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The State of Things
11:51 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Remembering Chapel Hill's 1970s And 80s Feminist Children's Book Press

Members of Lollipop Power Inc, with their publications.
Credit Photo Given by Marjorie Fowler

A discussion with founding members of Lollipop Power Inc.

  When you opened up a children’s book in the 1960s, chances are you saw girls in pink playing with dolls and boys in blue going on adventures. And most of the characters were probably white.

A group of women in Chapel Hill, many of them mothers and academics, decided they wanted to see more diverse and empowering images in children’s literature and took matters into their own hands. This collective became the printing press known as Lollipop Power Inc.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The Relationship Between Faith Communities and People With Disabilities

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In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act opened up a host of protections for people with disabilities. Amongst its gains, it banned workplace discrimination and forced government and commercial spaces to become more accessible.

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Health
7:51 am
Thu February 14, 2013

NC Health And Human Services: "Things Are Really Broken"

State officials say they plan to reform the health department ahead of their budget proposal to the General Assembly.  Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos told lawmakers yesterday her priorities are to overhaul the state's Medicaid program and improve her office's computer system.  Wos said in committee testimony aired on WRAL.com that she's cleaning up a department whose employees have filled out incomprehensible reports and wasted money through poor communication.

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Business & Economy
6:45 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

President Obama Visits Asheville To Discuss Jobs, Manufacturing

Courtesy: The White House

President Obama made Asheville the first stop of a three-day trip to push economic proposals he made in his State of the Union address this week.  The president got a tour yesterday of the Linamar machine parts plant before making some remarks.  Canada-based Linamar moved to Asheville after a Volvo plant left taking hundreds of jobs with it.  The president says he'd like to see the federal government help make Linamar's example more common in cities that have been hit hard economically.

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The State of Things
12:29 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

The Science Behind Paying Attention

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Why Attention Is Important

  Is a teacher lecturing in front of a classroom effective?  Is it possible that the way we teach our children is outdated?

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The Story
11:07 am
Wed February 13, 2013

How the Gun Ban in England Was Passed

An officer outside at Dunblane Primary School.
Credit Dunblane Documentaries

HOW THE GUN BAN IN ENGLAND WAS PASSED IN ENGLAND

After a killing spree in Scotland in 1996, public pressure for a ban on guns grew. Dick speaks with then British Parliament member Jack Straw about how the ban became law and his thoughts on "America's love affair with guns." He says that the U.S. still has frontier states and that there are reasons to own a gun in Texas and Arizona. [Photo: Dunblane Documentaries]


THE MAN WHO BANDED THE ALBATROSS

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Chapel Hill Council Hopes Project Will Revitalize Downtown

Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
Credit Dave DeWitt

A developer has approval from the Chapel Hill Town Council to rebuild a key block of the downtown area.  The council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the 123 West Franklin project, which would replace University Square.

The current development is separated from the front of Franklin Street by a parking lot.  123 West Franklin would include buildings on the front of Franklin Street with apartments as well as retail and office space.  Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt says it will revitalize the area.

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Health
11:37 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

McCrory, Lawmakers Want To Block Medicaid Expansion

Pat McCrory
Credit Governor's Office

A state House committee has moved along a bill that would block any state-funded expansion of Medicaid.  The Health and Human services Committee voted to follow Governor Pat McCrory's lead saying that Medicaid should not grow to cover about half-a million uninsured residents.  States can expand Medicaid to help cover the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act..but they can also opt out of that expansion.   Governor McCrory said the program's budget is tight in a speech at the Emerging Issues Forum at N-C State yesterday.

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The Story
10:39 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Years After South African Woman Disappears During Apartheid, Family Still Searches For Answers

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STILL ASKING FOR TRUTH

From South Africa, Thembi Simelane and her lawyer Howard Varney speak about their effort to uncover the truth about her sister, who is still missing. She was a courier for the African National Congress during the apartheid struggle, and she was taken, interrogated and tortured. No one has admitted to the murder, and this is one of many cases of disappeared people still unresolved in South Africa.

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The State of Things
10:33 am
Tue February 12, 2013

What Role Should Religion Play In Public Life?

A panel of experts discuss religion and public life with Host Frank Stasio

Though some may argue religion has no place in politics, Nancy Petty, pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, says that faith can have a powerful role to play.

“I think that religion in political life of our society can be a very healthy thing when it engages people in dialogue,” she said in an interview with Frank Stasio on The State of Things.

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