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Environment
9:10 am
Fri May 4, 2012

US Ag Secretary Talks Biofuel In North Carolina

The U.S. Secretary of agriculture came to North Carolina to push a plan that may further decrease America's dependence on foreign oil.

Gurnal Scott: USDA secretary Tom Vilsack stood outside the Biofuel Center of North Carolina in Oxford to encourage a new standard in domestically-produced fuel. Vilsack says an E-15 ethanol blend, 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, will not only further wean the country from foreign oil but also create jobs. Vilsack says this should be attractive to farm families.

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Politics & Government
9:05 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Donor's Cousin Testifies In Edwards Trial

It's day 10 of testimony at the John Edwards trial and a friend of billionaire Bunny Mellon is back on the stand.

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State of Things
10:14 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Clayton Patchwork

Public art brings people together and creates community conversations. When town leaders in Clayton, North Carolina set out to launch their public arts program, they enlisted the help of an outsider named Jody Servon. Servon was hired to consult on how to make a sustainable public arts program and she took her role a step further by making a documentary about Clayton’s efforts to create a vibrant public art scene.

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State of Things
10:04 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Understanding Failure

hup.harvard.edu

Duke University professor Henry Petroski is fascinated by disasters. He believes tragedies can also serve as valuable learning experiences. In his new book, "To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure" (Belknap Press/2012),

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Law
6:50 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Judge Blocks Chapel Hill Cell Phone Ban

The town of Chapel Hill's attempt to ban cell phone use while driving has been temporarily blocked by a judge's ruling.

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Politics & Government
6:45 am
Thu May 3, 2012

New Witnesses Testify In Edwards Trial

At the John Edwards trial the pace of testimony has picked up.

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Arts & Culture
6:40 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Magnolia Grill Closing

Karen and Ben Barker opened Magnolia Grill in 1986.
magnoliagrill.net

One of the most well-respected restaurants in the Triangle is closing its doors. Magnolia Grill in Durham has been a culinary powerhouse for 25 years.

Leoneda Inge:  Most people got the word yesterday that the award-winning Magnolia Grill is closing its kitchen for good.  Nick Powell says his family has never had a bad dish at Magnolia Grill.

Nick Powell:  We’re pretty sad to see it go.  Emilee gasped when she read the news.

Emilee Powell:  It’s one of our favorite restaurants.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Differing Views Of Amendment In Hickory Church

Reverend Doctor T. Anthony Spearman
John Biewen

North Carolina voters will decide on Tuesday whether to join thirty other states that have amended their constitutions to ban same-sex marriage. North Carolina law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman; the amendment would enshrine heterosexual marriage in the constitution, and ban civil unions. Those for and against the measure have focused their efforts on mobilizing people of faith. Reporter John Biewen followed the debate over gay marriage in an African American church in Hickory.

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State of Things
10:33 am
Wed May 2, 2012

The Asheville Evidence Room

When guns, drugs and cash went missing from the Asheville Police Department's evidence room last year, the city council wanted to get to the bottom of it. They allocated money for an audit, which was completed about three months ago. It still hasn't been released. Freelance reporter Jon Elliston has been following this story for the Carolina Public Press. Host Frank Stasio talks to him about the case.

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State of Things
10:22 am
Wed May 2, 2012

E-book Price Fixing

The Department of Justice has brought suit against Apple and five major book publishers, claiming they colluded to fix the prices of e-books. The result of this suit could determine how much customers end up paying for their digital literature. Host Frank Stasio talks about the future of e-books with Jim Minz, senior editor and director of subsidiary rights at Baen Publishing in Wake Forest, and Barak Richman, law professor at Duke Law School.

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