State of Things
10:25 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Meet Laura Ritchie

Laura Ritchie
Credit chathamarts.org

Laura Ritchie’s great, great grandfather invented the soft drink Cheerwine, and it became a family business. But she never considered joining the company. Instead she wanted to become an artist. An experience in Florence, Italy showed her the value of the curators behind the great art exhibits. That led her to finish her art education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and open her own art gallery, The Carrack Modern Art in Durham. Host Frank Stasio talks to Laura Ritchie about her life and opening The Carrack Modern Art.

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Politics & Government
9:45 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Deadline Arrives For Sandy Disaster Loans

Monday is the final day for victims of Hurricane Sandy on the Outer Banks to apply for disaster loans. The Small Business Administration is accepting damage claims until the end of the day from Dare, Currituck, Tyrrell and Hyde Counties. Business and home owners are eligible for up to $200,000 to replace damaged real estate or $40,000 for personal property. Dare County Emergency Management Director Nathaniel Sanderson says the Outer Banks avoided the kind of damage the storm brought to the Northeast in October.

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Politics & Government
9:30 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Preservation Groups Want to Protect Dix Hospital

Preservation groups in Raleigh say the city should protect the historic buildings on the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus. The city council plans to convert the property into a public park. The state leased the land to Raleigh last month for $68 million over 75 years. But the Raleigh City Council has yet to create a master plan for the future park. Myrick Howard is the president of Preservation North Carolina:

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Politics & Government
9:25 am
Mon January 7, 2013

McCrory Sworn In As 74th NC Governor

Pat McCrory holds his first cabinet meeting today after becoming the 74th governor of North Carolina. McCrory took the oath of office over the weekend from Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court Sarah Parker. McCrory received a state seal from Bev Perdue that is handed to each governor when he or she takes office.

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Politics & Government
8:05 am
Sat January 5, 2013

McCrory Sworn In As Governor This Weekend

Republican Pat McCrory will officially become North Carolina's 74th governor today.

Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, where she brings to bear the knowledge and experience she amassed as senior editor of Weekend Edition, an East Africa correspondent, the holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and as a longtime student of music from around the world.

Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Governor Perdue Leaves Mixed Legacy

Today was the last full day of Democratic Governor Bev Perdue’s four-year term as the highest office holder in North Carolina. As the state’s 73rd governor, Perdue came into office fighting an uphill battle against a bad economy. She became a lightning rod for criticism from Republican state legislators. But she also served as an inspiration for women as North Carolina’s first female governor.

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Business & Economy
5:30 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

NC Job Growth Limited to Metro Areas

North Carolina’s metropolitan areas show some positive momentum in the jobs front. But three areas in the state lag behind the rest.

Almost 100-percent of the job growth in North Carolina since the end of the recession in 2009 has occurred in the state’s metropolitan areas.   And Allan Fryer, a policy analyst with the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center says 90-percent of the job growth has occurred in only three metro areas – Raleigh, Charlotte and Durham.

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