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Environment
5:48 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Dam Breach a Reminder of Potential Hazards

A dam breach in Moore County didn't put the public in danger. But it did serve as a reminder of the many dams in North Carolina that could be more dangerous if they failed. Mell Nevils, Chief of the Land Quality Section of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which includes the North Carolina Dam Safety Program, says the dam in Moore County was classified as an "intermediate hazard" meaning there was a likelihood of property damage in the event of a failure.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Meet Lou Lipsitz

Lou Lipsitz
Credit www.loulipsitz.com

Lipsitz joins host Frank Stasio for National Poetry Month to talk about the connection between poetry and therapy.

Lou Lipsitz spent 30 years as a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and several more as a psychotherapist. Lipsitz is also a poet, often combining the art of teaching and counseling with his writing. His new collection of poems is called “if this world falls apart” (Lynx House Press/2011).

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Environment
8:50 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Duke Finds Gold Rush Deforestation in Amazon

The Amazon Rain Forest is being threatened by a gold rush. A new study from Duke University shows that surface mining is eating up large chunks of the forest in Peru. Jennifer Swenson is an assistant professor who worked on the project. She says satellite photos help assess how much land is being affected.

Jennifer Swenson: "I looked at two main mining sites that are new and over two years 1800 hectares of primary forest was removed. Think of that in terms of football fields, its actually 4 and a half football fields a day."

Environment
6:30 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Durham Seeks to Reduce City Fleet's Emissions

There's a new effort underway to reduce pollution in Durham. A number of the city's diesel vehicles have been fitted with emissions reduction equipment similar to that used to cut nitrogen oxide levels from power plants. Stephen Piccot is the Director of The Southern Research Institute and is in charge of the pilot project.

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Environment
6:00 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Hog Farm Pollution Tied To Residents' Symptoms

Spraying hog waste and hog carcass disposal
Credit Larry Baldwin, Neuse River Foundation

  People living near hog farms in the eastern part of the state experience breathing problems when emissions from hog waste are highest - that's from new research done by UNC environmental scientists. 

Epidemiologist Steve Wing from the Gillings School of Global Public Health placed air pollution monitors in communities surrounded by large hog farms. He says one of the most important gasses he measured is hydrogen sulfide. The rotten egg smelling gas is known to be toxic to the nervous and the respiratory systems.  Wing also asked residents to keep diaries of their symptoms. 

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Environment
7:23 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

NC Shrimp Catch Down This Spring

White Shrimp
Credit NOAA

  Consumers might notice that there are fewer local shrimp in the market than in other years... that's because fishermen are noticing there are fewer local shrimp in coastal waters.  Shrimpers blame the weather. Bill Rice is a seafood dealer in Carteret County and heads a fishermen's co-op there. He says the absence of white shrimp is probably due to waters that are staying cool this spring.

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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Republican Lawmakers Complete Many Spending Recommendations

Republican lawmakers have completed many spending recommendations that are part of crafting next year's budget.

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The State of Things
1:40 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Remembering Chris Hondros

Chris Hondros
Credit www.chrishondros.com

Host Frank Stasio will talk with Amber Nimocks and JD Pooley, two friends and former colleagues of Hondros’.

Photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed in Libya on Wednesday along with Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated director of the war documentary "Restrepo." Hondros grew up in Fayetteville, graduated from North Carolina State University and worked for a time at the Fayetteville Observer. After Hondros left North Carolina, he became an acclaimed war photographer, winning numerous awards and becoming a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

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The State of Things
1:36 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

The Watery Part Of The World

Book cover, ''The Watery Part of the World''

Parker joins host Frank Stasio to talk about creating a work of historical fiction and why island folk are the best secret keepers.

Aaron Burr, Vice President for Thomas Jefferson’s cabinet, fathered only one child that survived past infancy. Her name was Theodosia Burr Alston, a well-educated and accomplished woman who was highly respected in her time. In the winter of 1812, Theodosia mysteriously disappeared on a ship voyage from South Carolina to New York.

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Politics & Government
1:31 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Wake County Dedicates Low-Income Housing

Brookridge ribbon cutting
Credit DHIC, Inc.

  Low-income people in Wake County got access some more housing options this week when officials dedicated a supportive housing development. Brookridge is a neighborhood of 40 studio apartments in south Raleigh.

Residents make 50 percent or less of the area's median income. Program manager Annemarie Maiorano says the development supports a population that is susceptible to becoming homeless or falling back into homelessness.

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