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Business & Economy
7:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Damaged Hyde County Corn Crops

Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler tours Wilson Daughtry's crop damage in Hyde County.
Credit Brian Long

The path that Hurricane Arthur took last week hit an area of the state where a lot of corn is grown.  And several farmers will be affected.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and staff traveled by Forest Service plane to see the crop damage first hand.  Ag spokesman Brian Long says a lot of the damage was in Hyde County, known for growing corn.

“There are parts of Hyde County where you can just look and you would almost think you were somewhere in the Midwest, because it’s just is corn, and corn, and corn," said Long.

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Law
7:40 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Legislator Testifies New Voting Bill Is “Reminiscent Of The Jim Crow Era”

Credit Jorge Valencia

An expert witness returns to the stand this morning on day three of a federal hearing challenging the state's new voting law. MIT Professor Charles Stewart testified Tuesday that the state's new voting law disproportionately burdens and affects African Americans.

State House member Rick Glazier also testified. He called the measure "reminiscent of the Jim Crow Era" and gave a passionate description of how the bill was hastily moved through the General Assembly.

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Health
7:38 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Duke Scientists To Help Diagnose Mystery Diseases

Credit Duke Medecine

Researchers at Duke University will become part of a national network focusing on undiagnosed diseases.

The National Institutes of Health have granted $7.2 million for geneticists at Duke to look at the rarest diseases in the world, affecting fewer than 50 patients each.

Doctor David Goldstein is one of the principle investigators for the project. He says a team at Duke has spent four years taking what used to be a purely clinical investigation and moving it into the world of genetics.

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Politics & Government
6:08 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Budget Writers Working, But End Not In Sight Yet

Credit Dave Crosby http://www.flickr.com/photos/wikidave / flickr

  Budget writers in the General Assembly are moving forward with their negotiations, but it's still not clear when they might finish putting together a spending plan adjustment for the fiscal year that has already begun.

In an open conference committee Tuesday afternoon, legislators didn't reach an agreement on the size of teacher raises, though Senate budget writers have agreed to allow teachers to receive raises without forgoing career status protections. 

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Every Seed Has A Story

Funded by Durham Library Foundation, the Digging Durham Seed Library packets give the gardener basic planting information.
Alice Sharpe, Durham County Library

An expert panel discuss the power of seeds

Seeds play a prominent role in global agriculture and food supply systems. 

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Law
8:44 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Federal Challenge Of NC Voter Law Continues Tuesday

Testimony is set to continue in a federal courtroom today where plaintiffs are asking a judge to halt part of the state's new voter law. Former Guilford County Board of Elections Director George Gilbert will be on the stand when the court returns from recess.

He testified Monday that expanded early voting in the state led to an increase in African American voters, a smoother Election Day process and even savings for Guilford County of as much as $3 million.

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Environment
8:43 am
Tue July 8, 2014

North Carolina Continues To Grapple With Deadly 'Piglet' Virus

Waterkeeper Alliance took this photo of a 'PED' posting outside a Murphy-Brown facility in North Carolina.
Credit Rick Dove, Waterkeeper Alliance

The New York Times reports Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea or PED virus killed an estimated 100,000 young pigs each week across the country since the virus was detected last May.

North Carolina continues to suffer.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture says, no doubt, PED has been a nasty virus and has taken an emotional and financial toll on hog farmers.

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Politics & Government
8:43 am
Tue July 8, 2014

NC Utilities Commission Reconsiders Solar Energy Cost, Possibly Affecting Industry's Future

The construction of a photovoltaic array at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY.
Credit Brookhaven National Laboratory

Environmental groups say hearings underway in Raleigh could determine whether North Carolina’s solar energy industry continues to grow at a rapid pace.

North Carolina has recently become one of the country’s top solar states. It’s number four, after California, Arizona and New Jersey.

Duke Energy and Dominion Power are required to make or buy certain percentage of their energy from renewable sources, including solar, wind and hog and poultry waste. The state utilities commission is reviewing how much energy companies should have to pay for that energy.

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Politics & Government
7:43 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Lawmakers Set To Negotiate Budget Agreement

Credit NC General Assembly

State lawmakers involved in budget negotiations have an important week ahead.

Budget negotiators are expected to meet this week to hammer out the details of a spending plan adjustment for the fiscal year that has already started.

The House will be holding skeleton sessions. The Senate is expected to hold some regular floor sessions, though leaders say they plan to focus on getting a budget done.

It remains to be seen whether lawmakers will work out a few remaining issues, including coal ash, film incentives, and common core education standards.

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Arts & Culture
3:08 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Beat Making Lab: Behind-The-Scenes Blog

Two of the teen participants in the chapel Hill Beat Making Lab
Credit Beat Making Lab

Beat Making Lab is a project where where music artists (producers and emcees)  travel around the world teaching young people to make hip hop and electronic beats. It's run by Pierce Freelon and Stephen Levitin aka The Apple Juice Kid.

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