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4:55 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Supreme Price: A Return To Nigeria -- Shown In Full Frame

Hafsat Abiola is the subject of the new documentary film 'The Supreme Price'

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has begun in Durham.  One of the films making its world premiere is The Supreme Price, which follows the return of Hafsat Abiola back to her home country of Nigeria.   Hafsat Abiola is the daughter of the former president of Nigeria, M.K.O Abiola and Kudirat Abiola,  who spoke out boldly against political corruption in that country in the 1990’s and ultimately lost her life because of it.

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Cape Point
2:40 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Cape Point Closed To Off-Road Vehicles

Cape Point, south of Buxton
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One of the most popular sections of the Cape Hatteras seashore is off limits for vehicles for the next few months. The Cape Point area south of Buxton is the migratory home to the piping plover, a nationally- recognized threatened species.

In 2011, the park service implemented a vehicle management plan that requires a 75 foot buffer zone be put up to prevent off-roaders from driving near the birds.

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The State Of Things
12:16 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Effects Of Coal Ash On Local Industries

Cattle. Farmers near the Dan River coal ash spill are worried about the effects on their herds.
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Debate over the clean-up of the February coal ash spill that dumped nearly 39,000 tons of potentially toxic waste in the Dan River last February continues. The full effects on tourism and agriculture are not fully known and environmentalists continue to debate the best methods of clean-up. At the same time, a federal investigate examines the relationship between Duke Energy and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC's Greensboro Bureau chief Jeff Tiberii about the latest. 

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The State of Things
11:09 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Albie Sachs Takes Soft Vengeance

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa

A conversation with lawyer and activist Albie Sachs and film maker Abby Ginzberg

    

Lawyer and freedom fighter Albie Sachs is one of the lesser-known heroes of South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. He spent time incarcerated and years in exile before nearly dying from a car bomb. 

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The State Of Things
11:04 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Take Me Out To The Ballgame: Opening Day In NC

Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Wikipedia

The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. - Terrance Mann, Field of Dreams

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

'It's Really Inspiring To Hear Someone Who's Chosen Teaching Because It's The Right Thing To Do'

East Chapel Hill High School social studies teacher Brian Link and juniors Hannah Schanzer and Leah Meshnick
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WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

WUNC's My Teacher series continues at East Chapel Hill High School, where we asked Hannah Schanzer and Leah Meshnick to interview a teacher who stands out to them.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Takes Over Durham

The Full Frame Theater at Durham's American Tobacco Historic District is where some of this year's documentaries will be seen.
Credit Gurnal Scott

Documentary film enthusiasts are in downtown Durham today through Sunday for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  City leaders like the business. 

There could easily be an extra 12,000 to 13,000 people packed in a few city blocks because of Full Frame.

“And they’ll be laughing and smiling and talking about the films that they’ve seen.  It’s really a great, great event.”

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Politics & Government
10:26 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

State Elections Officials Investigating Possible Double Voting

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State elections officials say they're investigating 765 cases of voters who could have gone to the polls in two states, including North Carolina. The numbers come from a national crosscheck of voters that compares records in 28 states. State lawmakers mandated participation in the program last year. Kim Strach is the executive director of the state Board of Elections.

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Education
7:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Crime, Dropouts, Suspensions Down In NC Public Schools

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Crime, violence, dropout rates and out-of-school suspensions declined across North Carolina public schools last school year, according to a report released by state education officials.

The report shows 10,630 reported acts of school crime and violence last school year, a 4.8 percent decrease from the 11,161 acts in 2011-12. The most common reported acts involve illegal possession of drugs or alcohol, weapons or assault.

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Carl Kasell
4:23 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Happy 80th, Carl!

Happy 80th birthday, Carl Kasell!
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Today, April 2, is Carl Kasell's 8oth birthday. Many happy returns!

Carl was among the students that helped start WUNC in the 1950s when the station first went on the air in Swain Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. And, while he has announced his retirement from "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," you'll still hear his voice on the program for the next few months.

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