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Health
9:54 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Pew Report Gives NC an "F" in Child Dental Care

North Carolina could be doing a better job of preventing tooth decay in children. A new Pew Center report gives the state an "F" for taking care of kids teeth. Doctor Bill Maas is a public health dentist and a policy advisor for the Pew Children's Dental Campaign. He says painting a clear plastic sealant coating on the permanent molars of second graders is an efficient way to prevent cavities.

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Law
6:28 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Meth Lab Busts Jump 34% in 2012, Sets New State Record

There were 460 meth lab busts in the state last year. That's a record high. It's up from 344 busts the year before. State Bureau of Investigation agents attribute the rise to an increase in a simpler method of making the drug called "one-pot" or "shake and bake." Criminals cook the meth in a plastic soda bottle - using much smaller levels of the main ingredient, pseudo-ephedrine - commonly found in cold medicine.

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Environment
12:49 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Inlet Closure Causes Businesses to Lose Millions

Boat builders on the Outer Banks say they're losing millions of dollars worth of business as the Oregon Inlet remains closed. The water there has been too shallow to allow vessels through since November. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it can not afford the $17 million it needs to dredge the inlet. Some business owners told Dare County Commissioners this week they might relocate if the inlet remains impassible. John Bayliss owns a boat building company in Wanchese.

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State of Things
10:23 am
Tue January 8, 2013

New Raleigh Blog Closes

Back in 2007, two guys in a bar came up with the idea for New Raleigh. It was a hyper local news blog that focused on the innovators and leaders turning Raleigh into an up-and-coming destination city. David Millsaps and Jedidiah Gant, the founders of New Raleigh recently announced they are closing up shop. Host Frank Stasio talks to them about their decision.

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State of Things
10:05 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Life of a Leaf

The Life of a Leaf by Steven Vogel
Credit press.uchicago.edu

When most people look at a leaf, they just see a green thing hanging down. When scientist Steven Vogel looks, he sees a scientific “everyman,” an organism whose functions can help explain science. He uses the leaf as his protagonist in a new book called “The Life of a Leaf” (University of Chicago Press/2012).

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State of Things
10:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Geek Mom

GeekMom blog
Credit wired.com

Being a geek isn’t what it used to be. Now it’s a sign of cool. But how do things change when geeks become parents? Chapel Hill resident Natania Barron knows all about that. She’s a gamer, a speculative fiction writer and one of the co-editors of Wired.com’s GeekMom blog. She is also the co-writer of a new book called “Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families” (Potter Craft/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to Natania Barron about the state of geekdom.

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Military
9:02 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Lejeune Marines Awarded For Rescue Mission

Three Marines at Camp Lejeune have been awarded the Air Medal for successfully carrying out a rescue mission in Libya. Military officials awarded the distinguished medals yesterday to Capt. Erik Kolle, Staff Sgt. David Potter, and Sgt. Daniel Howington. The three men rescued a downed pilot near Benghazi during the Libyan civil war in March of 2011. First Lieutenant Robert Martins says the crew traveled 150 miles in less than an hour to rendezvous with the pilot.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

NC Population Grows by 100,000

North Carolina’s economy may not be growing as fast as lawmakers like. But the state’s population remains on an upward path. 

Numbers from the U-S Census Bureau show North Carolina has the fifth largest population growth in the country.  Ben Bolender is a Demographer with the Population Estimates Branch of the Census Bureau.  He says the state grew by 101-thousand people"

"About 60-thousand more people moved into North Carolina than moved out. So, that’s our net overall migration number."

But what about the rest?

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Politics & Government
3:30 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

McCrory Dissolves State Judicial Commission

Governor Pat McCrory has signed his first executive order on his first weekday in office. He held the first news conference of his term this morning.

Pat McCrory: "My first order actually rescinds the judicial nominating commission. We're going back to the original constitutional authority granted to the governor, giving the governor the authority to appoint vacancies on the bench."

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State of Things
10:25 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Meet Laura Ritchie

Laura Ritchie
Credit chathamarts.org

Laura Ritchie’s great, great grandfather invented the soft drink Cheerwine, and it became a family business. But she never considered joining the company. Instead she wanted to become an artist. An experience in Florence, Italy showed her the value of the curators behind the great art exhibits. That led her to finish her art education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and open her own art gallery, The Carrack Modern Art in Durham. Host Frank Stasio talks to Laura Ritchie about her life and opening The Carrack Modern Art.

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