State of Things
10:08 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Everything's the Best

Teacher Josh Gondelman’s observations about what goes on in his pre-school classroom have turned out to be good fodder for comedy material. His new CD, "Everything's the Best" uses that life experience to entertain audiences. Gondelman is now traveling with comedian Chip Chantry on the School's Out for Summer comedy tour, which lands at DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro tonight. He and Chantry join host Frank Stasio to trade some laughs.

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State of Things
10:02 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Chimera

T.C. McCarthy was deterred from his dream of writing at every step. A commencement speaker told him to ditch it and a college creative writing program laughed at his attempts to write science fiction. McCarthy eventually did abandon English for science, but he never gave up his dream of being an author. After working for the U.S. Patent Office and the CIA, his dream finally came true.

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State of Things
9:58 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Duke Street Dogs

www.dukestreetdogs.com

The Duke Street Dogs have been a Durham institution in one form or another for decades.

Their unique blend of genres consistently draws crowds to the Blue Note Grill on Friday nights. The band joins host Frank Stasio to talk about their music and to play live in the studio.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Duke Energy Announces Rate Cuts

Duke Energy announced its first in a series of rate cuts.

Leoneda Inge:  Duke Energy and Progress Energy promised if the companies were allowed to merge they would implement millions of dollars in utility rate cuts one month after the merger was approved.  The first round of cuts comes to about 89-million dollars.

Inge:  Yeah, I was just about to say, it’s about a dollar a month, hugh?

Tom Williams: It’s about a dollar month, but you know we have just begun this process

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Judge Blocks Chapel Hill Cell Phone Ban; Towing Ordinance

A judge has found the Town of Chapel Hill's proposed cell phone ban and towing ordinance to be unconstitutional.

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Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Governor Clears Bills From Her Desk

Governor Bev Perdue has cleared her desk of the remaining bills from this summer's legislative session.

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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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