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11:25 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Wilmington Police Praise Gunfire Detection System

Wilmington's police chief says a new gunshot-detection technology is helping officers make arrests. The city used a federal grant to install the ShotSpotter system in November. Acoustic sensors around a 3-square-mile area detect gunshots and immediately relay the information to police. Chief Ralph Evangelous is urging the city council to continue ShotSpotter once the federal funding runs out next year. It would cost about $120,000 dollars. Officials in other cities where the system has been proposed have objected to the cost in a time of tight budgets. Evangelous disagrees.

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State of Things
11:05 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Conscientious Quitter

Matthew Hoh spent years fighting in Iraq as a Marine, then he joined the State Department and was assigned to Afghanistan. What he saw there convinced him that the only thing he could do in good conscience was quit. He became the first U.S. official to resign in protest over the Afghanistan war, and he wrote a scathing letter to the State Department detailing America's failure in the country.

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State of Things
10:54 am
Thu February 23, 2012

The Milford Project

Richie is an ordinary thirteen-year-old boy. He has to do homework. He has a crush on his lab partner. He’s trying to figure out how to fit in. Spies and Nazis are fighting over his science fair project, hoping to turn it into a nuclear bomb. Okay, so he’s not exactly ordinary. “The Milford Project” is a musical production that tells Richie’s crazy story. The play is being directed by Scott Ripley at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Education
3:10 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Perdue Boosts Pre-K

Governor Bev Perdue
NC Governor's Office

Two thousand more at-risk kids will be able to attend pre-kindergarten classes, starting in March. Governor Bev Perdue made the announcement today at a pre-school in Raleigh. Dave DeWitt reports.

Dave DeWitt: The state funds about one-third of the at-risk kids who qualify for pre-kindergarten. Last year, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning said that was illegal, and directed the legislature to fund all eligible children.

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State of Things
11:10 am
Wed February 22, 2012

The Human-Animal Bond

Book cover, ''The Bond'' by Wayne Pacelle

Humans have an inconsistent relationship with animals. Some of them we invite into our homes and treat as family. Others we send to slaughter and happily eat. Still others we are content to let roam wild, unimpeded by human hands. What accounts for our contradictory behavior towards the animal world? Host Frank Stasio explores the human-animal bond with Brian Hare, assistant professor at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences; Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and the author of the book "The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them" (William Morrow/2011); and Hal Herzog, Western Carolina University psychology professor and author of the book “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals" (Harper Perennial/2011). Listener Call-in.

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Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Gay Presbyterian Minister in Chapel Hill

Katie Ricks
Church of Reconciliation

One of the first openly gay ministers in the Presbyterian church will soon be ordained at a Chapel Hill church. Katie Ricks is the first openly lesbian pastor in the nation to gain approval since the Presbyterian Church began allowing homosexuals to serve last year. She met with the church's local governing body before its vote last weekend. She says she addressed some members' concerns that same-sex relationships are not accepted by God.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Hundreds at NCCU for Obama HBCU Summit

NCCU Senior Lavonza Holliman waits in line at the Obama HBCU Student Summit.
Leoneda Inge

Young adults came out in droves to support President Barack Obama in 2008. But early poll numbers show the youth vote is not as strong this time around. To help get young voters to the polls, the Obama re-election campaign hosted a national HBCU Student Summit last night at North Carolina Central University in Durham. The “Greater Together” initiative uses social media to try to get young voters to volunteer and register to vote.

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Politics & Government
5:35 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Dalton Launches Gubernatorial Campaign

Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton has officially announced his campaign for governor.

Jessica Jones: Dalton kicked off his campaign in a refurbished warehouse in downtown Durham. Mayor Bill Bell introduced Dalton before an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and some state lawmakers. The lieutenant governor says the city's drive to restore old buildings to make space for new businesses and industries symbolizes what the state needs to do to succeed.

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State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Remembering Joe Thompson

Fiddler Joe Thompson was the last of a generation of old-time string musicians who popularized black folk music that grew out of African traditions. Thompson grew up in Mebane, NC where he began playing the fiddle at the age of 8. In his long career, he earned a number of accolades, including a National Heritage Fellowship, and he mentored young African-American musicians who were interested in the style of music he was raised on. Thompson passed away on Monday at the age of 93.

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State of Things
11:57 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Gridlock

Is political gridlock in Washington worse than ever? Duke University professors David Schanzer and Don Taylor, of the Sanford School of Public Policy, think so. They are teaching a class in the hopes of raising awareness among young people about the troubles facing our country. If compromise doesn't make a comeback, could the United States face total collapse?

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