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9:51 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

North Carolina Black Voter Turnout Tops in US

NCCU students Johnae Stoutamire and Lateria Watts text friends after voting for the first time in the 2012 presidential election.
Credit Leoneda Inge

National numbers from the US Census Bureau this week showed that in 2012, black voter turn-out exceeded that for whites, for the first time.  The story was the same in North Carolina.  Nationally – about 66% of eligible blacks voted in the November 2012 election.  In North Carolina – just over 80% of blacks voted – the highest voter turnout in any state.

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The Story
5:46 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

One String Is All You Need

Brushy One-String has played a one string guitar since he saw it in a vision as a child.
Credit Luciano Blotta

Andrew Chin, a.k.a. Brushy One-String, had a vision as a child where he was playing a guitar with just one string. Since then, he’s crafted a unique style playing on one string, blending in his percussive style and utterly original voice.

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Law
5:11 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Mothers Rally To Fight Gun Violence

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Mothers across North Carolina are marching and speaking out at events tomorrow to raise awareness of how gun violence affects families. Joslyn Simms, who lost her son Rayburn to gun violence eight years ago this month, will be speaking at tomorrow's rally in Durham.

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The State of Things
12:35 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Lawmakers Push Slew Of Controversial Bills

Seal of North Carolina
Credit North Carolina Government / North Carolina Government

Local artist join Host Frank Stasio and WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones to discuss this week's news from Capitol Hill

Lawmakers were on a tear in the North Carolina General Assembly this past week, pushing forward a slew of controversial bills.

The Senate tentatively passed a bill requiring seventh-graders to be taught that abortion can lead to premature delivery in future pregnancies. The controversy there came about because the medical conclusion is based on disputed science.

"I feel emotional about this one," said singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett during a State of Things news roundtable. "I have three daughters...I find it so offensive when science is used in that way."

Legislation requiring parental consent for teenagers who want STD treatment or birth control is making its way through the House. Some think that it could be counterproductive if passed.

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The State of Things
11:21 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Acclaimed Band Releases New Album

The new album Coyotes by Birds and Arrows
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When Birds and Arrows first started making music, they were writing a lot of love songs. But after 10 years of living in Chapel Hill, their music has evolved and become grounded in the North Carolina landscape. They've recently released their new album, Coyotes, which features a great deal of collaboration with other friends and musicians.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 am
Fri May 10, 2013

VIDEO: Colbert Claims To Be A Tar Heel After Sister Loses SC Congressional Race

Stephen Colbert
Credit David Shankbone

On his popular Comedy Central talk show The Colbert Report Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert mourned the fact that his sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, lost to former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford in a race for the state’s first district’s Congressional seat.

“Mark Sanford beat my sister,” Colbert said. “I feel so betrayed by South Carolina.”

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Education
4:55 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Promise, Scandal, And Resolution: The Thorp Era At UNC

Holden Thorp's last day as Chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill is June 30th.
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The Holden Thorp Era At UNC-Chapel Hill.

It’s commencement weekend across North Carolina. Thousands of college students will get their degrees and begin their professional lives. This year, they’re not the only ones who will get a fresh start. After five years as the chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill, Holden Thorp is leaving to become the provost at Washington University in Saint Louis.

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Education
4:19 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Tens Of Thousands Descend On Area For Graduations

Duke University is one of the many schools holding commencement ceremonies this weekend.
Credit Duke University

If you live anywhere near a college campus and don’t have a compelling reason to attend the half-dozen or so graduations going on in the Triangle and Triad, this might be a good weekend to get out of town. Tens of thousands of family and friends are set to descend on Durham, Raleigh, and Greensboro for commencement events throughout the weekend.

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Business & Economy
5:36 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Strong Demand For Quintiles Its First Day On NYSE

Quintiles was publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange for the first time today.
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There seems to be strong investor demand on the New York Stock Exchange for North Carolina-based Quintiles.

Trading began today for the drug-testing company at $40 a share, and by mid-day – shares were up to almost $44.  The price closed at $42.

Phil Bridges, a spokesman for Quintiles, says this is an iconic moment in the company's history.

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

State Senate Passes Bill To Require Clearer Hospital Billing

A new bill would affect the way patients are billed for medical care.
Credit Duke Medecine

Senate lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow patients to compare prices for medical procedures.
Senate Bill 473 would require hospitals to make the cost of common inpatient and outpatient procedures public.

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