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State of Things
11:18 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Deep Budget Cuts

North Carolina’s General Assembly recently passed the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. The $19.7 billion budget was vetoed by Democratic Governor Bev Perdue. But a handful of Democrats sided with Republicans, giving them enough votes to override that veto.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Governor Vetoes Abortion Bill

Governor Perdue has vetoed a bill that would have required women seeking abortions to receive extensive counseling and an ultrasound before the procedure.

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Environment
5:50 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Electronics Banned From Landfills Friday

A North Carolina law goes into effect this week that bans electronics from landfills. Starting Friday, materials like computer equipment and televisions will have to go to local recycling facilities. Lowell Shaw of Wake County Waste Management says the law keeps elements in electronics hardware like cadmium and mercury from seeping into groundwater.

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Health
5:30 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Barbers Help Fight Prostate Cancer

Fayetteville barbers have joined with health officials to inform their customers about the risks of prostate cancer. Cumberland County is one of seven counties in North Carolina with a prostate cancer rate higher than the national average. Barber shops serve as a social hub for many minority communities. Officials hope a barber's suggestion will motivate customers to get a prostate-cancer test. Douglas Dolberry of the Konnecte Kut Barber shop in Fayetteville, says the response so far has been great.

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Business & Economy
6:00 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Report: Casino Benefits Local Economy

The Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in Western North Carolina contributes almost $400 million to the local economy. That’s according to a new report from UNC Chapel Hill.

The State of Things
9:46 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Meet Dirk Hayhurst

Pitcher Dirk Hayhurst
Credit www.durhambulls.com

Not many baseball players can also say they’ve written a New York Times bestseller. Pitcher Dirk Hayhurst can. When first he picked up a pen to write a memoir about life in the bullpen, he never expected that he would become a critically acclaimed author. Readers ate up Hayhurst’s honesty about success, failure and the often strange culture of sports as documented in “The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran” (Citadel Press/2010).

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Mon June 27, 2011

NC Tornado Victims' Extended Deadline Approaches

Victims of North Carolina's April tornadoes are entering their last week to apply for disaster aid. The Federal Emergency Management Administration extended the deadline from last week to July 5th. The extension came after the state said less than a quarter of victims who claimed they needed assistance had submitted applications. Officials also added Alamance County to the list of North Carolina disaster areas last week. North Carolina Emergency Management spokeswoman Julia Jarema says some residents are still assessing the damage done to their homes.

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Improperly Disposed Plastics Producing Methane

New Research at North Carolina State University points to the disadvantages of improperly disposing of biodegradable plastics. The products are designed to break down in composting bins. James Levis is an N.C. State PhD candidate and one of the study's organizers. He says the problem is that most biodegradable plastics are being thrown in the trash.

The State of Things
12:08 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

The "Good War"

Many people think the American Civil War had to happen. It reunited a torn country and put an end to slavery. But was it a "good" war, and is there even such a thing? Host Frank Stasio talks about the morality of the Civil War with David Goldfield, the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and author of “America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation” (Bloomsbury Press/2011); and Fitzhugh Brundage, the William Umstead Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Burnin' Love

Credit www.jayceeburncenterevent.com

When Kim Anderson’s house caught on fire last year, he had no idea how his life was about to change. He suffered third degree burns over at least 50 percent of his body. The Jaycee Burn Center at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital saved Anderson’s life.

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