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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Banking Act Would Give Consumers "Freedom"

Eric Hodge:  North Carolina Congressman Brad Miller has introduced a bill he says will give consumers the power to switch banks if they’re disgruntled over fees. Leoneda Inge reports.

Recent announcements about rising fees from big banks like Bank of America have some consumers mad.  Democrat Brad Miller of Raleigh says that’s why he introduced the “Freedom and Mobility in Banking Act.”

Brad Miller:  "Banks should send money by electronically from one bank to another when you decide you want to transfer your accounts because you weren’t happy with your first bank."

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Chatham County Courthouse Bid Approved

Chatham County Commissioners have accepted a bid to rebuild the historic courthouse in downtown Pittsboro. The courthouse was damaged by a fire in March of last year. The project will cost 4.4 million dollars. Project manager Brian Stevens says the courthouse will maintain its historic charm and character.

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Education
5:55 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Student Assignment Fight Intensifies

The new student assignment policy in Wake County Schools is now in the hands of the School Board. Superintendent Tony Tata and staff members walked board members through the plan at a meeting yesterday.

If you’re the parent of an elementary school student, the new assignment plan will give you 5 options – and promise you that your child won’t be reassigned against your will. Among those choices will be a high achievement option, a magnet option, and others. How many parents get their first or second options remains to be seen.

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Business & Economy
5:10 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Supporters Urge Bond Passage

Several dozen supporters staged a small rally this morning to support the passage of two separate city-wide bonds on the ballot for next week. If passed, the bonds would go to improving transportation and low-income housing. They would total about $56 million and cost the average homeowner about $17 a year. Outgoing mayor Charles Meeker is hoping the historically strong support for bonds in Raleigh continues.

State of Things
3:07 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

ACC Conference Bloat

Atlantic Coast Conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference recently announced a plan to add Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh to its ever-growing roster of schools. Proponents say growth is inevitable, as conferences around the country expand to maximize television contract money. Detractors say more schools means less emphasis on tradition, and that student athletes get lost in the shuffle.

State of Things
12:24 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Feeding on Dreams

Ariel Dorfman
Credit www.adorfman.duke.edu

In 1970, Ariel Dorfman went to work for Chilean President Salvador Allende. Allende's government was to usher in a new era of equality in Chile. But in 1973, the government was overthrown, Allende died and Dorfman went into exile. Dorfman's new memoir “Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/2011), follows him from the time he left Chile and chronicles his attempts to return to his homeland. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Dorfman about the book.

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State of Things
12:20 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Homeless Veterans

Construction on a new housing facility for homeless veterans in Raleigh is underway. Almost 600 vets are eking out an existence in Wake County alone, and the new complex – built by CASA, a community housing nonprofit – will only house 10, but it’s a start. Others around the state are trying to deal with the problem as well, including the Durham VA, and Barbara Marshall, a veteran helping homeless female vets in Fayetteville.

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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

NC-Based PPD Sold

North Carolina’s clinical trials industry is seeing a major shift.  The latest example is the purchase of Wilmington-based P-P-D.

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Politics & Government
6:45 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Poll Finds NC Split Over Obama Jobs Bill

A new Elon University poll finds North Carolinians are split over President Obama's jobs bill.

North Carolinians are split over President Obama's jobs bill. A new Elon University poll finds 36 percent opposed, 35 percent in support, and more than a quarter of those surveyed are unsure about it. Other numbers from the poll indicate the president's popularity is waning in the state. 42 percent approve of the job he's doing. 51 percent disapprove. Assistant poll director Mileah Kromer says those are bad numbers for a president trying to win North Carolina again in 2012.

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Politics & Government
4:10 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Meeker Endorses McFarlane

Outgoing Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker has made an endorsement for his successor.
 

Meeker has thrown his support behind Nancy McFarlane, who served on the City Council for four of Meeker’s ten years in office. Meeker made the announcement this afternoon.

McFarlane is running as an unaffiliated candidate. Meeker is a democrat.

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