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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The Story
12:28 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Penpals With The Unabomber

Theodore Kaczynski
Credit Kaczynski family photo

A professor exchanges hundreds of letters with "The Unabomber" about the perils of technology.

To hear the full audio for this interview, visit The Story’s website. Also in this show:  Guest host Sean Cole visits audio collector Randy Riddle, and they listen to vintage transcription disks from WWII.

 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Exploring The History Of The Steel Guitar

Ad: The Royal Hawaiian Quintet Performing on the U.S. Mainland
Credit University of Hawaii at Manoa Library, via flickr, creative commons

Experts from the Steel Guitar Concert and Symposium talk about the history of the steel guitar and play live

  

The sound of American Country music owes much of it's success to an unlikely source: the 19th century Hawaiian music scene. Hawaiian music at that time was dominated by the steel guitar. During the instrument's century-long international migration, it influenced the direction of many genres.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Artist Travels From Kenya to America For Her Vision

"Family Tree" By Wangechi Mutu
Credit Duke.edu

A conversation with multimedia artist Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu's life-size collages attempt to bring the Black female body to the forefront of her work. It is inspired by the complex power she's seen in women, particularly from her native Kenya. Not only are they enormous, but the figures are also mystical and powerful.

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Education
10:03 am
Wed March 20, 2013

McCrory Unveils Safer Schools Initiative

Credit State Dept of Public Safety

Governor Pat McCrory has introduced a new initiative to improve school security.  He has created the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools within the state Department of Public Safety.  McCrory says the center will work with school administrators, law enforcement and state mental health experts to minimize serious threats in and around schools.

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Sports
7:33 am
Wed March 20, 2013

NC A&T Celebrates First NCAA Tournament Victory

NC A&T's Adrian Powell shoots from the free throw line.
Credit NC A&T Sports Information

North Carolina A&T has its first ever NCAA Tournament victory.  The Aggies narrowly defeated Liberty University, 73-72, last night to advance.  A last-second shot by Liberty missed as time expired to preserve the A&T win. 

Before last night, the Aggies had never won in nine trips to the tournament.  Head coach Cy Alexander said his team didn't fold under pressure.

"I thought our young men showed a lot of resilience because Liberty didn't back down and we would go up a little bit and they would keep coming back," Alexander said.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Left Off The Path: Latinos And High School Graduation

The General Assembly is unlikely to alter the policy that undocumented students must pay out-of-state tuition.
Credit Dave DeWitt

Educators don’t often get a chance to celebrate publicly, so it was understandable when State Superintendent June Atkinson stood up at a news conference last fall and bragged a little about North Carolina’s 80 percent high school graduation rate.

“This is excellent news for our state and one more step toward ensuring that all of our students graduate from high school career, college, and citizenship ready,” said Atkinson.

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Politics & Government
4:59 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Cracking Down On Habitual DWI Offenders

House lawmakers have passed a bill that would change the way habitual DWI status is determined.

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Education
4:10 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Chapel Hill Charter School Runs Into More Problems

A controversial charter school that was approved to open its doors in Chapel Hill this fall has hit a road block. The managing company that was supposed to run the day-to-day operations of the Howard and Lillian Lee Charter School has pulled out.

National Heritage Academies, Inc. runs more than 70 charter schools across the country, including six in North Carolina. The Lee School would have been number seven, but NHA has backed out of the project.

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Sports
3:46 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

March Madness Alternative: A Public Radio Bracket

KPCC's Public Radio Show Bracket
Credit Mike Roe/KPCC

You don’t have to be a basketball fan to participate in this March Madness bracket, just a public radio listener. Southern California public radio station KPCC has created an alternative competition pitting 32 public radio shows against one another. Listeners can vote for their favorites on their website.

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