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12:13 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Meet Mark Anthony Neal

Mark Anthony Neal
Credit http://newblackman.blogspot.com/

Mark Anthony Neal grew up in a home where the record player spun mostly gospel and soul. His father’s music selections created the soundtrack of his youth and eventually guided Neal to become a pioneer in the field of pop culture studies. Today he’s a professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University and the author of five books, including his latest, “New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity” (Routledge/2005). Neal is also the host of “Left of Black,” a Web series that examines social issues within the context of African-American culture.

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Business & Economy
6:00 am
Mon August 8, 2011

NC Construction Sluggish

Galloway Ridge retirement facility is undergoing a $102 million dollar expansion.
Credit Leoneda Inge

A good, long-term construction job is still hard to come by in North Carolina.   That wasn’t the case just a few years ago when the industry was growing as fast as the state’s population. Today – a lot of the projects in motion are moving ahead with bond money or private funding approved before the economic downturn.  One construction site that has put many people back to work is in Chatham County.

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Politics & Government
5:45 am
Mon August 8, 2011

American Tobacco Trail Extension Delayed

An artist rendering of the ATT bridge over I-40.
Credit City of Durham

Efforts to extend a popular bike and pedestrian trail in Durham have hit a snag. City officials want to extend the American Tobacco Trail about 4 miles to the Chatham County line. That includes building a bridge across I-40. Bids for the project came in higher than expected. Ed Venable is a manager of engineering and stormwater for the City of Durham.

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Military
5:25 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Defense Trade Show Focuses on Partnerships

A defense trade show today and tomorrow in Fayetteville seeks to encourage collaboration between the defense industry and local businesses. Scott Dorney is Executive Director of the North Carolina Military Business Center, which is co-hosting the event.

Scott Dorney: "It is an opportunity for us to have both major defense contractors and also North Carolina companies who are in the defense marketplace and those who want to be. And it gives us a venue to connect."

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Health
6:27 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Medicaid Forum Seeks Public Input

State officials, physicians, patient advocates and Medicaid recipients attended a public forum earlier today about big changes to one of the state's largest entitlement programs. In June, lawmakers at the General Assembly directed state health officials to cut more than 350 million dollars from Medicaid spending. Jessica Jones reports officials hope forums like this will help them decide where to cut costs.

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State of Things
5:20 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

A Eulogy for The Brewery

www.brewerync.com
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Demolition came for a Raleigh landmark this week when The Brewery was flattened to make way for classrooms and retail space on Hillsborough Street. During its 28 years in business, The Brewery gave a boost to the careers of bands like Raleigh-born Whiskeytown and, in more recent years, offered a launch pad for pop groups like Paramore and Panic! at the Disco. Up-and-coming local musicians found a home there, too.

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State of Things
1:28 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

The Swannanoa Gathering

Swannanoa Gathering
Credit www.swangathering.com

In 1991, the campus of Warren Wilson College outside Asheville, North Carolina hosted the first Swannanoa Gathering. From dulcimer workshops to Celtic music traditions, the multi-week, summer intensive featured instruction on just about all aspects of folk art. The first Gathering drew just under a hundred people. Now more than 1,000 flock to Warren Wilson College annually to participate in the program. Jim Magill, director of The Swannanoa Gathering, joins host Frank Stasio to talk about how the small folk culture series grew into a state tradition that draws iconic artists like Janis Ian, Tom Paxton and Patty Larkin to the mountains of North Carolina.

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State of Things
1:11 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Hummingbird Heart

Hummingbird Heart

Mary Johnson Rockers is an accomplished singer-songwriter in her own right, but the last couple of years have been a collaborative venture with the members of her band. Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark are out with their first album, “Hummingbird Heart.”

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Arts & Culture
9:50 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Poetic Portraits of a Revolution: Ramadan

Poetic Portrait of a Revolution

We check in one more time with the poets we've been following as they travel in Egypt and Tunisia this summer. Will McInerney, Mohammad Moussa, Kane Smego and photographer Sameer Abdel-khalek have been in North Africa for the past two months. They come home next week. Their final few days overseas happens to coincide with the start of the holy month or Ramadan. That's what inspired this latest Poetic Portrait of a Revolution.

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Health
6:00 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Forum Planned On Medicaid Cuts

State officials, healthcare providers, and patient advocates will gather at N-C State today for a public forum on cuts to the state's Medicaid program.

The state budget passed in June requires the Department of Health and Human Services to cut 354 million dollars from its Medicaid budget. It's one of the largest reductions to health programs in state history, according to the head of the department, Secretary Lanier Cansler. He says it's going to require a group effort to decide exactly what to cut.

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