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1:05 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Legislative Ethics Committee Releases New Guidelines

The General Assembly's legislative ethics committee is distributing new rules to lawmakers regarding staffers who date lobbyists. The committee says a legislative employee should not have a dating or sexual relationship with a registered lobbyist unless it's disclosed to the legislator he or she serves. Republican Paul Stam is the House Majority Leader and the co-chair of the ethics committee. He says the guidelines should be helpful for lawmakers.

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State of Things
11:50 am
Tue September 25, 2012

National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

More than 85 people were murdered in the Triangle and Triad regions of North Carolina last year.  You may have heard about the crimes in the news, but you probably don’t know much more than that. The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children aims to raise awareness about these losses of life.

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State of Things
11:22 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of Whiskeytown

Book cover,

There’s a lot of nostalgia for the 1990s these days. The economy was on the upswing. The music industry, the publishing industry, and the newspaper industry were all in better shape than they are now. And for a time there, it looked like the Triangle region of North Carolina might be the next big thing in popular music.

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Health
9:20 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Guidelines For Rationing Drugs Recommended

Duke University medical officials have come up with guidelines for allocating scarce drugs. Supplies of some cancer medications and other drugs can sometimes run low at hospitals. Doctor Phillip Rosoff is the Director of Clinical Ethics at Duke University Medical Center. He says the protocol focuses on fairness.

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Education
7:10 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Wake School Board Discussing Tata's Future

Tony Tata
Wake County Schools

Wake County Schools superintendent Tony Tata may learn today if he still has a job.

Board members spent more than three hours yesterday in closed session. They made no decision. But Republican members who support Tata -- like John Tedesco -- left the meeting upset about where they were.

John Tedesco: In a closed session personnel item when I should be working on something like student achievement.

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Education
5:45 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

American Graduate & The Monti: Bill Kenyon

Bill Kenyon

This week public radio stations across the country are taking part in American Graduate Week. It's a Public Media initiative that looks at the drop out crisis and other issues in the public schools. As a part of our coverage, WUNC partnered with the performance story-telling group The Monti for a series of stories about school. Our first one comes from Bill Kenyon -- he's a teacher from Hillsborough -- he told his story, without notes, in front of a live audience at The Monti.

Education
5:23 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

North Carolina SAT Scores Dip Slightly

The average SAT score for North Carolina high school students has dropped below 1,000.

The average combined critical reading and math score of 997 is down four points from last year. Results are based off of more than 63,000 students who took the standardized test. The Department of Public Instruction said that average scores on both of those sections as well as the writing component dropped by two points.

Sports
1:20 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Triangle Braces For Long Hockey Lockout

Players, staff, and others who earn a living from professional hockey in the Triangle are bracing for a long, protracted labor dispute.  One year after the entire 2004-2005 season was lost due to the last contractual dispute between team owners and players, the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup.

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Environment
1:15 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Conservatives To Discuss Environment At Duke

Conservatives will discuss the environment today at Duke University. Politicians, academics and business leaders are among those attending and speaking at the event, entitled Conservative Visions of our Environmental Future. Jessalee Landfried is one of the organizers of the event and a Duke law student who's also pursuing a degree at Duke-Nicholas School of the Environment. She says these issues have become deeply partisan.

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State of Things
11:57 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Meet Laura Mersini-Houghton

www.physics.unc.edu

The origins of the universe are being uncovered in Chapel Hill, NC thanks to Laura Mersini-Houghton, a cosmologist and theoretical physicist at the University of North Carolina. Her work delves even deeper into how our world came to be than the Big Bang theory.

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