Environment
5:13 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

New Emissions Standards Could Make Natural Gas Cheaper Than Coal

Riverbend Steam Station, a coal-fired generating facility in Gaston County, NC, will be retired by 2015. It is run by Duke Energy.
Credit Duke Energy via Flickr, Creative Commons

A new study from Duke University says new air quality standards could spur a shift away from coal power to natural gas as a means of generating electricity.  A natural gas boom has already made it almost as cheap as coal to turn into electricity, but when researchers factored in new emissions standards from the Environmental Protection Agency, they found that most coal electricity will become as expensive as gas, even if gas prices rise.

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Science & Technology
3:48 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

New App To Aid Teen Drivers & Their Parents

A teen driver.
Credit State Farm Insurance, via Flickr, Creative Commons

Teaching a teenager to drive can be a scary experience for both teens and parents. But a new iPhone app developed by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and the Center for the Study of Young Drivers aims to lessen that anxiety by helping teens and parents log driving time and meet driving goals before the teen applies for a driver’s license.

The app is called Time to Drive, and it’s rooted in research showing that many teens do not receive adequate driving practice in a variety of potentially challenging conditions, such as on interstates, at night, in heavy traffic, or in poor weather. The app can monitor driving time and keep track of road conditions and routes, allowing parents and teens to meet certain driving goals during the learning process.

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As music director Steve Brown curates and selects the classics you hear during our daytime music programing. 

As a musician, Steve serves as a conductor of the Blacksburg Community Band and is Choir Director for his church. He has also written the book, music, lyrics and orchestrations for musicals ("The Prisoner Of Zenda" and "Road To Paradise"). The Roanoke Symphony will premiere his âââââââ

The State of Things
10:40 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Goolsby Defends Potential Racial Justice Act Repeal

Senator Thom Goolsby, Republican, is the primary sponsor of a bill repealing the Racial Justice Act
Credit thomgoolsby.com

An in-depth look at the Racial Justice Act

This week the North Carolina Senate voted along party lines to repeal the Racial Justice Act. Also in the legislation are measures designed to restart executions, which have been unofficially on hold in the state since 2006.

Critics contend that eliminating the Racial Justice Act will prevent those unfairly sentenced to death because of racial bias from getting justice. More than 150 people in the state are awaiting execution.

Republican Senator Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County sponsored the legislation repealing the Racial Justice Act, and he said on The State of Things that the Act isn’t necessary.

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The State of Things
10:13 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Band Keeps Soul Alive Through Musical Expression

The Third Expression
Credit reverbnation.com

Host Frank Stasio talks with The Third Expression and they perform live

  The Third Expression is an interesting hodgepodge of genres -- jazz, roots music and country -- and they only hit the Durham scene about two years ago.

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Environment
9:35 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Which NC Roadside Has The Best Wildflowers?

Best Overall Division Wildflower Program - 1st Place - Div 4
NC DOT

When it comes to deciding on the best roadside blooms, North Carolina has a lot of options to choose from. Each year, the N.C. Department Of Transportation Wildflower Awards are given to the most eye-popping flower beds across the state and to the division with the best overall wildflower program. On Wednesday in Raleigh, Governor Pat McCrory and NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata announced the 2012 winners and recognized the contributions of two individuals – former Governor Jim Martin and former First Lady Dottie Martin – for their contribution to the Wildflower Program.

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The Story
7:24 am
Fri April 5, 2013

How The Loyola Ramblers, 1963 NCAA Champions, Changed The Color Of College Basketball

The Loyola Chicago Ramblers played against Cincinnati in the 1963 N.C.A.A. tournament title game.
Credit Ramblers

The 1963 NCAA Championship game was much more than a battle to decide the best college basketball team in America. It was a loud statement the civil rights movement had begun.

Jerry Harkness was the African American captain of the Loyola Chicago Ramblers.  He tells Dick Gordon about the moment he realized he was part of history, and about his anticipation now of his induction into the NCAA Hall of Fame.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Survey Predicts Slow Growth For NC Businesses

Small business owners in North Carolina are more optimistic about their companies, but hiring remains stagnant.  A survey released yesterday from PNC Financial says nearly 30 percent of North Carolina businesses report that they are optimistic about their prospects for the next six months.  That's up from 15 percent last fall.  But PNC economist Mekael Teshome says the state's business outlook reflects the slow growth nationwide.

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

House Lawmakers Unveil Voter ID Bill

ID card
Credit edmv-ddl.dot.state.nc.us

Republican House Explains Voter ID Bill

Republican leaders in the state House have unveiled details of their long-awaited Voter ID bill.

The measure would require most North Carolinians to bring photo identification with them to the polls, beginning in 2016. It would allow residents to use a number of different kinds of IDs in order to vote.
Republican Speaker of the House Thom Tillis told a news conference earlier today that weeks of discussions have gone into creating this bill.

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Military
4:51 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Fort Bragg To Phase Out Harming Animals In Army Training

Medics in training at Fort Bragg
Credit Sgt. April de Armas/82nd CAB, Fort Bragg

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) alleges that at least 300 goats are killed and maimed at Fort Bragg each month for medical training.  Now activists are applauding signs the army may be starting to the change the way soldiers are trained for trauma response. According to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress has required the military to lay out a timeline to phase out the use of animals for training purposes.

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