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10:01 am
Fri April 6, 2012

The State of Black Studies

Black studies has been an important academic field since its inception in the 1960s, but cases like the shooting of Trayvon Martin have thrown in our collective faces its continued relevance today. In a world with a black president, some people muse out loud that we are post-racial. That we don’t need to spend resources on something like black studies. Indeed, the programs are fighting for their lives at some public universities around the country.

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State of Things
9:54 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Midtown Dickens

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Midtown Dickens' Kym Register and Catherine Edgerton have been friends since they were 16. They started making music together, even though they could barely play instruments at the time, and their first venues were living rooms, basements and parking decks.

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Business & Economy
7:30 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Graham County Jobless Rate Tops 20-percent

More than 80 counties across North Carolina experienced a drop in their unemployment rates.  But communities in the eastern and western corners of the state did not fare as well.

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Business & Economy
5:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Challenges for Minority Small Business Owners

Some minority owners of small businesses met with U.S. Senator Kay Hagan to chat about challenges they face and opportunities available to help them prosper. The North Carolina Democrat brought a member of the Small Business Administration to hear how owners are falling short in the marketplace. Leah Brown is president of medical research firm A10 Solutions in Cary. She says they try to compete for big-money contracts, but it is a challenge to find qualified workers

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State of Things
10:40 am
Thu April 5, 2012

The Legacy of Joe Thompson

Fiddler Joe Thompson of Alamance County, NC
Credit http://www.ncarts.org/artist_page.cfm?ser=1255&num=755&

Joe Thompson was a legendary fiddler, teacher and cultural icon. He passed away earlier this year after bringing new life to old-time string band music for many decades.

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Education
10:15 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Chapel Hill Schools May Cut Chinese Program

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system is considering eliminating one of its most iconic academic programs. A report commissioned by the district recommends eliminating the Chinese dual-language emersion program.

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Law
6:50 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Judges to Review Hickory Rape Case

A Hickory man serving a life sentence will get a chance to try to prove his innocence after more than two decades in prison.

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Sports
5:33 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Minor League Baseball Begins

Tomorrow marks Opening Day throughout much of professional baseball. And a couple of minor league teams in North Carolina are throwing out the first pitch.

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Politics & Government
3:49 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

State Officials Have Plans to Close Medicaid Shortfall

State officials say they have a plan to close a huge shortfall in North Carolina's Medicaid budget.

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Health
10:43 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Wake & Orange Counties Rank Healthiest

Wake and Orange counties are the healthiest in the state. That's according to a new study ranking health outcomes by county across the nation. In North Carolina and elsewhere, the healthiest counties tend to be the wealthiest. Michelle Larkin is with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which compiled the study with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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