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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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Fracking North Carolina
5:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Fracking North Carolina: Could Neighbors Be Forced To Frack?

A Marcellus Shale drill rig in Pennsylvania used in the fracking process.
Credit Ken Skipper, USGS

Some landowners are worried they could be forced to allow fracking of their land even if they don’t want it. Richard Ziglar reports for the final part of our ‘Fracking North Carolina’ series.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a relatively new technology. It involves drilling horizontally through thousands of feet of shale and blasting the shale with water, sand and chemicals to release natural gas. The state’s Mining and Energy Commission is coming up with new regulations for the gas industry, and revisiting some old ones. Among the most contentious regulations are those for what’s called forced or compulsory pooling.

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Politics & Government
5:44 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

State Senate Approves Bill Allowing Legal Notices To Be Posted On Web

Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers in the Senate have passed a bill that would give local jurisdictions the option to publish legal notices online rather than in local newspapers.

Currently, local governments must publish legal ads from zoning notices to new ordinances in newspapers. The measure would affect county and city governments in ten counties, including Wake, Guilford and Mecklenburg.

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Business & Economy
5:37 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

American Tobacco Trail's I-40 Pedestrian Bridge Goes Up This Weekend

An artist rendering of the ATT bridge over I-40.
Credit City of Durham

Structural engineers will put a pedestrian bridge over I-40 this weekend.  Work crews will stay busy overnight Sunday to install the addition to the historic American Tobacco Trial.  The bridge is a major step in adding four miles to the American Tobacco Trail that connects the existing portion to a stretch that ends at the Chatham County line.

Ed Venable, an engineer on the bridge placement project,  says I-40 will have to be shut down to put this bridge --  now in four sections -- in place.

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The Story
3:01 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Texas Volunteer Firefighters Mourn Fellow First Responders, Help Clean After Explosion

Credit Flickr user Vince Alongi

Even as they are mourning the dead from the massive explosion in a fertilizer plant in West, residents are returning to their homes.

In the latest edition of The Story, host Dick Gordon speaks with people as they are still making sense of the disaster, including Nita Gerik, a longtime resident and widow of the fire chief, and her son Jim Gerik, who traveled from Dallas to oversee donations for the community.

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Exonerees Share Stories Of Wrongful Conviction At Innocence Network Conference

Vanessa Potkin, senior staff attorney with the Innocence Project, helped to exonerate Bennie Starks earlier this year.
Sameer Abdel-Khalek

Frank Stasio talks with Keith Findley, president of the Innocence Network; Vanessa Potkin, Innocence Project senior staff attorney; and exonerees Bennie Starks and Audrey Edmunds.

Across the country, 306 wrongfully convicted inmates have been exonerated because of DNA evidence. The number of people exonerated through other means is hard to calculate, since not all states keep records of exonerees.  It might be close to 1,000. But that could be a gross undercount. Over 100 exonerees and many others gathered in Charlotte this past weekend for the 2013 Innocence Network Conference.  There, The State of Things host Frank Stasio sat down with two exonerees and two legal professionals to learn more about their stories.

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Politics & Government
7:37 am
Tue April 23, 2013

State Senate Passes Bill To Revamp Wake County School Board

Credit NC General Assembly

State lawmakers in the Senate have approved a bill that would change how leaders of the Wake County school board are elected.

Senate Bill 325 would scrap the current boundaries for board seats. It would also move board elections from odd to even-numbered years, when voters choose their representatives in Congress and the General Assembly.

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