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State of Things
11:58 am
Wed July 6, 2011

The Problem With Work

Economists say the recession is officially over, but many people remain out of work and the unemployed are still feeling the effects of the down economy. But new research suggests that those who never lost their jobs are also still suffering. Some took on twice the responsibilities for no new pay or reduced pay. The effect of that kind of pressure has yet to be studied but experts suspect we will feel the strain at work and at home for years to come.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Native American Farmers Settlement Meeting

Preparations are being made to pay thousands of dollars to Native American farmers and ranchers who were discriminated against by the U-S-D-A.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Burke Schools Still On Probation

Burke County High Schools in western North Carolina will continue to be on probation. The decision by AdvancEd means the district avoids losing accreditation.

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Sports
5:10 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Player Sues UNC

Michael McAdoo
Credit TarHeelBlue.com

A UNC Chapel Hill football player is suing the university in an attempt to be reinstated to the team.

A year ago, Michael McAdoo was a promising defensive end for the Tar Heels football team. But like 13 other teammates, he was swept up in a scandal involving benefits from an agent and academic misconduct. Seven players, including McAdoo, were suspended for the season. Earlier today, McAdoo’s attorneys filed a suit in Durham County Superior Court against UNC-Chapel Hill, saying he was improperly and unjustly suspended. McAdoo was found guilty by the university’s student honor court of one infraction of receiving improper academic benefits from a tutor. He was suspended from the school for one semester, but allowed to return this summer. The lawsuit seeks reinstatement to the team and also to prevent the NCAA from interfering. A hearing on that request will be heard on July 15th.

Education
4:45 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Cumberland Schools Beckoning Back Dropouts

Social workers in Cumberland County are contacting high school dropouts this summer in an attempt to bring them back to class. Natasha Scott is the district's executive director of student services. She says her department is looking up every dropout and contacting them individually before the next school year.

Natasha Scott: "What that includes is making phone calls to students and actually going out and making home visits to students. So you always want to keep looking for students and keep working until you work yourself out of a job, essentially."

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Environment
9:39 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Undiscovered Species Disappearing

A new study from Duke University reveals that many of the world's undiscovered plant and animal species are in danger. Researchers say many of the missing species live in areas being developed or deforested. Stuart Pimm is the Doris Duke Chair of Ecology at Duke. He says a new mathematical model doubles the number of plant species believed to be under threat.

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State of Things
9:00 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Meet Jock Brandis

After volunteering as a high school teacher in the slums of Jamaica and serving the people of Nigeria during a devastating civil war, Jock Brandis found himself mentally exhausted and disillusioned. He left the service life for work in the film industry, a career move that took him to Wilmington, N.C. But a colleague persuaded Brandis to return to Africa, where he met a group of women peanut shellers in Mali. He wound up inventing a peanut shelling machine – the Universal Nut Sheller – to help them with their work.

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Science & Technology
5:10 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Area Scientists Ready For Last Shuttle Flight

Atlantis
Credit NASA

Area scientists are in Florida this week readying experiments that will go on the final shuttle launch.

Ted Bateman first worked on space experiments as an undergraduate student 20 years ago. Now, he’s an associate professor in rehabilitation engineering in the joint department of biomedical engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Transit Tax on the Ballot in Durham

Voters in Durham County will decide on a half-cent sales tax designed to increase revenue for a future rail line in the Triangle. Commissioners voted unanimously last week to place a referendum on November's ballot. It would raise more than $18 million to fund Triangle Transit Authority's proposal for a train network connecting Chapel Hill to Garner. Wake and Orange Counties decided to put off referendums until next year. Durham commissioner Ellen Reckhow says it makes sense for the county to take the lead on the project due to its central location in the Triangle.

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Law
3:20 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Major Crimes Down In Raleigh

Major crimes, like homicides and robberies, are way down in Raleigh. The number of homicides fell from 35 two years ago to 14 in 2010.

City officials are crediting efforts in “community policing” in 2009 for the decrease. It involves increased foot patrols, juvenile programs, and specially-trained officers.

Another part of the community policing strategy is to increase enforcement of lesser crimes, like prostitution and drug offenses, before they lead to major crimes. Prostitution arrests rose from 64 in 2008 to 239 last year.

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