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Education
6:31 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Wake Schools Budget Discussions Begin

Under a new proposal from Superintendent Tony Tata, The Wake County Schools budget will shrink by $24 million next year.

Dave DeWitt: Even with the cuts, Tata says there will be no teacher layoffs. In fact, he expects to be able to give teachers a one percent raise - their first in four years.

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Arts & Culture
3:17 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Civil War Cannon Returns to Raleigh

A Civil War artifact is back in North Carolina to help commemorate the battle of New Bern.

Jeff Tiberii: On March 14th, 1862 nearly 500 soliders were wounded at the Battle of New Bern. A Massachusetts made cannon began that day in confederate hands. It had been used in the early part of the Civil War in Eastern North Carolina. However, the Amherst Cannon was seized by it’s original Union owners in the fight. Dr. Jeanne Marie Warzeski is curator at the North Carolina Museum of History.

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State of Things
11:03 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Documenting the Women's Movement in the South

Contraception, access to health care and representation in Congress are issues that motivated feminist activists in the early 1960s and, if Rush Limbaugh's recent time in the headlines is any indication, those issues persist. Women have been effecting social and political change across the South for more than a century, but, if you read the history of the women's movement in America, you'd think all of the action happened in the Northeast.

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Education
5:57 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Test Prep: Juniors Take ACT Today



Forgive high school juniors if they're a little cranky this morning. Today is a major test day across the state and it's the first time juniors will be required to take the ACT. It's usually a test used by college admissions counselors to determine academic aptitude. But starting next year, the state Department of Public Instruction will use it to track student readiness for post-secondary education.

The ACT is one of two major college aptitude tests. Historically, more students in North Carolina have taken the SAT.

Environment
5:27 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Preparing For Severe Weather

Emergency management officials are encouraging businesses and citizens to create safety plans for severe weather.

Jeff Tiberii: Last year North Carolina had 63 tornadoes touch down, more than double the state's annual average. Julia Jarema is with the department of public safety. She says each year there are thousands of severe weather warnings throughout the state. And she adds, knowing what to do before the weather moves through is a critical step:

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Business & Economy
3:00 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Supporters of Greater Triangle YWCA Speak-Out

A community meeting will take place tonight to discuss the abrupt closing of the Y-W-C-A of the Greater Triangle.

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State of Things
11:33 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Meet Vimala Rajendran

Vimala Rajendran
Credit http://curryblossom.com/

Vimala Rajendran is a crusader against domestic violence, a peace activist and a darn good cook. She opened Vimala’s Curryblossom Café in Chapel Hill, NC after years of creating donation-based meals out of her home. At Vimala’s restaurant, everybody eats, whether they can pay for their food or not.

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Science & Technology
6:43 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Building A Smarter Grid In Raleigh

A major center for Smart Grid technology will be dedicated today in Raleigh.

Dave DeWitt: Engineers, faculty, and political leaders say the Triangle is fast becoming the east coast’s “Smart Grid Valley.” The comparison to Silicon Valley comes a little closer to reality today, when the first-ever demonstration center and testing lab for electric utilities in the nation is dedicated on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Sat March 3, 2012

First Lady Visits North Carolina

First Lady Michelle Obama greets military families at Raleigh-Durham International Airport
First Lady's Office

The Obamas are spending a lot of time in North Carolina as the Democratic National Convention draws near. 

Leoneda Inge:  First Lady Michelle Obama was in the state for several events yesterday, mixed with Democratic fundraisers. Yesterday, Mrs. Obama met with active military personnel and their families in Raleigh.  The First Lady ended the day in Charlotte meeting with school children to promote her “Let’s Move” fitness campaign.  She also helped celebrate the 100th anniversary of the CIAA, the oldest African American athletic conference in the country.

Politics & Government
3:00 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Durham District Attorney Removed

A judge has permanently removed Durham's district attorney from her post.

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