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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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Politics & Government
9:45 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Deadline Arrives For Sandy Disaster Loans

Monday is the final day for victims of Hurricane Sandy on the Outer Banks to apply for disaster loans. The Small Business Administration is accepting damage claims until the end of the day from Dare, Currituck, Tyrrell and Hyde Counties. Business and home owners are eligible for up to $200,000 to replace damaged real estate or $40,000 for personal property. Dare County Emergency Management Director Nathaniel Sanderson says the Outer Banks avoided the kind of damage the storm brought to the Northeast in October.

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Politics & Government
9:30 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Preservation Groups Want to Protect Dix Hospital

Preservation groups in Raleigh say the city should protect the historic buildings on the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus. The city council plans to convert the property into a public park. The state leased the land to Raleigh last month for $68 million over 75 years. But the Raleigh City Council has yet to create a master plan for the future park. Myrick Howard is the president of Preservation North Carolina:

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Politics & Government
9:25 am
Mon January 7, 2013

McCrory Sworn In As 74th NC Governor

Pat McCrory holds his first cabinet meeting today after becoming the 74th governor of North Carolina. McCrory took the oath of office over the weekend from Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court Sarah Parker. McCrory received a state seal from Bev Perdue that is handed to each governor when he or she takes office.

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Politics & Government
8:05 am
Sat January 5, 2013

McCrory Sworn In As Governor This Weekend

Republican Pat McCrory will officially become North Carolina's 74th governor today.

Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Governor Perdue Leaves Mixed Legacy

Today was the last full day of Democratic Governor Bev Perdue’s four-year term as the highest office holder in North Carolina. As the state’s 73rd governor, Perdue came into office fighting an uphill battle against a bad economy. She became a lightning rod for criticism from Republican state legislators. But she also served as an inspiration for women as North Carolina’s first female governor.

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Business & Economy
5:30 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

NC Job Growth Limited to Metro Areas

North Carolina’s metropolitan areas show some positive momentum in the jobs front. But three areas in the state lag behind the rest.

Almost 100-percent of the job growth in North Carolina since the end of the recession in 2009 has occurred in the state’s metropolitan areas.   And Allan Fryer, a policy analyst with the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center says 90-percent of the job growth has occurred in only three metro areas – Raleigh, Charlotte and Durham.

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