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9:10 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Non-compliance With Federal Law Could Reshape NC DOT Budget

North Carolina is among 33 states that face penalties for not complying with federal regulations designed to crack down on drunken drivers. 

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Governor Signs Brownfields Agreement In Charlotte

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit www.governor.state.nc.us

State officials have signed an agreement to clean up a former Superfund site near Charlotte. The deal is part of a project to create an eco-industrial park on a nearly 670-acre site. The site was once home to a former textile complex. Governor Pat McCrory says the agreement will launch the development of the region's largest eco-industrial park, called ReVenture West.

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Business & Economy
8:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Women Working More, For Less

North Carolina has seen an increase in the number of women who graduate from college and work in managerial and professional positions. The Status of Women in North Carolina report shows some workplace improvements, while also detailing a gender wage gap as well as rise in female poverty and obesity.

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Sports
1:37 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Investigation: UNC Football Player Got At Least $2,000 From Agent

Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

Former UNC-Chapel Hill football player Marvin Austin said in documents unsealed today in Wake County Superior Court that a player agent, Terry Shawn Watson from Georgia, paid him several thousand dollars cash. The money came to Austin in a Fed-Ex package while he was a player at Carolina in 2010.

Other payments were sent to the home of Jennifer Wiley. She was the tutor who was at the center of an academic fraud scandal that came out of the investigation into the football program.

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The Story
1:34 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

A Fukushima Farmer Tills His Soil For Radiation

Mitsuo Sato points to his fields.
Credit Yuri Yamamoto

Dick calls Japanese farmer Mitsuo Sato, who lived close to the Fukushima Daiichi reactor when it began to meltdown in 2011. We have spoken to him twice now and check back on whether there has been any progress in returning to his farm. He is part of a crew that is decontaminating the soil in his community, and says he might be able to work the soil again by 2015.

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The State Of Things
10:49 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Civil Rights Lawyer Follows Twisted Road To Justice

Mark Dorosin
Credit markdorosin.org

Frank Stasio talks with Civil Rights Lawyer Mark Dorosin

Mark Dorosin’s path to civil rights law was never straight. He followed many a winding course, skirting the optimism of teaching, exploring the pride of public office and even holding down the 9 to 5 as a manager at Blockbuster Video.

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Transportation
10:30 am
Mon March 11, 2013

NC DOT Revisits Outer Banks Transportation Projects

A screenshot captured Saturday at Mirlo Beach near Rodanthe shows the surf advancing on Highway 12.
Credit NCDOT / facebook.com

The North Carolina DOT starts a series of public meetings Monday to get feedback about its plans for Highway 12 and new ferry tolls on the Outer Banks. 

The DOT said Monday it would add one departure time to the ferry from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke Island as more over-wash covers Highway 12.  The route faces intermittent closures after last week's winter storm flooded the highway.

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Business & Economy
3:53 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

N.C. Congressmen Author Bill To Spark Competition In Textiles

Credit house.gov

Two North Carolina congressmen are working together to push a bill that will reward ingenuity in the textile industry.  Republican Howard Coble and Democrat David Price say the act would allow companies and universities to compete for $5 million in Commerce Department grants.  Congressman Price feels innovators from North Carolina can be in that mix.

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The Story
12:53 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

“I Was A Friend Of Hugo Chavez.” A Classmate Remembers A Latin America President

Before joining the military, Chavez dreamed of becoming a major league pitcher.
Credit Cuentos del Arañero

Rafael Simón Jiménez was a high school friend of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, who died this week. As the country mourns, Dick speaks with him about what the leader was like as a young man and young politician. Rafael Simón Jiménez was part of the Chavez administration until they had a break over political ideals. He says Chavez loved baseball, but learned politics.

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Arts & Culture
12:34 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Union Sailors Caught In Famous NC Shipwreck Laid To Rest 150 Years Later

The wreck of the Civil War vessel USS Monitor lies off the coast of Cape Hatteras. Two sailors who went down with the ship will be laid to rest Friday.
Credit Monitor National Marine Sanctuary / noaa.gov

The remains of two Union sailors who went down with the ironclad USS Monitor off the North Carolina coast will be honored Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. 

The Civil War ship sank 150 years ago.  The remains were found in 2002.  Lauren Heesemann is the research coordinator for NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. 

"The date for the burial was chosen because its the 151st anniversary of the battle of Hampton Roads which is one of the battles that the Monitor is most known for; the battle of the Monitor versus the Merrimack or the CSS Virginia," Heesemann says.

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