The State Of Things
10:23 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Panel Discusses Potential Perils Of NC Fracking

Fracking operation in Texas
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A panel of experts join Frank Stasio for this week's North Carolina news update.

Fracking is an inevitability in North Carolina since the legislature lifted a fracking moratorium, but questions remain as to the risk and what will be done with the waste.

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The State Of Things
10:08 am
Fri March 8, 2013

How Gary Brunotte Is Bringing Jazz To Durham

Gary Brunotte
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A conversation with and live performance by Gary Brunotte Jazz Trio.

Organist Gary Brunotte has been playing music since he picked up an accordion at age 9. He went on to study and teach at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has been writing, arranging, performing and recording ever since. 

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Food
9:02 am
Fri March 8, 2013

A Stay At UNC Hospitals Could Be Four-Diamond Experience

Patients at UNC hospitals will soon be able to dine bedside on 4-diamond fare from Il Palio at the Siena Hotel. UNC's Nutrition and Food Services Director Angelo Mojica is teaming up with the executive chef from Il Palio - Adam Rose - to feature some of the restaurant's fine cuisine.

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Law
7:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

NC ACLU Asks: What's With The Drones?

Winston-Salem Police with its armored car used in recent standoffs.
Credit Walt Unks / Winston-Salem Journal

The largest law enforcement agencies in the state are being questioned about their use of military style weapons, technology and arrest tactics.  The North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union has sent public records requests to 62 law enforcement agencies.

“One of the reasons that we were very interested in sending out these public records requests, we learned that Gaston County had a drone.  And that was a big revelation,” says state ACLU director Chris Brook.

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Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

MetLife Will Move 2,600 Jobs To North Carolina

MetLife says it will move 2,600 jobs from six other states to North Carolina by 2015.
Credit Daniel Smith / Wikimedia Commons

The insurance giant MetLife will move 2600 jobs from six states to North Carolina as it seeks to consolidate its operations.

The company plans to make Charlotte its national headquarters for its retail business. Cary will become the company's global technology and operations hub.

"The campuses in Mecklenburg and Wake Counties will be multifaceted, bringing functions together to provide a rich work environment, as well as increased career opportunities for our associates from both wide and far," says executive vice president Marty Lippert.

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Birds And Arrows Check-In At Last Motel

In the WUNC Studios: L to R: Josh Starmer: cello and vocals, Al Wodarski: Last Motel sound engineer, Andrea Connolly: vocals, guitar and ukelele, Pete Connolly: vocals and all sorts of percussion
Credit Eric Hodge / WUNC

Birds and Arrows new album Coyotes is out next week.  It's produced by Chris Stamey from the dB's and features guests including Robert Sledge from Ben Folds Five and James Wallace from Mount Moriah.  

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Education
2:01 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

State School Board Gives Final Approval To New Charter Schools

Credit Dave DeWitt / WUNC

The State Board of Education has given final approval to 23 charter schools to open this fall.

Last year, 63 applicants began the process of applying to start a charter school, with an eye toward opening this fall. Twenty-five made it to this final round.

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The Story
11:58 am
Thu March 7, 2013

For Whistleblower Of Lance Armstrong Doping, Public Confession Gives Little Closure

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Betsy Andreu is married to a former cycling teammate of Lance Armstrong and she's known for years that he took banned drugs. He admitted it in front of her when he was in the hospital for cancer treatment. She wasn't the only one who heard the admission, but she was the one who called him on it and spoke out in the press and was reviled for her statements.

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The State Of Things
11:36 am
Thu March 7, 2013

A Look Back At The 1968 Poor People’s Campaign And How We Create Black And Brown Unity Today

Power to the Poor: Black-Brown Coalition and the Fight for Economic Justice, 1960-1974
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A conversation about the Poor Peoples Campaign, then and now.

The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 often overshadows what may be his most radical crusade. The Poor People’s Campaign in the spring of 1968 was organized by a coalition of predominately Black and Brown organizers working across the color line.

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Sports
7:30 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Tournament Town Set To Host ACC's Premiere Basketball Events

The ACC Women's Tournament has taken place at the Greensboro Coliseum every year since 2000. A different school has won the event in each of the last four seasons.
Credit TheACC.com

The 36th annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday morning at the Greensboro Coliseum.  Last year, more than 60,000 tickets were purchased for the four day event. Fans attending this year’s tournament are likely to notice some of the $8.5 million in renovations and upgrades that were recently completed.

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