State of Things
12:33 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Meet Peter Ubel

Peter Ubel
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Medical decisions are fraught with emotion and often have drastic impacts, yet we leave much of the choice in the hands of the doctors. They have been to medical school, after all. But Dr. Peter Ubel thinks the medical establishment has got it all wrong. Patients need way more participation in their medical decisions, and doctors should not dictate treatments. He explores this issue as well as others in his new book, “Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Decisions Together” (HarperOne/2012).

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Health
10:03 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Poverty Having Impact On Child Health

Children's advocates say poverty continues to be a problem when it comes to kids' health. The non-profit Action for Children North Carolina is out with its annual Child Health Report Card. The state scored a D in child poverty, with more than 25% of children under 18 living in poverty. Action for Children's Laila Bell says that affects the health statistics.

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Environment
9:25 am
Mon November 26, 2012

State And Egg Farm In Court Over Pollution Controls

North Carolina is seeking to regulate emissions from a big egg-producing facility, using the Clean Water Act. Today the department of Environment and Natural Resources will be in Hyde County Superior Court, where Rose Acre Farms will argue the state can't use water regulations to control air emissions. At issue are pollutants being released through ventilation fans in Rose Acre's hen houses, which contain more than 3 million chickens.

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Sports
5:55 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

NC State Fires Football Coach

Tom O'Brien
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NC State has fired its head football coach. Tom O’Brien won 40 games and lost 35 in six seasons leading the Wolfpack In a press conference last night, Director of Athletics Debbie Yow said one of the factors was the loss of revenue from football.

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Emily's been at NHPR since the spring of 2012.  She worked on NPR's StateImpact project for one year, covering business & economy in New Hampshire, before transitioning to covering the Seacoast Region, where she lives presently.

Before coming to NHPR, Emily was the associate programmer for Public Radio Remix, with Roman Mars (of 99% Invisible); hosted and produced Youthcast, a podcast from the Public Radio Exchange; and worked on other freelance projects in Boston. Emily studied cello performance and music composition at the California Institute of the Arts, then fell in love with public radio while schlepping between gigs on LA freeways.

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Business & Economy
12:06 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

Wake Forest Baptist Cutting More Than 900 Jobs

The largest employer in Forsyth County will eliminate 950 jobs by next summer. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is bracing for a decrease in medical reimbursements and federal research funding. This week 76 full-time employees will be let go. By June 475 workers will be let go and another 475 positions will be eliminated through attrition and retirement. CEO Dr. John McConnell says no doctors, nurses or P.A.’s will lose their jobs.

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Business & Economy
12:02 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

Undercover Investigation Reveals More Abuse at Butterball Turkey Plants

Another undercover investigation by an animal rights group has revealed patterns of abuse directed toward turkeys at Butterball poultry plants in four counties. This comes less than a year after the group Mercy for Animals documented abuse at a Hoke County Butterball facility. Vandhana Bhalla with Mercy for Animals says an undercover investigator was wired with a camera, which captured the abuse.

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David D. Brown is executive producer and host of the award-winning cultural journalism program Texas Music Matters at NPR affiliate KUT-FM in Austin. He is former anchor of the award-winning public radio business program Marketplace, and a veteran public radio journalist. He has reported national and international affairs for Monitor Radio from bases in Atlanta, Boston, London, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

Brown is currently completing his Ph.D. in Journalism at The University of Texas in Austin, and has been an active member of the California Bar since 2000.

Arts & Culture
2:10 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

New Civil War Exhibit In Raleigh

Civil War artifacts, portraits and flags are part of a new Civil War exhibit on display the North Carolina Museum of History. The exhibit is the second in a three-part series. It commemorates 1863 Civil War battles, weapons and even a mistake. In early May of that year soldiers from the 18th Regiment in this state accidentally shot confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Curator Jeanne Marie Warzeski.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Did you Know the White House Xmas Tree is From NC?

First Lady Michelle Obama will be on hand to receive the official White House Christmas tree today. The White House tree and the trees in the Vice-President’s residence are Fraser Firs from North Carolina.  Paul Smith is president of Cool Springs Nursery in Banner Elk, where they grow 600 acres of Fraser Fir.

Paul Smith:  "So this is, kind of where GOD put Fraser Fir and so Fraser Fir grows best here."

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