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State of Things
11:02 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Meet Gary Grant

Gary Grant
Credit http://www.bfaa-us.org

Gary Grant's family has owned land in eastern North Carolina since just after the Civil War when his great-grandfather, a former slave, bought a farm. That is one reason Grant has made his life's work defending the rights of African-American land owners in rural North Carolina. Grant is the executive director of the Concerned Citizens of Tillery and founding president of the National Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association. Both groups have fought the federal Department of Agriculture to undo the wrongs of racial discrimination that have cost black farmers their land.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Another Wave of Pelican Deaths Hits the Coast

Injured pelican
Credit Toni O'Neil

Dead and injured pelicans are washing up on North Carolina shores. Around 20 dead birds were found on North Topsail Beach earlier this month. Many had severely broken wings.

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Politics & Government
4:55 am
Mon December 12, 2011

State to Review Hurricane Irene Response

Residents have a chance to weigh in on the state's emergency response to Hurricane Irene. Emergency management officials and forecasters are hosting public meetings this week in eastern North Carolina to review their communication tactics during the storm. Rich Bandy is the lead meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Newport.

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Sports
5:10 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

UNC Names Larry Fedora Head Football Coach

Larry Fedora
Credit unc.edu

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill introduced its new head football coach today. Larry Fedora signed a seven-year contract with the school worth $1.7 million per season. UNC fired coach Butch Davis at the start of this season.

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Business & Economy
5:05 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Occupy Greensboro Plans March

Occupy groups from the Triad are holding an employment march tomorrow.

Organizers expect about 200 people to participate in downtown Greensboro. Members of the occupy groups from Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point are joining together for the event. A rally will follow the march. Speakers from organized labor groups and worker owned cooperatives will address the crowd. John Kernodle is organizing the march:

State of Things
10:43 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Open Durham

Open Durham is an interactive website that maps Durham's past and present.
Credit www.opendurham.org

Dr. Gary Kueber first came to Durham, NC as a student at Duke University. After graduating, then moving back many years later, he started looking into the history of physical Durham. His discoveries inspired the blog Endangered Durham that detailed which buildings in the city were at risk of demolition. Recently he launched Open Durham, an interactive website that maps Durham's past and present with an eye toward informing the future.

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State of Things
10:36 am
Fri December 9, 2011

If This Old Neighborhood Could Talk

Historic Oakwood
Credit www.historicoakwood.org

Downtown Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood puts on its annual candlelight tour this weekend. It's a chance for curious strangers to poke around in some of the city's grandest and oldest homes. What few people realize is that the tour began some 40 years ago as a last-ditch effort to keep a freeway from demolishing the historic area. Neighbors have recently begun collecting one another's oral histories, to help preserve the neighborhood's fascinating story.

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State of Things
10:21 am
Fri December 9, 2011

John Brown’s Swingin’ Holiday

John Brown
Credit www.jbjazz.com

2011 was a stellar year for bass player John Brown. He had the opportunity to travel the state hosting educational workshops and performing community concerts for jazz lovers. His ensemble, the John Brown Jazz Orchestra, was featured in a documentary called “One Night in Kernersville,” a short film that won the Jury Award at this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Now Brown and his big band are jazzing up the holidays with a series of concerts that celebrate the music and spirit of the Christmas season. They join host Frank Stasio to share some musical merriment live in the studio.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Looking for Black Santa

Black Santa figurine sits on a mantel at the Matory Home in Durham, NC.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Durham, North Carolina is one of the most diverse communities in the state. Mayor Bill Bell likes to say it’s the city with NO racial majority. Then why is it so hard to find an African American Santa Claus?

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Environment
5:35 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Smithfield Ending Controversial Hog Crates

Smithfield Foods says it will stop using so-called ''gestation crates'' by 2017.
Credit humanesociety.org

Animal rights advocates are welcoming news that Smithfield Foods is on track to phase out the use of small metal crates for pregnant hogs. The company said in a statement it will end the practice by 2017. The non-profit Humane Society filed a federal complaint against Smithfield a month ago.

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