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5:46 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

North Carolina Educators Take Part In White House Event

More than 150 Parent Teacher Association leaders from across the country have gathered at the White House. They're being recognized for their work, and getting the chance to hear from and question federal education officials. Debra Saunders-White, a former vice chancellor at UNC-Wilmington, is with the Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education. Speaking at today's event, she stressed the importance of Pell grants.

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Health
5:26 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

State and National Red Cross Chapters Seeking Blood Donations

The American Red Cross says it is dealing with a chronic reserve blood shortage. The organization doesn't have the supply to keep up with the average rate of blood transfusions, which is once every three seconds. Barry Porter is executive director of the Triangle Red Cross. He says it is a daily struggle to convince those that can give to actually do so.

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State of Things
10:35 am
Fri August 10, 2012

City of Frogs

www.paperhand.org

Paperhand Puppet Intervention has been delighting audiences with their giant puppets for thirteen years.

For their new season, they’ve created a show called “City of Frogs” that explores mortality and love. The show opens tonight at Forest Theater in Chapel Hill. Paperhand Puppet Intervention founders Jan Burger and Donovan Zimmerman join host Frank Stasio to talk about the creative inspiration for their new show.

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State of Things
10:24 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Vote Zach Galifianakis

The Campaign

To prepare for his new role in “The Campaign” as a small-town conservative in a no-holds-barred congressional race, comedian Zach Galifianakis looked to the past. 

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State of Things
10:15 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Phatlynx

http://blogs.myspace.com/instrosummit2010

Phatlynx is a tribute band that honors North Carolina native Link Wray.

Wray was a master of instrumental music and a pioneer of the power chord, which would become the signature sound of hard rock. Phatlynx band members Crispy Bess, Groves Willer, Dave Perry and Robbie Poore join host Frank Stasio to play some of Wray's instrumentals live and talk about the guitarist who Rolling Stone magazine called "the man behind the most important D chord in history." This program originally aired on April 22, 2010.

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Health
9:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Retired NC Marine Behind Lejeune Water Bill

President Obama signs the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act in the Oval Office on Aug. 6. To his right is Jerry Ensminger, followed by Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC). Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Earlier this week, President Obama signed a law to provide health care to thousands of Marine veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987. Retired Marine Jerry Ensminger was one of them. His daughter died of leukemia he believes was caused by the contamination. For fifteen years, Ensminger has led the fight to get help for sick veterans and their families. And he says it’s not over yet.

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Sports
9:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Junior Nationals Groomed Duke Olympic Divers

Medals await Junior Diving Champion
Leoneda Inge

The Olympic Games in London are wrapping up but not before more diving.  Nick McCrory of Chapel Hill is one of the top divers in the world and will be competing in the individual 10-meter platform competition today.  He has already captured a bronze medal at the games in synchronized diving.  McCrory is a student and trains at Duke University.  But before Duke and the Olympics,  McCrory competed in swimming competitions like the Junior Nationals which have been underway this week in Greensboro.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Youth Radio Institute: Addie Malone

Addie Malone

This Summer WUNC established its first ever Youth Radio Institute. We hired five young people and two mentors  to produce reports from their communities. We'll be hearing their work over the next several Friday mornings. First up is a report from 19-year-old Addie Malone. She brought us this story from the Rogers Road neighborhood in Chapel Hill. This summer, a couple of older residents started a community center for kids in the historically black neighborhood. But they did it without adhering to local zoning or safety ordinances. So this weekend the facility is closing.

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Education
4:50 am
Fri August 10, 2012

New Single-Gender Schools Opening In Wake

Two new single-gender academies are set to open in Wake County. The schools are designed to serve students from low-income areas.

Dave DeWitt: More than 800 students applied to be in the first classes at the Wake Leadership Academy for Boys and a similar school for girls. Just 300 will walk through the doors when they open on Monday.

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Science & Technology
6:47 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

North Carolina Goes Against National Dry Weather Trend

This past July was one of the hottest on record, the third-hottest in fact since 1895. Typically, hot goes along with dry, but in contrast to the rest of the country most of North Carolina is enjoying drought-free conditions. Ryan Boyles from the State Climate Office says much of the Piedmont has benefited from frequent afternoon thundershowers.

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