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5:30 am
Wed May 4, 2011

NC Military Bases Tighten Security

North Carolina military bases are on a heightened level of security after Osama bin Laden's death this week. Top commanders directed all U.S. military installations to a status called Force Protection Condition Bravo. It's the middle level of a five-stage security system. The order came Sunday morning, before President Obama announced American forces had killed bin Laden. Camp Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy says marines and sailors are taking basic steps to ensure safety.

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The State of Things
1:11 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

The America Play

''The America Play''

Director Donna Baldwin-Bradby and actors Darrell Hunt and Cassandra Williams join host Frank Stasio to talk about the play and the challenge of laying history to rest.

Before playwright Suzan-Lori Parks penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Top Dog/Underdog,” she wrote “The America Play.” The abstract narrative centers around a character called The Foundling Father, a grave digger who impersonates Abraham Lincoln in a novelty performance that allows people to act out the role of the President’s assassin. “The America Play” is currently in production at Greensboro’s Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret.

The State of Things
12:44 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Mirror Image

''Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women'' at the NC Museum of Art

Host Frank Stasio talks to NC Museum of Art Curator Jennifer Dasal and artists Elin o'Hara Slavik and Susan Harbage Page.

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh presents "Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women," the second exhibition in its North Carolina gallery. The thematic group show features work depicting women done by women artists who live in the state, but have national and international reputations.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Senate Votes for Rules, Taxes on Municipal Broadband

State senators have tentatively passed a bill that would make it more difficult for municipalities in North Carolina to build their own Internet broadband systems. 

 Right now a handful of municipalities across the state provide their own internet broadband services to residents at subsidized rates. But cable companies are wary of the do-it-yourselfers. They say it's not fair that municipalities don't have to follow the same regulations to set up broadband services.

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Politics & Government
5:30 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Surry County Testing New 911 Call System

Surry County communications operators are testing a developing 911 call system to improve emergency response networks. A grant program is funding a test system called Next Generation 911 from Greensboro-based Synergem Emergency Services. Surry County communications director Roger Shore says the system allows 911 operators to field calls more efficiently.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Meet Rex Miller

Rex Miller

Rex Miller joins host Frank Stasio to talk about that project and other stories tennis has introduced him to.

Professional tennis players like to say that to master the game, you must first log no less than 10,000 hours on the court. Rex Miller crossed that threshold before the age of 10. Both of Miller’s parents were tennis players and they often brought him to the court as a child, first to observe, then to learn the game.

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Business & Economy
6:00 am
Mon May 2, 2011

NC Ports Falling Behind on Ag Exports

Port of Morehead City
Credit NC Ports Authority

  North Carolina agriculture leaders say the state is losing exports to neighbors like Virginia and South Carolina. State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler told the Ports Authority board almost 90 percent of North Carolina's overseas agricultural exports leave from other states. He says it's too expensive to transport goods to the coast and ports don't have the right equipment to handle large loads.

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Health
5:30 am
Mon May 2, 2011

School Nurses Watch State Budget Closely

After years of seeing their ranks slowly increase, school nurses may be cut.  National standards recommend a ratio of 750 students to every school nurse, says Liz Newlin, head of the state association. North Carolina now has an average of about 1200 students for every school nurse. Newlin says some small counties are close to the recommended ratio. 

Liz Newlin: "...and the worst counties right now are Guilford, Randolph, Wake, Wilson, Johnston and Cumberland... and that's in the 2000 to 3000 ratio."

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The State of Things
12:47 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

The Space Rangers

The Space Rangers

The band joins host Frank Stasio to play live in the studio and talk about touring the U.S.

The third annual InstroSummit - an all instrumental music festival - returns to North Carolina this weekend. Bands from all along the East Coast will descend on Chapel Hill with three days of lyric-free performances. The line-up includes The Space Rangers, a 4-piece surf rock band from Ulm, Germany.

The State of Things
12:26 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Who Wrote The Bible?

Bart Ehrman - ''Forged''

Host Frank Stasio talks with Bart Ehrman, head of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill.

Most Biblical scholars recognize that many books of the Bible were not written by the authors commonly attributed to them. But academics often excuse this because they believe writing in the name of another was a commonly accepted practice in the ancient world. In his latest book, "Forged" (HarperOne Publishers/2011), Bart D. Ehrman argues that forgery was not sanctioned in the ancient world.

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