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9:18 am
Tue October 18, 2011

President Obama Begins Day in Greensboro

President Obama continues a bus tour through North Carolina today. Will Michaels reports.

Mr. Obama speaks today at Guilford Technical Community College near Greensboro. His three-day bus tour started yesterday in Asheville. It's the third time the president has visited North Carolina since June. He spoke at a high school in Wilkesboro before making other stops in Marion and Boone. Mr. Obama again touted his jobs bill. He said he would break up the legislation into smaller parts and ask Congress to approve them individually.

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Business & Economy
6:00 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Relief Package Considered for Farmers Hit by Irene

State agricultural officials travel to eastern North Carolina this week to get an update on recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Leaders from the state Department of Agriculture will meet with farmers today in Rocky Mount and Thursday in Winton. Former Congressman Bob Etheridge is an advisor to the governor for hurricane recovery. He says some crop damage might not be covered by state or federal disaster funds.

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Health
5:45 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Conference Focuses on Hispanic Teen Pregnancy

A conference Tuesday in Chapel Hill is focused on sexual health in the young Hispanic population.

A conference today in Chapel Hill is focused on sexual health in the young Hispanic population. It's being hosted by the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina. Spokeswoman Elizabeth Finley says they'll be exploring how to tackle the staggering problem of teen pregnancy in the Hispanic community.

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State of Things
10:27 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Meet Rex Miller

Professional tennis players like to say that to master the game, you must first log no less than 10,000 hours on the court. Rex Miller crossed that threshold before the age of 10. Both of Miller’s parents were tennis players and they often brought him to the court as a child, first to observe, then to learn the game. Miller followed in their footsteps and played competitively for many years, but eventually he was distracted from tennis by his true calling: visual storytelling. He is now an award-winning photographer and a documentary filmmaker.

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Law
7:15 am
Mon October 17, 2011

Greensboro Getting New Police Headquarters

The Greensboro Police Department is getting a new headquarters.

Earlier this year the city purchased the old IRS building for 1 dollar. The 94,000 square foot building will undergo 900 thousand dollars in renovations during the next three years. But overall the 56-year-old building is in good condition

Greensboro police Captain Mike Richey: "There's really no telling how long this building will last. the structure, the foundation is in great shape and we expect it to last for years to come"

State of Things
12:31 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Visual Activism

Durham artist Franco calls himself a visual activist.
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Durham artist Franco calls himself a visual activist. It's a title best represented in works such as “Box Reality.” That piece appears to show a brightly rendered Crayola box, but on closer inspection, viewers see five upraised fists sticking out instead of crayons. They’re a rainbow of skin colors, and the words on the front of the box read: “5 Colors: Same But Different.” Franco's work is on display at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham until October 30. Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his work and visual activism.

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State of Things
12:22 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Rock for Reproductive Rights

Toshi Reagon
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Musician Toshi Reagon is the product of a strong musical heritage. Her mother is Bernice Johnson Reagon, a '60s activist who helped found the Freedom Singers along with Toshi’s father, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. Toshi's big break in music came when Lenny Kravitz chose her for his opening act on his first world tour. She has continued to perform ever since, covering a range of genres that includes rock, country, folk and R & B. This weekend, she’s headlining the Ipas Rock for Reproductive Rights in Durham at Motorco Music Hall. Host Frank Stasio talks with Toshi Reagon about the concert and her career as a performer.

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State of Things
11:51 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Stories of AIDS

Stories of AIDS
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Musicians Peter Mawanga and Andrew Finn Magill know that when people hear statistics about HIV, they usually tune out. So, the duo decided to use their artistic abilities to convey the tragedy caused by AIDS in Africa and make people pay attention. They collected the personal narratives of HIV patients and their family members and turned them into songs for a CD project called “Mau A Malawi: Stories of AIDS.” Each track is sung in English and in Chichewa, the language of Mawanga’s homeland, Malawi. Magill, a Chapel Hill resident, and Mawanga join host Frank Stasio to play live and talk about how they came to collaborate on this project.

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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Fri October 14, 2011

B of A Meets With Troubled Mortgage Customers

Bank of America has set up shop in the Raleigh Convention Center to help homeowners teetering on foreclosure. 

Craig Willis says he’s had a lot of sleepless nights worrying about his house in Burlington.

Craig Willis: " I would just hate to give all that up and have to start over doing it again."

Willis got behind on his house payments in 2008, after losing his job and then a divorce.  Jessica Garcia is a Bank of America events manager.  She says they contacted 19-thousand customers within 150 miles of Raleigh inviting them to talk with specialists.

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Business & Economy
5:30 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Occupy Raleigh Protest on Saturday

Protesters who say they're concerned about corporate greed and social inequality plan to gather at Raleigh's old state capitol grounds tomorrow.

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