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12:00 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

The Rise of ACC Basketball

ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference
Credit uncpress.unc.edu

It may come as a surprise to modern fans of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but the organization that gave rise to Michael Jordan and Mike Krzyzewski started life with a football agenda. Historian J. Samuel Walker chronicles the formative two decades of the conference in his new book "ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference" (UNC Press/2011).

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Arts & Culture
7:05 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Special Donation in Wake Red Kettle

The Salvation Army staff in Wake County is celebrating a successful year.  But it was another close one.   Gifts and donations from the last couple of weeks made the difference, including a special donation over the weekend. 

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Health
4:35 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Cooper Announces Medicaid Fraud Busts

Attorney General Roy Cooper
Credit governor.state.nc.us

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today what he calls the "first wave" of ramped up efforts to fight Medicaid fraud in the state. Cooper says 18 people in 10 counties have been arrested in the past week. He says the total monetary loss to the Medicaid program from these cases is more than half a million dollars.

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State of Things
10:18 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Meet Barry Saunders

Barry Saunders
Credit www.newsobserver.com

Barry Saunders has written polarizing columns at the News & Observer since he started there in 1993. He is considered both the most loved and hated columnist the newspaper has, but his journey to newspapers wasn't a straight one. He originally wanted to be a basketball player, and then a preacher before he settled on becoming a writer. A missed encounter with sports legend Dean Smith and early exposure to journalist Chuck Stone shaped the path Saunders followed throughout his life.

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Education
5:05 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

NC Wins Race To The Top - Again

North Carolina has won $70 million more in the federal government’s Race To The Top grant competition. The second award will go to early childhood education.

North Carolina is one of only 6 repeat winners. The U.S. Department of Education made the announcement this morning. North Carolina’s total grant award from Race to the Top is now around $470 million.

The latest grant will go to funding improvements to early childhood programs for at-risk kids. It will also be used to improve student and teacher assessments.

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Business & Economy
5:00 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Duke - CFO Magazine Sees Optimism

A survey by Duke University shows Chief Financial Officers from across the country were more optimistic the last quarter of the year than in earlier months.

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State of Things
10:09 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Remote Control Bugs

A remote control moth
Credit www.insectcyborgs.com

Imagine grabbing a remote control and steering your very own moth around the room. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it's close to becoming reality. An engineer at North Carolina State University found a way to implant electronics into insects and control them using electrical impulses.

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State of Things
10:01 am
Fri December 16, 2011

NC Literary Lights: Charles Chesnutt

The Wife of His Youth by Charles Chesnutt
Credit www.loa.org/chesnutt/

Decades before the influential writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance began to challenge prevailing American understandings of race and society, Charles Chesnutt was building a foundation for their work. A teacher and writer who lived for much of his life in Fayetteville, Chesnutt imagined a world where race was irrelevant and injustice could be faced down with nonviolence. In recent years, an increasing number of academics and artists have turned their attentions to Chesnutt, whose work was in danger of being forgotten. As part of our occasional North Carolina Literary Lights series, host Frank Stasio talks about Chesnutt's legacy with Dante James, a filmmaker and instructor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and its African and African American Studies program; and Gene Gorman, a PhD candidate in English at Boston College.

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State of Things
9:56 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Greg Humphreys

musician Greg Humphreys' latest CD
Credit www.greghumphreys.bandcamp.com

“People You May Know” is the latest CD from musician Greg Humphreys. He recorded it last spring and released it online, just before packing up to spend the summer in Prague. While living in the Czech Republic, the Hobex frontman tested out his new tunes for an international audience, and gained new insight about his solo act. Humphreys is now back in North Carolina and working on a new album inspired by his travels overseas.

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Business & Economy
6:35 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Careful Holiday Spending

Holiday spending cash – or the lack of it – is on the minds of many people this time of year.  There is a group of North Carolina state employees whose job is to make sure budgets are balanced and audits are perfect.  More than 300 of these fiscal agents gathered in Raleigh this week and were asked how they were planning on spending their holiday cash this season.

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