The State of Things
3:11 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

What Is A Library In Today’s High Tech Age?

James B. Hunt Library
NCSU.edu

A conversation about libraries in today’s high tech age

The James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University is a revolution in information storage.


At the Hunt, robots fetch the books. Two million volumes are folded into one ninth of the space they would have taken up in a conventional library because room for humans to walk through the aisles is unnecessary.

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The Story
10:54 am
Tue March 5, 2013

After Seeing Fish Kills, Western Pa. Residents Track Chemicals From Coal And Fracking Sites

Ken Duffala says acidic mine drainage flows from the Clyde Mine into nearby rivers.
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Ken Dufalla keeps an eye on the rivers and streams in Green County, Pa. He and other trained citizens watch for fish kills and chemicals in the water from coal and fracking sites, and they have identified contamination. He works with the Izaak Walton League.

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Law
7:19 am
Tue March 5, 2013

House Democrats File Bill To Stop Pink Licenses

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Some state House Democrats are speaking out against a move to create pink driver's licenses to identify young immigrants.  House Bill 184 would prohibit the state Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing the licenses to young people who are legally in this country under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  The proposed licenses would have a pink strip at the top and the phras

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Business & Economy
7:18 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Museum Of Natural Sciences Is New State Tourism Champ

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A research firm says the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences was the most visited of the state’s museums and historic attractions last year.   It’s the first time in nine years that Biltmore Estate has not topped the list.  Mathews-based Carolina Publishing Associates compiled the numbers.  The firm says 1,220,814 people visited the museum in 2012.  Biltmore attracted 1,123,144 visitors.

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Arts & Culture
7:16 am
Tue March 5, 2013

'Book of Mormon' Singing Its Way to the Triangle

Andrew Rannells was nominated for a Tony Award as Elder Price in 'The Book of Mormon' on Broadway.
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Leoneda Inge reports on the 2013-2014 Broadway season at the Durham Performing Arts Center which includes 'The Book of Mormon.'

The Durham Performing Arts Center has announced what it calls its biggest season ever.  The Tony Award winning musical “The Book of Mormon” is singing its way to Durham in February 2014.

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The Story
12:19 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

How To Hunt Down A Meteor

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Here is what's in this program of The Story:

When a meteor exploded over Russia a few weeks ago, the meteor hunters packed their cold weather gear and headed for the cold and snow to search out fragments of the explosion. Dick speaks with Mike Hankey about how he got his start hunting down these fragments in rural Amish farmland. He has designed a software program used by the American Meteor Society.

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The State of Things
10:34 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Former Nun Reflects On The Sanctuary Movement

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Frank Stasio talks with Darlene Nicgorski

Darlene Nicgorski was a nun when she was convicted of conspiracy and faced a 25-year prison term in the 1980s for her work helping Central American refugees. She didn’t end up having to serve that term, but her work in the so-called Sanctuary Movement made her the poster child of immigrant activism in the 1980s.

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Science & Technology
7:42 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Cary Introduces Virtual Water Meter

Customers of Cary's public water utility can now monitor how many gallons they use on an hourly basis.  The town invested $172,553 in a system that updates water usage online.  Cary Financial Director Karen Mills says the new system is meant to make customers more aware of how much water they're using or wasting.

"They can see what's going on with their usage, understanding, for example, their irrigation usage if they have an automated system; when it's running, how long it's running," Mills says.

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Weather
7:30 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Severe Weather Awareness Week Kicks Off With Signs Of Wintry Mix

The National Weather Service in Raleigh says much of central and western North Carolina are under a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday.
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Snow in the forecast Wednesday is a reminder that bad weather can hit North Carolina at any time.  This is severe weather awareness week across the state and officials are urging the public to be prepared.  Meteorologist Nick Petro says a statewide tornado drill will take place Wednesday morning.

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