Business & Economy
6:45 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

President Obama Visits Asheville To Discuss Jobs, Manufacturing

Courtesy: The White House

President Obama made Asheville the first stop of a three-day trip to push economic proposals he made in his State of the Union address this week.  The president got a tour yesterday of the Linamar machine parts plant before making some remarks.  Canada-based Linamar moved to Asheville after a Volvo plant left taking hundreds of jobs with it.  The president says he'd like to see the federal government help make Linamar's example more common in cities that have been hit hard economically.

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The State of Things
12:29 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

The Science Behind Paying Attention


Why Attention Is Important

  Is a teacher lecturing in front of a classroom effective?  Is it possible that the way we teach our children is outdated?

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The Story
11:07 am
Wed February 13, 2013

How the Gun Ban in England Was Passed

An officer outside at Dunblane Primary School.
Credit Dunblane Documentaries


After a killing spree in Scotland in 1996, public pressure for a ban on guns grew. Dick speaks with then British Parliament member Jack Straw about how the ban became law and his thoughts on "America's love affair with guns." He says that the U.S. still has frontier states and that there are reasons to own a gun in Texas and Arizona. [Photo: Dunblane Documentaries]


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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Chapel Hill Council Hopes Project Will Revitalize Downtown

Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
Credit Dave DeWitt

A developer has approval from the Chapel Hill Town Council to rebuild a key block of the downtown area.  The council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the 123 West Franklin project, which would replace University Square.

The current development is separated from the front of Franklin Street by a parking lot.  123 West Franklin would include buildings on the front of Franklin Street with apartments as well as retail and office space.  Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt says it will revitalize the area.

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11:37 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

McCrory, Lawmakers Want To Block Medicaid Expansion

Pat McCrory
Credit Governor's Office

A state House committee has moved along a bill that would block any state-funded expansion of Medicaid.  The Health and Human services Committee voted to follow Governor Pat McCrory's lead saying that Medicaid should not grow to cover about half-a million uninsured residents.  States can expand Medicaid to help cover the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act..but they can also opt out of that expansion.   Governor McCrory said the program's budget is tight in a speech at the Emerging Issues Forum at N-C State yesterday.

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President Obama
Credit Pete Souza

Tuesday, February 12, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address, the first address of his second term. The President is expected to expand on his proposals for new immigration and gun laws as well as budget and tax policy. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will give the Republican response.

NPR will offer live anchored coverage starting at 9pm ET. Melissa Block will host. She'll be joined  by NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson and Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving. 

Pete Souza
The Story
10:39 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Years After South African Woman Disappears During Apartheid, Family Still Searches For Answers

Credit Zulu Love Letter


From South Africa, Thembi Simelane and her lawyer Howard Varney speak about their effort to uncover the truth about her sister, who is still missing. She was a courier for the African National Congress during the apartheid struggle, and she was taken, interrogated and tortured. No one has admitted to the murder, and this is one of many cases of disappeared people still unresolved in South Africa.

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The State of Things
10:33 am
Tue February 12, 2013

What Role Should Religion Play In Public Life?

A panel of experts discuss religion and public life with Host Frank Stasio

Though some may argue religion has no place in politics, Nancy Petty, pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, says that faith can have a powerful role to play.

“I think that religion in political life of our society can be a very healthy thing when it engages people in dialogue,” she said in an interview with Frank Stasio on The State of Things.

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Science & Technology
8:05 am
Tue February 12, 2013

400 Acres Of Solar Panels Could Cover Duplin County

A 5-Megawatt farm in Cleveland County. The capacity of Strata`s proposal for Duplin County would be 20 times larger.
Credit Strata Solar

A North Carolina renewable energy company says it plans to build a large solar farm in Duplin County.  Strata Solar announced yesterday it's developing 400 acres of land for solar panels with a capacity of 100 Megawatts.  It's one of the largest solar farms in production on the east coast.  Strata CEO Markus Wilhelm says his company will file its plans with the state Utilities Commission by the end of the month.

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10:39 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Hearings On HMS Bounty's Sinking Begin

A federal safety panel will open hearings on the sinking of a tall ship during Hurricane Sandy last October.  The H-M-S Bounty set out to sea from a Connecticut port to outrun Sandy before it grew into the superstorm that slammed the northeast.  The crew had to abandon ship in 30 foot swells before the tall ship sank just off Cape Hatteras.  One crew member died.  The body of the the ship's captain was never recovered.  Coast Guard spokesman Lieutenant Mike Patterson says eight days of hearings are scheduled to find out what went wrong.

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