Sports
7:07 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Lady Tar Heels Head To Sweet 16

Credit University of North Carolina Athletics

This photo from Carolina Athletics says it all:

The photo was first shared on Facebook with a caption that reads: "How sweet it is! Carolina got the win over Michigan State and is headed to the Sweet 16!"

More about the game and the NCAA championship here. Or follow the team's journey in the tourney on Facebook.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

State's Proposal To Overhaul Medicaid Has Advocates Hopeful

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Members of the General Assembly’s Health and Human Services committee are scheduled to meet today in Raleigh. One of the biggest tasks the committee faces is reforming Medicaid- the program that provides health care for people in poverty.

Earlier this year, state officials seemed to be advocating for a move to managed care. But a new proposal recently put forth by state health officials would build on the state’s current system of treating Medicaid patients.

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yMusic
3:24 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Setting The Shuttle Launch To Music

yMusic rehearses while in residency at Duke
Credit Eric Oberstein / Duke Performances

Scott Lee grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida. Once in a while, on a clear night, at the right time of year, he could walk outside, look 150 miles to the East, and see the glow of a shuttle launch from Cape Canaveral.

"As they rise upwards, they kind of start to curve," Lee said. " And it's a really interesting phenomenon, because they're still just going straight up. But to you, it looks like they're coming back down. So you start to wonder... 'Is something wrong?' "

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Arts & Culture
2:55 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

This Man Made A Version Of The Trevi Fountain In Cardboard, And Then Let It Be Destroyed

The real Trevi Fountain
Sean MacEntee Flickr/Creative Commons

Jimmy Grashow first saw Rome’s Trevi Fountain in the mid-sixties, when he studied in Italy as a young sculptor. The fountain was originally designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and his marble horses and gods of the sea tower 85 feet above the crowds of tourists.  Grashow was hooked and he kept that image of the fountain in the back of his mind.

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

How Lessons Learned From DPAC May Help Help The New Performing Arts Center In Greensboro

This rendering is of a proposed design for the performing arts center in Greensboro. The project is expected to break ground before the end of 2014.
Credit City of Greensboro

Plans for a new downtown performing arts center in Greensboro are moving forward. City officials and fundraisers finalized an agreement this month about construction and operation details for "The Steven B. Tanger Center For The Performing Arts". A ground-breaking could take place this fall. The building is expected to host Broadway shows and co-exist with a state-of-the-art venue just down the road, Durham's Performing Arts Center (DPAC.)

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Education
1:06 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

450 Teachers Will Get Bonuses To Share What They Know

Credit Carol Jackson

Governor Pat McCrory says he plans to reward more than 400 teachers with bonuses in exchange for sharing their techniques. 

The plan is called the Governor's Teacher Network. Teachers apply and those who are selected will serve for one year as content experts and facilitators.

Those 450 teachers will get a bonus of $10,000 dollars each for sharing their best work with their colleagues. The money comes from a federal Race to The Top grant that is meant to improve teaching and learning in North Carolina.

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The State of Things
10:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Triad News Update

Greensboro skyline
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WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii talks about Greensboro development plans and the latest on the coal ash spill

  

 The Greensboro City Council approved a plan directing $65 million toward the development of a performing arts center in Greensboro. Similar venues in Durham and Charlotte have brought revenue and recognition to the cities. Greensboro leaders hope their investment will yield similar rewards. 

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The State of Things
9:56 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Writing About War

Veteran salutes other veterans
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A conversation with two of the Veterans Writing Collective co-founders: Paul Stroebel and Rebecca King

  

The complexities of war do not fit neatly into a poem or a novel. Writers grapple with how to address conflict responsibly, honestly and creatively. An April 12th panel at the North Carolina Writers' Network Spring Conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will examine the challenges of writing about war. 

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The State of Things
9:52 am
Tue March 25, 2014

New Songs With Old Roots

Bruce Piephoff's new album is Soft Soap Purrings
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Bruce Piephoff talks about his new album and performs live with dobro player Aaron Ballance

  

Bruce Piephoff's music draws inspiration from the Appalachian tradition of story and character-centered songs. The poet, guitarist and singer released a new album, "Soft Soap Purrings" earlier this year. 

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Business & Economy
9:01 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Durham Mayor: New Ideas To Shrink Poverty, One Neighborhood At A Time

Durham Mayor Bill Bell has launched a campaign to decrease poverty in the city.
Credit durham.gov

Durham Mayor Bill Bell has set in motion his campaign to reduce poverty. 

Bell said Durham has a lot of resources: good universities, a creative class, and a growing number of jobs. He believes that by using UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies data about distressed neighborhoods, surveying residents, and planning area specific solutions, this push could make a difference.

“Poverty is an issue that I think we should be able to deal with in this community in a much more collaborative way than we're doing now,” said Bell.

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