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Arts & Culture
10:58 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Grammys: Steep Canyon Rangers Win Best Bluegrass Album, Avett Brothers & Chocolate Drops Miss

Steep Canyon Rangers 'Nobody Knows You' wins Grammy for best bluegrass album of 2012
Credit Steep Canyon Rangers

Here's an update on how some artists with North Carolina connections fared at the Grammys on Sunday February 10.  This article was originally prepared as a Grammy preview looking at the Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Avett Brothers with some of their recent appearances on "The State of Things" on WUNC.

Update 6:11 p.m.

"The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile win for Best Folk Album 2012, edging out the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

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Business & Economy
10:56 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Rocky Mount Exhibit Honors Banking History

Peoples Bank and Trust opened in Rocky Mount during the Great Depression.
Credit PNC Legacy Project

One of the biggest banks in North Carolina is PNC. The bank was introduced to the state after its acquisition of RBC last year.  These banking institutions have roots that reach back to Rocky Mount.  And that’s where a new exhibit honors the region’s rich banking history.

The PNC Legacy Project is the first exhibit you see when you walk into the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount.  David Combs is the Mayor of Rocky Mount.  He was born and bred here.

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Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Downton Abbey & Biltmore – How Similar Are They?

Downton Abbey cast in front of Highclere Castle
(C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE
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Law
4:47 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Triad Police To Use Private DNA Lab

A laboratory in Burlington will begin testing forensic evidence and building a regional database of DNA evidence in an effort to help local law enforcement agencies solve crimes. The privately owned DNA: SI Labs says it can test samples and provide results much more quickly than the State Bureau of Investigation.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Duke Frat Party Ignites Criticism And Racial Tension On Campus

Flyers by Ashley Tsai, Tong Xiang and Ting-Ting Zhou

  The Kappa Sigma fraternity at Duke University has received a huge backlash for throwing an Asian-themed party. Photos surfaced on Facebook of partiers dressed as geishas and sumo wrestlers. The same images were used by student activists to create flyers protesting the event.

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The State of Things
11:09 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Funny Man Ditches Persona And Finds Comedy In Authenticity

Kevin Allison
Credit risk-show.com

A conversation with comedian Kevin Allison

  Kevin Allison is perhaps best known for his work on the 1990s-era sketch comedy show “The State”. After it wrapped, he found himself adrift, until he discovered that by being himself on stage, he could get big laughs.

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Education
11:06 am
Fri February 8, 2013

UNC Report Acknowledges Fraudulent Classes

UNC's academic fraud report falls mostly in line with former Gov. Jim Martin's.

A UNC Board of Governors panel says it agrees with most of the findings from an earlier investigation of academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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The State of Things
11:02 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Musician Recognizes Disconnect Between Rich And Poor

Jon Shain's new release "Ordinary Cats"
Credit jonshain.com

A live music segment with Jon Shain

Jon Shain grew up in a run-down mill town outside of Boston, but got a sense for the finer things in life at Duke University. He also became aware that the well off don’t always recognize the plight of the poor.

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The Story
10:58 am
Fri February 8, 2013

What's Lurking Beneath Antarctica's 5 Million Square Miles Of Ice?

Microbe images and an investigator peering into an ice hole.
Credit WISSARD

Ice Breaker: Scientists Drill in Antarctica

Dick puts a call into McMurdo Station to talk with one of the U.S. scientists on an expedition to drill into a frozen lake to find out what is underneath. They have taken samples now and have to get the lake water back to the U.S. to see whether there is life in this lake.

Letters

Remembering the Cessna that flew into Red Square back in 1987.

Real Good Hands: Gregory Porter is Up for a Grammy

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Bill Would Encourage Technical Education

The state Senate has passed a bill that would designate high school diplomas as college-ready, career-ready, or both. Senate Bill 14 passed unanimously yesterday and will now head to the House. The measure would ensure that all high school diplomas in North Carolina designate what a student intends to do after high school. Republican Senator Jerry Tillman is a sponsor of the measure. He says he's glad the bill is heading to the House.

"It will be hopefully be passed over there, in committee and on the floor and go to the governor, and he's anxious to sign it."

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