The State of Things
12:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

How Will The Sequester Impact North Carolina?

A panel of experts join host Frank Stasio to discuss the news of this week

 No grand bargain has been reached between the White House and Congress on a budget, leaving some North Carolinians wondering how hard the sequester will  hit the state.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Neoclassical Metal Turns Symphony Upside Down

Darker Shades of Symphony
Credit darkershadesofsymphony.com

Darker Shades of Symphony perform live

Front man Michael Seebold describes his band, Darker Shades of Symphony, as neoclassical metal. If you’ve never heard of that genre, you’re probably not alone.

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Sports
8:09 am
Fri March 1, 2013

No. 3 Duke Not At Its Best In Upset Loss to Virginia

Duke men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski
Credit D. Myles Cullen / defense.gov

No. 3 Duke suffered an upset loss Thursday night at the hands of Virginia, 73-68. 

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said his team was focused on the matchup despite their preparation for no. 5 Miami this weekend.

"Virginia just played great.  They were terrific tonight," Krzyzewski said.

"They had our full attention and preparation for this.  They beat us when we were trying to be at our best and it's because of them that we were not."

The Blue Devils got 28 points from Seth Curry.  All but five of those came in the second half.

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Science & Technology
6:29 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Duke Grows Food Security in South Sudan

South Sudanese Ambassador Akec Khoc speaks at Duke Divinity School on 'Food Security in Africa: The Case for South Sudan.'
Credit Duke University

Leoneda Inge reports on work by Duke University to develop a new variety of corn to help the South Sudanese.

Duke University has forged a relationship with South Sudan that it hopes will fill the stomach and the soul. 

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Politics & Government
6:26 am
Fri March 1, 2013

House Tentatively Passes Commissions Bill, But With Doubts

N.C. Legislature Building
Credit Dave DeWitt

House lawmakers have tentatively passed a bill that would overhaul state boards and commissions, but with some disagreement. Senate Bill 10 would clear out the membership of many important commissions, but House lawmakers have changed the bill to restore some scientific expertise to the Coastal Resources Commission. The House version also does not eliminate 12 special Superior Court judge positions.

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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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IRA Charitable Rollover  Contributions

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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