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4:20 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Complaint Filed With EPA Over Hog Waste Disposal

Environmental advocates say waste from hog farms are posing a health danger to several eastern NC communities, They;re asking the U,S. EPA to help.
Credit Jeff Vanuga, USDA NRCS

Several environmental groups have filed a federal complaint against the state over hog waste. In a filing with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the organizations say North Carolina has failed to enforce rules regulating disposal of hog waste.  

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

DNA Evidence Frees Brothers After 31 Years In Prison

Geraldine Brown laughs and her brother Henry McCollum, left, wipes away tears as he and his brother Leon Brown, right, stand in her front yard in Fayetteville on Wednesday.
CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com |

  

In 1983, Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were convicted of the murder and rape of an 11-year-old girl in Robeson County. 

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Diane Rehm In 'Surviving Grace'

Diane Rehm
Credit Glogau Photography

Alzheimer’s disease is still a poorly understood illness, not only in the way it develops, but also how it affects caregivers. 

It is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but advocates say Alzheimer’s research does not get the time or money it needs.

So, the play “Surviving Grace,” is trying to fill that gap. It’s a bittersweet comedy that follows a TV producer whose mother’s memory is slowly fading, and it has been touring around the country, raising funds and awareness. 

A cast of local celebrities will be reading from the play tonight at 7 p.m. in the North Carolina Museum of History. The actors include Gov. Pat McCrory, TV star Loni Anderson, and public radio’s own Diane Rehm.

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Fri September 5, 2014

The Campbell Brothers Do “A Love Supreme”

American Sacred Steel gospel group Campbell Brothers
Credit kmuw

The Campbell Brothers, a New York-based sacred steel band, will be performing a reinterpretation of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme to kick off the Bull Durham Blues Festival this weekend.

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Law
9:36 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Durham City Council Wants To Require Police Officers To Get Written Consent For Searches

Durham Police headquarters
Credit Durham Police

Members of the Durham City Council are trying to address concerns that police officers disproportionately stop and search black men. Four of the seven members gave their support on Thursday afternoon for requiring officers to get a driver's written consent before searching his vehicle.
 

City manager Tom Bonfield has suggested officers should be required to get consent in some recorded form - either video, audio or writing - but Mayor Bill Bell says that overcomplicates things.

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Education
7:46 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Little More Than Half Of NC Students Proficient In Test Results

Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

 More public school students passed their standardized exams last year than in the previous year, in part because of changes to the grading scale that made it easier for students to be considered proficient.

The overall passing rate, across all subjects, was about 56 percent. Results are based on end-of-grade tests in reading, science and math, and end-of-course tests in three high school subjects.

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Education
4:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

The School Nurse Problem In NC, And What One Parent Is Doing About It

The school nurse-to-student ratio in NC is well above the level recommended by the CDC.
Credit NC Parents Advocating For School Health

Teri Saurer is a parent, and like any parent she got a little anxious a few years ago when her daughter, Hannah, was about to head off to kindergarten.

“Hannah had a prior history of epilepsy and she now has life-threatening food allergies,” Saurer explains. “I was very concerned sending her to school. So I looked into the nurse situation and I was very surprised to find out that there was not a nurse in her school every day.”

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Business & Economy
4:17 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Reynolds Is Taking Its Nicotine Gum National

Zonnic, from Renolds American Inc.
Credit cigarettesreporter.com

It might seem counterintuitive: a tobacco giant jumping into the pharmaceutical market. But with the national launch of Zonnic, Reynolds American thinks it can redefine an area typically controlled by drug companies.

Zonnic is Reynolds's nicotine gum. It sells for cheaper than other nicotine gums, and comes with the marketing muscle of the company responsible for Camel and Pall Mall. Reynolds has been testing Zonnic for two years in Iowa and Nebraska, and has determined its time to go national.

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Business & Economy
2:24 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Fast Food Workers Shut Down Street in Durham, NC; 26 Arrested

Fast food workers wearing uniforms and 'Raise Up for $15' t-shirts sat in the middle of Morgan Street in downtown Durham.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Fast food workers in North Carolina rallied Thursday in support of a $15-an-hour minimum wage.  As in New York City, Detroit and Chicago, some workers chose civil disobedience.

Fast food workers came from Charlotte, Raleigh and other cities to lock arms with workers in Durham.  And at lunch time, right in the middle of Morgan Street, across from a McDonald’s, dozens of demonstrators sat down, and chanted.

“We can’t survive on $7.25! We can’t survive on $7.25!”

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Arts & Culture
1:34 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

How To Make Music That's Professional Yet Intimate? Michael Rank Has An Idea

North Carolina singer-songwriter Michael Rank

Michael Rank has recently released his fourth album of new material in two years.

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