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The State of Things
11:02 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Musician Recognizes Disconnect Between Rich And Poor

Jon Shain's new release "Ordinary Cats"
Credit jonshain.com

A live music segment with Jon Shain

Jon Shain grew up in a run-down mill town outside of Boston, but got a sense for the finer things in life at Duke University. He also became aware that the well off don’t always recognize the plight of the poor.

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The Story
10:58 am
Fri February 8, 2013

What's Lurking Beneath Antarctica's 5 Million Square Miles Of Ice?

Microbe images and an investigator peering into an ice hole.
Credit WISSARD

Ice Breaker: Scientists Drill in Antarctica

Dick puts a call into McMurdo Station to talk with one of the U.S. scientists on an expedition to drill into a frozen lake to find out what is underneath. They have taken samples now and have to get the lake water back to the U.S. to see whether there is life in this lake.

Letters

Remembering the Cessna that flew into Red Square back in 1987.

Real Good Hands: Gregory Porter is Up for a Grammy

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Bill Would Encourage Technical Education

The state Senate has passed a bill that would designate high school diplomas as college-ready, career-ready, or both. Senate Bill 14 passed unanimously yesterday and will now head to the House. The measure would ensure that all high school diplomas in North Carolina designate what a student intends to do after high school. Republican Senator Jerry Tillman is a sponsor of the measure. He says he's glad the bill is heading to the House.

"It will be hopefully be passed over there, in committee and on the floor and go to the governor, and he's anxious to sign it."

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The State of Things
11:32 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Why A Federal Judge Rejected WakeMed’s Settlement For A Second Time

  The federal investigation into WakeMed over Medicare fraud looked like it was going to end in a settlement. But a federal judge twice rejected the agreement between the hospital and prosecutors, leaving the case unresolved. News & Observer reporter Joe Neff joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to discuss the case.

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Thu February 7, 2013

How Climate Change Could Threaten The Food Supply

Climate change often sparks concerns over rising sea levels and melting ice caps. But its impact on agriculture could be just as devastating. A new report from the US Department of Agriculture highlights the potential problems and how farmers will have to adapt.

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Artist's Exhibit Explores The History Of Slavery Through Her Ancestry

'Bloodlines' art by Toni Scott
Credit unc.edu

  As a young person, Toni Scott was inspired by stories passed down of her great-grandmother Fannie. Her exploration of her maternal line led her to grapple with the violence of slavery and African-American oppression.

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Business & Economy
10:52 am
Thu February 7, 2013

How Does RDU’s Traffic Compare To Other Cities’?

Traffic Jam
Credit Texas A&M Urban Mobility Report

Drivers in the Triangle spend less time dealing with traffic jams and congestion than most other metropolitan areas of a similar size. Texas Transportation Institute recently released its annual Urban Mobility Report.

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Energy
10:50 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Group Says 'Cogeneration' Could Save Energy

CHP system at UNC
Credit www.southeastcleanenergy.org

Energy watchdog group NC WARN is asking state utilities commissioners to look at an alternative way for companies to generate electrical power.  NC WARN sent a report to commissioners outlining a process called "cogeneration” that allows businesses to use an on-site turbine to generate electricity and capture escaping heat.  The group's report says doing that can drop the rate of wasted energy from 55 percent to as low as 20 percent.

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Environment
9:35 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Group Struggles To Pay For Sea Turtle Rescues

Loggerhead sea turtle
Credit Wendell Reed, via Flickr, Creative Commons

The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, or "NEST", is running out of money. The group relies on donations to rescue sea turtles along  the North Carolina coast, and they are struggling to deal with a large number of turtles that became hypothermic when a cold snap cooled shallow water quickly.

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Politics & Government
6:12 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Bill That Retools Boards And Commissions Advances

A bill that would immediately fire members of some of the most important state boards and commissions has advanced in the state Senate. Senate Bill 10 would sack members of the Utilities, Environmental Management, Industrial, and Wildlife Resources Commissions, among others. Democrats call it a blatant power grab, but Republicans say it will streamline state government.

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