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The State of Things
11:58 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Death Penalty Data

Robinson joins host Frank Stasio to share more information about his report and talk about how this data could affect policymakers’ ideas about the death penalty.

North Carolina halted executions about five years  ago. Capital punishment is still legal in the state, but a dispute over the lethal injection process led to a de facto moratorium on the death penalty. Since then, the state’s murder rate has fallen, and investigations of the State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab have
exposed mishandling of evidence in criminal cases. Matthew Robinson, a professor of government and justice studies at Appalachian State University, has been researching those facts and other data about the death penalty in North Carolina. His findings reveal that capital punishment is more costly than life imprisonment and that race and gender frequently factor into death penalty sentencing.

The State of Things
11:53 am
Tue April 19, 2011

30 Americans

Soundsuit
Credit www.ncartmuseum.org

Host Frank Stasio discusses the exhibit with his guests.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being labeled an “African-American artist”? That question is at the heart of a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art. It features the works of 31 contemporary artists - photography, video, sculpture and more – with each piece revealing a bit about the experience of blacks in America.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Ten Miles Past Normal

Ten Miles Past Normal

Host Frank Stasio talks with young adult novelist France O'Roark Dowell about the struggle of fitting in as a teenager.

Durham writer Frances O'Roark Dowell tackles the awkwardness of high school in her new young adult novel "Ten Miles Past Normal" (Atheneum/2011). The main character is Janie, a ninth-grader who once thought living on a farm would be great. She proposed the idea to her parents when she was in elementary school, and they embraced it. Now she is an outcast who sometimes goes to school with hay in her hair or goat droppings on her shoes.

Health
6:00 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Institutional-type Housing for People with Mental Health Disabilities

Thousands of people with mental health disabilities live in large adult care homes and in smaller family care homes in North Carolina. Advocates argue that many of these facilities are too institutional to truly help their residents integrate into the community. Now the federal government is investigating the state. Justice Department attorneys contend the state’s reliance on such facilities to house people with mental illness could violate federal law and Supreme Court rulings. 

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Environment
5:30 am
Tue April 19, 2011

State Lawmakers Discuss Tornado Damage

All flags will be placed at half-staff for the remainder of the work week at state government and university buildings.

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Environment
9:16 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Wake County Tallies Cost of Storm

Shaw University's historic marker propped on the ground after storm.
Credit Leoneda Inge

  Clean-up crews and emergency management teams are working over-time in a 20 county area of the state.  This is where most of the damage occurred after those deadly and destructive tornadoes over the weekend.

In Wake County – officials are already beginning to put a price tag on the cost of the damage. 

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Environment
6:00 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

State and Local Officials Assess Tornado Damage

 State and federal officials are assessing the extent of the damage caused by tornadoes in North Carolina on Saturday. Jessica Jones reports from Raleigh.

Downed trees and power lines have turned downtown Raleigh into a ghost town. Cleanup crews could be seen this afternoon clearing away branches and other debris. Raleigh's mayor, Charles Meeker, says even though tornadoes cut a small swath through the city, they were very destructive. 

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Environment
11:53 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Wake County Recovering From Weekend Storm

Wake County Emergency Management workers continue disaster relief efforts this morning. Saturday's tornadoes and severe thunderstorms left many homeless. Emergency Operations Center manager Steve Newton says his first priority is helping those residents start the recovery process.

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The State of Things
11:06 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Meet Donald Davis

Donald Davis
Credit www.blairpub.com

Davis joins host Frank Stasio to discuss how ministering and storytelling go together and what it's like to grow up in the mountains and retire by the sea.

Donald Davis was born and raised in Waynesville, North Carolina. His people go back in Haywood County to the 1700s on both sides. He left home to attend Davidson College and Duke Divinity School. He was a Methodist minister for years before retiring to become a full time storyteller. He now lives on Ocracoke Island and spends most of the year traveling the country visiting festivals and leading workshops in the fine art of oral communication. Davis has committed some of his stories to paper in the new book, "Tales From a Free-Range Childhood" (John F. Blair/2011).

Health
6:00 am
Mon April 18, 2011

What Kind of Housing for People with Mental Health Problems?

Mental health reformers have repeated their intention to move people out of large institutions toward treatment options closer to home. But even as people have left hospitals, local resources have not kept pace.  That means in North Carolina, many people with mental health disabilities live in adult care homes designed for frail elderly people. Now the U S Justice Department is investigating this situation. 

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