Politics & Government
7:07 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Educators Scheduled To Visit General Assembly

House Speaker Thom Tillis
Credit N.C. General Assembly

State legislators have invited groups of educators to visit Raleigh this week in order to get more input on measures that would affect the state's schools. House Speaker Thom Tillis says he and other leaders want to know what educators consider their most pressing issues.

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Business & Economy
7:04 am
Tue February 26, 2013

White House: Sequester Will Have Big Impact On NC

Credit The White House

White House officials are warning each state that spending cuts due to take effect this Friday will have a significant impact.  Military personnel in North Carolina are bracing for the worst.  Army leaders face more than $136 million in base operations cuts.  Jason Furman is a deputy director of the President's National Economic Council.  He says it's uncertain how those cuts will play out.


"It is pretty much a department-by-department thing," Furman says.

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The Story
12:03 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Anatomy Of A Kidnap Negotiation

Claudia and Eunice, who were charged with kidnapping, photographed at the Ciudad Juarez women's prison.
Credit Katie Orlinsky

Negotiating With Kidnappers

Dick speaks with Richard Wright, who has negotiated the release of kidnap victims in Mexico and other countries. He says almost always, the kidnappers have done their homework and know the family has money. He has supervised negotiations and says that waiting is the hardest part - both for him and the families.

Prison Portraits - The Ciudad Juarez Women's Prison

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Repaying A Debt: Doctor Brings Personal Story Of Poverty To Patient Care

Dr. Leslie Smith
Credit boonesunriserotary.org

Meet Dr. Leslie Smith

When Leslie Smith was 24 years old, she was in a fire. After spending 3 months at the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, she was released. Smith told Host Frank Stasio “It took me about ten years to recover from those injuries.”

“I had bandages from my neck down to my thighs where my burns were, and then from my thighs down to my ankles where they had taken skin to do skin grafting operations. So I literally was covered from ankle to neck in bandages.”

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Environment
8:14 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Wildlife Officials Spar With Hyde County Over Refuge Expansion

A proposed expansion of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is running into opposition with some local leaders. 

Refuge leaders say the expansion is necessary to preserve the ecosystem that supports a wide range of wildlife, including migrating birds, black bears and red wolves.

"New Lake is a naturally occurring lake out there, but we currently only have about 80 percent of it within the refuge boundary," says refuge manager Howard Phillips. 

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Politics & Government
7:20 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Redistricting Objections Back In Court

North Carolina's newest Congressional districts are among those up for debate in Wake County Superior Court Monday and Tuesday.
Credit NC Legislature / ncleg.net

A panel of judges is set to hear arguments Monday about whether to uphold or reject North Carolina's newest legislative and congressional districts.

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Environment
6:21 am
Mon February 25, 2013

NC Taskforce Prepares Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

The 'Chevy Volt' is one of the more popular 'Plug-in' electric vehicles in North Carolina.
Credit Leoneda Inge

A new readiness plan aims to help the state of North Carolina prepare for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles on the road in the next decade.  The state’s first Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) readiness plan was created through the 'NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging-in from Mountains to Sea (M2S).' 

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Back Porch Music
4:45 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Two Ticket Give-aways On Sunday's Back Porch

Credit Digital Chips

In addition to a pile of good music on Sunday night's Back Porch Music, you'll have the opportunity for two ticket give-aways.  Those are:

Karal Bonoff at the Carrboro ArtsCenter:

and The Gibson Brothers Brothers at the Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh:

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