Education
7:10 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Duke to Offer Free Online Classes

Duke University will begin offering free online classes to the public this September.

Asma Khalid: Duke faculty have signed up to teach eight internet classes. They range from neuroscience to astronomy.  So why fork out more than $40,000 a year for tuition if you can access these high-quality Duke professors for free?  Lynne O'Brien is organizing the partnership at Duke. And she says these online classes won't replace the on-campus experience.

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State of Things
9:18 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The Silk Plant Forest Story

One night in December 1995, Jill Marker was leaving her job as assistant manager of an artificial flower shop called the Silk Plant Forest in Winston-Salem, NC when she was savagely beaten and left for dead. A few months later, police charged a man named Kalvin Michael Smith with the crime and he was convicted by a jury the next year. Smith has always maintained his innocence and several follow-up investigations show that police may have mishandled the case.

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Military
9:15 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Military Seeks New NC Technologies at Symposium

Entrepreneurs, researchers, and the military are gathering in Chapel Hill today to discuss high-tech solutions to military problems.  The Federal Advanced Technologies Symposium is being hosted at UNC by Senator Richard Burr and the North Carolina Military Business Center, which works to secure military contracts in the state.

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State of Things
9:12 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Job Creation & The Economy

Occasionally, there are headlines about a new company coming to the area and bringing a certain number of jobs with it. Politicians love to talk about job creation, but what does it really mean for a local economy when a handful of people have a shot at employment? How many new jobs would it take to have a truly positive impact on a down economy and does it matter if the jobs are low wage?

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Environment
6:30 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Lee County Residents Ponder Fracking

Lee County is one of a handful of central North Carolina areas known to have natural gas reserves. Ever since state legislators passed a law to allow the horizontal drilling method of extracting natural gas known as fracking, county residents have been wondering when and if they’ll see gas wells sprouting up in their backyards. People in the community are divided over what fracking could mean for them.

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Business & Economy
6:25 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Durham Revitalization Project on Southside

The City of Durham has struggled for decades to revitalize a section downtown near the Durham Freeway.  Today there is a groundbreaking to celebrate new plans for the area. 

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Politics & Government
5:35 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Low Turnout Expected For Run-off Primary

Low voter turnout is expected at the polls Tuesday when a second primary takes place.

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State of Things
9:41 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Meet Baldemar Velasquez

www.supportfloc.org

Legend has it that Baldemar Velasquez led his first fight for migrant farmworkers’ rights at the age of 12. He started working in the fields at 4 years old and soon became a self-taught scholar of social justice.

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Politics & Government
7:40 am
Mon July 16, 2012

GOP Runoff for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Tomorrow is primary day in North Carolina, again. In races in which no candidate received more than 40% of the vote in the May 8th primary, the top 2 vote-getters vie for their party's nomination in a runoff Tuesday. In addition to several U.S. House and General Assembly seats, there are run-offs for 5 statewide offices. Isaac-Davy Aronson has this look at the two candidates for the Republican nomination for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Politics & Government
6:30 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Charlotte Union Gets Ready For DNC

Charlotte Union Gets Ready for DNC

Work begins today on converting Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte into a suitable site for the Democratic National Convention. We hear all the time that North Carolina is one of the most anti-union states in the country and it's true there are few labor unions here. But some of the ones that are here will be out in force over the coming months preparing Charlotte for the DNC. WFAE's Julie Rose reports on one local union that plays a significant role in Charlotte year-round.

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