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Education
5:00 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Wake High Schools Accreditation Changed

Wake County high schools have been placed on “accredited warned” status by the agency that accredits them.

The AdvancED report (pdf) states that the school board has"created a climate of uncertainty, suspicion, and mistrust throughout the community."

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The State of Things
12:25 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Islamic Awareness Month

Haroon Moghul
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Host Frank Stasio is joined by one of the visiting speakers, Haroon Moghul, who is the executive director of The Maydan Institute, which works to counter stereotypes of Muslims in the media.

The Muslim Student Association at Duke University is presenting a series of lectures by experts on Islam with the goal of generating positive dialogue about Muslims in America. This year’s “Islamic Awareness Month” comes on the heels of Congressional hearings examining the spread of radicalism and extremism in Muslim communities across the U.S.

The State of Things
12:20 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Bring On The Brackets

Sidney Lowe
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Host Frank Stasio will talk about the NCAA tournament and the study on traffic fatalities with WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt and Stacy Wood, a professor of marketing at N.C. State and lead author of the study.

The NCAA tournament is here along with the March madness that goes with it. Sixty-eight teams are competing for the championship. Two big North Carolina contenders – the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University – are in the mix, but North Carolina State University missed the tournament cutoff and coach Sidney Lowe resigned in the aftermath.

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Crime Lab Controversy

Derrick Allen
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Host Frank Stasio talks about the case and pending legislation that could change operations at the SBI with Mandy Locke and Joe Neff, staff writers at the News & Observer.

Last week, Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson publicly criticized the State Bureau of Investigation’s handling of a 1998 murder case, saying the SBI withheld evidence that could have aided the defendant in trial. The case of Derrick Allen, who spent 12 years in jail for the sexual assault and murder of a 2-year-old girl, is the latest to bring attention to the SBI’s policies and procedures at its crime lab.

Law
8:45 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Advocates: Raise The Age For Juvenile Offenders

Advocates for young people were at the legislature yesterday, pressing lawmakers on children's issues.  One issue for advocates is North Carolina's policy of charging 16 and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. 

Brandy Bynum from Action for Children North Carolina says she hears from young people who get caught in the adult system for relatively minor offenses:

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Education
7:00 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Imam Speaks At UNC

UNC-Chapel Hill is hosting a lecture later today by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. He's the man at the heart of a controversial plan to build an Islamic Center near ground zero in lower Manhattan. Bill Balthrop is a professor in the department of communication studies at UNC. He says the Imam will talk about religious tolerance and pluralism in the United States during this year's Weil Lecture on American Citizenship:

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Environment
6:00 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Duke Still Pursuing Nuclear

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Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers says his company will continue to pursue building new nuclear plants in the Carolinas. Rogers spoke yesterday during a hearing of the North Carolina Utilities commission. Rogers was discussing the development of the Lee Nuclear Station in South Carolina. Duke is asking to spend $285 million to continue to develop the plant. Some of the money will likely come from a rate increase on North Carolina customers.

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Military
5:10 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Explosion On Fort Bragg Injures Ten

Ten people were injured in an explosion on Fort Bragg last night. The injured are eight marines and two navy personnel. Marine staff sergeant Jayson Price says the explosion happened during a routine spring exercise called “Rolling Thunder.” The exercise uses live ammunition including 155 millimeter howitzers.

"The cause of the incident is under investigation and the regiment remains in a check firing status, meaning they’re not firing until safe training can resume," Price says.

Education
5:00 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

NC State Drafts Long-Term Savings Plan

North Carolina State University is reorganizing many of its departments and services to prepare for more budget cuts. The plan includes eliminating at least five high-ranking positions and merging different student services under one roof. State officials have told public schools to prepare for budget cuts of as much as 15 percent. N.C. State has seen budget cuts every year since 2007.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Food Deserts

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Joining host Frank Stasio to discuss the food desert phenomenon are Wendy Noel and Joshua Stack.

A food desert is a community where healthy food is hard to find. It’s not as much about hunger as it is about access. Many people living in food deserts can afford to shop, they just can’t find a place to shop. Food deserts exist in rural as well as urban settings. It’s hard to say how many food deserts there are in North Carolina because the definition is derived from statistics on income levels, availability of transportation as well as scarcity of grocery stores. Joining host Frank Stasio to discuss the food desert phenomenon are Wendy Noel, the manager of TROSA Grocery in Durham, and Joshua Stack, director of communications for MANNA Foodbank, a Western North Carolina nonprofit that collects, stores and distributes food.

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