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The State of Things
11:53 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Lawmakers Meet Drop-Dead Legislative Deadline

North Carolina State Legislature
Credit Dave Crosby http://www.flickr.com/photos/wikidave / flickr

WRAL Reporter Mark Binker; Democratic Sen. Mike Woodard; and Republican Representative Paul Stam, Speaker Pro Tempore of the House discuss Crossover and give us a legislative update

The deadline for Crossover hit the North Carolina General Assembly yesterday, striking some bills dead for the session. The self-imposed deadline requires that legislation pass at least one chamber to stay under consideration.

A variety of legislation was pushed through this week, including measures that would reform the grievance process for fired state workers, allow health insurers in health exchanges to refuse coverage for abortion and a law that would ban the Muslim Sharia law in North Carolina.

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The State of Things
11:35 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Local Musician Puts Out New Album With The Dead Tongues

Image from the album
Credit Alex Klaes & http://thedeadtongues.bandcamp.com/

Singer songwriter Ryan Gustafson plays a few songs live in our studio

After spending some time on instrumental projects, Triangle music scene fixture Ryan Gustafson decided it was time to write lyrics again.  His latest project is The Dead Tongues, which released an album earlier this year. 

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Music
8:12 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Kenny Roby Uses Country And R&B Influences In New Album

Raleigh musician Kenny Roby
Credit Raymond Goodman / Contributed by the artist

Kenny Roby was raised in South Carolina, but he moved to Raleigh as a young adult and began playing music. 

He started with a punk band.  From there, he formed the influential Six String Drag, which put out two well received country rock records in the late 90s at the same time Whiskey Town was getting rolling.

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Environment
6:31 am
Fri May 17, 2013

As Debate Lingers, Alcoa Looks Ahead

Credit Nancy Pierce Photo / DO NOT USE

The controversy over Alcoa and its dams on the Yadkin River was back in the news this week. There were two public forums; one about the environment, the other about the company’s request for a water quality permit.  At the heart of this conflict is pollution, questions about control over hydro-electric dams, and the condition of one of the state’s most powerful natural resources, water.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

State Lawmakers Gear Up For Budget Process, Tax Reform

Credit Jessica Jones

Lawmakers have wrapped up crossover week, where bills that don't require tax changes or spending must make it through one chamber or expire. Now they're set to focus on their biggest task- negotiating the state budget. Senate leaders plan to release their budget plan Sunday night.

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Anti-Tax Advocate Visits Legislature

The anti-tax advocate, Grover Norquist, visited state legislators today to praise their efforts to lower personal and corporate income taxes.

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

NC Rep. Jones Calls For US To Stop Funding Afghanistan

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
Credit US House of Representatives

North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones is among those calling for an end to U.S. spending in Afghanistan. 

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The Story
3:59 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Melinda Gates On What Mothers Everywhere Want

A child in Nigeria receives an oral polio vaccine.
Credit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

When philanthropist Melinda Gates travels the world, she looks for opportunities to have personal conversations with women. And she listens: about children’s health, about parenting, and about infectious diseases.

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The State of Things
12:52 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Education Power Grab In Wake County

WUNC's education reporter and Raleigh bureau chief Dave Dewitt gives us a legislative update

  County School Boards have long since been in charge of school construction. However, the Senate recently passed a bill that would hand over school construction to county commissioners in 10 North Carolina counties. Many people who oppose the bill argue that county commissioners may have experience building prisons but not schools. This is one bill out of many that have been progressing through the Senate recently.

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The State of Things
12:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Kids Are Alright. In Fact, They're Knitting and Baking Bread!

Homeward Bound: The New Domesticity by Emily Matchar
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Author Emily Matchar joins host Frank Stasio to discuss her new book, "Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity"

You may have noticed a DIY trend among young people these days. Some are getting into knitting sweaters; others are keeping backyard chicken coups. Otherwise, they are making cheese, canning, beekeeping and growing their own vegetables. These labor-intensive homemaking projects may not be just a trend towards rustic pleasures.


Emily Matchar calls this movement the New Domesticity.  And she documents this phenomenon in her new book, "Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity." Generally, she is writing not about people who embrace DIY culture out of necessity, but rather as a voluntary lifestyle. 


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