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10:23 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Meet Brian Malow

www.sciencecomedian.com

Science is serious business, but Brian Malow has been making people laugh about it for years. Malow calls himself the world's “premier science comedian.”

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Amendment Opponents Say It Threatens Domestic Violence Protections

Opponents of a proposed amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage and civil unions say the measure is written too broadly. Among the effects they claim it could have is the invalidation of domestic violence protections for unmarried couples. Amendment supporters call that a scare tactic.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Faison Touts Job Plan In Gubernatorial Campaign

Bill Faison
billfaison.com

There are three main candidates vying to become the state’s Democratic nominee for governor. For the next three days, WUNC will profile each of those candidates seeking to hold the state’s highest office. Today we hear from Bill Faison, a state representative who’s a successful plaintiffs’ attorney.

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Politics & Government
5:30 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Opening Arguments in Edwards Trial

John Edwards
Jeff Tiberii

The final phase of jury selection as well as opening arguments are expected today in the John Edwards Trial.

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Sports
4:30 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Olympic Drama In Cary

The Olympic Table Tennis trials were held in Cary over the weekend. The sport’s premier event provided plenty of drama.

Dave DeWitt: Like every sport, table tennis has its quirks and traditions. What’s obvious right away to anyone new to the elite level of table tennis is, these athletes are loud. Each player has his or her own personal word or phrase they like to shout. For American Ariel Hsing, that word is “sa.” It must have worked, because Hsing won the first Olympic team slot.

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Science & Technology
4:10 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Nature Research Center Opening Draws 70,000

The Nature Research Center is now officially open. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences held a grand opening for the new wing over the weekend.

Dave DeWitt: About 70,000 people attended the 24-hour grand opening of the Nature Research Center. Those who made it inside the 80,000 square foot facility touched animal skeletons, conducted robotic surgeries, and interacted with scientists.

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Law
5:40 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Death Row Sentence Changed Under Racial Justice Act

Advocates of the state's Racial Justice Act are hailing a judge's ruling today that race was a factor in a death row inmate's jury selection. Marcus Robinson was sentenced in 1994 for murder. Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks ruled that prosecutors in the trial disqualified potential black jurors more often than others. Stephen Dear with People of Faith Against the Death Penalty says he thinks this decision shows that bias has played a role in convictions.

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State of Things
12:22 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Illustrations of Ashley Bryan

An assignment from his kindergarten teacher to make a book about the alphabet set Ashley Bryan on the path to become a writer and illustrator of children’s literature. It was unchartered territory for an African-American at the time, but Bryan broke through the barriers of the publishing industry and has written more than 30 books since 1962.

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State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Jesus Discovery

Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is fundamental to the faith. A recent book by James Tabor, chair of the department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, describes the discovery of evidence that casts doubt that Jesus rose again. Has the final resting place of Jesus been found?

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State of Things
12:07 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange has ripened since their first album. Their recently released double CD "Haste Make/Hard-Hearted Stranger" includes new instruments, new collaborators and sophisticated production.

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