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12:45 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Fort Bragg to Hire More Substance Abuse Counselors

The Army is looking to hire more substance abuse counselors at Fort Bragg.

The head of the Army's substance abuse program says the number of troops abusing alcohol has doubled in the last five years. About 11,000 soldiers were treated for alcohol abuse in 2010. 2,000 more were using drugs like marijuana and cocaine. Military doctors say some soldiers resort to substance abuse after going through the stressful cycle of training, fighting overseas and readjusting to life at home. The Army is calling for 130 more counselors at major bases, including 10 at Fort Bragg.

State of Things
12:02 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

HIV & Sex

Dr. Myron Cohen presented a paper at this summer's Global AIDS Conference in Rome that caused a sensation. Cohen, a Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, displayed a new treatment that would allow people with HIV to have normal sex lives without worrying about infecting their partners.

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State of Things
11:54 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Last Motel

Last Motel

If you tune into WUNC on Sunday nights at 6 p.m., you'll hear Eric Hodge's familiar voice talking to you about his favorite subject: music. After seven years of anchoring the news during “Morning Edition,” on North Carolina Public Radio, Hodge is adding a nighttime groove to his repertoire. His show, “Last Motel,” features music about and inspired by the American South.

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State of Things
11:15 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Biking the Underground Railroad

Biking the underground railroad

When Suepinda Keith and her husband Kevin Hicks moved to Chapel Hill, they were struck by how few young people they saw on bicycles. Avid riders themselves, they began a youth cycling program called Spoke ‘n Revolutions. When the group started riding last year, they had no idea how far it would take them – 1,800 miles, to be exact. That’s how far they biked this summer with a group of nine students from Chapel Hill High School. They were following the long path of the Underground Railroad all the way from Mobile, Alabama to Niagara Falls, biking roughly 60 miles a day for 33 days—something none of them had done before.

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Education
5:05 am
Tue August 9, 2011

DPI To Seek Waiver From Feds

North Carolina will be one of the states seeking a waiver from the Department of Education, exempting it from parts of No Child Left Behind. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced this week that he will allow some states to opt out of the controversial education law.

State Superintendent June Atkinson says educators have become increasingly unhappy with No Child Left Behind's all-or-nothing system of judging schools.

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Science & Technology
5:15 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Big Grant for Marine Biotech Center

There is a major move underway to grow the state’s Biotechnology industry by diving for opportunities off the coast.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has approved a 2-point-5 million dollar grant to establish a Marine Biotechnology Center of Innovation.  Scientists have already been using marine life to develop commercial products, but the four year grant will likely accelerate the process.   Norris Tolson is the president and C-E-O of the Biotech Center.  He says the industry is excited by such a move.

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Politics & Government
3:15 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Cary Wants to Expand Park Fees for Developers

Annie L. Jones Park
Credit townofcary.org

A public meeting in Cary will focus on expanding developer fees for parks. Parks land fees apply to single-family and townhomes but not to apartments and condominiums. Doug McRainey is the Parks Planning Manager for the town of Cary.

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State of Things
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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