Politics & Government
7:30 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Voting Experts Discuss Photo IDs

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Elections and voting experts testified before the state House Elections Committee Wednesday, just one day after a public hearing that lasted hours. Republican leaders have said they plan to introduce a bill that would require voters to present photo IDs at the polls. They say it would help fight voter fraud. But Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina says voter fraud isn't a problem in North Carolina. He told lawmakers if it is, then they should investigate and document it.

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Business & Economy
7:24 am
Thu March 14, 2013

CFOs Want Immigration Reform For Certain Jobs

The latest Global Business Outlook survey from Duke University and CFO Magazine shows companies are hungry for immigration reform.  Close to 90 percent of Chief Financial Officers surveyed say the U.S. government should adopt a merit-based system to determine which immigrants would get to stay and work in this country.

Duke Finance Professor John Graham is director of the quarterly Global Business Outlook survey.  He says they had not asked this type of immigration question before.

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Sports
7:20 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Memories Abound As ACC Tournament Turns 60

The 60th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum. NC State plays Virginia Tech at approximately 2:30 pm and Wake Forest meets Maryland at 7. Duke and UNC will both play on Friday.
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The 60th edition of the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament starts Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum. The city, which is nicknamed “Tournament Town,” is hosting the event for the 24th time, more than any other venue.

ACC icons like North Carolina State’s David Thompson, UNCs Michael Jordan and Maryland’s Len Bias all played in conference championships that took place in Greensboro. Longtime scorekeeper Gary Strickland witnessed those men play and many other memorable moments.

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The Story
5:42 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

A Gay Priest Fights For A Place Within The Catholic Church

The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
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As the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics get a new leader, Dick speaks with an Irish priest who came out as gay after he made his vows to the Catholic Church. He chose to stay in the church - "it is my church, too," he says - and presses from inside for change regarding the place of women and gays in the church.

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Arts & Culture
4:58 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Fullsteam One Of Four Breweries Nationwide To Be James Beard Semi-Finalist

Fullsteam's First Frost persimmon ale
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Like last year, Sean Lilly Wilson of the Durham brewery Fullsteam found out that he was on the list of 2013 James Beard Award semi-finalists via Twitter.  And he thought it was a mistake.  His reaction?  “Profound disbelief,” he says.  Wilson’s Fullsteam made the semi-finalist list for the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional Award, joining names like Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, and The Brooklyn Brewery.

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Sports
1:14 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

VIDEO: Jeff Gordon Car Salesman Prank Goes Viral

Oh, the fun you can have if you’re a NASCAR driver.  

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Education
1:10 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Sequester Hits Durham Schools

Eric Becoats, Superintendent Durham Public Schools
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Local school districts are bracing for funding cuts due to the federal sequestration. In Durham, the cuts from sequestration could be as much as $1.7 million. In Wake County - a much larger district - the same sequester cuts would total about $11 million.

And it's the most vulnerable students who will be affected.

"Most of the items that would be impacted would be some title one funding," said Eric Becoats, Durham's superintendent. "We would also expect to see some decreases in our exceptional children's funding that we receive from the federal government as well."

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Law
1:02 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

NC Takes Small Share Of Google Privacy Settlement

North Carolina is among 39 states to reach a settlement with Google over privacy concerns about the company's Street View feature.

Google used cars equipped with cameras and antennas to capture street level photos across the country from 2008 to 2010.  Authorities say the vehicles gathered personal information over open wi-fi networks during that time. 

"In broad terms, it might include URLs of web pages and possibly partial or complete email communications,"  says Kevin Anderson, head of the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice.

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The Story
11:57 am
Wed March 13, 2013

A Look Inside The Conclave In Rome

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel ceiling
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We listen in on the selection of the pope in 2005. It comes from the history program Witness, which is a BBC production distributed in the U.S. by American Public media. Rebecca Kesby speaks to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who was inside the Vatican in 2005, and describes the process of voting and deciding who would become the new pope.

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The State of Things
10:45 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Midwifery In North Carolina

WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones discusses pending policy to allow midwifery in North Carolina

An increasing number of families each year in the United States decide to have home births. But in North Carolina, having a home birth conducted by a single Certified Professional Midwife is illegal.

Republican Senators are seeking to decriminalize Certified Professional Midwife practices as well as build a licensing process for midwives.They've recently introduced the Home Birth Freedom Act and a move to decriminalize direct entry midwifery.The bills have received a lot of criticism for allowing midwives without nursing credentials to practice independently. WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief, Jessica Jones, joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss the perspectives surrounding Senate Bills 106 and 017.

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