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Weather
4:13 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Wintery Mix Serves Up Slick Roads

Interstate 40
Credit NC DOT

Triangle areas are experiencing sleet, freezing rain and -- in some parts snow -- as part of a winter weather system quickly passing through.  While the falling precipitation is expected to end this evening, the slick conditions it will leave behind may cause issues for drivers into tomorrow morning.  NC DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo says maintenance employees are planning for long shifts today.

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The State of Things
9:40 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Civil Rights Complaint Against UNC-CH

Five women have filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They contend that the University mishandles and under-reports cases of sexual assault. UNC officials disagree, and call it a "fair, respectful" process.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Daily Tar Heel reporter and UNC-Chapel Hill junior Caitlin McCabe about the complaint and the reaction on campus.

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The State of Things
9:36 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Perspectives on the News

A battle over changing the tax code is looming in Raleigh. Some Republicans want to eliminate personal and corporate income tax. Democrats and a key member of Governor McCrory's staff call the proposal a regressive tax on the middle class and poor.

Host Frank Stasio talks taxes and other stories with Chris Fitzsimon of North Carolina Policy Watch; and Mitch Kokai with the John Locke Foundation.

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The State of Things
9:33 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Dirty Bourbon River Show

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Dirty Bourbon River Show perform live...WOW!!!

New Orleans gypsy brass circus rock music should say it all. That’s how the Dirty Bourbon River Show describe themselves, and their sound doesn’t disappoint. The unusual group of musicians has performed during a six-month burlesque residency in New Orleans, toured with Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and they’re scheduled to play at the Radio & Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C. this June. They’re playing the Local 506 in Chapel Hill tonight, but first they join host Frank Stasio in the studio and perform live.

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Weather
8:03 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Slushy Day Ahead

Counties in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte are under winter weather advisories (purple).
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of central and western North Carolina.  Meteorologist Phil Badgett says snow and sleet could cause slippery road conditions Friday afternoon.

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Education
8:05 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Historically Black Colleges and Universities take part in "Hazing Hurts" Forum

It's the beginning of the Spring Semester and sorority and fraternity in-take season is about to begin on many college campuses.  This has traditionally been an exciting time at historically black colleges and universities where many of these Greek organizations are turning 100 years old.  

But entry into these close-knit groups have sparked major out-cry because of hazing.  And administrators say the sometimes violent and mentally taxing pledge process has spilled over into other campus groups, like the band, sports teams and even honor societies. 

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Law
6:29 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

State Attorney General, Wake County DA Seek Tools To Fight Corruption

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on efforts to give state prosecutors and investigators new powers to fight public corruption.

North Carolina's attorney general wants new laws for state agents and prosecutors to urge cooperate in public corruption investigations.

Attorney General Roy Cooper says state prosecutors should be able to convene grand juries to get to the heart of corruption.  He's tried before to secure the power..but says the legislature has so far refused to act.  Wake County D-A Colon Willoughby says they can do it for drug offenses..but that needs to expand.

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Politics & Government
5:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Deputy Budget Director Distances Himself From Tax Code Idea

It’s clear that North Carolina’s political leaders want to make big changes to the state’s tax code, but exactly what route they’ll choose to follow has been called into question. At a journalist roundtable yesterday, deputy budget director Art Pope distanced himself from an idea put forward by state Senate leaders to potentially eliminate North Carolina personal and corporate income taxes and increase sales taxes.

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Health
4:15 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

NC Takes Obesity Battle One Step At A Time

Doctors in North Carolina roll out a long-term plan today to reverse the rise of the state's obesity rate.  The proposal recommends thousands of behavioral and policy changes for the next seven years.  The recommendations range from limiting time in front of the television to adding funds for hiring health coordinators at every school district.  Doctor Carolyn Dunn is a professor at N.C. State and lead writer of the plan.  She says the strategy to reduce obesity is shifting from broad reform to one policy change at a time.

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The State of Things
4:06 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Wagner

Credit Cory Weaver, San Francisco Opera

German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner brought to audiences such operatic treasures as “Tristan and Isolde,” “Parsifal” and the “Ring” cycle. But his influence on music extended further than his mainstream popularity. He changed the way theater-goers saw opera, and his impact reverberates to the modern day. The North Carolina Opera is doing a performance of portions of his works. Host Frank Stasio talks with Timothy Myers, conductor for the opera’s upcoming performance; and Elizabeth Bishop, the lead actress.

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