State of Things
10:05 am
Wed June 27, 2012

The Theater of Politics

How much do politics and theater have in common? The stage has long been a place for social critique of political ideologies. And when a politician says something unexpected these days, we call it “going off-script,” reflecting the highly-produced quality of politics.

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Politics & Government
8:15 am
Wed June 27, 2012

House Votes For Controversial Development Bill

Lawmakers have tentatively passed a bill that would require cities to provide water and sewer service to any area within its urban growth boundary.

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Business & Economy
8:10 am
Wed June 27, 2012

PNC Invests $1 Million In Education, Economic Development

PNC is investing a million dollars in North Carolina to spur the economy and boost preschool education.

Asma Khalid: The Pittsburgh-based bank is collaborating with Wake County Public Schools, Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Museum of Art to introduce low-income students to the arts.

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata welcomes the PNC initiative.

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State of Things
11:33 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Solve Locally

www.indyweek.com

The Independent Weekly recently launched a new series of crossword puzzles called Solve Locally. These are puzzles using local themes and constructed by people who live in the Triangle.

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State of Things
11:09 am
Tue June 26, 2012

So Bad It's Good

www.avgeeks.com

There are many lists of the best movies of all time. But there are also a few titles that come up again and again as the best worst movies.  Critics argue between “The Room,” “Troll 2,” and “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” but that doesn’t mean these so-called bad films don’t have huge fan followings.

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State of Things
10:57 am
Tue June 26, 2012

The Help America Vote Act

In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act to avoid the Florida controversy during the 2000 election. North Carolina had some $4 million in federal funds coming to it from the HAVA, but the state needed to provide an extra $600,000 in its own voting budget to release those funds. Last week, the House and Senate chose to hold back the $600,000.

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Military
6:15 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Social Stability Can Combat Violence In Veterans

A new survey led by a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill professor counters some of the myths about what makes veterans violent.

Asma Khalid: Eric Elbogen is a professor at UNC and the lead researcher on this study. He says too often post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is used as the stock explanation for veteran violence.

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Business & Economy
6:10 am
Tue June 26, 2012

State Regulators Consider Duke-Progress Merger

The decision to permit a Duke Energy-Progress Energy merger in now in the hands of state regulators.

Gurnal Scott: North Carolina Utilities Commission chairman Ed Finley was non-committal after yesterday's hearing.

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Environment
6:05 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Accelerating Electric Cars Into More Cities

Transportation officials from eight states are meeting in Raleigh today to brainstorm how to accelerate the use of electric cars.

Asma Khalid: If you drive around Raleigh-Durham, you've probably noticed a few electric car charging stations.  But, that's not typical for most states. Since January 2011, approximately 30,000 electric vehicles have been sold in the entire country. So, clearly the Triangle is ahead of the curve. Judi Greenwald is with the center for Climate and Energy Solutions. Her group is cosponsoring the Raleigh meetings.

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State of Things
9:49 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Meet Eric Wilson

www.wfu.edu/~wilsoneg

Eric Wilson is interested in visionaries like William Blake, the human obsession with calamity and romance literature. It’s a radical departure for the young man who grew up aspiring to become a pro quarterback during his childhood in Taylorsville, North Carolina.

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