Politics & Government
10:15 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

NCDOT Does A U-Turn, No 'Pink' Licenses

The newly-redesigned driver's license the DMV plans to issue to immigrants in the federal DACA program.
Credit NCDOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has made an about face and is abandoning its controversial decision to add a bold pink stripe across the top of new driver licenses for young immigrants.  A news release issued Thursday afternoon by the state DOT confirms that the Division of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing driver licenses on Monday, March 25, 2013 for immigrants qualifying under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  But the attached ‘final’ image of the driver license no longer has the pink stripe or the words ‘No Lawful Status’ printed in large type.

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The State of Things
5:31 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

One Step Closer To Scrapping Dix Park Deal

Grounds of the Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh
Credit Dave DeWitt

Frank Stasio talks with a panel of experts about Dorothea Dix and other events in the days news

A Senate committee has passed a measure  that would void a deal signed three months ago to turn Raleigh's Dix hospital site into a destination park.

The Senate Appropriations Committee would void a 99-year lease signed amid great fanfare by the mayor of Raleigh and former Governor Bev Perdue. Under the deal, the city would pay $500,000 a year plus yearly adjustments to lease the land.

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The Story
12:22 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Kidnapped During Argentina's Dirty War, Writer Tells The Untellable

Credit The Little School

Alicia Partnoy tells guest host Sean Cole about the Little School, the secret prison in Argentina where she was held in 1977.

The choice of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires to become pope has brought waves of memories from the period in Argentina called the Dirty War. Citizens protesting the military coup and junta were kidnapped and disappeared. Tens of thousands died and it was only in the past few years that military members were tried.

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Arts & Culture
12:21 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Remembering The Indian Tribe Driven From NC 300 Years Ago

The Colonel James Moore map of Fort Nooherooka.
South Carolina Historical Society

Three hundred years ago this week, European colonialists in what is now eastern North Carolina fought a battle that devastated an American Indian tribe. A symposium at East Carolina University marks the anniversary of the 1713 battle, in which European settlers attacked a stronghold of the Tuscarora tribe called Fort Nooherooka.  Nearly a thousand Tuscarora Indians were captured or killed, forcing the remaining tribe members to migrate to New York. 

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Politics & Government
11:41 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Flood Insurance Rates To Rise Dramatically On NC Coast

A vacation home on the Outer Banks after super-storm Sandy.
Credit Don McCullough, via Flickr, Creative Commons

Flood insurance rates are set to go up for people who own property along the North Carolina coast.  Congress approved the rate increase last year after the National Flood Insurance Program had to borrow money to pay damage claims in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Super-storm Sandy. 

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The State of Things
9:51 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Finds Stories In Greensboro

Bruce Piephoff performing.
Credit brucepiephoff.net

Bruce Piephoff and Scott Sawyer play live at the Upstage Cabaret at the Triad Stage.

Bruce Piephoff began writing songs in Greensboro in the 1960s, and 22 albums later he's making music here today. He's found music one of the best vehicles to tell a story, and he'll tell you that Greensboro is full of stories. He and electric guitarist Scott Sawyer talk to host Frank Stasio and play live at the Upstage Cabaret at the Triad Stage.

The State of Things
9:47 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Author Discusses Masculinity, Romance And Cosmology

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Host Frank Stasio talk with author Craig Nova at the Greensboro Triad Stage

Author Craig Nova's life as a reader has left him wanting to fill in the gaps in contemporary fiction. Nova notes that he's witnessed a decline in loving male characters. In his latest novel, "The Constant Heart" (Counterpoint/2012), he attempts to fill in this gap. “The Constant Heart” was recently celebrated as part of the New Yorker's "Best Books of 2012" list. Craig Nova is an author and a professor in the humanities at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He joins Host Frank Stasio live at the Triad Stage to discuss the themes behind "The Constant Heart."

Business & Economy
7:37 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Downtown Greensboro Welcomes First Grocery Market In 40 Years

A shopper examines produces at Deep Roots.
Credit Deep Roots Coop

A grocery store opened in Downtown Greensboro this week. The city last had a market downtown in the 1970s.

Residents in Greensboro haven’t been able to shop downtown for fresh produce, seafood and prepared meals in decades. The city had two A&P Grocery stores in the early 1970s, but since they left no other markets have filled the void. That changed this week when Deep Roots Market relocated to North Eugene St.

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5:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

McCrory Budget Targets UNC System For Cuts

Pat McCrory
Credit Governor's Office

McCrory unveiled his $20.6 billion dollar budget yesterday. In his proposal, most of the money goes towards education.

As he unveiled his proposed $20.6 billion dollar budget yesterday, the banner behind Governor Pat McCrory trumpeted the three initiatives he wanted to emphasize. It read: “Economy. Education. Efficiency.” In reality, though, education should have been number one, because it’s by far the largest expenditure and the area where the biggest fights are likely.

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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Governor Releases $20.6 Billion Budget Proposal

Governor McCrory's recommended budget
Credit NC Office of State Budget and Management

Governor Pat McCrory released his budget proposal earlier today. It’s a $20.6 billion plan that emphasizes spending on education and economic development and sets aside money for emergencies. It doesn’t seek to create any new high-priced programs.

Earlier today, Governor McCrory told reporters in a news conference at the historic old State Capitol that North Carolina needs to fix its broken government.

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