Politics & Government
8:37 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Congressman Watt Chosen For Federal Housing Post

Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC)
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

President Barack Obama has tapped a North Carolina elected official for a federal post for the second time this week.   On Wednesday, he nominated Charlotte congressman Mel Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency

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Sports
6:26 am
Thu May 2, 2013

NC Sports Hall Of Fame Adds 11 New Faces, Two New Sports

Carolina Hurricanes legend Ron Francis is the first hockey player to enter the NC Sports Hall of Fame.
Credit Benjamin Reed / Flickr Creative Commons

Eleven new members are set to join the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.  Thursday night's induction ceremony and banquet marks the museum's 50th anniversary. 

Hall of Fame executive director Don Fish says the class of 2013 includes hockey legend Ron Francis, who retired a year before the Carolina Hurricanes won their first and only championship.

"It changed the face of sports in North Carolina," Fish says.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Greensboro Looks For A Million Dollar Idea

Greensboro
Credit Scott Moore, Flickr, Creative Commons

Greensboro is seeking applications for a $1 million federal grant, designed to grow the local economy.

Leaders in Greensboro are accepting submissions for a federal grant that will award one million dollars for an innovative plan.  The winning idea is supposed to help the city’s economy by designing a way to improve long-term job prospects.  Organizers admit they’re being purposely vague to see what kind of submissions they get to develop the city.  A panel of about 20 people that will ultimately chose the winning entry, met for the first time on Wednesday.

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The Story
6:41 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

How To Catch A Killer (Using The Crowds)

Credit Flickr user Vince Alongi

From 1976 to 1986, a violent criminal terrorized communities across California. He became known as the Golden State Killer, and was linked to at least 50 rapes and 10 murders. For years, his whereabouts were hazy.

Then, the writer Michelle McNamara started the blog True Crime Diary, where she and a community of fellow obsessives started piecing together clues that had long been passed over by authorities.

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Education
12:04 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Duke Puts Brakes On Online Courses

Duke is ending its contract with Semester Online.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Duke University has dropped out of a consortium of schools that will offer for-credit online courses. Duke faculty made the decision last week in a close vote.

In ending Duke’s participation in the Semester Online program, faculty on the Arts and Sciences Council said the decision to offer for-credit online courses had not been fully vetted by them. Some faculty members also expressed concern over the partner universities not being as highly-ranked as Duke.

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Movie Shows Potential Future of Capitalism

Leaders of a cooperative featured in Shift Change
Credit https://www.facebook.com/shiftchangemovie / Shift Change

In America, corporations are king. It’s hard to even think about capitalism without the corporate system that keeps it flowing here in the United States. A movie called "Shift Change" wants to transform the way you think about the economy. It highlights worker-owned businesses in North America and Spain that flip the paradigm of corporate control on its head.

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The State of Things
11:10 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Author Sheds Light On Realities Of Mental Illness

The Seventh Angel By Alex McKeithen
Credit http://www.theseventhangelbook.com/

When Alex McKeithen was a junior at Davidson College in the late '80s, his life changed. He was visiting Paris and studying art when one day he found himself stripping naked in public and proclaiming himself the seventh angel of the apocalypse. It was the beginning of an undiagnosed episode of bipolar disorder, and that experience is the focus of his memoir, "The Seventh Angel" (Lorimer Press/2012).

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The Story
10:16 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Locked Up In A Modern-Day Debtors’ Prison

Prisoners Exercising by Vincent van Gogh
Credit Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia

Most of us don’t expect to be sent to jail for failure to pay our parking tickets. But in several counties across Ohio, courts are jailing men and women who cannot afford to pay their fines.

Dick Gordon, host of The Story, speaks with Jack Dawley, who’s been to jail three times for failure to pay. He says he’s never seen a judge or been given any opportunity to explain to a judge that he simply cannot afford to pay.

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Health
10:06 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Wilkes Co. Program To Curb Drug Overdose Deaths Goes Statewide

Credit Community Care NC

In 2009, Wilkes County in the northwestern part of the state had the 4th highest rate of prescription drug overdose deaths in the country. Two years later, those numbers dropped by 68 percent. That's because of a program called Project Lazarus, which is now going to be implemented statewide.

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Environment
7:52 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Greensboro Awaits First Draft Of New Tree Ordinance

Stumps like this one have become more common in Greensboro neighborhoods. Duke energy says it cuts when necessary. Residents think the company is being too aggressive.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Some residents in Greensboro are eagerly awaiting the details of a proposed tree ordinance. A city council subcommittee finished the draft for the ordinance this week, but it has not yet been made public.

The new measure comes in response to a dispute between property owners and Duke Energy over the company’s practice of cutting trees.  Nancy Vaughan is an at-large City Council member who helped write the ordinance draft.

"We were able to protect private property as well as public right of way," says  Vaughan.

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