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12:25 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Spectacular Leaf-Peeping Season Predicted

Grandfather Mountain Trees
Hugh Morton

With summer drawing to a close, thoughts turn to fall...and the tradition of leaf-peeping in Western North Carolina. While much of the country has been in drought, North Carolina has gotten plenty of rain in recent months...and that means the foliage this year could be particularly spectacular. Pamela McCown is coordinator for the Institute for Climate Education at A-B Tech in Asheville. She says rainfall is the most important factor in predicting a good year for fall foliage.

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Politics & Government
8:15 am
Mon September 3, 2012

State DNC Delegates Head To Charlotte

UNC Freshman Vibhav Kollu is the youngest North Carolina Delegate
Leoneda Inge

The 2012 Democratic National Convention gets underway in Charlotte tomorrow.  And the North Carolina delegation will be one of the state’s most diverse ever.  There are more delegates of color, and for the first time there is an auxiliary group for Lesbian-Gay-Bi-Sexual and Trans-gendered delegates. 

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It’s the beginning of the school year and college students are everywhere on the U-N-C Chapel Hill campus.   And it’s clearly campaign season.

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State of Things
5:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Remembering Andrew

20 years ago on August 24th Hurricane Andrew turned South Florida upside down.  In this hour-long documentary, "Remembering Andrew" uses home videos, archival news footage, 911 calls, personal recollections and even a bureaucratic document from the British consul general in Miami to tell the story of Hurricane Andrew.

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Politics & Government
4:50 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Hundreds Protest Democratic Convention

NC DNC Protests
Dave DeWitt

The Democratic National Convention officially begins tomorrow in Charlotte. But the event began yesterday for some. Police say two of the 800 or so who took to the streets to protest were arrested. Officials had prepared for as many as 10-thousand protestors. As Dave DeWitt reports from Charlotte, what the marchers lacked in numbers, they made up for in passion.

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Environment
11:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Isaac May Dampen Labor Day Weekend Travel

Tropical Storm Isaac may be far from North Carolina, but it could put a damper on Labor Day weekend travel plans in the Tar Heel state. Angela Daley is with AAA Carolinas. She says the storm has been disrupting oil production at Gulf Coast refineries.

Angela Daley says, "Gas prices had been going up all summer, but certainly in the past few days we've seen a huge spike of almost 10 cents in just a few days. So that's pretty significant, and we think a lot of last-minute travelers will choose not to travel this weekend."

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Politics & Government
11:20 am
Fri August 31, 2012

NC Delegates Wrap Up Week In Tampa

North Carolina's delegates to the Republican National Convention are headed home, after their big week in Tampa. Delegate John Steward from Union County joined thousands of fellow party members at Mitt Romney's nomination acceptance speech last night. He says he likes that Romney is not backing away from cutting federal spending.

John Steward says, "I really liked the fact they're not backing off the Medicaid and Medicare - the only way to save it is to reform it and they're not backing off of that."

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Education
11:15 am
Fri August 31, 2012

New Duke Rules Aim To Protect Minors

New rules that take affect today at Duke aim to clarify and strengthen the University's protections for children. Officials say discussions were underway before the child abuse scandal at Penn State brought more attention to the issue. Kyle Cavanaugh is the Vice President for Administration at Duke. He says the new policy requires every member of the university community to report any suspected abuse of minors to campus police immediately.

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State of Things
10:47 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Wake Forest Debate

Many voters are looking forward to the Presidential debates this election year, but competitive debaters might say that the civil discourse of our times has given up on formal argumentation. True debate depends on a certain openness and on the possibility that minds can change on the strength of a well-crafted argument. Wake Forest University has an award-winning debate team and their members are already preparing for the upcoming season.

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State of Things
10:34 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Sayonara to Hello

www.stevemania.com/

In 2011, magician Steve Marshall was living in Japan. That year, a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck and Marshall found it hard to get work in the aftermath of those disasters. He decided to take a magic tour across the United States to raise some cash.

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State of Things
10:26 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Doug Largent Trio

Doug Largent has had a long career as a professional musician playing the bass. But in 2009, he decided to pursue his real dream: learning to play the organ. Soon after, he formed a jazz trio and they have a new CD called “Right in the Pocket” coming out. Host Frank Stasio talks to the Doug Largent Trio about their music, and they play live in the studio.

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