Politics & Government
10:02 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Could NC Soon Have A Pepsi-Cola Ferry Line?

Chicamacomico Ferry
Credit NC DOT

A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill that would allow for sponsorship of ferry lines along the North Carolina coast.

Last year the state’s seven ferry lines ran a deficit of more than $30 million. The ferry system is consistently in the red, and fuel costs are only making it worse. Leaders have discussed raising fares, but a new bill would avoid that by seeking about $4 million in sponsorship from large corporations. Think the Pepsi-Cola line instead of Hatteras-Ocracoke.

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Politics & Government
9:05 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Governor's Office Eliminates Latino Affairs Office

Credit Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory's office says it no longer has a staff member devoted to Hispanic affairs.  The governor's staff says the duties of the state's Latino office will go to another office that handles all contact with state residents.

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Law
7:49 am
Tue April 2, 2013

North Carolina Steps Up Crackdown On Internet Sweepstakes Parlors

Credit Pete Labrozzi via Flickr, Creative Commons

Police and prosecutors are working to enforce a state Supreme Court ruling that outlaws web-based sweepstakes games.    The justices' ruling last December upheld a law passed two years earlier by the General Assembly.  Since then, sheriff's departments have had the backing of prosecutors and Attorney General Roy Cooper in conducting stings to shut down the industry.

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The Story
1:44 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Why A Hospital Would Charge $400 For A Tylenol, And How You Can Get A Better Price

'The Sick Child' by Edvard Munch
Credit Wikimedia

The next time you get an outrageous hospital bill, don’t get worked up. Take a breath and negotiate.

For a good strategy, listen to Pat Palmer, who knows how to land the best price for services rendered. And she’s seen it all: from $400 bills for a single Tylenol, to a teddy bear masquerading as a very expensive "cough support device."

Pat, who has worked for an insurance company, shares her tricks for finding savings in the fine print of a hospital bill.

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The State of Things
10:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Sci-Fi Publisher Leaves Catholic Faith For Fantastic Worlds

Jim Minz
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Jim Minz, senior editor at Baen Publishing, discusses his life and the evolution of book publishing

Jim Minz’s childhood in small-town West Bend, Wisconsin prepared him for two things: game shows and science fiction.

West Bend was home to the West Bend Company – the maker of small appliances which were regularly featured as consolation prize on game shows.

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Business & Economy
10:14 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Bridge Construction Means Lengthy Detour To OBX

West side of the Alligator River Bridge
NC DOT

A major highway in eastern North Carolina will be closed for two weeks while crews work on a bridge to the Outer Banks, adding an hour’s drive for people headed to or from the area. The state DOT says Highway 64 will be closed at the Alligator River drawbridge for two weeks, starting tomorrow.  That means drivers will have to take Highway 264 to the south or Highway 17 to the north to get to Manteo.

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Sports
9:46 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Duke Women Advance To Elite 8, Men Out

Liston makes it a 7-7 tie
Credit DWHoops.com

The Duke women's basketball team has made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.  The Blue Devils defeated Nebraska last night, 53-45, despite shooting just 33 percent from the field. Coach Joanne McCallie says her team offset that by holding Nebraska to just 30 percent.

“We play very good defense and we did today,” said McCallie.  “I think that was the difference for our team.  Some of the stops we made, I thought, were very critical.  To hold a Nebraska team to 45 points, that's a very good thing for us to do.”

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Education
5:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Federal Investigators At UNC This Week

UNC Sophomore Landen Gambill is one of five women who filed a complaint that alleges UNC-Chapel Hill violated the Clery Act.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Federal investigators will be at UNC-Chapel Hill this week. They are on campus to investigate claims that the University under-reported sexual assault cases. 

The investigation stems from a complaint filed by three current students, a former student, and a former administrator. They say UNC-Chapel Hill violated the Clery Act by under-reporting the number of sexual assault cases in 2010.

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Tracy Samilton covers the auto beat for Michigan Radio. She has worked for the station for 12 years, and started out as an intern before becoming a part-time and, later, a full-time reporter. Tracy's reports on the auto industry can frequently be heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as on Michigan Radio. She considers her coverage of the landmark lawsuit against the University of Michigan for its use of affirmative action a highlight of her reporting career.

Tracy graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. Before beginning her journalism career, she spent time working as a legal assistant at various firms in the Ann Arbor area.

Brian Hardzinski grew up in Flower Mound, Texas but came to the University of Oklahoma for college. He began his career at KGOU as an unpaid student intern assisting with various production and operations tasks, before spending two years producing and hosting Assignment: Radio and occasionally filling in during All Things Considered. Brian returned to KGOU as the Operations and Public Service Announcement Director in January 2009. Brian’s past work with KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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