Law
6:29 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

State Attorney General, Wake County DA Seek Tools To Fight Corruption

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on efforts to give state prosecutors and investigators new powers to fight public corruption.

North Carolina's attorney general wants new laws for state agents and prosecutors to urge cooperate in public corruption investigations.

Attorney General Roy Cooper says state prosecutors should be able to convene grand juries to get to the heart of corruption.  He's tried before to secure the power..but says the legislature has so far refused to act.  Wake County D-A Colon Willoughby says they can do it for drug offenses..but that needs to expand.

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Politics & Government
5:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Deputy Budget Director Distances Himself From Tax Code Idea

It’s clear that North Carolina’s political leaders want to make big changes to the state’s tax code, but exactly what route they’ll choose to follow has been called into question. At a journalist roundtable yesterday, deputy budget director Art Pope distanced himself from an idea put forward by state Senate leaders to potentially eliminate North Carolina personal and corporate income taxes and increase sales taxes.

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Health
4:15 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

NC Takes Obesity Battle One Step At A Time

Doctors in North Carolina roll out a long-term plan today to reverse the rise of the state's obesity rate.  The proposal recommends thousands of behavioral and policy changes for the next seven years.  The recommendations range from limiting time in front of the television to adding funds for hiring health coordinators at every school district.  Doctor Carolyn Dunn is a professor at N.C. State and lead writer of the plan.  She says the strategy to reduce obesity is shifting from broad reform to one policy change at a time.

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The State of Things
4:06 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Wagner

Credit Cory Weaver, San Francisco Opera

German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner brought to audiences such operatic treasures as “Tristan and Isolde,” “Parsifal” and the “Ring” cycle. But his influence on music extended further than his mainstream popularity. He changed the way theater-goers saw opera, and his impact reverberates to the modern day. The North Carolina Opera is doing a performance of portions of his works. Host Frank Stasio talks with Timothy Myers, conductor for the opera’s upcoming performance; and Elizabeth Bishop, the lead actress.

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Politics & Government
10:16 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Wake County Commissioners Propose School Board Changes

A majority of Wake County commissioners are seeking changes on the way the county's school board operates.

Republican commissioners narrowly outvoted Democrats on the proposed changes.  G-O-P commissioners want to change the election procedure for school board members.  Their proposal would have five districts represented on the board with four at-large seats.  School board members each represent a district right now. 

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Politics & Government
6:09 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

State's Deputy Budget Director Has Concerns About Eliminating State Income Taxes

Governor Pat McCrory's deputy budget director says he has concerns about some Republican legislative leaders' idea to possibly eliminate North Carolina personal and corporate income taxes. Art Pope told a reporters' roundtable at UNC yesterday that he personally believes shifting the burden to consumption taxes would be regressive. And he says the governor is searching for logical ways to reform the tax code.

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Energy
12:59 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Prospecting For Wind And Sun On The OBX

Dominion North Carolina Power plans to study the prospect of wind and solar energy on the Outer Banks for small-scale power grids.  The utility is launching a three-year research project at its office in Kitty Hawk. The plans include four wind turbines, solar panels and a storage battery that will work to reduce the amount of power the office pulls from the grid.  Project manager Sarah Cosby says that network creates a so-called micro-grid that could be useful for small communities during power outages.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Triad Update

Duke Energy angered residents after cutting down trees in Greensboro, and Winston Salem is causing an uproar over its ban on concealed guns in certain parks. Frank Stasio discusses the triad updates with WUNC's Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Aliens

Credit paperlanterntheatre.com

Two 30-somethings talk in obscurity about music, philosophy and Charles Bukowski while their lives pass them by. But when a teenager enters their life and becomes their student, everything changes.

"The Aliens" is showing at the UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage through January 27. Host Frank Stasio talks about the production with director Jonathan Brady; and actors Sterling Hurst and Owen Hickle-Edwards.

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