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4:44 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

How To Cook A Corndog, James Beard-Style

Chef Aaron Vandemark of Panciuto

Even though he’s been a James Beard Award semi-finalist for three years in a row, Chef Aaron Vandemark of Hillsborough’s Panciuto was caught off guard last month when he learned that his name was on the list yet again. He was checking his email and received a congratulatory note, at first not realizing what it was for.  But that’s not too different from last year, Vandemark says. In 2012, he was alone in his kitchen cutting up lamb parts when he received a phone call from a writer in Raleigh who gave him the news.  “I’m always surprised by how informal it is,” he admits, referring to the fact that The James Beard Foundation does not notify its semi-finalists directly.

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Senators Hagan, Burr Push Beach Driving Bill

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Credit U.S. Senate

  North Carolina's US senators have re-introduced a bill that would allow off-road vehicles more access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  Republican Senator Richard Burr and Democratic Senator Kay Hagan filed a proposal last week to reinstate rules that open most of the seashore to four-by-fours without a permit.  Senator Hagan says the bill represents a compromise between protecting the national park and supporting local businesses that run tours of the beach.  

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Is The Drone War Coming To North Carolina?

A Predator drone on a US Air Force base in 2011.
Credit US Air Force, via Wikipedia

A discussion about the acquisition and use of drones by North Carolina agencies

As more domestic law enforcement agencies acquire drones, concerns are increasing about how the unmanned aerial vehicles will be used and regulated.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Story Of Medgar Evers Through Collective Memory

Remembering Medgar Evers by Minrose Gwin
Credit University of Georgia Press

Author Minrose Gwin talks to host Frank Stasio about her new book, 'Remembering Medgar Evers' .

  Medgar Evers’s assassination was a spark that motivated social activists and inspired writers, poets and journalists. Artists like Bob Dylan, Eudora Welty and James Baldwin have contributed to the collective memory of Evers through their own works.

Minrose Gwin, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, talks to host Frank Stasio about her new book, “Remembering Medgar Evers” (University of Georgia Press/2013).

The State of Things
11:47 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Film Documents The Core Sound Community’s Struggles

LJ Hardy of South River, aboard his boat at the mouth of the Neuse River
Credit Neal Hutcheson

Linguist Walt Wolframand and director Neal Hutcheson talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”

  For nearly 300 years the Core Sound community has earned a livelihood from the commercial fishing industry. It’s a livelihood that is now seriously threatened. “Core Sounders” is a new documentary that tells the story of a community in transition.

Host Frank Stasio is joined by Walt Wolfram, executive producer and professor of English at North Carolina State University; and Neal Hutcheson, the Emmy-Award winning director, to talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”

The Story
11:10 am
Tue March 12, 2013

With Heavy Caseload, Public Defender Works 24/7

Credit Flickr photo

Travis Williams talks with Dick about the heavy caseload he carries in Hall Country, Ga. The promise of a free attorney was established 50 years ago in the Supreme Court’s ruling of Gideon v. Wainwright. Williams says he represents people he might normally avoid; an open racist, for example. But he says people value their freedom more than those kinds of beliefs. Travis Williams is featured in Gideon's Army, a movie opening the Full Frame Festival on April 4.

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Law
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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