Education
2:22 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Graduation Rate At All-Time High

North Carolina hit an all-time high graduation rate in 2012. More than 80 percent of high school seniors earned their diplomas.

Dave DeWitt: The 4-year graduation rate went up by more than two full percentage points from 2011. In six years, the graduation rate has gone up by nearly 12 percentage points.

School officials pointed to a wide range of local efforts to propel students to graduation. Hispanic students made the largest gain in the graduation rate.

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State of Things
10:54 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Cheese, Please

http://www.maxmccalman.com

Everything's better with cheese on it. Just ask the thousands of people gathered in Raleigh this week for the 29th annual conference of the American Cheese Society. Activities include a keynote address by author Temple Grandin,

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State of Things
10:45 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Collateral Consequences

Crime doesn't pay, or so we've heard. In addition to jail or prison time, fines and community service, there are a host of collateral consequences that many people don't even know about. Access to higher education, housing and even jobs can be affected when you have a criminal record. Two lawyers have set up a database to help people understand the true penalties of different crimes.

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State of Things
10:37 am
Thu August 2, 2012

The Art of Cool

http://theartofcoolproject.com/

One year ago, a jazz advocacy program called the Art of Cool Project started having a monthly concert series at an art gallery in Durham.  Today, that project has expanded to Raleigh and is living up to its mission of creating spaces for jazz artists to perform and supporting musicians financially.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

State Utilities Commission Hires Chicago Law Firm

Some new legal minds will be taking a look at the controversial Duke Energy-Progress Energy merger.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Michelle Obama Campaigns In North Carolina

First Lady Michelle Obama is at a campaign fundraiser in Raleigh this afternoon. Earlier today she made a stop in Greensboro.

Jeff Tiberii: Speaking in front of nearly 23-hundred, mostly standing, people at UNC-Greensboro, the First Lady urged Triad voters to give a few hours of their time this month. The “It Takes One” effort was announced last week as the campaign tries to mobilize voters for November’s election. Obama also told the audience how they can respond when others ask what President Obama has done since he took office.

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Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Raleigh Remembers Native Son killed in Afghanistan

A soldier and native son of Raleigh was remembered at a public memorial today.

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Politics & Government
4:54 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Cary Looking Into Removing Red Light Cameras

The red-light camera program at select intersections in Cary could be eliminated over multiple concerns, among them complaints the system is wrongfully issuing citations. The system is operated by the company Redflex. It collects nearly 90-percent of the revenue from traffic violations captured by the cameras. Town Manager Ben Shivar says local officials have have been less than impressed by the company's performance.

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State of Things
11:59 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Arthropods in our Homes

Creepy crawling creatures co-exist among us in our homes, but before you whip out the bug spray, consider this offer from scientist Michelle Trautwein. She and a team of researchers would like to inspect, collect samples from and analyze the insect species found in and around your home.

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State of Things
11:51 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Help Me to Find My People

http://uncpress.unc.edu

African-American kinship often starts with slavery, an institution built on human trafficking – the buying and selling of people as if they were commodities.  The tearing apart of family was part of the violence of slavery and the constant threat of separation from your family was another kind of violence all its own. Historian Heather Williams studies the effects and after effects of slavery.

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