Environment
4:22 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

North Carolina Drought Conditions Continue To Improve

There's less yellow and tan on this map due to recent rainy weather.
Credit NC Drought Management Advisory Council

The drought conditions in North Carolina have improved significantly since the beginning of the year.

In the latest report from the US Drought Monitor just eight North Carolina counties are listed as being in moderate drought. At the end of December there were 65 - out of 100 counties in the state - that were classified as in moderate drought. The report released Thursday also lists 19 counties as abnormally dry.

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The Story
11:13 am
Thu February 28, 2013

The Fastest Electric Car In The World

The Buckeye Bullet
Credit The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research

Here's what's on the latest program from The Story

Start Your Engines

Building a car, a battery powered car that can go up to 400 miles per hour. It's under way at Ohio State University and the racing team, the Buckeye Bullets, plan to race their car at the Bonneville Salt Flats this summer. Dick speaks to professor Giorgio Rizzoni and David Cooke, one of the students who work 40 to 80 hours a week on the project.

Searching for the Spitfires: An Update

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The State of Things
10:29 am
Thu February 28, 2013

North Carolina Lawmakers Reject Medicaid Expansion

News & Observer reporter John Frank discusses N. C. lawmakers rejection of Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina’s Republican Lawmakers are sticking by conservative principles early in Gov. Pat McCrory’s first term. Last week, he signed legislation cutting unemployment benefits. The move was an attempt to pay back debt owed the federal government earlier.

And this week, legislators voted for and sent along a piece of legislation that would reject a federal option to expand Medicaid.

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The State of Things
10:22 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Conscientious Objector Documents Pacifist Role In World War Two

Ned Arnett's "A Different Kind of War Story"
Credit xlibris.com

An interview with World War Two conscientious objector and author Ned Arnett

Ned Arnett was a conscientious objector during World War Two, a position that was rare and not commonly documented.

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The State of Things
10:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Film Captures Transitory Nature Of Art And Life

James Grashow's "Corrugated Fountain
Credit floatingstone.com

A conversation with documentary filmmaker Olympia Stone

Olympia Stone is a documentary filmmaker in North Carolina, but she extended her reach to New York to capture the story of James Grashow. He is an artist known for his use of odd implements like chicken wire and paper mache.

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Politics & Government
7:21 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Durham Makes Move To Buy Property Near Polluted Falls Lake

Falls Lake as seen from above Durham County.
Credit Travis S / Flickr

Durham County Commissioners have approved a plan to buy 260 acres of land near Falls Lake.  The board voted 3-2 this week to purchase the property in east Durham for $650,000.

Commissioner Ellen Reckhow says the deal will allow Durham County to comply with a state mandate that says all local governments in the Falls Lake watershed must help clean up the polluted lake.

"It has Falls Lake frontage and so many creeks and streams such that 93 percent of the acreage is within 300 feet of water," Reckhow said during this week's meeting.

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Business & Economy
7:09 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Help Wanted: Immigrants To Work NC Farms

Tobacco crop at Strickland Farms in Sampson County.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Leoneda Inge reports on the newly released NC Farm Bureau Agriculture Workforce Report.

A new survey shows farmers across North Carolina are worried about the agricultural workforce shortage.  And they want Immigration Reform to help fix it.  More than 600 farmers filled out the Agricultural Workforce survey spear-headed by the North Carolina Farm Bureau.  Faylene Whitaker of Whitaker Farms in Climax, NC, filled one out.

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Education
7:08 am
Thu February 28, 2013

A (Text) Message 2 Die 4? Educating Young Drivers

This scene included a staged wreck, first responders, the Jaws of Life and students acting as victims.
Jeff Tiberii

On a crisp February afternoon, students watched as a fictitious emergency scene played out at Western Guilford High School. Several hundred students sat in bleachers and watched the staged horror of a car accident in the school parking lot. The program, called “message 2 die 4” was an effort between the school, local law enforcement and some Greensboro businesses. It was designed at educating teen drivers about the dangers of texting while behind the wheel.

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Politics & Government
10:30 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

House Committee Changes Commissions Bill

House lawmakers have substantially rewritten a controversial bill that would revamp and eliminate many state commissions. The Senate's version of S-B 10 would have cleared out the membership of the Utilities, Industrial, Coastal Resources and Wildlife Resources Commissions, among others. And it would have eliminated 12 special Superior Court judge positions. But on Wednesday, a House Committee made some big changes to its version of the bill.

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