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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Water with Gas

Image from the film ''Gasland''

Rob Jackson joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the fracking boom and the potential health hazards.

Drilling for natural gas contained inside of a sedimentary rock called shale has taken off in recent years in some states. But a team of environmental scientists at Duke University recently released a report to illustrate how that process can contaminate groundwater supplies with methane. Their research is calling more public attention to the shale gas drilling process, known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

TEDx

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Frank Stasio to talks with his guests about their innovative work and TEDx.

Jon Gosier and Jonathan Kuniholm don’t seem to have much in common at first glance. One built a company that helps East Africa's budding software entrepreneurs, and the other created an open-source prosthetics nonprofit. But both are speaking at Chapel Hill's TEDx event tomorrow at the Varsity Theater. Gosier and Kuniholm are part of a panel called "Global Health: What's Technology Got to Do with It?" They join host Frank Stasio to talk about their innovative work and TEDx.

The State of Things
11:58 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Private Bodies, Public Texts

Credit dukemagazine.duke.edu

Host Frank Stasio will talk to Holloway, professor of law and a professor of English at Duke University, about her new book.

We think of our bodies as being our own private property, but in reality, that privacy is often violated. According to Duke University professor Karla Holloway, it is often women and African-Americans who suffer from that violation. In her new book, “Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics" (Duke University Press/2011), she uses case studies to explore the ways in which the law and medicine have overlooked rights of personal privacy.

Law
6:00 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Lawsuit Over Cuts for People with Disabilities

Starting today, people with disabilities who have been getting supported to live at home will start losing their services. That's why Disability Rights North Carolina filed a federal lawsuit to stop the state service cuts from going into effect. 

Disability Rights head Vicki Smith says the cuts affect about 4,000 people around the state who need help with only 2 activities of daily living - such toileting or bathing - to stay at home.  Smith says if the cuts happen, these people will be likely to end up in institutions if they don't have family members available to help

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Politics & Government
6:00 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

Republicans Reach New Budget Agreement

 Republican leaders in the legislature have come up with a new budget they hope members of both parties will pass. 

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Law
5:30 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

Copper Theft Increasing

The Public Works Commission of Fayetteville is reporting problems with thieves breaking into electric substations to steal copper wire. Spokeswoman Carol Justice-Hinson says they’ve had 12 break-ins since April.

Carol Justice-Hinson: "They’re cutting the fence and finding all kinds of creative ways to get in. This isn’t uncommon—I think what’s different right now is that we’ve had so many. For the last two months, its been one right after the other."

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Wake Up, The Recession Is Over

Host Frank Stasio talks with Mark Vitner, David Zonderman, Alan Wolf, and Erika Bell.

Economists say that the current recession ended two years ago, in June of 2009, but what about those soaring unemployment rates, the stagnant housing market and the growing divide between rich and poor? If this is the recovery, are we in bigger trouble than we thought? Host Frank Stasio talks with Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo in Charlotte; David Zonderman, professor of American labor history at North Carolina State University; Alan Wolf, assistant business editor of The News & Observer in Raleigh; and Erika Bell, vice president of Strategy and Services at the Latino Credit Union in Durham. Listener call-in.

Education
6:00 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Public To Have Say On Wake School Plans

Officials with Wake County Schools are visiting high schools across the county this week. They are holding public hearings on two very different proposed student assignment plans.

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Health
5:45 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Some Cold Meds May Require Prescription

North Carolina lawmakers discuss a proposal this week that would require consumers to get a prescription for medicines that contain pseudoephedrine. That's a key ingredient in methamphetamine. The number of meth labs has been on the rise lately as producers are finding more efficient ways to make it. Consumer advocates say the bill would make it difficult to buy medicine for common ailments like seasonal allergies. But Attorney General Roy Cooper says more restrictions would cut criminal activity.

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Environment
2:00 pm
Mon May 30, 2011

Dare County Wildfire Doesn't Phase Tourists

Local business owners in northeastern North Carolina say the Dare County wildfire hasn't stopped tourists from coming to the beach. The blaze started more than three weeks ago and covers nearly 28,000 acres in and around the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Forecasters say Dare County is still under heavy smoke and fog advisories for some areas. But Paul Charron says it was business as usual this weekend at his restaurant in Manteo. 

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