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Transportation
12:36 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

NC Ferry Division Eyes Alternate Route Between Hatteras And Ocracoke

The ferry Roanoke normally transports passengers between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
Credit NCDOT

Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands could resume as early as this week with an alternate route.  The state Department of Transportation says surveyors have identified a longer channel that could allow ferries to pass.  Service has been spotty or suspended since Hurricane Sandy and two nor'easters made the normal route impassible during low tides.  DOT spokesman Steve Abbott says the agency hopes to reopen the route quickly to let traffic flow to an area that relies heavily on tourism from Spring to Fall.

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Mon February 18, 2013

A Philosopher Studies the Brains of Psychopaths

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong


Mental health is a focus of national dialogue in the wake of mass shootings around the country. What makes people kill, seemingly without remorse?

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Sports
8:37 am
Mon February 18, 2013

'Canes Want To Play Fast To Stay On Hot Streak

Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal has scored a point in 11 straight games, the longest active streak in the NHL.
Credit Benjamin Reed

The Carolina Hurricanes hope to extend a three-game winning streak Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens.  Coach Kirk Muller says his skaters are playing a quicker game and he expects to see a familiar set of players in Montreal.

"I find they're playing a very similar game to our game right now.  They're not afraid to come at you," Muller says.

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Education
8:06 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Thorp Moving From UNC To Washington University

UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

  Holden Thorp will serve as provost at Washington University in Saint Louis after he steps down as chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Thorp announced the move in a campus-wide e-mail Monday morning.  Thorp had said he would stay at UNC to teach and conduct research in the chemistry department, but he says the new position will allow him to return to teaching and research while keeping administrative duties.

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Environment
7:47 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Firefighters Share Wildfire Know-How

Firefighters from around the world meet Monday in Raleigh to discuss how to improve the way they battle wildfires.  The International Association of Wildland Fire hosts a conference this week that focuses on better communication and learning the behavior of wildfires as a few ways to contain them.  Organization spokeswoman Paula Nelson says those techniques can vary in North Carolina, where the landscape can shift rapidly from dense forest to peat bog.

"Each of those takes specific skills, so the local people are the ones you really turn to," Nelson says.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

McCrory's First State Of The State Address Is Tonight

Credit Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory will lay out his vision for North Carolina in his State of the State speech this evening. It will be the governor's first opportunity to tell North Carolinians how he plans to govern the state.

In his inaugural address, Governor McCrory said he'd like to overhaul state government and North Carolina's educational system, but he hasn't filled in the details. He's expected to tick through a number of topics, from education to off-shore energy exploration. And he's sure to have a big audience.

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Business & Economy
6:25 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

N.C. Biotech Sector Is Fastest Growing In The Nation

Source: Batelle Technology Partnership

Biotechnology leaders in North Carolina are encouraged by a new survey's results.  Officials with the Batelle Technology Partnership say North Carolina's biotech -- or life sciences sector is the third largest in the nation -- behind only California and Massachusetts.  Numbers show that while the state's economy has struggled, biotech has continued to prosper.  The state's biotech industry has grown 23-and-a-half percent from 2001 to 2010..faster than any other state.  Norris Tolson is C-E-O of  the

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The Story
11:47 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Writers Justin Torres And Dorothy Allison Share Inspiration

Justin Torres and Dorothy Allison
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Writers Justin Torres and Dorothy Allison Share Inspiration

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The State of Things
10:49 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Vote Zach Galifianakis

Credit The Campaign

To prepare for his new role in “The Campaign” as a small-town conservative in a no-holds-barred congressional race, comedian Zach Galifianakis looked to the past.

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The State of Things
10:28 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Artist Turns Good Fortune Into Exhibit

From the exhibit: 'A Journey In Russia Thanks To WUNC' by Nerys Levy.
Credit Nerys Levy

Where would you go if someone called you and offered you a free trip to anywhere in the world?

For artist Nerys Levy, the choice was easy. “My deceased husband was Russian-Jewish,” says Levy. “I had grown up on the edge of Russian culture in our married life. So there was an emotional quality. I also knew this would be a wonderful artistic experience.” 

As a landscape artist, Levy saw the trip down the Volga River as a creative opportunity.  “The country has such a rich cultural history that has been submerged and is now re-emerging.”  

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