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10:07 am
Fri January 27, 2012

The End of the World

An ancient Maya prophecy supposedly pegs the end of the world for December 21, 2012. That apocalyptic prediction is just one of many that have filtered through society over the years. What makes people believe in the end of days? And how has this belief influenced life throughout history?

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State of Things
9:46 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Jon Shain Trio

Jon Shain
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Musician Jon Shain has been hard at work since the release of his last CD, “Times Right Now.” Last summer, his band released a live album with songs recorded at the historic Durham Kress building, and he’s working on a forthcoming studio project of new material.

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Environment
7:50 am
Fri January 27, 2012

500,000th Longleaf Pine Seedling to be Planted

A partnership that works to protect and restore the longleaf pine in North Carolina will plant its 500,000th seedling today. Debbie Crane of the Nature Conservancy says the tree is an iconic state symbol, but it's been in decline for decades.

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Politics & Government
5:40 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Perdue's Decision Changes Political Landscape

North Carolina’s first female governor has decided not to seek re-election this year. Governor Bev Perdue issued a statement yesterday saying that seeking a second term would "only further politicize the fight to adequately fund our schools." Her decision leaves the Democratic field of prospective gubernatorial candidates wide open. And it changes the political dynamic leading up to the November election.

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Politics & Government
3:36 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Perdue Not Seeking Second Term

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue announced today that she will not seek a second term this year. The Democratic Governor was the first woman elected to the position and all indications were that she planned to seek re-election.

State of Things
2:01 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Public Education in Pitt County Schools

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is hearing arguments today from attorneys on two sides of a case involving schools and segregation. This case involves Pitt County, North Carolina, a district that was formed when the Greenville and Pitt County Schools merged in 1985. Both districts were under court order from the 1970s to desegregate – an order that still exists today. Last year, the district enacted a new student assignment policy.

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State of Things
1:46 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Design in Nature

Adrian Bejan is a professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University who is particularly interested in how to make things more efficient. Not long ago, he discovered what he calls the constructal law in nature. This law basically says that for a flow system to persist in time, it must evolve to provide greater and better flow. For instance, a river basin changes over time to ensure that the water from one body flows more efficiently into the water of another body. It sounds simple, but it’s actually quite revolutionary.

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Politics & Government
12:40 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Miller Won't Seek Re-Election

Brad Miller

Congressman Brad Miller has announced that he will not seek re-election. Miller made the decision after the Republican-controlled State Legislature drew maps that would have put him in the same primary election as his Democratic colleague, David Price.

In an interview today with WUNC, Miller said he’s not sure what he will do when he leaves Congress.

Brad Miller: There’s a well-worn path of former members becoming lobbyists and I really don’t want to do that unless it’s the only way I can eat.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Perdue, Miller Won't Seek Re-Election

Democratic Governor Bev Perdue says she will not run for re-election this year. Perdue released a statement today saying she won't seek another four-year term because she believes a re-election bid would make it more difficult to find a bipartisan solution to fund public education in a divisive political environment. Perdue became North Carolina's first female governor in 2008. Perdue announced last week she would offer a budget this spring that would seek a sales tax increase for education. Republicans in the legislature let a temporary sales tax increase expire last summer.

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State of Things
11:35 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Bev Perdue’s Big Announcement

The Washington Post and the News & Observer are announcing this morning that Bev Perdue will not seek another term as governor of North Carolina. This comes on the heels of news that five-term U.S. Rep. Brad Miller is also stepping aside from his political duties.

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