Politics & Government
6:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Advocates For "Wilmington Ten" Seek Pardons

A group of people who say they were wrongfully convicted of arson more than forty years ago in Wilmington are asking Governor Bev Perdue for an official pardon before she leaves office. The “Wilmington Ten,” as they are known, served prison time for an arson that took place as race riots inflamed the city. The convictions were later overturned by the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. But the state of North Carolina has not pardoned the group.

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State of Things
10:43 am
Fri December 7, 2012

The Wilmington 10

In 1972, 10 young activists in Wilmington were convicted of arson and conspiracy related to racial violence. Their conviction immediately became a worldwide cause. Now, legal notes from the original prosecutor of the case raise more questions about the fairness of the trial. The Wilmington 10 are seeking to clear their names with a pardon from outgoing Gov. Bev Perdue.

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State of Things
10:38 am
Fri December 7, 2012

The Blue Ribbon Healers

The Blue Ribbon Healers
Credit The Blue Ribbon Healers

Not long after Rob Pate went to see Cindy Rose perform, they became a couple and musical collaborators. They formed the bandThe Blue Ribbon Healers, and for four years now, they've traveled coast to coast making music together. The Blue Ribbon Healers will join host Frank Stasio in the studio to show off their self-described "swanky tonk" sound.

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Alex Blumberg is a contributing editor for NPR's Planet Money. He is also a producer for the public radio program This American Life, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University. He has done radio documentaries on the U.S. Navy, people who do impersonations of their mothers and teenage Steve Forbes supporters. He won first place at the 2002 Third Coast International Audio Festival for his story "Yes, There is a Baby." His story on clinical medical ethicists won the 1999 Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) award for best radio documentary.

State of Things
11:25 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Highway 12

Highway 12 wash out
Credit Western Carolina University

In the past two years alone, it has cost the state and federal governments more than $22 million to repair Highway 12. The iconic road on North Carolina's Outer Banks is a lifeline for permanent residents and an economic boon to the region and the state during tourism season. But the shifting sands of the barrier islands may make a permanent road impossible in the near future.

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Business & Economy
9:05 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Changes Proposed to Unemployment Benefits

Many people could end up paying more with the latest draft proposal to overhaul the state’s unemployment system and re-pay the federal government. 

Tessie Bethel is a laid off custodian.   Her unemployment runs out before Christmas.  She gets 179-dollars a week.

Tessie Bethel:  "I had to pay 85-dollars for an eye exam yesterday.  It’s gone. I only have 40-dollars left for up until next Tuesday again. It  doesn’t last."

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Voters Could Decide Fate Of GPAC

In Greensboro, voters could decide the fate of a proposed downtown performing arts center.

It's not clear yet if residents will in fact get to vote on a proposed $60 million downtown performing arts center. The City Council voted seven to two on Tuesday to pursue a voter bond referendum, and deny the request from a citizen task force for local government to allocate the money. Ross Harris is the project manager of GPAC, the organization working to get the venue built.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

NC Senators Divided On Fiscal Cliff Solution

North Carolina's U.S. Senators are as divided as House Republicans and the President over a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. Democratic Senator Kay Hagan today echoed sentiments from the president and fellow Democrats calling for revenue from higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

Kay Hagan: "At the top end of the income, especially those people making $1 million and more in income every year should definitely have a higher rate. The main aspect is we've got to avert any tax hikes on the middle class families."

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Coast Guard Ship Named For NC Commander

A North Carolinian has been honored with the naming of a new Coast Guard ship. The cutter Richard Etheridge is named for the first African-American to lead a life-saving station. Commanding Officer Christian Lee says Etheridge started as a cook at the famous Pea Island Life Saving Station on the Outer Banks before working his way up to command.

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Law
12:45 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bank Robberies Down Slightly

The North Carolina Bankers Association says the number of bank robberies is down slightly since last year. The group met with law enforcement agencies yesterday to discuss how to reduce the crime rate. The association says there have been 113 robberies this year compared to 129 in 2011. Associate counsel Dawn Thompson says the group keeps track of crime trends to help law enforcement cut down on robberies.

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