Politics & Government
7:37 am
Tue April 23, 2013

State Senate Passes Bill To Revamp Wake County School Board

Credit NC General Assembly

State lawmakers in the Senate have approved a bill that would change how leaders of the Wake County school board are elected.

Senate Bill 325 would scrap the current boundaries for board seats. It would also move board elections from odd to even-numbered years, when voters choose their representatives in Congress and the General Assembly.

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Altman came to St. Louis Public Radio from Dallas where she hosted All Things Considered and reported north Texas news at KERA. Altman also spent several years in Illinois: first in Chicago where she interned at WBEZ; then as the Morning Edition host at WSIU in Carbondale; and finally in Springfield, where she earned her graduate degree and covered the legislature for Illinois Public Radio.

Fracking North Carolina
5:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Fracking North Carolina: What Do We Do With The Waste?

Ed Harris on his farm in Lee County.
Credit Richard Ziglar

The price of natural gas has fallen to all time lows and is replacing dirtier fuels like coal.  So why are environmentalists so concerned about drilling for natural gas here in North Carolina?  The process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used to release the gas from the surrounding shale rock brings with it its own environmental problems including massive amounts of wastewater. This is the second story in our “Fracking North Carolina” series.

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Science & Technology
5:24 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

A New App Challenges Wake Tech To Be More Sustainable

Butch Grove, Wake Tech’s associate vice president of creativity, sustainability and college improvement, announces Joulebug.
Credit Wake Tech

Wake Tech Community College is backing up its commitment to sustainability with the launch of a new partnership with JouleBug, a mobile app customized for its students. The free JouleBug app was created in Raleigh and gives users points, pins, and rewards for making sustainable choices – like taking shorter showers, recycling, or eating on campus to reduce vehicle emissions.

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Education
4:13 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Bill Would Limit School Board Options

Credit Dave DeWitt

A change may be coming to how local school boards and boards of county commissioners negotiate over school funding. 

Local county commissioners control the purse strings in all 115 of the state’s school districts. Often, the school boards and county commissioners disagree over the amount of money allocated to schools.

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The State of Things
3:28 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Local Filmmaker Takes Over Reality TV

Figure 8 Films Production About Twins Conjoined At The Head
Figure 8 Films Production About Twins Conjoined At The Head Figure 8 Films

Film maker and founder of Figure 8 Films, Bill Hayes, talks about his life and career.

Bill Hayes is the founder of Figure 8 Films, a Carrboro production company which created hits like "Jon & Kate Plus 8," "Nineteen Kids and Counting," and "Sister Wives."

Hayes grew up on a chicken, tobacco and dairy farm in the quiet town of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. When colleagues and friends told him he was crazy for starting a production company in North Carolina, he said, "why not?" Bill Hayes joins host Frank Stasio to discuss his success as a documentarian, producer and director.

The Story
2:44 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

How Social Media Helped Inform (And Misinform) During The Boston Bombing Manhunt

People used social media to spread information about the Boston Bombings investigation.
Credit The Story

As news of the Boston Marathon bombings emerged, people at the scene took pictures, tweeted and shared police wanted posters on their phones.

On this edition of The Story, guest host Sean Cole sits down with Brooke Gladstone, host of NPR's On the Media, to figure out what people got right and what they got wrong. She says it’s normal for people to want to know everything right away, but that stories have to be in context and checked out.

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Fracking North Carolina
7:33 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Fracking North Carolina: Why Now?

Butler #3 natural gas well in Lee County.
Credit Ray Covington

In the first story in our Fracking North Carolina series, Richard Ziglar looks at why some people in North Carolina want to drill for gas now, and what it may mean for the state.

North Carolina has never been a player in natural gas production, but that could change thanks to a new extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Fracking involves cracking shale rock to release natural gas so that it can be pumped out of the ground. This story is the first in a special “Fracking North Carolina” series. 

There’s a North Carolina sound that only a few dozen people have ever heard: gas escaping from a well in Lee County.

Standing in front of a well called Butler #3, you can see that it’s a shut-in well, which means it’s been capped with something called a “Christmas tree.” The Christmas tree is only about five feet tall; it’s painted green and it has three shut-off valves coming out of it. It’s set up this way so people can come back and attach pipes to it, but it has been shut off since the 1990s.

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Health
7:31 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Fayetteville Identifies With PTSD After A Traumatic Experience

Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Credit Aaron 'tango' Tang via Flickr, Creative Commons

Mental health experts in Fayetteville are hosting a community forum on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder a week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

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Environment
5:01 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Progress Energy A Top Producer Of Solar Power Nationwide

One of Progress Energy's solar energy farms in San Antonio, Texas.
Credit Duke Energy/Progress Energy

The North Carolina utility company Progress Energy is among the nations leaders in solar production. Last year the utility company produced almost 70 megawatts of new solar generating capacity. The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) says that’s the 8th highest output of all U.S. utility companies.

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