Environment
10:06 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Aquatic Plant Pest Spreads To Eastern NC

A stem of the hydrilla plant. Biologists say the invasive aquatic weed is spreading to bodies of fresh water on the Coastal Plain.
Credit Reinaldo Aguilar / Flickr Creative Commons

An invasive plant called hydrilla is spreading from the Piedmont toward lakes near the coast. 

Biologists say the aquatic weed first found in Wake County is now on river banks in northeastern North Carolina and in lakes near Wilmington.  Dr. Rob Richardson is a crop science professor at N.C. State University.  He says the plant grows in thick patches, which can cause problems in drinking water supplies.

"Large mats have, at times, clogged turbines," says Richardson.

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Arts & Culture
6:18 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Gullah Geechee Corridor Plan Gets Federal Blessing

Restoration of a seashore farmer's lodge along the Gullah Geechee corridor.
Credit gullahgeecheecorridor.org

Preservationists are welcoming federal approval of a management plan to preserve areas steeped in Gullah Geechee culture.  The U.S. Department of the Interior says the effort to promote cities and towns in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida is ready to be put into action.

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Politics & Government
6:07 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Senate Bill Would Abolish Regional Economic Development Commissions

Credit NC General Assembly

A bill that would abolish regional economic development commissions has tentatively passed the state Senate.

The measure would dissolve all seven of the state's commissions. The Department of Commerce would then send at least one employee to work in one of eight newly created economic zones.

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Arts & Culture
2:50 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Duke's Hartman Center Explores Episode 7

"Give him the children's aspirin more doctors recommend"
Repository: Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

This is a weekly column written by the Hartman Center, part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library that studies advertising history. Each Monday they dig through their archive to find ads for items referenced in the latest Mad Men episode. Here is this week's column (originally posted on their blog) written by Jacqueline Wachholz and the Hartman Center.

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The Story
12:33 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

As Politicians Talk Tightening Gun Laws, Charlotte Gun Store Sells Like It's The Holidays

Larry Hyatt
Credit Briana Duggan

In the weeks after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School this past December, President Obama began talking about tightening gun control – and firearm sales boomed. Larry Hyatt runs Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, N.C., and he says that he’s seeing a growing demand for "high capacity" guns and that he’s selling as much as he would over Christmas. He stocks 7,000 guns in his store, making it one of the biggest in the country. He tells host Dick Gordon about the one thing he’d like to see changed in Washington.

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The State Of Things
11:56 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Duke Professor Carries On Tradition Of Black Radical Poetry

Fred Moten
Credit http://english.duke.edu / Duke University

Fred Moten grew up in a home and in a time where revolution was not portrayed as a romantic dream for the future, but a vital necessity for survival. He was raised in Las Vegas in the late '60s and '70s by a family who understood the need for change.

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Health
7:02 am
Mon May 13, 2013

North Carolina Free Health Clinics In Flux

Donations sign on the front window of the Warren County Free Clinic in Warrenton.
Credit Leoneda Inge

North Carolina has one of the best networks of free clinics in the country.  Support from funders like the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation has helped take care of some of the state’s neediest patients; those who don’t qualify for Medicare of Medicaid.  Warren County – northeast of Raleigh – is home to one of the busiest free clinics in North Carolina.  But funding cuts have resulted in less service at a crucial time in the nation’s health care fight.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Two Public Hearings Scheduled For Alcoa’s Yadkin Dam Operations

Alcoa's Narrows Dam with Badin Lake in the background.
Credit Nancy Pierce Photo / DO NOT USE

Two public hearings are scheduled this week in the ongoing fight over whether Alcoa should be allowed to continue operating dams on the Yadkin River. 

The hydroelectric dams are about 60 miles south of the Triad, and they powered Alcoa’s aluminum plant in Badin for decades. The factory is now closed, but Alcoa is seeking another 50-year federal license to operate the dams and sell the electricity on the open market.

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Rebecca Plevin is a reporter for Valley Public Radio. Before joining the station, she was the community health reporter for Vida en el Valle, the McClatchy Company's bilingual newspaper in California's San Joaquin Valley. She earned the George F. Gruner Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism and the McClatchy President's Award for her work at Vida, as well as honors from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Plevin grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker, a certified yoga teacher, and an avid rock-climber.

Law
9:53 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Eight Inmates File Lawsuit Over Alleged Abuse At Central Prison

Central Prison in Raleigh
Credit Dept. of Public Safety

Advocates have filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of some state prison inmates. The eight inmates at Central Prison in Raleigh wrote letters to attorneys with the state's Prisoner Legal Services agency saying officers beat them while they were restrained.  

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