The State of Things
11:56 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Ritual And Time Travel

A selection of images and poems by husband and wife artist team Michael Platt and Carol Beane. Their exhibit “Ritual + Time Travel=Rebirth” is on view at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
Michael Platt and Carol Beane

Husband and wife artist team Michael Platt and Carol Beane co-create work that explores rites, rituals and the lives of people living on the margins of history.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Thu January 29, 2015

The Many Movements Of Branford Marsalis

The Branford Marsalis Quartet. From left to right: Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis, Branford Marsalis and Justin Faulkner

Branford Marsalis brings great music into the world in multiple ways: he plays it; he writes it; he produces in on his own record label; and he promotes it everywhere he goes. 

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Education
7:23 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Why Some NC School Districts Want To Authorize Their Own Charter Schools

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When North Carolina charter schools were first imagined in the mid 1990s, there were two big dreams: The first was to create something different, a sort of hotbed of innovation. The second was to take all of that new thinking – at least the stuff that worked – and share it with traditional public schools.

“But the second half of that never occurred,” said Jim Merrill, superintendent of Wake County Public Schools.

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Politics & Government
6:02 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Bill Would Allow Magistrates In N.C. To Choose Not To Marry Same-Sex Couples

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At the North Carolina State Legislature, Senate Leader Phil Berger introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow magistrates across North Carolina to opt-out of performing same-sex marriages. He wants government officials such as magistrates and registers of deeds, who object to same-sex marriage, to receive protection.

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Education
5:01 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

State Audit: NC Charter School Mismanaged Taxpayer Dollars

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A failed charter school in Lenoir County mismanaged hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the state auditor’s office.

Kinston Charter Academy received more than $600,000 of state money two months before it closed, even though it had received several citations for fiscal mismanagement over the years.

The audit says the funds were inappropriately used to cover expenses from the previous year, instead of going toward other public schools that students transferred to after Kinston closed.

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Politics & Government
4:56 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

'North Carolina Cannot Leave Rural Counties Behind'

Laurinburg, Scotland County, N.C.
Lance McCord Flickr/Creative Commons

The North Carolina Legislature is back in town and ready to get to work for the year.  During this "long session" lawmakers will likely take up a number of important topics including Medicaid and teacher pay.  But what do you do if you represent a county that is oftentimes overlooked?

Representative Ken Goodman does just that.  Goodman represents Scotland County which is in one of the poorest parts of the state.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Consequences Of Google Fiber

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Faster internet is coming to North Carolina. Tech giant Google announced it will build ultra-high-speed broadband networks in the Triangle and Charlotte areas. 

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

A New Stanza For NC Poetry

Shelby Stephenson (left) is North Carolina's new Poet Laureate.
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North Carolina's new poet laureate, Shelby Stephenson, will be installed Monday, February 2, 2015. 

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Technology
7:54 am
Wed January 28, 2015

No More Rumors! Google Fiber Is Coming To North Carolina

Google Fiber 'Triangle' van parked in downtown Raleigh.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The next cities to benefit from ultra-high-speed internet service will be in the southern United States.  Google Fiber announced yesterday it is bringing its super-fast access to Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and to the Raleigh-Durham area in the Triangle.

There have been rumors for weeks Google was about to make a big announcement. Michael Slinger, Director of Business Operations for Google Fiber made it official.

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Politics & Government
7:53 am
Wed January 28, 2015

NC Attorney General Knocks GOP Lawmakers

Credit N.C. Democratic Party

Attorney General Roy Cooper says he'll continue to criticize Republican policies during the legislative session that begins Wednesday, hinting once again hinting that he might run for governor in 2016.  
 

At a luncheon held by the women’s group Lillian's List, Cooper told a few hundred Democrats that he supports issues such as abortion rights and expanding Medicaid in North Carolina.

He hasn't announced his candidacy for governor, but he’s widely seen as the most likely Democrat to try to unseat Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

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