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8:00 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Johnston County Teens Hold Safe Driving Summit

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WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on a multi-county discussion about safety among teen drivers.

Johnston County teenagers will lead a discussion today aimed at stopping deadly crashes involving young drivers.  Organizers of the Teen Driving Summit will welcome students from 12 other counties to discuss safer driving practices among teens.  Johnston County currently has the 4th highest number of deaths among high school-age drivers. 


Lynda Carroll is with the county's Teen Driving Committee.  She says the dialogue will focus on five areas of risky behavior behind the wheel.

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Business & Economy
3:45 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

High Point Market Gets Underway

One of several showroom spaces at High Point Market.
Credit High Point Market Authority

Leoneda Inge reports on what to expect at the spring High Point Market.

The High Point Market kicks off Saturday.  It’s the largest home furnishings trade show in the world.  Dignitaries and celebrities will make the rounds.  U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and Governor Pat McCrory will "do market" this spring.  McCrory will meet with more than 40 furniture industry leaders who recently sent him a letter in support of funding for the High Point Market Authority.  A budget proposal released earlier this month showed significant cuts to the market authority.

Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority, says he’s glad the governor reversed course.

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Sports
2:59 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Thorp: Presidents Should Not Supervise Athletics

Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

Full audio of Holden Thorp's address to the panel on athletics and academics at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Leaders in higher education and athletics gathered today on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. They were there for a panel discussion on the role athletics should play on a college campus.

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp was one of several people who addressed the panel. He offered the controversial idea that presidents and chancellors are ill-prepared to oversee athletics and should not have direct supervision.

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Environment
2:00 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Exploring Local Greenways: Orange County Trails Loved By Young And Old

Walking a dog on Bolin Creek Trail.
Credit Catherine Lazorko, Town of Chapel Hill

Orange County’s population may be smaller than that of its neighboring counties, but its greenways are no less loved. Chapel Hill and Carrboro both tout themselves as bike and pedestrian friendly towns, and Hillsborough has taken pains to create elaborate bicycle and walking routes throughout its downtown area that highlight dozens of historical buildings.  

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The Story
12:57 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Man Throws Piano In Truck, Plays All The Way To Costa Rica

Dotan Negrin at the Alamo
Credit Dotan Negrin

Take a pianist, his Baldwin upright piano and a van, and you have Dotan Negrin and his musical quest.

On this edition of The Story, host Dick Gordon tracks him down in front of the Alamo, where he dragged his piano into the public square to play. Dotan is traveling and playing music in New York City, New Orleans, San Antonio, and all the way through Central America to Panama.

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Environment
10:18 am
Fri April 19, 2013

More Rainfall Lessens Statewide Drought

State drought map. Yellow counties are abnormally dry, tan counties are moderately dry.
Credit State Division of Water Resources

North Carolina’s drought conditions are better than they were one year ago. Last April, 53 counties were experiencing a moderate drought – the lowest of the four drought categories. This year only eight of the state’s 100 counties are currently receiving that classification.

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Environment
5:05 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Bodie Island Lighthouse Opens To Public For The First Time

Bodie Island Lighthouse
Credit National Park Service

For the first time ever, the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be open for public tours.  The structure was built in 1872 and has been closed for a $5 million renovation for the past four years. Years of exposure to harsh weather had brought on structural and safety problems. Restoration work included repairs to the spiral stairs, brickwork and the lens that still serves as a navigational guide for ships.

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Education
4:33 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Winning Ethics: National Competition Comes To Chapel Hill

Kate Vancil, Joyce Wang, Sandhya Mahadevan, Salman Iftikhar, and Nathan Cho make up the East Chapel Hill High School Ethics Bowl team.
Credit Parr Center for Ethics, UNC-Chapel Hill

Dave DeWitt profiles North Carolina’s entry in the first-ever National High School Ethics Bowl.

Sandhya Mahadevan doesn’t come off as someone who is likely to back down from anyone. She’s whip-smart, looks you dead in the eye when she’s talking to you, and can’t wait to engage on the events of the day.

But after a few years on her high school debate team, even she was looking for something a little less combative. That’s when she heard about the Ethics Bowl. 

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Teacher Tenure Bill

NC Legislative building
Credit NC General Assembly

House lawmakers have passed a bill that would revamp teacher tenure in North Carolina. The measure has bipartisan support and passed 113 to 1.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

State Leaders Propose Transportation Funding Changes

State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata
Credit Gurnal Scott

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on a proposed change in project funding for the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Governor Pat McCrory wants a new method of funding transportation projects in order to spur economic growth.  He says the way the state has approached transportation projects has not favored areas that need an economic boost.

"We have struggled to keep pace with the needs of our growing areas and to bring jobs to our most economic-challenges areas of this state.  So right now it's time to think differently," McCrory says.

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