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3:18 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

NC Press Association Honors Carl Kasell

Carl Kasell at a WUNC event in 2007.
Credit Dave Horne/Flickr

At their most recent Annual Meeting, The North Carolina Press Association named Carl Kasell the 2013 North Carolinian of the Year.

Originally from Goldsboro, Kasell is known for his life-long career in radio broadcasting. He also helped found WUNC while in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Kasell spent 30 years as a newscaster for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and he currently works on the popular radio news quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, in addition to being an ambassador for NPR.

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Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Nothing Could Be Finer Than To Be In Carolina - But Which One?

Gus Kahn wrote the lyrics for 'Carolina in the Morning' in 1922.
Credit Johns Hopkins University, The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music

Andy Marx talks about how a Carolina governor tried to claim his grandfather's song 'Carolina In the Morning' as the state's own, and Sean Cole remembers Daffy Duck's version of the tune.

If you’ve ever attended a public event or high school choir performance in North or South Carolina, chances are you’ve heard the song “Carolina in The Morning.” But which Carolina does the iconic tune refer to?

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Arts & Culture
2:30 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Andy Griffith’s Widow To Demolish His Former Home

Andy Griffith
Credit andygriffith.org

Less than one year after Andy Griffith’s death, his widow intends to raze the house where he once lived with his family. According to friends, Griffith had hoped the house would be turned into a museum.

Cindi Griffith received a demolition permit from Dare County on Monday. The house that she intends to tear down is not the large one that she and Andy built recently, but a smaller one on Roanoke Island that Andy Griffith bought in the 1950’s.

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The Story
11:55 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Andy Marx, Grandson Of Groucho, On Rescuing The Archives Of ‘You Bet Your Life’

Credit You Bet Your Life

Guest host Sean Cole speaks to Andy Marx about his grandfather Groucho Marx, and the day they had lunch with Jack Nicholson, Marcel Marceau and Elliot Gould. As they ate, the phone rang, offering Groucho the full archives of “You Bet Your Life.”  Andy Marx had to convince his grandfather that the episodes were worth keeping, especially as the episodes arrived by the truckload. Andy Marx is co-founder of the satirical site Hollywood & Swine.

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Politics & Government
11:45 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Behind The Dix Deal: Republicans At Odds

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.
Credit Dave DeWitt

With the General Assembly on the verge of voiding the Dix lease deal it made with the city of Raleigh, it's instructive to look at some of the people who were behind the deal in the first place.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Musician Sings For Social Justice

Tokyo Rosenthal
Credit tokyorosenthal.com

Tokyo Rosenthal plays live on The State of Things

Tokyo Rosenthal is an Americana musician. And while Americana might be a traditional sort of music, Tokyo Rosenthal isn’t your traditional artist.

His sound combines rock, country and blues, and his songs revolve around issues of social justice. Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his newest album, and Tokyo Rosenthal plays live in the studio.

Business & Economy
7:58 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Gov.'s Budget Shifts Funding For Economy Projects

Pat McCrory
Credit NC Governor's Office

This week's budget proposal from Gov. Pat McCrory includes tweaks to funding for economic development programs. 

The governor unveiled his spending plan Wednesday.  It would add money to a new economic branding strategy as well as a program that supports main streets in small communities.  But it cuts funds for two non-profits and a foundation that provide grants meant to support job growth.

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Law
6:41 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Eugenics Compensation Part Of Gov. McCrory's Budget Proposal

Credit NC Dept. of Administration

Victims of North Carolina's discontinued eugenics program could get the compensation they've sought if Gov. Pat McCrory's budget proposal is accepted.  He's allocated $10 million in his spending plan to compensate past victims of forced sterilization.  The program ran from 1929 to 1974.  State researchers said during hearings in 2011 that there could be anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 victims still alive. 

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Business & Economy
6:39 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Dress For Success Helps Put Women Back To Work

Betty Harris graduates from a special jobs program that partners 'Dress for Success' Triangle with Lenovo.
Credit Leoneda Inge

A group of women looking for work participated in a special graduation ceremony this week in the Triangle.  They are clients in ‘Dress for Success.’ The non-profit provides women with interview suits and career-building tools to get them back into the world of work.  Businesses like Chinese computer maker Lenovo is a ‘Dress for Success’ partner.  They hosted this year’s ceremony.

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Politics & Government
10:15 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

NCDOT Does A U-Turn, No 'Pink' Licenses

The newly-redesigned driver's license the DMV plans to issue to immigrants in the federal DACA program.
Credit NCDOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has made an about face and is abandoning its controversial decision to add a bold pink stripe across the top of new driver licenses for young immigrants.  A news release issued Thursday afternoon by the state DOT confirms that the Division of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing driver licenses on Monday, March 25, 2013 for immigrants qualifying under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  But the attached ‘final’ image of the driver license no longer has the pink stripe or the words ‘No Lawful Status’ printed in large type.

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