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State of Things
9:50 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Nimble Neutrinos

Physics World recently named its top ten breakthroughs for the year, and research from North Carolina State University was on the list. NC State, along with the University of Rochester in New York, has been working on research into how neutrinos can be used for tricky communications, like talking to submerged submarines or interstellar travelers.

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Business & Economy
8:30 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Community Lenders Help Small Businesses

A new report takes a close-up look at Community Development Financial Institutions across North Carolina and the lending gap they have filled. 

The report was commissioned by The Support Center based in Raleigh. It’s one of 17 Community Development Financial Institutions or C-D-F-I’s in the state.   In 2010 – C-D-F-I’s financed 33-thousand consumer and business loans.  Lenwood Long is President and C-E-O of the Support Center.

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Business & Economy
5:50 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

AAA Expecting 2.5 Million Travelers This Holiday Season

More than two and a half million North Carolinians are expected to travel during the next couple of weeks. AAA expects a two-percent increase in travel this holiday season. Angela Daley, with AAA Carolinas says gas prices are down only slightly from a year ago, but have fallen significantly in the last few months.
 

Angela Daley: "The average price of gas right now in North Carolina is $3.23 and that's down about 62 cents since it peaked in mid-September, so its been falling pretty steadily and it's even down eight cents from where it was before Thanksgiving."

Politics & Government
12:41 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Coble, Price Weigh In On Budget Negotiations

North Carolina's members of the House are back in Washington this week as Speaker John Boehner and President Obama try to work out a budget deal before the end of the year. The two leaders are trying to come to an agreement before automatic tax hikes and spending cuts go into effect in January. Republican Representative Howard Coble of Greensboro says Washington should consider cuts or reform for certain entitlement programs.

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State of Things
9:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Life After Death Row

Life After Death Row

One hundred and thirty eight people have been exonerated of capital crimes and released from death row since 1973. These tragic stories don't always get told, but two professors wanted to make sure that the voices of some exonerees were heard. Saundra Westervelt and Kimberly Cook explore the post-incarceration struggle of 18 of them in their new book “Life After Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Community and Identity” (Rutgers University Press/2012).

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State of Things
9:11 am
Tue December 18, 2012

The Case of Nathan Bowie

In 1991, Nathan Bowie and his uncle killed two men — Nelson Shuford and Calvin Wilson — outside an apartment complex in Catawba County. Bowie was 20 years old at the time. The crime was inexcusable and Bowie received the death penalty for it. But the case was complicated by a number of factors that could have kept Bowie off of death row.

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Health
6:10 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Report Praises Mental Health Partnerships

A public-private partnership is doing a good job of taking care of people suffering from mental illness. --- That, according to a new report from The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.

Three-way contracts were instituted more than four years ago as part of a new initiative from the Division of Mental Health. The contracts allow the state to buy beds in local hospitals to provide care for people who are in crisis. Mebane Rash is an Attorney with state Center for Public Policy Research.

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Environment
10:35 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Oregon Inlet Clogged, Dredging in Limbo

Dredging crews are set to survey the Oregon Inlet again this morning after they suspended operations due to shallow waters. Officials with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers say strong winds brought more sand into the inlet last week. That prevents crews from using their side-casting dredge. Bob Sattin is the cheif operator for the Army Corps of Engineers in Wilmington:

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Kitty Hawk Celebrations Mark 109 Years Of Flight

Wilbur and Orville Wright launched their first successful powered flight 109 years ago today on the Outer Banks. A series of events at the Wright Brothers National Memorial this morning honor the anniversary. Fly-overs by Marine jets and Coast Guard planes and helicopters and a wreath laying ceremony will be part of the activities. Joshua Boles is a park ranger at the Memorial. He says the weather was a challenge for those manning that first flight.

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State of Things
9:31 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Meet Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

When Pam Spaulding first got into publishing, she used an X-Acto knife and cardboard. She stayed in the field by learning how to use a computer. And now her blog — Pam’s House Blend — is a popular activist website for gay rights.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Pam Spaulding about her life, work and gay rights activism.

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