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10:34 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Hofmann Forest

J.V. Hofmann and class measuring pine in reed bed at Hofmann Forest, about 1937. .
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News and Observer reporter Renee Elder weighs the pros and cons of NCSU selling Hoffman Forest

  The Hofmann Forest is referred to as the "crown jewel" of forestry research in North Carolina, and it’s one of the main educational sites for forestry students.

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The State of Things
10:22 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Second Journey Seeks To Redefine Retirement

Bolton Anthony
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Bolton Anthony, author of 'Aging in Community', ponders new ideas for retirement

Baby boomers are coming of retirement age at a rapid pace. The ordinary path forward would be golf, retirement homes and taking it easy, but Bolton Anthony, founder of Chapel Hill non-profit Second Journey, wants to change that conception of old age. He wants the hippies of the ‘60s to become the idealists of the new millennium.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Bolton Anthony about his ideas for changing retirement.

Politics & Government
7:30 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Voting Experts Discuss Photo IDs

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Elections and voting experts testified before the state House Elections Committee Wednesday, just one day after a public hearing that lasted hours. Republican leaders have said they plan to introduce a bill that would require voters to present photo IDs at the polls. They say it would help fight voter fraud. But Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina says voter fraud isn't a problem in North Carolina. He told lawmakers if it is, then they should investigate and document it.

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Business & Economy
7:24 am
Thu March 14, 2013

CFOs Want Immigration Reform For Certain Jobs

The latest Global Business Outlook survey from Duke University and CFO Magazine shows companies are hungry for immigration reform.  Close to 90 percent of Chief Financial Officers surveyed say the U.S. government should adopt a merit-based system to determine which immigrants would get to stay and work in this country.

Duke Finance Professor John Graham is director of the quarterly Global Business Outlook survey.  He says they had not asked this type of immigration question before.

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Sports
7:20 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Memories Abound As ACC Tournament Turns 60

The 60th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum. NC State plays Virginia Tech at approximately 2:30 pm and Wake Forest meets Maryland at 7. Duke and UNC will both play on Friday.
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The 60th edition of the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament starts Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum. The city, which is nicknamed “Tournament Town,” is hosting the event for the 24th time, more than any other venue.

ACC icons like North Carolina State’s David Thompson, UNCs Michael Jordan and Maryland’s Len Bias all played in conference championships that took place in Greensboro. Longtime scorekeeper Gary Strickland witnessed those men play and many other memorable moments.

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The Story
5:42 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

A Gay Priest Fights For A Place Within The Catholic Church

The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
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As the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics get a new leader, Dick speaks with an Irish priest who came out as gay after he made his vows to the Catholic Church. He chose to stay in the church - "it is my church, too," he says - and presses from inside for change regarding the place of women and gays in the church.

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Arts & Culture
4:58 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Fullsteam One Of Four Breweries Nationwide To Be James Beard Semi-Finalist

Fullsteam's First Frost persimmon ale
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Like last year, Sean Lilly Wilson of the Durham brewery Fullsteam found out that he was on the list of 2013 James Beard Award semi-finalists via Twitter.  And he thought it was a mistake.  His reaction?  “Profound disbelief,” he says.  Wilson’s Fullsteam made the semi-finalist list for the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional Award, joining names like Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, and The Brooklyn Brewery.

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Sports
1:14 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

VIDEO: Jeff Gordon Car Salesman Prank Goes Viral

Oh, the fun you can have if you’re a NASCAR driver.  

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Education
1:10 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Sequester Hits Durham Schools

Eric Becoats, Superintendent Durham Public Schools
Credit Dave DeWitt

Local school districts are bracing for funding cuts due to the federal sequestration. In Durham, the cuts from sequestration could be as much as $1.7 million. In Wake County - a much larger district - the same sequester cuts would total about $11 million.

And it's the most vulnerable students who will be affected.

"Most of the items that would be impacted would be some title one funding," said Eric Becoats, Durham's superintendent. "We would also expect to see some decreases in our exceptional children's funding that we receive from the federal government as well."

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Law
1:02 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

NC Takes Small Share Of Google Privacy Settlement

North Carolina is among 39 states to reach a settlement with Google over privacy concerns about the company's Street View feature.

Google used cars equipped with cameras and antennas to capture street level photos across the country from 2008 to 2010.  Authorities say the vehicles gathered personal information over open wi-fi networks during that time. 

"In broad terms, it might include URLs of web pages and possibly partial or complete email communications,"  says Kevin Anderson, head of the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice.

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