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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State Health Officials Predict Medicaid Shortfall Smaller Than Previous Years

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Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services say they still expect a Medicaid shortfall of between $120- and $140-million this year. They spoke before state lawmakers today in a committee meeting at the General Assembly.

They first predicted a shortfall of this size about three weeks ago, and it's less than budget overruns of previous years. Republican Representative Nelson Dollar of Cary says that's good news.

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Sports
4:36 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

One And Done: Duke's Jabari Parker Heads To The NBA

Duke freshman Jabari Parker says he'll take his talents to the NBA.
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Duke freshman basketball star Jabari Parker has decided to enter this year's NBA Draft.   A video on The Blue Devils' athletic website confirmed speculation that Parker would give up his final three years of eligibility. 

He led the team in scoring and rebounding this season.  Parker was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and to several national All-America teams.  Parker says making his decision took time because there were a lot of people offering him advice.
 

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The State Of Things
3:42 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Environmental Issues Update: The Future of NC Coal Ash, Fracking, And Jordan Lake

A Marcellus Shale drill rig in Pennsylvania used in the fracking process.
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WUNC capitol reporter Jorge Valencia talks about North Carolina environmental legislation

    

    

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission has finalized their recommendations on fracking in the state to the General Assembly. Critics argue the commission needs more time as the health effects of fracking are unknown. In addition, the state commission tasked with deciding the methods of Jordan Lake clean-up remains undecided on next steps. And Governor McCrory proposes legislation to close or convert the state’s 33 coal ash ponds. 

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Military
3:07 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Should Veterans Get In-State Tuition In NC?

A breakdown of states by veteran education assistance
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North Carolina is one of only eight states in the country where none of the state's schools offer in-state tuition or residency exemptions for veterans. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, the number of veterans living in the state is expected to balloon by as much as 60,000.

This presents an opportunity for the state to change course and join the rest of the country in training service members who have called North Carolina home while in the military, though are technically residents of the states from which they enlisted.

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The State of Things
12:35 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Primary Heats Up For North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District

District 2 in North Carolina
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As the primary election draws near, Host Frank Stasio is having a series of conversations with candidates running to unseat Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's 2nd District.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Secret World of Dr. Seuss

The Hat behind The Cat in the Hat
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Art curator Bill Dreyer talks about the secret world of Dr. Seuss

For many, Dr. Seuss is an icon of clever rhymes and fantastical children's book characters. But few people know he also created elaborate paintings and sculptures. Or that he had a room filled from floor to ceiling with hats. Curator Bill Dreyer describes one use Seuss had for the hats:

If a party was lagging a little bit, he would go into the hat closet, bring out hats, put them on people's heads and ask them to spend the rest of the evening in the persona they might expect the person wearing that hat would have.

 The touring "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss" exhibit includes paintings, sculptures and hats from Seuss' personal collection. The collection is on display at The Art Shop in Greensboro through April 19th. Dreyer believes Dr. Seuss is just beginning to receive the recognition he deserves as a fine artist:

Here we are, 23 years after Ted Geisel passed away and he's now really being considered a significant 20th century American artist because people are viewing his art as separate from... his most important legacy, children's literature.

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Health
10:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Mother And Disabled Daughter: Fierce Advocates At General Assembly Committee Meetings

Katie Short (far left in purple), mother Mary next to her.
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Every month, state lawmakers on the General Assembly’s Health and Human Services Oversight Committee hold meetings to talk about health policy in North Carolina. Legislators sit at the front of the room to discuss their agenda, as staff members, reporters, and lobbyists listen. But in the back of the room, a mother and daughter, Mary and Katie Short, who attend every single meeting keep their eye on things too.

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StoryCorps In Durham
9:41 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Captain Luke Mayer, Music Maker Relief Foundation, Is StoryCorps' First Durham Interview

Musician Captain Luke (right) is 88-years-old. He talked with Music Maker Relief Foundation's Tim Duffy
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The StoryCorps Mobile Booth opens today. The first very first interview was between the musician Captain Luke Mayer, and Tim Duffy of the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Captain Luke has a wonderful deep rich baritone. He came to music early in life. Music Maker has documented the story of his life and music:

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Health
7:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Why UNC Healthcare Is Cutting Back On Patients Temporarily

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UNC Healthcare has cut back the number of patients it's seeing at several of its facilities over the past two weeks. The hospital system is in the process of transitioning to a new electronic medical records system, and the cutbacks are part of anticipated roll-out period procedure.

The system, known as EPIC, is the same records software being implemented at Duke and Novant health systems. EPIC will allow patients to more seamlessly transition between the state's hospitals.

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