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Business & Economy
9:05 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Changes Proposed to Unemployment Benefits

Many people could end up paying more with the latest draft proposal to overhaul the state’s unemployment system and re-pay the federal government. 

Tessie Bethel is a laid off custodian.   Her unemployment runs out before Christmas.  She gets 179-dollars a week.

Tessie Bethel:  "I had to pay 85-dollars for an eye exam yesterday.  It’s gone. I only have 40-dollars left for up until next Tuesday again. It  doesn’t last."

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Voters Could Decide Fate Of GPAC

In Greensboro, voters could decide the fate of a proposed downtown performing arts center.

It's not clear yet if residents will in fact get to vote on a proposed $60 million downtown performing arts center. The City Council voted seven to two on Tuesday to pursue a voter bond referendum, and deny the request from a citizen task force for local government to allocate the money. Ross Harris is the project manager of GPAC, the organization working to get the venue built.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

NC Senators Divided On Fiscal Cliff Solution

North Carolina's U.S. Senators are as divided as House Republicans and the President over a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. Democratic Senator Kay Hagan today echoed sentiments from the president and fellow Democrats calling for revenue from higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

Kay Hagan: "At the top end of the income, especially those people making $1 million and more in income every year should definitely have a higher rate. The main aspect is we've got to avert any tax hikes on the middle class families."

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Coast Guard Ship Named For NC Commander

A North Carolinian has been honored with the naming of a new Coast Guard ship. The cutter Richard Etheridge is named for the first African-American to lead a life-saving station. Commanding Officer Christian Lee says Etheridge started as a cook at the famous Pea Island Life Saving Station on the Outer Banks before working his way up to command.

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Law
12:45 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bank Robberies Down Slightly

The North Carolina Bankers Association says the number of bank robberies is down slightly since last year. The group met with law enforcement agencies yesterday to discuss how to reduce the crime rate. The association says there have been 113 robberies this year compared to 129 in 2011. Associate counsel Dawn Thompson says the group keeps track of crime trends to help law enforcement cut down on robberies.

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State of Things
11:04 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Sports Roundup

North Carolina State University has a new football coach, and the Charlotte Bobcats are winning games. It's been a busy few weeks in the sports world across North Carolina. WUNC's Dave DeWitt joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the many changes, and the stories behind the sports headlines.

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Business & Economy
6:30 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Youth Employment Lowest Since WWII

A nnational report shows the number of working teenagers and young adults is at its lowest point in 50 years. 

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Politics & Government
6:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

City of Raleigh to Lease Dix Property

Raleigh is on its way to having a destination park like New York's Central Park and Chicago's Millenium Park. The Council of State voted earlier today six-to-2 to approve leasing the state-owned Dorothea Dix property to the City of Raleigh for 75 years. The City will pay 5 hundred thousand dollars a year, with a 1-point-5 percent annual increase.

Some Republican legislative leaders have criticized the deal, most notably Senate President Phil Berger. He says he's considering legal action to terminate the lease. But Governor Bev Perdue says Berger and other opponents are misguided.

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State of Things
10:06 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus
Credit baylorpress.com

As Christmas draws nearer, we are flooded with images of Santa Claus. He is perhaps our most iconic symbol of the holiday. The modern Santa Claus is based on the legends of Saint Nicholas, or Nicholas of Myra from the 4th Century. Adam English is Associate Professor of Religion at Campbell University and author of “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus” (Baylor University Press/ 2012). He joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the historical origins of Santa Claus.

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Military
9:15 am
Tue December 4, 2012

UNC To Train Military Medics For Civilian Work

UNC Chapel Hill and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina are collaborating on a training program for military medics who want to transfer their skills to the civilian world. A physician assistant master's program building on the experience and training of Special Forces medics will be designed with input from a team at Fort Bragg.

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