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11:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Putting A Stop To Gerrymandering

North Carolina's Congressional District 12 in 1992.
Credit http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us

Rep. Paul Stam and Rep. Deborah Ross discuss efforts for bipartisan reform to the redistricting process

In 2010, when Republicans won control of the state House and Senate, they radically redrew voting districts in favor of their own party.  In previous elections, Democrats have done the same.  Now, there's a bipartisan effort in the state House of Representatives to reform the redistricting process.

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The State of Things
10:55 am
Thu April 18, 2013

North Carolina Central University Hosts Its 23rd Annual Jazz Festival

Benny Golson
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Jazz Department Director Ira Wiggins and musician Benny Golson talk about the state of jazz education today, and give us a preview of the NCCU Jazz Festival

North Carolina Central University became the first university in the state to offer a jazz degree in 1977. The university has since been a force on a state and national level in keeping the jazz scene alive.

The university is now throwing its 23rd annual Jazz Festival this week. Ira Wiggins, director of their jazz department, founded the festival in 1990 with hopes of creating a space for students to meet and learn from seasoned jazz musicians. This year the festival features jazz artists Carl Allen and Benny Golson. Benny Golson is a world-renowned saxophonist, composer, and producers.  Ira Wiggins and Benny Golson join Host Frank Stasio to talk about the state of jazz education today, and give us a sneak peek of the festival.

The State of Things
10:47 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Afro-Puerto Rican Music Group Brings Bomba And Plena To The Triangle

Los Planeros de la 21
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Members of Los Plenero join host Frank Stasio to discuss Afro-Puerto Rican music

When Juan Gutiérrez arrived in Harlem from Puerto Rico in the early 1970s, he had hopes of becoming a professional concert musician. But soon enough he started longing for a community that embraced and celebrated his roots.

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Politics & Government
7:46 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Photo ID Bill Passes House Elections Committee

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A bill that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls is one step closer to a chamber-wide vote.

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Business & Economy
7:42 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Missing: Diversity On NC Corporate Boards

A new study shows large corporate boards in North Carolina are less diverse than the boards of Fortune 100 companies. 

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Politics & Government
4:53 am
Thu April 18, 2013

911 Misdials Not Slowing Down

Raleigh/Wake Emergency Communications Center
Credit Dave DeWitt

It’s been one year since the ten digit dialing requirement was put into place in the 919 area code. It immediately caused an increase in the number of misdials coming into the 911 call centers in the Triangle. Twelve months later, the problem hasn't gone away. 

The calls come in waves, at all times of the day, to the Raleigh/Wake County Emergency Communications Center in the basement of the City Hall building. If the caller who misdials stays on the line and admits their error, it's an easy situation for the dispatcher to handle.

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Raleigh Set To Run For Boston Marathon Victims

Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Credit Aaron 'tango' Tang via Flickr, Creative Commons

Runners in the Triangle will be jogging through Raleigh this weekend to support victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. 

Organizers will be taking donations for the families of those who died or were injured in Monday's explosions.  Kazem Yahyapour is the director of Cary's annual Tobacco Road Marathon and organized this Sunday's benefit.  He finished the Boston Marathon minutes before the bombs went off.

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Politics & Government
12:52 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Allen Out As Raleigh City Manager

Russell Allen
Credit City of Raleigh

The Raleigh City Council has voted not to renew the contract of city manager Russell Allen. 

Allen has led Raleigh city government for twelve years, through explosive growth and budgetary cutbacks.

In a statement after his firing, the City Council said Allen has been a “great service to the city”. The Council also said that as the city has grown and changed, “so have the skills needed to manage” it. The City Council did not give any further reasons for letting Allen go.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Buncombe County Puts Slave Records Online

The original deed book of slave records from Buncombe County.
Credit Max Cooper, via mountainx.com

Reporter Jake Frankel speaks with host Isaac-Davy Aronson about Buncombe County's endever to digitize their original slave records

During the Great Depression, the New Deal funded a project to collect the narratives of former slaves.  Sarah Gudger came forward to give an account of her life as a slave in Buncombe County.  Her testimony was the same brutal story that is familiar to many of us.  She described a “hard life” of nothing but “work, work, work,” under the threat of abuse. 

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The Story
11:57 am
Wed April 17, 2013

ATF Bomb Expert Explains Boston Marathon Investigation

ATF special agents working inside the blast scene of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.
Credit Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

On the afternoon of Feb. 26, 1993, Malcolm Brady led a team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives into broken concrete in New York City. Their assignment: find out what had blown up four levels of parking garages - and more than 400 vehicles - below the World Trade Center.

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