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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In her role as reporter and afternoon news anchor, Sara responds to events as they unfold: from an approaching tsunami to unbearable gridlock during the Alaskan Way viaduct closure. Sara's reporting has covered a range of subjects including the Dalai Lama's Seattle visit, local controversies about racy coffee shops, and the ups and downs of real estate in the Puget Sound region.

In 2009, Sara was awarded a KUOW Program Venture Fund grant which supported her four–part documentary on human trafficking in Washington state. In 2008, her piece, "No More Lemon Bars For Voters," brought Sara a national award from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. Sara continues to produce stories for NPR and radio shows like Studio 360 and Voice Of America. She joined the station in 2005.

Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Bill Nixing Dix Park Deal Passes Senate

Dorothea Dix Hospital site in Raleigh.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Lawmakers have passed a bill that would scrap a lease deal signed by the state and the city of Raleigh to create a destination park on the old Dix hospital campus.

Senators passed the measure 29-to-21, with several Wake County Republican senators voting against it.

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Education
1:25 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

UNC Suspends Honor Court Case Against Gambill

Landen Gambill speaks out at a rally at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Credit Dave DeWitt

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp has asked the student honor court to suspend its case against a female student. Landen Gambill claimed the proceeding was in retaliation for her speaking out against the university's handling of sexual assault cases.

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The Story
1:09 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

The Death Of A Temp Worker

Carlos Centeno, a Chicago-area temporary worker who died after a workplace accident, and his partner, Velia Carbot.
Credit Family photo

A man is burned by boiling water and citric acid at work. No one rinses him off or calls 911. Instead, his boss sends him to a small clinic and they finally send him to the hospital. He arrives 98 minutes later. WBEZ's Chip Mitchell and Jim Morris of the Center for Public Integrity investigate this case, which exposes weak U.S. safety protections for temporary workers.

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