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10:21 am
Wed March 28, 2012

The Nature of Good and Evil

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What drives good behavior? It could be the satisfying feeling of helping others or, in many cases, there are even more alluring incentives to do the right thing. Is the value of goodness lessened when there is a reward involved?

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Education
9:30 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Schools Get Waivers From Longer Year

Most North Carolina school districts will not have to add five days to their upcoming school year. It's the second year that waivers have been granted from an extension mandated by the General Assembly. The State School Board authorized the waivers. Ninety-one of the state's 115 school districts have gotten them so far. Board Chairman Bill Harrison says teachers need those five days to prepare for new national curriculum standards. Plus, he says it would cost $14 million system-wide. State Senator Jerry Tillman is a major proponent of the school year extension.

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Environment
7:10 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Chapel Hill Public Meeting on "Fracking"

Hannah Shaw outside East Chapel Hill High School
Leoneda Inge

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources got an earful last night in Chapel Hill as the debate over natural gas exploration heats up.  Scientists and everyday citizens packed East Chapel Hill High School to have their say on DENR’s draft report on hydraulic fracturing, sometimes known as “fracking.”  That’s the controversial process used to extract natural gas from shale rock underground.  An overwhelming number of voices at the hearing were against fracking and the negative impact they worry it could have on the environment here.

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State of Things
11:27 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Get Your 1940 Census Data Here

http://www.ncdcr.gov/

One of the rules of the U.S. Census is that all names must be kept anonymous for 72 years. Historians, genealogists and demographers are eagerly awaiting next week’s big reveal of 1940 Census data - names included.

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State of Things
11:16 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Who Owns the Arctic?

http://cseees.unc.edu/news-and-events/Arctic03282012

The question of who owns the Arctic is under consideration at a conference hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this week. The issue of Arctic sovereignty has arisen largely in response to climate change.

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State of Things
11:07 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Composer Stephen Jaffe Honored

http://www.duke.edu/~sjaffe/

When Stephen Jaffe was a child, his parents forbade him and his siblings from pursuing a career in music. Now all three are professional musicians, and Jaffe is being inducted in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Business & Economy
6:35 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Duke-Progress File "Market Power" Plan

Duke and Progress Energy have filed an updated merger plan with federal regulators.  The companies filed a “market power” mitigation plan they hope will move the process along.

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Business & Economy
5:15 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Greensboro Call Center Closing Investigated

The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating the closure of an American Express call center in Greensboro.

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State of Things
10:43 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Meet Beverly McIver

beverlymciver.com

Artist Beverly McIver’s childhood in Greensboro was marred by racism, poverty and the pain of having a mentally disabled sister named Renee. When she left North Carolina to pursue a career as a painter, she never planned to return.

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Law
9:40 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Gay Marriage Ban Debated

Multiple perspectives will get an airing at a panel this evening on the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions in North Carolina.

The discussion at Meredith College will be moderated by religious and ethical studies assistant professor Steven Benko. He says legal experts on both sides of the issue will offer analysis of the law. And religious leaders will also participate.

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