Sports
7:54 am
Mon March 25, 2013

March Madness Men's & Women's Roundup

Credit D. Myles Cullen / defense.gov

Men's Tournament

No. 2 seed Duke heads to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Creighton, 66-50. North Carolina exits the tournament at the hands of the Kansas Jayhawks for the second straight year.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Wake Superintendent Search Enters New Phase

Credit Dave DeWitt

The search for a superintendent for the Wake County Schools enters an important phase today, as public meetings begin.

The meetings serve as an opportunity for anyone and everyone to express what qualities they’d like to see in the next superintendent. The meetings will last three days and include stops in Cary and Raleigh.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

McCrory Wants Rehabilitation Before Incarceration

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory introduced his first budget proposal this week and within the measure calls on state legislators to restore seven million of dollars in funding for drug courts. The funding for drug courts was cut two years ago and resources for treatment were slashed last year. Drug courts are designed to help repeat offenders of drug laws get treatment instead of going to jail.

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

NC Press Association Honors Carl Kasell

Carl Kasell at a WUNC event in 2007.
Credit Dave Horne/Flickr

At their most recent Annual Meeting, The North Carolina Press Association named Carl Kasell the 2013 North Carolinian of the Year.

Originally from Goldsboro, Kasell is known for his life-long career in radio broadcasting. He also helped found WUNC while in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Kasell spent 30 years as a newscaster for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and he currently works on the popular radio news quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, in addition to being an ambassador for NPR.

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Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Nothing Could Be Finer Than To Be In Carolina - But Which One?

Gus Kahn wrote the lyrics for 'Carolina in the Morning' in 1922.
Credit Johns Hopkins University, The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music

Andy Marx talks about how a Carolina governor tried to claim his grandfather's song 'Carolina In the Morning' as the state's own, and Sean Cole remembers Daffy Duck's version of the tune.

If you’ve ever attended a public event or high school choir performance in North or South Carolina, chances are you’ve heard the song “Carolina in The Morning.” But which Carolina does the iconic tune refer to?

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Arts & Culture
2:30 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Andy Griffith’s Widow To Demolish His Former Home

Andy Griffith
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Less than one year after Andy Griffith’s death, his widow intends to raze the house where he once lived with his family. According to friends, Griffith had hoped the house would be turned into a museum.

Cindi Griffith received a demolition permit from Dare County on Monday. The house that she intends to tear down is not the large one that she and Andy built recently, but a smaller one on Roanoke Island that Andy Griffith bought in the 1950’s.

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The Story
11:55 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Andy Marx, Grandson Of Groucho, On Rescuing The Archives Of ‘You Bet Your Life’

Credit You Bet Your Life

Guest host Sean Cole speaks to Andy Marx about his grandfather Groucho Marx, and the day they had lunch with Jack Nicholson, Marcel Marceau and Elliot Gould. As they ate, the phone rang, offering Groucho the full archives of “You Bet Your Life.”  Andy Marx had to convince his grandfather that the episodes were worth keeping, especially as the episodes arrived by the truckload. Andy Marx is co-founder of the satirical site Hollywood & Swine.

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Politics & Government
11:45 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Behind The Dix Deal: Republicans At Odds

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.
Credit Dave DeWitt

With the General Assembly on the verge of voiding the Dix lease deal it made with the city of Raleigh, it's instructive to look at some of the people who were behind the deal in the first place.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Musician Sings For Social Justice

Tokyo Rosenthal
Credit tokyorosenthal.com

Tokyo Rosenthal plays live on The State of Things

Tokyo Rosenthal is an Americana musician. And while Americana might be a traditional sort of music, Tokyo Rosenthal isn’t your traditional artist.

His sound combines rock, country and blues, and his songs revolve around issues of social justice. Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his newest album, and Tokyo Rosenthal plays live in the studio.

Business & Economy
7:58 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Gov.'s Budget Shifts Funding For Economy Projects

Pat McCrory
Credit NC Governor's Office

This week's budget proposal from Gov. Pat McCrory includes tweaks to funding for economic development programs. 

The governor unveiled his spending plan Wednesday.  It would add money to a new economic branding strategy as well as a program that supports main streets in small communities.  But it cuts funds for two non-profits and a foundation that provide grants meant to support job growth.

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