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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Business & Economy
6:10 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Final Hearing Today On Duke-Progress Merger

Duke Energy officials hope a state Utilities Commission hearing today is the final hurdle before a merger with Progress Energy is complete.

Gurnal Scott: The commissioners will hear from company leaders about how consumers will be protected as Duke Energy seeks to become the nation's largest utility. Spokesman Tom Williams says the last year and a half since announcing the 26 billion dollar merger has prepared them.

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Health
6:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Whooping Cough Cases Increasing In North Carolina

Pertussis, often known as Whooping Cough, is on the rise in North Carolina.

Asma Khalid: Whooping cough sounds antiquated - like something you could catch on "The Oregon Trail." But, it's not just a fictional computer game disease. North Carolina health officials have witnessed a number of recent outbreaks. To date, they've tracked 179 cases. That's already more than in all of 2011.  The State's Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people to get immunized, no matter how old they are. Zack Moore is an epidemiologist with the state.

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Arts & Culture
8:10 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Miss North Carolina Museum Exhibit Opens

The 75th Miss North Carolina will be crowned Saturday. And part of the anniversary bash includes a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.

Asma Khalid: The exhibit offers a rare glimpse into the pageant's history. It includes evening gowns and swimsuits, of course. But Jennifer Vaden-Barth says the exhibit is more than glitz and glamor. She says it shows folks the pageant is still important today, by focusing on service and talent.

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Politics & Government
6:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Lawmakers Exclude Voting Funds From Budget

State lawmakers failed to include matching money in the budget they passed yesterday for federal funds to help administer the 2012 elections. The state must provide 660 thousand dollars in order to receive four million dollars in matching funds. It's authorized by the Help America Vote act, passed by Congress in 2002. Lawmakers included money in previous House and Senate budget versions, but not the consensus budget. Brent Laurenz heads the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, a non-profit, non-partisan organization in Raleigh.

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State of Things
9:12 am
Fri June 22, 2012

The Late Blooming Activist

Liz Seymour was in her 50s when she found herself divorced, living in a group house with her foster son and dumpster diving for food. She had left her comfortable, middle class existence willingly in order to find what she calls her "right-sized life." She became an anarchist and activist. Today she is the executive director of the Interactive Resource Center, Greensboro's only day center for people managing homelessness. Liz Seymour joins host Frank Stasio to discuss her journey from orderliness into happy chaos.

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State of Things
9:04 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Big Bang Boom!

Chuck Folds, Steve Willard and Eddie Walker had been playing in rock bands all over the Triad when they formed Big Bang Boom, a band that makes family music. The decision was organic; they were dads and wanted to make some music their kids and their wives could love.

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State of Things
10:06 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Rising Tides

North Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would use historical record rather than scientific methodology to predict rising sea levels. It’s in response to a report released by the North Carolina Coastal Resource Commission, predicting that the sea level will rise 39 inches by 2100.

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State of Things
10:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

The Moth

http://www.alletson.com/bio.php

Al Letson never meant to get into radio. But after the playwright and poet won the Public Radio Talent Quest, he launched onto the public radio airwaves with the show “State of the Re:Union.”

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