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6:00 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Aviation Hub in Currituck County

Officials in Currituck County announced today they are building a Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center. The area is surrounded by several aviation-type businesses and the U-S Coast Guard in Elizabeth City.  Dan Scanlon is the Currituck County Manager.  He says this is a great opportunity for northeastern North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:39 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Mount Moriah

Mount Moriah

McEntire, Miller and Will Hackney join host Frank Stasio to perform live and talk about how love, family and Christianity all play influential roles in their music.

Mount Moriah is a Southern folk music band based in Durham, North Carolina. Their self-titled debut CD has rich lyrics that tackle themes such as reconciliation, religious symbolism and gender identity.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Staying Blue

Gibbons Ruark - Staying Blue

In honor of National Poetry Month, Ruark joins host Frank Stasio to read a selection of poems and talk about why he chose to retire in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Raleigh-based poet Gibbons Ruark grew up the son of a United Methodist minister, moving from town to town in eastern North Carolina. He graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his master's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He taught at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro before settling into a position at the University of Delaware for 37 years, but he never stopped writing about his North Carolina home. His work immortalizes hybrid magnolias and sun lit porches. Ruark is the award-winning author of eight books of poetry, including the most recent, "Staying Blue" (Lost Hill Books/2008).

The State of Things
11:33 am
Fri April 15, 2011

In His Own Voice

Simon Estes

Simon Estes was part of the first generation of African-Americans to break into opera. He's performed for numerous presidents and prominent religious figures, and he's worked with every major international opera company there is. Estes is the guest speaker this Saturday at World Voice Day, sponsored by the Duke Voice Care Center.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Raising Renee

Beverly McIver
Credit Leoneda Inge

  Many of us may have made a promise to go home and take care of parents or other family members when they need us the most.  But do we all keep our promise? The new documentary titled – Raising Renee – looks at one such life-changing promise.  The film centers on Durham-based artist Beverly McIver and her sister Renee McIver.  The U.S. premiere ofRaising Renee is today at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham.    

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Exhibit Details NC History in Walk-through

The entrance of an exhibit resembling a 1700s pirate ship
Credit N.C. Museum of History

The history of the Tar Heel State goes on display tomorrow at theNorth Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Officials say The Story of North Carolina is so large the exhibit will open in two parts. The first half begins with the earliest signs of civilization and runs through the 1830s. Raelana Poteat is one of the museum's curators. 

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Business & Economy
6:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

TVA Settlement Includes Payment to NC

Roy Cooper
Credit governor.state.nc.us

A settlement between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Valley Authority includes a payment to North Carolina. The TVA agreed to implement better emissions technology at all of its coal-fired plants including the four closest to North Carolina. Attorney General Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit against the TVA in 2006.

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Politics & Government
6:16 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Lawmakers Pass Bill Extending Unemployment Benefits

State lawmakers have voted to extend unemployment benefits for North Carolinians for up to four additional months. But the measure would also force the governor to accept a spending cut.

 Both the House and the Senate have now passed House Bill 383. It would extend unemployment benefits for about 37 thousand workers who otherwise would stop receiving their checks as of Saturday. Republican Paul Stam is the House Majority Leader.

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Business & Economy
6:15 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Foreclosures Down in NC

The number of foreclosures in North Carolina was down in the first quarter of 2011. That's according to a report from RealTrac, a firm that tracks foreclosures. But the number is down due to a logjam of foreclosures for lenders, not because there are fewer people going into foreclosure. Banks are being investigated for lending practices that led to the mortgage meltdown. Daren Blomquist with RealTrac says the seemingly good news is artificial.

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Politics & Government
6:00 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Cameras to Record Drivers Who Pass School Buses

The Department of Public Instruction will put cameras on school buses to identify drivers who don't stop when children are getting on or off the bus. State law requires drivers to stop when a school bus has its "stop arm" out. The pilot program will help identify the license plates and drivers of vehicles that fail to stop. DPI Transportation Services chief Derek Graham says the cameras will help law enforcement catch "stop arm" violators.

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