7:29 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Duke Identifies Shortcomings In HIV Vaccine

HIV microscope image
Credit Duke University

Researchers at Duke University are using a flaw in an HIV vaccine in order to develop new formulas to fight off the virus. 

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The Story
6:02 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Cracks In The Building

Poster: The center of textile workers in Belgium (to reduce working hours)
Credit Credit: Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, BelgiumMusée Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Bangladesh’s garment factory collapse at Rana Plaza has put pressure on U.S. companies to respond.

Charles Kernaghan has been working for years to push companies and governments to prioritize the rights of workers in Bangladesh and elsewhere.

On this edition of The Story, he talks with host Dick Gordon about the string of recent tragedies and the complex web of forces that make change so difficult.

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Politics & Government
5:36 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Lawmakers Outline Details Of Tax Reform Plan

Credit NC General Assembly

Lawmakers in the state Senate have unveiled more details of their proposal to overhaul the state's tax code, though they haven't filed a bill yet. They propose lowering income tax rates significantly over the next three years. They also seek to lower the combined local and state sales tax to 6.5 percent.

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The State of Things
10:06 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Why Legislators Are Changing State Environmental Policy

The Seal of the State of North Carolina
Credit North Carolina Government / North Carolina

A variety of measures aimed at weakening environmental protections are making their way through the General Assembly. One would limit environmental regulations while another would repeal a six-year-old renewable energy policy. Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is changing its mission statement to reflect an emphasis on customer service, a move some call anti-science.

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9:58 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Triangle Non-Profit Donates 3,000 Filled Shoeboxes To Military Spouses

The Triangle-based non-profit Support Military Spouses is honoring the “other halves” of active duty soldiers with shoe boxes of appreciation  in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Three thousand shoe boxes will be filled with donated items that include watches, stationery, bibles, jewelry and lotion. Organization co-founder Diane Rumley says for this campaign, they've also included a guide to "Worry Free Living" that has tips on saving money and finding jobs.

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The State of Things
9:52 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Why Professional Wrestling Has Such Great Music

A Still From Barbecue Man Unleashed
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Classical music in wrestling

Paul Swartzel has always been a fan of professional wrestling. It all goes back to North Carolina’s own Nature Boy Ric Flair and his delightful entrance music: “Thus Spake Zarathustra.”

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Politics & Government
7:12 am
Tue May 7, 2013

House Lawmakers Tentatively Approve Relaxing Gun Laws

Credit Jessica Jones

State house lawmakers have given tentative approval to a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses, at sporting events and in businesses serving alcohol, among other places.

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Business & Economy
7:10 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Fishermen Speak Out At Public Forum On Game Fish Bill

Red Drum caught near Brant Island Shoals in the Pamlico Sound, NC
Credit Flickr user, creative commons

A controversial House bill that would cut off commercial catching of certain types of fish was the subject of public debate Monday.   Lawmakers would reclassify red drum, speckled trout and striped bass as game fish - only caught by recreational fishermen - if House Bill 983 becomes law.

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Musical interests led Bill Rice into radio during the early 80s. While in college at the University of New Haven he spent most of his time at the student run station, acting as Station Manager, Jazz Director and Jazz Jock, Bottle Washer and Hall Monitor. Perplexed at being finally ejected - after all, he had graduated, they told him - Bill moved to Baltimore, where he landed his first real radio job at a little AM outfit. A short time later Bill went to work recording chamber concerts for broadcast at WBJC-FM, the NPR station in Baltimore. Heââ

4:40 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Legislators Take Aim At Local School Boards

The General Assembly has targeted Wake and Guilford school boards for electoral changes.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Being on a school board is a little like being the head chef at the local Applebee’s. You don’t get to choose the ingredients and it’s not your recipe, but if someone doesn’t like the Bourbon Street Steak, you’re going to hear about it.

In other words, school boards in North Carolina have relatively little power but plenty of responsibility. And it’s been that way for a long time.

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