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1:11 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Hummingbird Heart

Hummingbird Heart

Mary Johnson Rockers is an accomplished singer-songwriter in her own right, but the last couple of years have been a collaborative venture with the members of her band. Mary Johnson Rockers and the Spark are out with their first album, “Hummingbird Heart.”

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Arts & Culture
9:50 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Poetic Portraits of a Revolution: Ramadan

Poetic Portrait of a Revolution

We check in one more time with the poets we've been following as they travel in Egypt and Tunisia this summer. Will McInerney, Mohammad Moussa, Kane Smego and photographer Sameer Abdel-khalek have been in North Africa for the past two months. They come home next week. Their final few days overseas happens to coincide with the start of the holy month or Ramadan. That's what inspired this latest Poetic Portrait of a Revolution.

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Health
6:00 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Forum Planned On Medicaid Cuts

State officials, healthcare providers, and patient advocates will gather at N-C State today for a public forum on cuts to the state's Medicaid program.

The state budget passed in June requires the Department of Health and Human Services to cut 354 million dollars from its Medicaid budget. It's one of the largest reductions to health programs in state history, according to the head of the department, Secretary Lanier Cansler. He says it's going to require a group effort to decide exactly what to cut.

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Education
5:30 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Test Results Mixed

Another round of statewide test results came out on Thursday. More high school students are graduating, but more schools across North Carolina are falling further behind more challenging goals.

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Health
5:10 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

UNC, Community Colleges Team Up Against Cancer

UNC Chapel Hill is partnering with the state's community colleges in an effort to fight cancer. Public health researchers will work with all 58 of the state's community colleges to identify cancer prevention programs that work and implement them in the schools. Laura Linnan is a professor at UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health and the project's principal investigator.

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State of Things
1:07 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Same-Sex Marriage in NC

Same-sex marriage has long been illegal in North Carolina, but some lawmakers want to take the prohibition a step further. Among the proposed amendments to the North Carolina constitution is one that would outlaw gay marriage. When the General Assembly reconvenes in September, it will consider whether to put that amendment on a 2012 ballot.

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State of Things
12:58 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

NC Literary Lights: Twenty Years of NC Writers

North Carolina Literary Review
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For nearly two decades, the North Carolina Literary Review has been gathering the state's celebrated writers in its pages, and introducing new ones to a wider audience. To mark its 20th issue, host Frank Stasio talks with editor Margaret Bauer, Rives Chair of Southern Literature at East Carolina University, which publishes the North Carolina Literary Review. Two longtime contributors to the Review, James Applewhite and Bland Simpson, read from their work in the latest issue, centered on the theme of environmental writing.

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State of Things
12:54 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Shine, Shine, Shine

Jon Herington
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Jon Herington has played with Steely Dan for 11 years. His guitar stylings are masterful interpretations of the famous rock band's iconic songs. He appears with Steely Dan tonight in Durham, but first he joins host Frank Stasio in our studio to play some original compositions from his solo CD “Shine, Shine, Shine” and discuss how a guy who grew up on jazz keeps a legendary rock sound going.

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Law
6:10 am
Thu August 4, 2011

State Highway Patrol Cracks Down On Texting

Law enforcement officials say their efforts to crack down on people who text on their cell phones while driving is resulting in some success. Jessica Jones reports.

A state law banning texting while driving went into effect about a year and a half ago. Since then, the State Highway Patrol has issued about 11 hundred tickets to people who've been texting on the road. Sergeant Jeff Gordon is a spokesman for the department. He says the patrol conducts periodic "Operation Distracted Driver" campaigns to crack down on the practice.

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Health
6:00 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Duke Study Finds Creative People Cheat More

Creative people are more likely to cheat and lie. That's according to a new study out of Duke University. Dan Ariely is a Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke and co-author of the study. He says the research shows the ability to think creatively makes someone more likely to use that ability for personal gain.

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