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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Law
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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Politics & Government
10:17 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

State Lawmakers Begin Budget Process

Budget subcommittees will begin meeting in Raleigh on Tuesday as state legislators begin their work to put together a roughly 20 billion dollar budget. A number of appropriations subcommittees are scheduled to meet this morning as the official public beginning of the budget-making process.

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Gabe Bullard joined WFPL in 2008 as a reporter on the city politics beat. Since then, he's reported, blogged, hosted and edited during elections, severe weather and the Fairdale Sasquatch scare of 2009. Before coming to Louisville, Gabe lived in St. Louis, which was his home base for years of growing up, studying and interning at various media outlets around the country. 

Margot Williams is a NPR News Investigations database correspondent. Along with her reporting, Williams works behind the scenes compiling, mining and analyzing data for investigative reports, ferreting for information, and connecting the dots.

The State of Things
12:19 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

A Rabbi's Faith Is Shaped By Grief

Rabbi Daniel Greyber
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Meet Rabbi Daniel Greyber

Rabbi Daniel Greyber has dedicated his life to God, but it is not an unquestioning devotion. Rather, his belief has been shaped by losses that led him to question and consider his faith.

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The Story
11:29 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Inheriting The Family Guns - Or Not

A 1944 Montgomery Ward ad for boys' drill rifles.
Credit Montgomery Ward

INHERITING THE FAMILY GUNS - OR NOT

Guest host Sean Cole goes to see his mother to find out why she did not give him the rifle left to him by his grandfather. He's told he comes from a "family of shooters," but that his mother did not hold onto the gun.

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Business & Economy
11:12 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Manufacturing Conference In Raleigh Looks To The Future

North Carolina has a long history in manufacturing.  Thousands of jobs have been lost to competition elsewhere.  But a conference today at the Raleigh Convention Center sets out to show the future is again bright for manufacturing.  Anita Brown-Graham is the Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues.  She says this week’s conference is called “Manufacturing Works.”

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Business & Economy
9:25 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Duke Energy's Plan For The Next 20 Years

A series of hearings begins today to examine how Duke Energy wants to invest in power sources over the next 20 years.  The state Utilities Commission is set to hear from the utility and consumer advocacy groups about its annual Integrated Resource Plan.  Duke Energy spokesman Mike Hughes says the utility plans to open new plants to keep up with North Carolina's population growth.

"Even if the per-household use of electricity is declining, the overall use of electricity is increasing," Hughes says.

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