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9:31 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Maestro Mystery

For years, Felix Mendelssohn’s “Easter” sonata has been a source of contention in the music world. Some thought it was composed by him, but others attributed it to his sister Fanny. Duke graduate student Angela Mace solved the mystery once and for all this year. Host Frank Stasio talks to her about her discovery.

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Business & Economy
7:20 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Lenovo To Build Computers In NC

Most of the computers sold in the United States are made somewhere else in the world.  That includes computers made by Lenovo.  But yesterday, the computer giant announced it will soon open its first U.S. based manufacturing plant.  And that plant will be in North Carolina.

Lenovo has been moving like lightening during the past 18 months.  The company has gone from 400 retail stores to four-thousand.  And it’s paid off quarter after quarter.  David Schmook is President of Lenovo for North America. 

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Business & Economy
7:15 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Duke Energy Could Spend Billions To Fix Florida Plant

Duke Energy may have to pay billions of dollars to repair the Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida.

A Charlotte engineering firm says the cost to fix a cracking outer-concrete layer of the containment unit could reach 3-point-4 billion dollars. Utility spokesman Mike Hughes says that's a worst-case scenario.

Mike Hughes: "Including having to do additional repair work that is not part of the planned repair scope."

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State of Things
10:10 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Immigration Discrimination

A two-year Department of Justice investigation has concluded that the Alamance County Sheriff, Terry Johnson, and his department have been carrying on a routine of discrimination against Latinos. Johnson denies the allegations, and the Alamance County Board of Commissioners is asking the DOJ to present its evidence. Host Frank Stasio talks about immigration discrimination in Alamance County with WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

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State of Things
10:02 am
Tue October 2, 2012

North Carolina's Poet Laureate

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Joseph Bathanti was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He even went to college and graduate school there. So it's a testament to his passion for North Carolina that he was just announced as the Tar Heel state's newest poet laureate. Bathanti came to North Carolina in the late 1970s to be a VISTA volunteer.

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State of Things
9:48 am
Tue October 2, 2012

The Suburban Strange

Nathan Kotecki's first young adult novel is haunted by the moody alternative rock of the 1980s which haunted his own youth. Even though the Durham writer's book is set in the present, it's heavy on nostalgia. Kotecki says that for high school kids trying to find their identity as serious, creative types, looking backwards is the easiest way to reject the status quo. Courting the supernatural also helps. Nathan Kotecki joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his book, "The Suburban Strange" (Houghton Mifflin/2012).

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Law
7:30 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Alamance County To Respond To DOJ

Alamance County is expected to respond to the US Department of justice today, following the findings of an investigation and alleged racial profiling by the Sheriff's Department.

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Environment
5:30 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Conference To Discuss Fracking And Health

Leaders from across the country will speak tomorrow at a conference on the health effects of natural gas fracking. The Research Triangle Environmental Health Collaborative is a non-profit group that holds an annual conference every year on health issues. Martin Armes is the executive director of the collaborative. He said,  "We certainly recognize that we identify some hot button issues but we're going to try to conduct these meetings in a manner to be as productive as we can to make some recommendations. And we try to depoliticize the process as much as we can."

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Politics & Government
4:10 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

State Elections Board Looking For Discrepancies

The state Board of Elections is investigating voter registration work done by a firm hired by the Republican party. The national G-O-P fired Strategic Allied Consulting after irregularities were found in some Florida registration forms. The state Republican party has also terminated its relationship with the firm. The company says on its website that problems were traced to one person. Gary Bartlett is executive director of the state Board of Elections. He says the Board is checking several advocacy groups who register voters.

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State of Things
1:58 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Meet Gary Kueber

www.scientificproperties.com

Gary Kueber went to medical school and became a doctor in Durham, but being an M.D. wasn’t enough for him. He also had a passion for architecture and turned it into his blog, Endangered Durham. He has chronicled the destruction and preservation of Durham’s historic landmarks for years.

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