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State of Things
9:49 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Remembering Those We Lost

Join host Frank Stasio for a look back over the past year to remember the lives of eight North Carolinians who died in 2011. Each person made a difference in the political and cultural life of the state. The commemoration includes the stories of writers, musicians, sports figures and more.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

NC Jobless Rate Drops in November

The unemployment rate in North Carolina now sits at 10-percent.   It’s almost a half point lower than the month before but still a lot higher than the national rate.

Law
7:03 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Lovette Gets Life for Killing Carson

Laurence Lovette will serve the rest of his life behind bars for murdering UNC Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson. On Tuesday Lovette became the second man convicted in the killing. District Attorney Jim Woodall says in the four years since the crime, the Carson case has received attention throughout the country.

Jim Woodall: "I've literally prosecuted thousands of cases. One thing that made this case different is that it was so senseless. And then that Eve had such a bright future. She meant so much to so many people."

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State of Things
12:08 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Update from Cairo

thecairohouse.com
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When host Frank Stasio last spoke with Chapel Hill-based novelist Samia Serageldin, she was just back from her native Egypt. She talked about the hope and enthusiasm sweeping through Egypt as the demonstrations in Tahrir Square brought down Hosni Mubarak's government. Serageldin has since returned to Cairo and she joins the program again today to look back on the Arab Spring and look forward to the final round of Egyptian elections.

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State of Things
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
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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
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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
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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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