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11:53 am
Thu December 15, 2011

A New Trial for Michael Peterson

Yesterday, Durham Judge Orlando Hudson granted convicted murderer Michael Peterson a new trial. In 2003, Peterson was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife. The judge granted the new trial due to questions raised about the credibility of State Bureau of Investigation agent Duane Deaver, who presented evidence against Peterson. Deaver, and others in the SBI crime lab, have been investigated for misconduct and faulty science.

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State of Things
11:48 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Confessions of An Elf

Book cover, ''Confessions of an Elf''

Ira David Wood III realized the fragility of life last year when he underwent heart valve replacement surgery. He was forced to turn over his iconic role as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Raleigh Theater in the Park production of "A Christmas Carol" to his son. In the aftermath of his surgery, Ira decided he wanted to publish a book, and time was a wasting. In November, "Confessions of an Elf" (Tate Publishing/2011) was released. It's a story told from the perspective of one of Santa's elves, but it's aimed at adults.

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State of Things
11:45 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Long Leaf Opera's Finale

Long Leaf Opera Company
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The Triangle’s Long Leaf Opera Company is one of the few opera organizations in the country to feature works composed originally in English. The company has been running continuously for 14 years and is the brainchild of Artistic Director Randolf Umberger and conductor Benjamin Keaton. Unberger died this fall leaving Keaton to run the season by himself. Keaton’s effort to honor his predecessor’s memory has been heroic, but he can’t keep doing it alone, so he has announced that this season will be the company’s last.

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State of Things
10:58 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Season 1, Ep 3: Jade City Pharaoh - Walking the Line

Supreme Intellect
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In the latest installment of our radio drama, The Jade City Pharaoh, Jade City’s city workers rally together in a peaceful demonstration against employee pension cuts…but it’s not peaceful for long when The Beef Cooka’s evil henchmen hit the scene.

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Military
4:55 am
Thu December 15, 2011

President Obama Praises Bragg Troops

President Barack Obama made his first trip as commander in chief to Fort Bragg yesterday. He was there to thank all American troops for their service in Iraq.

President Obama spoke in a sunlit airplane hangar before about 3-thousand troops and their families. He told them their service was selfless and historic, and would be remembered.

President Barack Obama: "You served a cause greater than yourselves. You helped forge a just and lasting peace with Iraq and among all nations. I could not be prouder of you. And America could not be prouder of you."

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Politics & Government
4:19 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Governor Vetoes Repeal of Racial Justice Act

Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed a bill that would have repealed the Racial Justice Act.

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Law
1:40 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Judge Orders New Trial for Michael Peterson

A judge has ruled that Durham novelist Michael Peterson will get a new trial in his wife's 2001 death. Judge Orlando Hudson ruled Wednesday that former State Bureau of Investigation agent Duane Deaver misled the court about the bloodstain evidence at the 2003 trial in which Peterson was convicted of murder in the death of Kathleen Peterson, who was found at the bottom of a bloody staircase. The SBI fired Deaver in January after an independent audit found he misreported, mishandled or exaggerated forensic evidence in 34 criminal cases.

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State of Things
9:57 am
Wed December 14, 2011

American Graduate: The Dropout Problem

North Carolina has recorded some of the lowest student dropout rates ever in recent years. But what is causing the rate to drop, and do we even have a good handle on who is still dropping out and why?

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State of Things
9:51 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Documenting the Jim Crow South

By 1994, Bob Korstad and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University had compiled more than 1,300 oral histories of people who had lived in the Jim Crow South. The project was called "Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South." It's now being digitized so that anyone can access the oral histories.

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Business & Economy
7:05 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Fiscal Agents Discuss State's Financial Outlook

Fiscal agents throughout North Carolina government and the university and community college system gathered in Raleigh yesterday to address fiscal challenges facing the state. 

Scott Ralls is President of the state community college system.  The recession hit around the time he took the helm.

Scott Ralls:  "It certainly has been a challenge, not just because the loss of revenue that has been challenging to budget and prioritize, but also the very significant increase in demand that we simultaneously faced during that timeframe."

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