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1:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

North Carolina-Based Band Snags Notable 'Song Of The Year' Honors

Sylvan Esso
Credit the artists

It's been a big year for the band Sylvan Esso, the Durham-based duo of singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn.  Earlier this month Paste Magazine named their song "Coffee" its Song of the Year.

Sylvan Esso’s music comes with a certain digital reality. It’s devoid of the oft-shallow feel of some electro-pop songs that are just about parties or typical relationship fodder. This maintains an earthiness that it takes a band from North Carolina to possess.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

NC's Longest Serving Congressman Comes Home

Frank Stasio talked live with Congressman Howard Coble 12/16/2014.
Ivan Saul Cutler Governor Morehead Forum for Economic Development

  At 83, Congressman Howard Coble is retiring and leaving Capitol Hill after 30 years. 

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Local Bookstore Goes Against The Grain

Scuppernong Books is Greensboro's independent bookstore. They are part of a revitalization in downtown and hope to be place where conversations happen.
Credit http://www.scuppernongbooks.com/

The obituary for the independent bookstore has been written many times, but the digital revolution has created a niche and a desire to hold something real in your hands when you read. 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Greensboro's Little Mountain (LIVE)

Greensboro's Little Mountain perform live on The State of Things, 12/17/14
Credit Ivan Saul Cutler / Governor Morehead Forum for Economic Development

Greensboro's Little Mountain will perform live at the Triad Stage today during The State of Things. 

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Listener Request
9:56 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New Year In North Carolina: Tell Us About Your Traditions

Glen Van Etten's family makes a wish each New Years Day prior to releasing balloons.
Credit Glen Van Etten / Flickr/Creative Commons

My fire pit is standing by, waiting for its annual New Year's Eve workout.

During the day final day of the calendar year, we clean the yard and place pretty much every branch we find into the fire pit. My 13-year-old son takes great pleasure in crinkling up old homework assignments for kindling.

We light the blaze at dusk. As the fire gets going, we jot down sentiments on a piece of paper; we include things that bother us, or that we want to let go of.

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Law
8:49 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Ingenious New Way To Catch Those Who Text And Drive

The NC Highway Patrol wants to expand a program allowing troopers to use NCDOT trucks to patrol for texting drivers.
Credit ncdot.org

Yellow Department of Transportation trucks have been used to disguise roving patrolmen. The North Carolina Highway Patrol used them for a pilot program in which troopers patrolled for people who illegally text while driving.

Lieutenant Jeff Gordon says it's hard for roadside troopers to see whether motorists are texting, and people are quick to stop if they see a police cruiser.

“So you need to be creative in ways of trying to get people to abide by the law. I wouldn't classify it as tricking people because it is a law, and laws need to be enforced.”

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Education
8:30 am
Tue December 16, 2014

NC Panel Identifies Top Priorities For Revising Common Core Standards

Credit Enokson / Flickr/Creative Commons

Members of a state commission have identified their top priorities for revising the Common Core academic standards used for North Carolina’s public school students.  

At a meeting Monday, they said they want to focus on increasing flexibility for teachers and school districts, rewriting the standards so they’re clear and understandable, and identifying standards that are developmentally inappropriate.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

From Shoe Shiner To Ethnomusicologist, Meet Daoud Haroon

Daoud Haroon practicing one of his first instruments in the front room of his family apartment in Boston.
Daoud Haroon

Daoud Haroon has lived many lives in his 81 years. He grew up in the jazz clubs of Boston, shining shoes of many of the jazz greats as a young boy, and later playing alongside them as a percussionist and trombonist. He has worked in a wide range of trades from hat making to house painting. 

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Sports
7:59 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Panthers Stomp Tampa Bay For 2nd-Straight Win

QB Derek Anderson led the Panthers to their second-straight victory over Tampa Bay.
Credit Panthers.com

In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-17 yesterday.

Quarterback Derek Anderson started in place of Cam Newton. Newton was sidelined while recovering from a car accident Tuesday that left him with two fractures in his lower back.

Anderson threw for 277 yards and a touchdown, and Graham Gano kicked four field goals.

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Environment
7:52 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Study: Patient Fishermen Could See Bigger Revenue, Healthier Shrimp Fisheries

Duke University researchers say the fishing industry and shrimp populations could both thrive if trawlers were sent out later in the season
Credit NOAA Fishwatch / Wikipedia

A Duke University study says North Carolina coastal fishermen could make more money and preserve the shrimp fishery, if they'd wait until late in the season for the big catch.

Duke Environmental Economics Professor Martin Smith is a lead author of the study. He analyzed State Marine Fisheries data showing fishing vessel size, the size of the catch, and what it sold for on a daily basis over six years.

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