4:43 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

American Red Cross Launches Free Tornado App

2010 tornado in Iredell County, NC
Credit England / Flickr

A new tornado app from the American Red Cross is out this week. Available in both English and Spanish, it gives users instant access to local, real-time information on severe weather alerts and warnings. Barry Porter from Triangle Red Cross says it's linked directly to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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4:41 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Lawmakers Moving To Revive Study Of Red Route For 540 Loop

State lawmakers in the Senate have tentatively passed a bill that would revive a federal study of a proposed section of the 540 Outer Loop highway across Wake County. Back in 2011, Garner residents convinced lawmakers to pass a bill that banned studying what's called the Red Route. It's a proposed part of the Outer Loop that would have required bulldozing parks and neighborhoods in Garner. Local leaders favor what's known as the Orange Route, but that would extend through wetlands that are home to an endangered mollusk.

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Science & Technology
3:42 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Older Gamers, Play On

Surveys showed older adults who play video games scored higher on well-being tests than those who don't.
Credit Anne McLaughlin /

Researchers at N.C. State say playing video games might have positive psychological effects later in life.  A report released this week says a study of people who were 63 or older found those who play video or computer games at least occasionally reported more positive emotions in a mental health survey than those who don't.

"There's a whole gaming industry that's focused on the 12-year-old to 21-year-old demographic," says Dr. Jason Allaire, lead author of the study.

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The Story
1:07 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Over 20 Years, Correspendent Meets Russians, Mujehedeen and Taliban In Afghanistan

Terence White and mujahideen guerrilla leader Commander Ahmad Shah Masood in 1998.
Credit Terence White

A conversation with the longest serving foreign correspondent in Afghanistan. He has traveled in the country when the Soviets were fighting. He spent time with the Mujahedeen and watched the rise of the Taliban and the invasion by U.S. Forces in 2001. He no longer files stories and has begun to do contract work in the country saying that he's well equipped to operate in a war zone. He has written a memoir about his work called "Hot Steel."

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Politics & Government
11:35 am
Wed March 6, 2013

House Republican Leaders Plan Photo ID Bill

  • A story about efforts to produce a photo ID bill in the legislature.

Republican leaders in the state House say they’re committed to bringing forth a bill that would require all state residents to present photo identification in order to vote. They say they know some voting rights advocates are opposed to any kind of photo ID bill. That’s why they’re rolling out a schedule of public hearings and meetings before introducing a specific measure. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis told a news conference that he and other House members are committed to going through a careful and deliberative process as they put together a Voter ID bill:

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Wed March 6, 2013

How Charter Schools Are Changing Public Education

A panel of experts discuss how charter schools are changing public education

Seventy new charter schools have applied to become part of North Carolina’s growing population of alternative public schools. For the longest time, the number of charter schools in the state was capped at 100, but lawmakers changed that back in 2011.

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Wed March 6, 2013

The Life And Times Of Sir Walter Ralegh

Bronze statue of Sir Walter Ralegh outside the Raleigh Convention Center.
Credit Jeffrey L. Cohen via

Professor Christopher Armitage parse fact from fiction on the life and times of Sir Walter Ralegh

  Sir Walter Ralegh has never set foot in North Carolina. He’s certainly never seen the city that was named for him. But there he is. Airports and cemeteries bear his name; statues of his likeness are all around town. Why does Ralegh have such a hold on the popular imagination?

Host Frank Stasio will try to parse fact from fiction with his guest Christopher Armitage, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Armitage is working on a book, “Literary and Visual Ralegh: Writings of and Visual Reproductions of Sir Walter Ralegh” (Manchester University Press).

7:28 am
Wed March 6, 2013

McCrory And Tata Defend Creation Of Pink Licenses

Credit NC Governor's Office
  • WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on Gov. Pat McCrory's comments on pink driver's licenses.

Governor Pat McCrory took on a major state issue following a meeting Tuesday with several North Carolina mayors.   McCrory's meeting with members of the Metro Mayors Coalition addressed issues that are critical to cities and towns trying to cope with sequestration, transportation issues and taxation.  The Governor also answered questions on a hot legislative issue.  He disagrees with immigrants' advocates who say pink driver's licenses are no more than a scarlet letter.

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Business & Economy
7:26 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Cree's Bright Idea: Brand Its Own Light Bulb

Cree's new LED light bulb looks like a traditional light bulb, with a fatter neck.

Cree technology is in all types of lighting panels and fixtures, but now the Durham-based company has branded its own light bulb.  Cree says its LED light bulb is a big deal.  Mike Watson is a spokesman for Cree.

“Our tag line is the best thing since the light bulb and we believe it.  And we believe with the release of the Cree LED bulb we fundamentally are changing the way people use and view light forever,” said Watson. 

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The State of Things
3:11 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

What Is A Library In Today’s High Tech Age?

James B. Hunt Library

A conversation about libraries in today’s high tech age

The James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University is a revolution in information storage.

At the Hunt, robots fetch the books. Two million volumes are folded into one ninth of the space they would have taken up in a conventional library because room for humans to walk through the aisles is unnecessary.

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