The State of Things
11:17 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Exploring Gaps In America's Food System From The Farm To The Table

Black farmers protest at Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 22, 1997. Protesters alleged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) denied black farmers equal access to farm loans and assistance based on their race. North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford and 400 other black farmers filed the Pigford v. Glickman (Pigford I) class-action lawsuit against USDA in 1997. The USDA settled Pigford I in 1999.
Credit USDA photo by Anson Eaglin / flickr

A panel of experts discuss food justice

Starvation is often considered a problem distant from the American experience. But for many United States citizens, hunger is a way of life. And many of them live right here in North Carolinians.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 636,000 households in the state have been labeled “food insecure” within the past year. This means that over 17 percent of our families lack consistent access to nutritious food. Families hit hardest by food insecurity are Black, Latino and homes led by single mothers.

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The Story
9:10 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Return To Fuling, China

Peter Hessler
Credit HarperCollins

When Peter Hessler first arrived in the remote Chinese river town of Fuling, the only way to get there was by boat. There was only one other foreigner living in town, and a trip to the market could cause a sensation among the people as they had almost never seen non Chinese visitors. It was 1996, and Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps teacher and stayed two years. Recently, he went back for a visit to explore the changes that the Three Gorges Dam has made in Fuling. Much of the old city is under water, but there are ways to glimpse the past.

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Business & Economy
8:14 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Progress Reaches Tentative Deal To Cut Rate Hikes

Progress Energy has reached a tentative deal with the Public Staff on the state Utilities Commission to reduce its request for a rate increase.  The agreement allows a 4.7 percent increase in June, then raises that to 5.7 percent next year.  Progress filed for an 11 percent increase in October.  Public Staff executive director Robert Gruber says it's a fair deal.

"What do they actually need in order to be able to operate reliably and attract investors?  You have to compromise that need with the impact on consumers," Gruber says.

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Politics & Government
6:40 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Greensboro Committee Recommends Tougher Rules For Nightclubs

Some city council members in Greensboro are considering a new ordinance for nightclubs.

A new proposed ordinance in Greensboro would require nightclubs where multiple incidents of violence have taken place to meet greater security standards. This week, a city council sub-committee said it wants to implement requirements for greater security measures at venues that have been the site of multiple violent crimes during one year.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Fracking Bill Gains Tentative Approval In Senate

State lawmakers have tentatively approved a measure that would launch the permitting process for natural gas fracking in North Carolina. House legislators passed the bill this afternoon. It would remove a previous requirement that state lawmakers give final approval before the permitting process could begin. Republican Senator Buck Newton is one of the bill's sponsors.

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Marcie Sillman arrived at KUOW in 1985 to produce the station's daily public affairs program, Seattle After Noon. One year later, she became the local voice of All Things Considered, NPR's flagship afternoon news magazine. After five years holding down the drive-time microphone, a new opportunity arose. Along with Dave Beck and Steve Scher, Marcie helped create Weekday, a daily, two-hour forum for newsmakers, artists and thinkers.

The State of Things
12:48 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Klan's Rise To Prominence In 1960s North Carolina

Klansville, U.S.A. The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan by David Cunningham
Credit David Cunningham

The Klan in 1960's NC

North Carolina is widely considered one of the more progressive southern states. Acts of violence during the Civil Rights Era were rare, and the state was one of the few south of the Mason-Dixon line that went for President Barack Obama in 2008.

But during the Civil Rights Era, North Carolina had more members of the Ku Klux Klan than all other southern states combined.

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The Story
11:12 am
Tue February 26, 2013

A Pistol, A Shotgun And A Rifle

Credit Flickr photo

Today we have three gun stories about how and why people own a firearm. Hal Stucker lived in New York City in the 1980's at a time when crime was rampant. After being mugged several times, he began to carry a pistol on the subway. 

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Artists Explore Love As A Political Force

Tracey Emin, More Love, 2010, © Tracey Emin, Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
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Artits Exploer Love as a Political Force

The exhibition "More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s" looks at love as a political force. Thirty-three pieces by 25 artists look at our need for deeper human connection in a world that has been changed by politics, technology and consumerism.  Host Frank Stasio is joined by curator Claire Schneider; and Amanda Hughes, director of external affairs at the Ackland Art Museum, to discuss the works of art.

Business & Economy
10:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

National Mortgage Settlement Brings $350 Million In Relief To NC

There has been a lot of movement from big banks in meeting their obligations in the National Mortgage Settlement.  A report out last week shows the five national banks in the settlement administered $350-million in total relief to North Carolinians in the last year.  That affects about 7,600 borrowers.   Settlement Monitor Joseph Smith runs down the national numbers in this video statement. 

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