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7:55 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Judge Commutes Three Death Row Sentences

Three death row inmates had their sentences commuted yesterday to life in prison.  A Cumberland County judge said race wrongly played a role in the jury selection for their cases.

Tilmon Golphin, Christina Walters and Quintel Augustine were on death row for killing five people – three of them law enforcement officers.  Scott Bass is Executive Director of “Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation.” He was in court when Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks re-sentenced the three inmates.

Scott Bass:  "You know I can’t say that I’m happy.  There’s nothing to celebrate here."

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

McCrory Announces First Appointments

Governor-elect Pat McCrory announced three appointments earlier today. He has chosen two prominent North Carolinians to serve on his Cabinet. Dr. Aldona Wos will serve as the Secretary of Health and Human services. She is a physician and former ambassador to Estonia who worked on McCrory's gubernatorial campaign. John Skvarla will serve as the Secretary of Environmental and Natural Resources. He is the C-E-O of an environmental restoration company based in Raleigh. And McCrory has chosen a former Durham City Council member, Thomas Stith, as his Chief of Staff.

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State of Things
11:06 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Edvard Munch

The Scream
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Edvard Munch’s most famous painting is “The Scream.” It depicts a skeletal figure holding his hands against his face in horror. This image has been reproduced and parodied the world over. But Edvard Munch's life and other works are largely unknown to the general public.

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State of Things
11:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

DSM-V

DSM-V

The bible of the psychiatric community is undergoing a major revision. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness or DSM has just approved its fifth revision. The DSM-V includes big changes to certain categories, including depression, dementia and autism. Some say the changes go too far.

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Politics & Government
10:30 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Orange, Durham To Start Collecting Transit Tax

Orange County Commissioners have given final approval to levy a half-cent sales tax for transit projects starting this Spring. Commissioners decided this week to collect the tax beginning on April 1. Voters in Orange County approved the tax on a ballot referendum in November. Durham residents did the same last year and will start paying the tax at the same time. Revenue goes toward a $1.4 billion plan from Triangle Transit Authority to expand bus services and build a light rail line from UNC Hospitals to downtown Durham.

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Business & Economy
9:55 am
Thu December 13, 2012

CFOs Worried About "Fiscal Cliff"

Pessimism is growing among Chief Financial Officers as debate continues over how to address the impending “fiscal cliff.”  The results of the latest Duke University – CFO Magazine Survey are in.

Campbell Harvey:  "Given the uncertainty of the fiscal cliff, that the CFOs are giving us the very strong message that they have stopped hiring."

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Environment
9:45 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Biofuels Conference In Greensboro

In Greensboro, a day-long conference today will look at developing and improving new kinds of fuel. The Biofuels Center is bringing together a collection of small business owners, educators and environmentalists. A series of panel discussions will share ideas about forms of sustainable energy, bio fuels and the advantages to local economies. Leif Forer is manager of the Civic and Small-Scale Biofuels Center.

Leif Forer:  "The big picture goal is to get a lot of new biofuels produced in North Carolina and enrich our communities and or environment while doing so."

Business & Economy
1:10 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Southeast Raleigh Residents Worry About Grocery Options

Two Kroger food stores are set to close next month in southeast Raleigh, leaving some residents worried about where they will buy groceries. The company plans to shut down locations on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and New Bern Ave. next month. Kroger tells the property owner it's not making money at those stores. But the federal government already considers the area a food desert, meaning residents have limited access to fresh food. City Council member Eugene Weeks represents southeast Raleigh.

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State of Things
11:02 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Brewing Beer Battle

After prohibition, harsh regulations restricted the distribution and sale of alcohol in the United States. The so-called three-tier system left a niche open for craft brewers, who are exempt from the regulations that apply to big companies. Now, a near-monopoly by big time beer businesses threatens the regulatory framework that has enabled craft brewers to thrive.

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State of Things
10:57 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Operatic Holiday Hits

Steven Kimbrough
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Everywhere you go right now, you’re probably hearing holiday tunes. But the internationally regarded baritone Steven Kimbrough is bringing a new sound to Christmas: opera. His new album, “Christmas Lullabies From Around the World” has the celebrated singer doing operatic renditions of some little known Christmas songs.

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