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Business & Economy
8:30 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Minority Banks Get DNC Deposits

Two minority banking institutions in Durham have just received big financial investments from the Democratic National Convention Committee.

Leoneda Inge:  Yesterday, Steve Kerrigan, head of the DNC Committee, officially invested 4-million-dollars in convention funds in the Latino Community Credit Union and Mechanics and Farmers Bank.

Steve Kerrigan:  We hope that Mechanics and Farmers and LCCU use these resources to do what they do best which is to invest in the community.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Rep. Larry Womble Struck Drunk Driver

Winston-Salem Police say one man was drunk driving prior to a fatal car crash involving an elected official last month.

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Environment
5:18 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Harp Seals Dying as Ice Shrinks

A harp seal pup on unstable ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Canada
Credit Stewart Cook/International Fund for Animal Welfare

Warmer temperatures in the North Atlantic over the last several decades have resulted in significantly higher mortality rates of baby harp seals. A new study out of Duke looked at satellite data of ice conditions in the Gulf of St Lawrence, a major breeding region and compared them to yearly reports of dead seal pups that washed up on shore. Lead researcher David Johnston is a scientist at the Duke University Marine Lab:


David Johnston:  These animals have evolved to take advantage of the advan tages of ephemeral surfaces like ice.

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Environment
4:55 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Winter Weather Felt by Many

Frigid temperatures are affecting many across the state today.

Jeff Tiberii: Eric Murphy is a hot dog vendor in downtown Greensboro. He works in front of City Hall for five and a half hours each week day, serving dogs, chili, chips and drinks. During today’s lunch hour it was 31 degrees.

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Business & Economy
4:00 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Raleigh Begins Registry for "Supportive" Housing

The city of Raleigh is now requiring public and private groups pay a registration fee to operate group housing, including emergency housing and housing for those with disabilities.

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Law
4:10 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Cracking Down on Meth Labs

North Carolina Law Enforcement officials plan to crack down on methamphetamine labs in 2012. Jeff Tiberii has more.

Jeff Tiberii: Last year there were 331 illegal methamphetamine lab busts in North Carolina, an all-time high. The main ingredient in the drug is pseudoephedrine, which is found in Sudafed. Beginning this week all retailers will be hooked into a tracking system tracing pseudoephedrine purchases. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper:

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Politics & Government
4:00 am
Mon January 2, 2012

New Hurdle for Teen Drivers

Teenagers in North Carolina now have to keep driving logs in order to get their drivers license.

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State of Things
3:10 am
Mon January 2, 2012

State of the ReUnion Specials

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The first week of January (Jan 2-6), we'll have a week of special programs in place of SOT. It'll be State of the Re:Union, hosted by Al Letson.Jan 2 (noon & 9pm)

The Bronx-Still Rising from the Ashes

The Bronx has long been a symbol of America's failings. It's still the poorest urban congressional district in the nation, and for many who live in New York's other boroughs, the Bronx is usually a place to avoid. But despite the area's troubles, some have stayed and put down roots, intent on surviving and making their borough better. This episode looks at the hold-outs and the dreamers who've committed their lives to building community in the Bronx.

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Arts & Culture
3:10 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Quirky New Year's Eve Celebrations

Pickles, possums and fleas will help bring in 2012 across rural North Carolina.

Jeff Tiberii: The city of Mount Olive expects more than 2,000 visitors for its 13th annual pickle drop tomorrow night. A thirty-pound wooden flea will drop in Eastover to commemorate the New Year. And in the Western reaches of the state a live possum will be lowered, not dropped, 18 feet inside of some Plexiglas. Clay Logan is the organizer of the alcohol-free, family-oriented event.

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Business & Economy
1:30 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Gas Safety Violations Don't Lead to Fines

A state audit has found that the Department of Agriculture assessed only two fines following thousands of safety violations involving liquefied petroleum.

Liquefied Petroleum – or L.P. – gas is used in grills, lighters and even to heat homes. During a 12-month period, Department of Agriculture inspectors wrote nearly 7,500 safety violations, but levied just two fines. State Auditor Beth Wood says violations ranged from storage plants, to dangerous pipes in homes. She says inspectors should have assessed much more in penalties.

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