4:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Suspects In Mugging Death Of UNC Chapel Hill Professor Charged With Murder

Feng Liu was a professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC
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Update 7/25/14 3:30 p.m.:

The Chapel Hill Police Department has charged the two suspects, Derick Davis II and Troy Arrington Jr., with First Degree Murder in the death of UNC Professor Feng Liu.  The two are being held in the Orange County Jail without bond.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UNC Scientists Help Identify Genetic Markers For Schizophrenia

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Scientists have been working for decades to understand the underlying causes of schizophrenia, one of the most common and most debilitating mental disorders. 

This week, more than 300 researchers from around the world, including those at UNC-Chapel Hill, published a study that identifies more than 100 genetic markers tied to a risk for schizophrenia. 

The research is a move towards finding new ways to fight a disorder that has no clear treatment.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Dinner Party During Lunch Hour

Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano, hosts of The Dinner Party
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  Public radio gives you news, politics and entertainment. But what about advice that will make you the star of your next social gathering?

The podcast-turned-show Dinner Party Download gives listeners the arts and culture information, music lists and etiquette advice to ensure dinner party success. Host Frank Stasio talks with Dinner Party Download hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam about the evolution of the show and they offer etiquette advice to listeners.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Choosing To Stay 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup Singer Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones
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A conversation with vocalist Lisa Fischer


Lisa Fischer is one of the most in-demand vocalists in the music industry, but she rarely takes center stage.

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Science & Technology
8:02 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Study Locates Possible Genetic Markers of Schizophrenia

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An international team of researchers has made landmark progress on the study of Schizophrenia.

A consortium co-founded by the University of North Carolina's Patrick Sullivan reports that it's identified 108 points of genetic variation in people with the illness.

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5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Common Core: Is It ‘Developmentally Inappropriate’?

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Since the beginning of this year, many legislators and critics have dubbed Common Core "developmentally inappropriate."

They argue that the new Math and English standards should be repealed because they are not suitable for some students.

"I know there is some age and grade inappropriateness,” said Republican Sen. Jerry Tillman at a legislative meeting earlier this year. “I’ve talked with teachers.”

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Politics & Government
9:31 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

NC Senate Tentatively Approves Bill That Would Limit Wake County, Cap Sales Tax At 7.25 percent

The North Carolina senate has tentatively approved a plan to limit the sales tax to 7.25 percent in most of the state.
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North Carolina's sales tax would be capped at 7.25 percent in most of the state under a plan tentatively approved by the Senate on Wednesday afternoon.

The proposal would make it easier for most counties to raise sales taxes to the limit. It would also pull back the ability some counties currently have to implement raises above that limit.

The purpose is to even out sales taxes and create fairness between populous and not-so populous areas, bill supporters say.  

Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph), says many people in rural places don't spend their money there.

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6:28 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Houston School District Back In NC, Looking For More Teachers

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  The Houston Independent School District is looking to recruit more teachers from North Carolina.

Recruiters first visited in May, where they made 12 on-the-spot offers and later hired about 8 more teachers, according to Shaleah Reed, a spokesperson from HISD.

The district is offering $49,100 as a starting salary. North Carolina’s starting salary is among the lowest in the nation at $30,800.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Listen: The Book Acknowledgments No One Expects

What would an author write on the "thank you" page of her novel if she was telling the truth? Pittsboro author Ruth Moose wrote the acknowledgments of her debut novel, Doing It At the Dixie Dew, with a candor atypical of many authors.

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Politics & Government
3:56 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

State Lawmakers Plod Along Without Budget In Sight

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Senate lawmakers considered a number of items today, while many House lawmakers took the time to pay homage to the late Republican Representative Jim Fulghum.

There's still no official word on whether budget writers might be close to an agreement on a spending plan for this fiscal year. So in the meantime, lawmakers are publicly pursuing other measures.

In the morning, a Senate Rules Committee approved a bill that would restore Fayetteville's red-light cameras, but the committee shelved another that would have allowed license-plate scanners on highways.

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