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11:20 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Poet Li-Young Lee Draws Influence From Chinese Classics

Behind My Eyes by Li-Young Lee
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A conversation with poet Li-Young Lee

  

When Li-Young Lee's parents received a classical education in China, they memorized dozens of poems. As a child, he heard his parents playfully recite poem after poem to one another. Today Li-Young Lee draws much of his poetic influence from that same classical Chinese poetry. 

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Education
10:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Kids And Testing: Tell Us Your Story

Credit sandersonhs.org

Many children face anxiety about tests. Sometimes, as the End of Grade or End of Class tests loom, that anxiety grows. 

We want to hear from NC parents.

  • What are you seeing at home?
  • Is your child expressing anxiety about the tests?
  • What conversations have you had, or what have you seen?
  • Do you have an interesting plan to help your child through this time?

Tell us your story! (Your response does not mean that we will make your story public.)

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Education
8:35 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Mother, Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Require EpiPens In Schools

EpiPen Auto Injector
Credit Greg Friese via Flickr

 North Carolina lawmakers are reconsidering a bill that could help children with life-threatening food or insect allergies. The act would require each school in North Carolina to store emergency epinephrine  injectors on hand – medicine that many parents and doctors say could help save a child’s life. You can listen to the full report below.

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Environment
5:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Haw River Listed Among The Nation's Most Endangered Rivers

Haw River at Griffins Crossroads, NC
Credit Todd Martin / Flickr/Creative Commons

A national environmental group says the Haw River is among the most endangered in the nation. Earlier this year a pipe broke in Burlington and 3.5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Haw. The River flows into Jordan Lake, which provides drinking water for about one million state residents.

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Education
3:56 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Ranking Teachers: NC Bets Big On A Complicated Stats Model

State Senator Jerry Tillman addresses the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Next month, a million or so North Carolina public-school students between third and twelfth grade will start taking tests. Lots of them. Reading and math tests for the younger kids; biology, Algebra, and English for the older kids.

Their scores will be tabulated and run through some servers at SAS Institute, a private company in Cary. There, software called EVAAS will compare the test score the student earned to one a statistical model predicted the student should get.

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Business & Economy
9:23 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Credit Union Merger: Generations And Self-Help

Generations Community Credit Union is located on Main Street in downtown Durham.
Credit Generations Community Credit Union

The credit union landscape has changed a little across North Carolina.  Durham-based Generations Community Credit Union has merged with Self-Help Credit Union.

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Environment
5:56 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New Walnut Creek Greenway Trail Will Expand Raleigh's Nature Walk

The newly-dedicated Walnut Creek Greenway Trail in Raleigh includes boardwalks like this one that wind through wetland areas.
Credit City of Raleigh

The city of Raleigh has dedicated the recently-completed final section of the Walnut Creek Greenway Trail. Now more than 15 miles long, the trail winds through the southern part of the city from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River Trail.

Todd Milam is a planner for the city of Raleigh's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. He says the trail includes nearly a mile of 10-foot-wide boardwalk that takes walkers, runners, and bikers through secluded wetlands.

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Fourth Circuit Court Challenge Could Affect Same-Sex Marriage In North Carolina

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
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WUNC’s Capital Bureau chief Jessica Jones, and Duke law professor Neil Siegel talk about recent developments on legal challenges to same-sex marriage laws

  

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is preparing to hear the appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban in February. The decision could have implications for North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage. 

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

My White Friends

MG, Chicago, Illinois, 2009.
Myra Greene

Photographer Myra Greene describes her new exhibit 'My White Friends'

Photographer Myra Greene spent years taking self portraits exploring her own black identity. But after sharing these photographs with a friend, she realized that not everyone thinks about race as much as she does. 

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Education
11:04 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Will There Be More Pre-K Slots In Wake County Soon?

Wake County schools currently serve more than 2,000 preschool children.
Credit Sarah Gilbert via Flickr

Wake County school officials say they hope to expand pre-kindergarten services by adding more than 200 slots for next school year. 

Superintendent Jim Merrill is asking the Board of Commissioners for $39 million in local funding, with about $1.5 million directed toward hiring more teachers, assistant teachers and special education experts. 

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