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11:38 am
Wed December 7, 2011

How to Read the Qur'an

Religion scholar Carl Ernst says he has witnessed how much anxiety the existence of the Qur’an can cause among non-Muslims. Ernst, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, began studying the holy text of Islamic faith in the late 1960s. In 2002, he watched the uproar in the national media over UNC’s decision to make the Qur’an required reading for that year’s incoming freshman class. Ernst says the Qur’an, like any spiritual text, is open to interpretation and he has created a guide to help make the book more accessible.

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Education
5:50 am
Wed December 7, 2011

New Wake School Board Takes Over

Dave DeWitt reports that the Wake School Board is now in the hands of a Democratic majority.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Five members of the Wake County School Board were sworn in last night. The board majority is now in the hands of Democrats, after two years of Republican control.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Task Force Discusses Eugenics Compensation

A state panel charged with recommending compensation for victims of the state's eugenics program will try to come up with a specific lump sum at its next meeting. The Governor's Eugenics Compensation Task Force was scheduled to discuss a lump sum today, but did not come to a conclusion. One task force member suggested compensation of twenty thousand dollars, but victims who attended the meeting said that is not enough. Dr. Laura Gerald heads the group.

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Health
2:50 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Chronic Illness Clinic to Open

A new health care facility for patients with chronic illnesses opens tomorrow in Chapel Hill. The clinic called Carolina Advanced Health is a joint effort between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and UNC Health Care. It's designed to treat members of Blue Cross with chronic illnesses like diabetes, COPD and depression. Doctor Thomas Warcup is the director of the new facility. He says it brings together different specialists to keep patients out of the Emergency Room or urgent care clinics.

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State of Things
9:44 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Colonialism's Past and Present

Colonialism is often associated with the violent seizure of the Americas and the enslavement of Africa, but its roots and implications go farther than most history texts show. Two new books from Duke University professors explore the nature of colonialism. One examines the role psychoanalysis played in colonial rule, and the other offers ideas about what kinds of challenges to Western colonialism exist in the 21st century.

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Education
4:45 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Thorp Meets With Obama

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp attended a White House summit yesterday in Washington. He and 11 other college leaders discussed affordability and college access with President Obama.

Thorp says Mr. Obama is well-versed on the issues universities are facing in a tough economy.

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Military
4:55 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Some Military Members Struggle with Debt

Service members, politicians and consumer advocates gathered in a round table meeting at the North Carolina National Guard headquarters today to discuss financial protections and hardships facing members of the military. Hundreds of service members struggling with debt have their security clearances revoked every year, making them ineligible for certain promotions and deployments. U.S. Representative Brad Miller says there are laws to help protect members of the military from predatory lending practices, but not enough people know about them.

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Science & Technology
4:25 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Researchers to Design a Future Internet

Researchers from NC State and UNC Chapel Hill are working on an improved blueprint for the Internet. The project is part of the National Science Foundation’s effort on “Future Internet Architecture.”  The team in North Carolina is focused on making more choices available to end-users. Ilia Baldine is a senior researcher at UNC.

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State of Things
11:36 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Meet Duncan Murrell

Duncan Murrell
Credit http://cds.aas.duke.edu

Duncan Murrell got an early start on being an outside observer. He went to college on an ROTC scholarship where he vigorously protested apartheid in between military drills. And when Murrell became a Marine, his left wing politics never kept him from being promoted and honored. He went to journalism school as one of the only military veterans, and he covered the Gulf Coast for a paper in Mobile, Alabama after growing up in the North. He's written several groundbreaking stories for Harper's Magazine about New Orleans, edited author Robert Morgan for Algonquin Books and now runs the literary program at The Center for Documentary Studies.

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Politics & Government
9:15 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Future of Highway 12 Discussed

Hurricane damaged Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is the subject of two public workshops this week. The only road along parts of the Outer Banks was breached in several places by Hurricane Irene in August. Traffic is rolling again on temporary fixes, but state officials want to move forward with permanent repairs. Greer Beatty works for North Carolina's Department of Transportation.

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