life and his music with John Brown, director of the Duke University Jazz Program; Bruce Davis, a member of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and co-chair of the Friends of John Coltrane committee; and Edith Brady, director of the High Point Museum.

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State of Things
11:47 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Floyd Council's Birthday

Floyd Council
Credit http://www.wirz.de/music/councfrm.htm

Floyd Council of Chapel Hill, NC was one of the Piedmont Blues greats in the 1930s. He is best known as being a namesake of the popular rock group Pink Floyd. Council, who died in 1976, would have turned 100 tomorrow. Frank Stasio talks with Raleigh musician "Th' Bullfrog" Willard McGhee about Floyd Council's life and legacy.

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Environment
11:43 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Kudzu-Eating Bug Could Spread to Cash Crops

Bean plataspid
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An insect that feeds on invasive kudzu is making its way into North Carolina. The so-called kudzu bug was first discovered in Georgia several years ago. Jack Bacheler is an entymologist with N.C. State University. He says the problem is the beetle, called the bean plataspid, also likes crops like soybeans.

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Education
3:10 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Irene Shuts Down Eastern NC Schools

Public schools across eastern North Carolina are implementing backup plans for classes due to extensive damage from Hurricane Irene. In Tyrrell County, all but one public school building were breached by three feet of water and sewage. Students there are on a limited schedule in makeshift classrooms until further notice. State school support director Ben Matthews says coastal districts are still trying to come up with estimates for how much it will cost to repair their schools.

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State of Things
12:03 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

The Changing Place of Poverty

Winston-Salem, NC has the worst rate of family hunger of any metropolitan area in the nation, according to a new study by the Food Research and Action Center. Winston-Salem is only a particularly acute example of what's happening across North Carolina and the nation: increased hunger and poverty, and the suburbanization of poverty as it surges out of inner cities and pulls in the formerly middle class.

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State of Things
11:51 am
Wed August 31, 2011

The Resurrection of Nat Turner

The Resurrection of Nat Turner
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Author Sharon Ewell Foster spent the last five years researching Nat Turner, the slave who led a violent rebellion in Southampton County, VA in 1831. She found that Turner’s ancestors hailed from Ethiopia, that Turner was a man of strong spiritual faith and that there was much to be gained by whites in the Commonwealth of Virginia by painting Turner as a savage villain. Foster’s research led her to create a new series of historical fiction called “The Resurrection of Nat Turner.” The first book in that series, “The Witnesses” (Howard Books/2011), has just been released.

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Environment
6:45 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Perdue Tackles Highway 12, Reports Grim Numbers

US Senator Kay Hagan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Governor Bev Perdue
Credit hagan.senate.gov

Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands remain cut off from the mainland after Hurricane Irene dumped water and sand on several parts of Highway 12. There are several breaches in the highway just north of Rodanthe. Governor Bev Perdue says officials are doing all they can.

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