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8:18 am
Thu April 25, 2013

State House Passes Voter Identification Bill

Credit house.gov

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would require residents to present photo identification at the polls.

The measure passed 81-36. The outcome wasn’t surprising to opponents of the measure, who’ve faced an uphill battle with the bill’s Republican sponsors.

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WUNC Fund Drive
6:25 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Special Trips And Offers Abound On The First Day Of Spring 2013 Fund Drive

WUNC/Vintage NPR Pint Glass
NPR

The WUNC Spring Fund Drive kicked off April 25th with a number of special offers and thank-you gifts in addition to the stock (but nonetheless marvelous) tote bags, t-shirts and CDs. You'll hear details about trip drawings - to Paris and New York - when you "tune in" online or on the radio. If you pledge before the drawing concludes, your name is entered into the drawing.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Doc Watson Remembered Fondly As MerleFest Continues Without Him

David Holt took this photo of Doc Watson's final MerleFest performance in 2012. Watson died a month later.
Credit David Holt

If you’re searching for the who’s who among bluegrass, Americana, folk, and traditional country musicians, MerleFest is a good place to start. The annual four-day festival kicks off today in Wilkesboro, just as it has every April for the past 25 years. Headlining artists include The Avett Brothers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Jerry Douglas, Steep Canyon Rangers, Matraca Berg, and others. But this year for the first time, the festival will lack a performance from its founder, Doc Watson, who died May 29, 2012.

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Politics & Government
5:55 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

House Approves Voter ID Requirement

North Carolina House of Representatives
Credit www.ncleg.net

State House members passed a GOP-backed bill that would require state residents show a photo ID before being allowed to vote.  The bill, previously approved by three legislative committees, allows several forms of identification to verify voters.  Democrats and civil rights groups who oppose the bill say new requirements amount to attempts at voter suppression. 

Republican David Lewis, chair of the House Elections Committee, says the bill ensures fairness.

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Environment
5:37 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Greensboro Air Quality Improving, But Still Receives F-rating

Greensboro received an F-rating for air quality.
Credit Derrick Matthews, via Flickr, Creative Commons

The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report is out, and it slots Greensboro as the 42nd most polluted metro area in the county.  The city received an F-rating.

Laura-Kate Bender, who worked on the report, says the news wasn’t all bad.

"Despite getting an ‘F,' the area actually got its lowest overall number of smog days," she says. "So even though it received a failing grade, it’s a significant improvement over last year."

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The Story
2:50 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

For Chechen Refugee, Bombings Open Wounds Of War

Magomed Imakaev planted a medlar tree in his back yard outside of Boston to remind him of his native Chechnya.

Days after the Boston Marathon bombings, Magomed Imakaev’s seven-year-old daughter asked him a question that he didn’t know how to answer: “Dad, did you hear that the two bombers were Chechen?”

Imakaev, 27, fled Chechnya after years of war. And the violence that once consumed his homeland had found him once again, this time shattering the quiet refuge he and his family had found in the suburbs of Boston.

“As a Chechen, even if they were involved, I wanted to not believe that,” he says. “It’s a complete shock. It’s hard to describe in words.”

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The State of Things
1:10 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

What Is The Future Of Fracking In North Carolina?

A drill rig on a fracking site.
Credit EPA

A panel of guests discusses fracking in North Carolina with host Frank Stasio.

The natural gas extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has been a source of debate and contention in the state for quite some time now. It involves drilling horizontally through thousands of feet of shale and blasting the shale with water, sand and chemicals to release natural gas. Several states allow the process, some are in the process of figuring out how to regulate it, and some, like New York, have placed a moratorium on the process due to environmental concerns.

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Business & Economy
11:07 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Sutton’s Drug Store Celebrates 90 Years In Business

Sutton's Drug Store in downtown Chapel Hill.
Credit courtesy of Sutton's Drug Store

Ask any long-time Chapel Hill resident to name a few of the town’s business icons, and Sutton’s Drug Store is likely to come up. Founded in 1923, the old fashioned pharmacy has been open for 90 years and celebrates that fact today with a special deal for its customers: from 11:00 to 4:30, hot dogs, Cokes and French fries will be only a nickel, reflecting the store’s 1923 prices. They’re expecting several hundreds of customers.

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Business & Economy
11:02 am
Wed April 24, 2013

NC Furniture Shines At High Point Market

Pieces from Stanley Furniture's Young America collection.
Credit High Point Market

Leoneda Inge reports on the High Point Market and signs of recovering in the furniture industry.

Twice a year, in April and October, High Point becomes the center of the furniture and home furnishings world.   This week, Stanley Furniture is getting a lot of attention, showing off its new space.  Stanley recently moved to High Point from Virginia.  It’s just one sign of  growth in the furniture industry in North Carolina after years of decline.

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Business & Economy
9:34 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Duke Study: Minorities Dig Deeper In Their Pockets To Buy Homes

Credit Coastal Properties via Flickr, Creative Commons

Blacks and Hispanics are paying significantly more in home prices than whites. That's according to new research out of Duke University that tracked more than two million home sales in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and L.A.

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