Environment
6:42 am
Thu March 28, 2013

NC To Test Air Above Potential Fracking Sites

A survey from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources shows natural gas deposits in central NC.
Credit NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources / ncdenr.org

State regulators plan to measure air quality above deposits of natural gas. North Carolina lawmakers are moving to ease regulations on hydraulic fracturing. 

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Health
5:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

System To Track Prescription Drugs Underused

Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

Prescription drug overdose kills an average of three people per day in North Carolina. 

Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill say a statewide system designed to reduce those numbers – North Carolina Controlled Substances Reporting System (CSRS) – is effective - but grossly underused.

CSRS went into effect in 2007, following a legislative mandate, but of the 34,000 providers authorized to prescribe controlled substances, only a third have registered with the CSRS, and fewer than half of those actually use it.

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Politics & Government
4:58 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Bill To Finance Charlotte Stadium Passes House

Bank of America stadium
Credit Bill Dickinson, Flickr, Creative Commons

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a measure that would help finance improvements to the Carolina Panthers' stadium in Charlotte.

The bill would give the city the flexibility to spend money collected from hotel and prepared food taxes for two options the city council has asked for. Charlotte Republican Ruth Samuelson is a sponsor of the measure.

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Business & Economy
5:14 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

NC Chamber Outlines Path To Economic Growth

The NC Chamber's plan to grow the economy has four main principals.
Credit NCChamber.net

Governor McCrory spoke Wednesday at a North Carolina Chamber event in Greensboro about how he believes the state can best grow the economy and create jobs. The Republican leader of the state offered five areas in which he says the most attention is needed. He also hinted that in the coming weeks he will propose significant reform to Medicaid and the tax code. 

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Arts & Culture
5:06 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

What Is North Carolina’s Sexiest City?

Greensboro skyline
Credit Scott Moore, Flickr, Creative Commons

Greensboro may have just gained a new downtown grocery storeand hosted this year's ACC Basketball Tournament, but according to some, it is still lacking in one area: sexiness. A new study from the online travel-dating site MissTravel.com dubs Greensboro as the number one least sexy city in America.

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Politics & Government
12:25 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Kay Hagan Announces Support For Gay Marriage

Kay Hagan
Credit hagan.senate.gov

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) announced Wednesday morning on facebook that she supports gay marriage.  The announcement comes on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court hears the opening arguments for the Defense Of Marriage Act.

“I have a great deal of respect for varying opinions on the issue,” she says.  “After much thought and prayer, I have come to my own personal conclusion that we shouldn’t tell people who they can love or who they can marry.”

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The State of Things
11:44 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Why Drones Could Be Coming To A County Near You

A MQ-9 Reaper drone.
Credit U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Ridgeway

A panel of experts weigh the pros and cons of the coming drone boom

North Carolina is vying to host one of six national test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.  The prospect of a burgeoning domestic drone industry in the state has some people excited.  But others are voicing concerns.

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Wed March 27, 2013

How To Know If You Have An Eating Disorder

Cynthia Bulick
Credit cynthiabulick.com

Frank Stasio talks to Cynthia Bulik, director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program

  At least 14 million people in the United States have an eating disorder, but they may not look the way you think. Popular culture characterizes young white girls as the main sufferers, but research shows that eating disorders are much more widespread than popularly thought. 

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The Story
10:20 am
Wed March 27, 2013

A Family Unmade And Made Again

Victor Checuga (seated) and Mike Checuga (standing)
Credit Family photo

Mike Checuga was a 25- year old white guy and Victor was a 10 year old black kid. Mike adopted Victor and his family did not approve. As Victor became a young man, he drifted away from his adoptive father, and struggled on his own.

Producers Alex Kotlowitz and Amy Drozdowska capture the unfolding connection between a man and his adopted son. 

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Business & Economy
8:23 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Still A Little Cold And Wet For NC Crops

Acres of corn in Greene County during the 2012 season.
Credit Greene County Extension

The cold, damp weather so far this spring is causing problems for North Carolina farmers trying to get crops into the ground.  Farmers say they can deal with the rain because of the most recent drought, but the cold is a problem.

Roy Thagard is a Field Crop Agent at the Greene County Cooperative Extension Office.  He says farmers haven’t been able to get the soil weeded and prepared for planting corn and tobacco.  Thagard says the soil needs to be 55 to 60 degrees for plants to germinate or sprout.

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