State of Things
5:30 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

The Curious Case of Janet Danahey

About ten years ago, Janet Danahey set fire to the porch of her boyfriend's apartment complex. She claimed it was a prank. Four people died in the resulting fire, and Danahey agreed to a deal for life in prison in order avoid the death penalty. Now she wants to take her plea deal back and receive clemency from the governor. WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii joins host Frank Stasio to explore the controversial case.

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Health
6:35 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Child Dies From Whooping Cough In Forsyth County

State health officials say a child has died of whooping cough in Forsyth County.

Gurnal Scott: The child was only two months old. It's not clear how the child contracted the disease also known a pertussis, but it does shine a light on the fact that it can happen.

Dr. Laura Gerald: If you're even around a child who is under 12 months of age, you should be vaccinated.

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Politics & Government
6:30 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Big Test At DNC For "Extraordinary Event" Ordinance

Thousands of political activists, journalists and delegates soon will convene on Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.  Charlotte’s “Extraordinary Event” ordinance remains a hot topic.

Leoneda Inge:  The North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union and the City of Charlotte have never been able to agree on all of the rules listed in the relatively new “Extraordinary Event” Ordinance.  Chris Brook, legal director of the state ACLU, is least fond of the rule prohibiting back-packs.

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Education
4:45 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Common Core Coming To NC

Public school students and teachers are busy getting ready for the start of the traditional school year. There are going to be significant changes in every public school in the state.

Dave DeWitt: This is the first year that North Carolina will implement the Common Core curriculum. It's designed to align K-12 lessons with college and work as well as standardize student achievement across the states. North Carolina is one of 48 states that have signed on to the Common Core.

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Education
11:36 am
Mon August 20, 2012

College Students Pouring Into Triangle

Students are moving back into Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill as classes are starting at Triangle Universities.

Dave DeWitt: Heavy rain over the weekend didn't make things easier for the tens of thousands of college students and parents lugging boxes up flights of stairs. Several schools were forced to cancel some outdoor activities over the weekend designed to welcome students to campus.

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State of Things
10:19 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Meet Jon Powell

law.campbell.edu

Growing up in Garner, Jon Powell stayed out of trouble.  His first encounter with the criminal justice system was as an attorney representing kids. The same kids, over and over again. After a while, his faith in the juvenile justice system to rehabilitate offenders was so low he turned to his religious faith to find a new path.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

NC Exports Grow Towards South America

North Carolina’s list of top international trading partners is showing growth from Central and South America.

Leoneda Inge:  The country with the largest percentage of growth is Brazil.  Since last year, North Carolina exports there increased by 37-percent from the year before.  Brazil ranks number 10 on the state’s list of top business partners.  Jean Davis heads international trade for the state Commerce Department.   She just returned from a meeting in San Juan and says Central and South America is a real target.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

William Peace University Welcomes Men To Class

Classes begin today at William Peace University in Raleigh. Men are taking their seats as undergraduates at the school for the first time.

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Business & Economy
5:48 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

North Carolina's Jobless Rate Inches Upward

North Carolina's unemployment rate increased slightly to 9-point-6 percent in July. It's the first increase after holding steady for three months at 9-point-4 percent. But Larry Parker with the Division of Employment Security says overall, the numbers indicate things are moving in the right direction.

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State of Things
12:18 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

(Another) UNC Football Scandal

Just a year after an NCAA investigation into improper academic and financial benefits for members of the University of North Carolina’s football team, the school is under suspicion of academic fraud again. The first scandal resulted in the firing of Coach Butch Davis and the accelerated retirement of Athletic Director Dick Baddour. The latest probe involves student athletes and UNC’s Afro-American Studies program. WUNC Education Reporter Dave DeWitt joins host Frank Stasio for a look at the latest trouble brewing for UNC athletics.

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