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10:00 am
Wed April 6, 2011

NC Extended Jobless Benefits to End

The state’s extended benefits program for the long-term unemployed is about to end. About 37-thousand people will lose their benefits.

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Law
6:00 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Bill Would Block Retirement Benefits For Felons

A bill in the North Carolina house would prohibit state employees from receiving retirement benefits if they are convicted of a felony. The measure would apply only to those who are convicted of a crime that took place while working for the state. The crime would also have to be directly related to the individual's office or employment. Republican Representative Julia Howard of Mocksville is one of the bill's sponsors. She says she and others hope a penalty would prevent some crimes from being committed:

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Health
5:00 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Teenage Binge Drinking May Have Lasting Effects

Teenagers who binge drink may do long-term damage to their brains, according to a study from UNC Chapel Hill. Scientists administered alcohol to adolescent mice and measured changes in brain matter. They found adolescent mice exposed to alcohol lost brain matter in the frontal cortex and were less proficient at memory tests. Dr. Fulton Crews is a professor of pharmacology at UNC. He says the human adolescent brain functions in much the same way:

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The State of Things
12:34 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

The Problem With Pirates

Host Frank Stasio will talk about modern day piracy

Criminals who commit modern day maritime piracy pose a serious challenge for law enforcement. Pirates, a hijacked ship and its cargo could all be from different nations with different laws. With so many jurisdictions involved, it becomes nearly impossible to figure out which laws apply and what punishment should be meted out. Host Frank Stasio will talk about modern day piracy with Mark Nance and Michael Struett, assistant professors of political science at North Carolina State University and co-authors of a paper called “Maritime Piracy and Regime Complexes: Explaining Low Levels of Coordination.

The State of Things
12:23 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Two Takes On Textile Mill History

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Filene and two of his public history graduate students, Dale Pennington and Sarah McNulty.

The North Carolina Museum of History has mounted an exhibition of the photography of Lewis Hine. His bleak, black-and-white prints paint a vivid picture of young people, some not yet teenagers, covered in the lint and grime of the state’s textile mills. Meanwhile, University of North Carolina at Greensboro public history students, under the guidance of associate professor of history Benjamin Filene, have created an online project called “Community Threads: Remembering the Cone Mill Villages.”

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

The Shape of the Table

playwright David Edgar
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Host Frank Stasio will talk about the play with Edgar and Burning Coal Theatre Company artistic director Jerome Davis.

In David Edgar’s play, "The Shape of the Table," a country is falling to pieces. Its people are protesting and demanding a new government while the old government tries to hold on to power. It could be a story ripped from today's headlines, but it premiered in 1990 — a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The narrative deals with an unnamed eastern European country as it transitions from Communism to democracy.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Raises Coming For Duke Faculty

President Richard Brodhead says Duke University will end its salary freeze. In 2009, the school froze wages and made cuts to deal with a shrinking endowment.

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Education
5:45 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Bill Would Allow Community Colleges To Opt Out Of Some Loans

Lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow community colleges to opt out of offering low interest federal loans to students. Legislation enacted last year would require all community colleges to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. It allows students to borrow directly from the federal government. But some community college presidents say if too many students fail to repay these loans it may jeopardize the institutions' ability to provide other federal financial aid.

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Politics & Government
5:30 am
Tue April 5, 2011

9-1-1 Drill in Greensboro

The 9-1-1 center for Guilford County and Greensboro will test its disaster readiness beginning today.  Guilford Metro will relocate to a backup facility across town until Friday morning.

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Business & Economy
2:02 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

DOT Ferry Tolls Proposal Draws Ire on OBX

Ferry terminal on Ocracoke Island
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Some of the budget cuts under consideration by state lawmakers could lead to increased tolls for ferry services on the Outer Banks. The state Department of Transportation has come up with budget options for the state Ferry Division. One proposal would charge a 10-dollar toll for ferry services that are currently free, and double the price of other ferries. Residents of Ocracoke Island aren't happy with that idea.

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