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6:35 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Think All Businesses In RTP Are Huge? Think Again

One of RTP's smaller businesses, AgBiome, does work with stinkbugs.
Credit Patrick Coin / Flickr/Creative Commons

The largest research park in North America sits in the middle of North Carolina.  And this week, one of Research Triangle Parks' largest tenants – GlaxoSmithKline – announced it’s laying off 900 employees.

The trend over the past decade shows a major shift away from relying on big multi-national companies with sprawling campuses in favor of smaller operations.

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Environment
4:31 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

N.C. State's Hofmann Forest Will Not Be Sold, At Least Not Yet

The land that became the Hofmann Forest was first bought by Julius Hoffman, the first Dean of NC State's College of Forestry.
Credit Historical State, NCSU Libraries

NC State University will not be selling Hofmann Forest, for now. The two firms that had agreed to buy the 79,000-acre research forest near Jacksonville could not meet its financial obligations to buy the property.

The two firms, Resource Management Service and Hoffman Forest, LLC, had agreed to pay $131 million to buy Hofmann Forest. But they ran into financial problems almost immediately after entering into the agreement with NC State.

While this contract has terminated, that doesn’t mean Hofmann Forest won’t be sold in the future.

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Arts & Culture
1:45 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

This Weekend: Duke Chapel Choir Performs Handel's Messiah For Worldwide Audience

Credit Duke University via Duke Today

This weekend there is a series of performances of Handel's Messiah at Duke Chapel in Durham, N.C. The tradition has been going on for 81 years. This year the performance will be recorded live and broadcast throughout the state and the world.

Dr. Rodney Wynkoop is the Director of Chapel Music at Duke University. He says that the text of the Messiah tells the entire story of the redemption of the world.

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Immigration, Budget And Shutdown: Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin
Credit kenrudinpolitics.com

  Governor Pat McCrory joined 16 other state leaders in a lawsuit against the President over his executive action on immigration. The group contents Obama overstepped his authority. Republicans in Congress have threatened to shutdown the government over the policies.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Big Band Christmas Show With Nnenna Freelon And John Brown

Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and bassist John Brown bring their big band Christmas show back to the Triangle this year.
Credit JAG Entertainment

Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and bassist John Brown bring their big band Christmas tunes back to the stage at Durham’s Carolina Theatre this Sunday, December 7.

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Education
10:58 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Guilford Schools Get New Tablets Countywide After Halting Program

Teachers and students say the new case (similar to an OtterBox) is part of the reason fewer tablets are breaking.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Students in Guilford County have tablet computers...again. The federally funded initiative first began in August of 2013, but school officials suspended the program weeks later after more than 10-percent of the devices broke. Now, middle school students have tablets from a different manufacturer.

At Jamestown Middle School several students surround a table in the media center. Their necks careen downward and their fingers move comfortably across glass screens. These tablets have games in math, social studies and science.

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Science & Technology
8:44 am
Fri December 5, 2014

North Carolina-Based Tech Nonprofit Beefs Up Broadband Access

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The high-tech nonprofit behind the North Carolina Research and Education Network is celebrating advances in broadband infrastructure. 

MCNC brings high speed Internet access to Universities, community colleges and the state's K-12 public schools. 

The organization's new President and CEO Jean Davis says the next step involves even faster connectivity.

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Environment
4:56 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Report: Offshore Wind Electricity Poised For Growth In NC

A windmill on Jennette's Pier in Nags Head.
Credit Dave DeWitt

 A new report from advocacy group Environment North Carolina says the state is under-utilizing its capacity to produce electricity from wind power.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, North Carolina has the most offshore wind potential of any Atlantic state.

If tapped, the report says offshore wind resources in the state could grow to power 2.5 million homes by 2030.

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Business & Economy
5:54 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Charlotte, NC: Take A Virtual Ride On The World's Tallest, Fastest Giga Rollercoaster (Video)

Artist rendering
Credit carowinds.com

Parts of the Fury-325 rollercoaster stand 20-feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. It took 400 trucks to haul the pieces to Carowinds in Charlotte, NC, and the critical "hill" was completed this week.

When the coaster opens this spring it will be the tallest and fastest of its kind in the world, reaching speeds of an astonishing 95 mph. What will the ride be like? Take a look:

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Politics & Government
3:55 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

NC State Officials Unveil Transportation Infrastructure Plan

North Carolina Southern Piedmont Region Rand McNally Map circa 1947
Credit Davecito via Flickr/Creative Commons

North Carolina's Department of Transportation has released a plan that would spend $15 billion on road construction, aviation and public transit projects through 2025.

The plan would use new standards under a new method approved by the General Assembly last year. Governor Pat McCrory said it's the right choice for the state:

"We're taking away the choke points which block access to rural and urban areas alike, to spur economic growth and create jobs. We're taking the politics out of road building and transportation so we're getting a bigger bang out of limited dollars."

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