State of Things
12:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Amazing Gifts

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In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act opened up a host of protections for people with disabilities. Amongst its gains, it banned workplace discrimination and forced government and commercial spaces to become more accessible.

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Environment
8:55 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Large-Scale Menhaden Fishing Banned

A ban goes into effect today on an industrial-scale method of fishing for menhaden off the North Carolina coast. The ban was approved earlier this month by the state Marine Fisheries Commission. Patricia Smith is with the state Division of Marine Fisheries.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Federal Agency Looking At Prepaid Cards

A federal agency is looking to better regulate prepaid cards. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau held a meeting in Durham yesterday.

Gurnal Scott: The CFSB says people who put money on prepaid cards don't know about charges to withdraw money or even get information on their accounts. The cards aren't attached to any bank. Durham resident Amy Matthews found out after trying to get to the money she put on a card.

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Education
5:25 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Senate Leader Explains Education Plan

Republican Senate leader Phil Berger introduced an education reform package to lawmakers today. Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones reports if passed, it would cost 440 million dollars over five years.

Jessica Jones: Berger explained the legislation earlier today in a committee meeting. It has attracted controversy because it would end teacher tenure, to the chagrin of some educators. Berger says bad teachers should be weeded out. The measure would also require evaluations of all entering kindergarten students.

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State of Things
10:16 am
Wed May 23, 2012

For-Profit Colleges & the Future of Higher Education

The changing needs of today's workforce are transforming our system of higher education. For-profit colleges are an integral part of that change, but controversy plagues them, including worries over low graduation rates and the high volume of federal loans for its students. How is higher education going to continue to transform in the future, and what role will for-profit colleges play?

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Wed May 23, 2012

House Committee Passes Eugenics Compensation Bill

The House Judiciary Committee has passed a eugenics compensation bill that would pay money to victims and the families.

Rep. Larry Womble: I'm beginning to see some light at the end of this long journey.

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Health
5:25 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

WakeMed And UNC Hospitals Call A Truce

WakeMed Hospital has withdrawn its takeover bid of UNC-owned Rex Healthcare. The cross-town rivals are putting an end to their public battle that escalated when WakeMed issued an unsuccessful bid to buy Rex last year for 750 million dollars. The announcement comes after state lawmakers helped broker an agreement between the two institutions' officials. Bill Atkinson is the CEO of WakeMed.

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State of Things
10:55 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Syria’s Revolution and Egypt’s Elections

The United Nations estimates that 9,000 people have died in Syria since the revolution began in March of 2011 and the conflict spilled into Lebanon this week. Consider that it took a month for Tunisia to depose its ruler and only 18 days for Egypt to get rid of Hosni Mubarak, yet Syria’s President, Bashar Assad, shows no signs of stepping down.

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State of Things
10:10 am
Tue May 22, 2012

North Carolina Hops & Roots Festival

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The North Carolina Hops & Roots Festival brings together local music, local beer, and food grown on local farms.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Governor Creates Fracking Task Force

Governor Bev Perdue has issued an executive order creating a task force to develop regulation for the controversial natural gas drilling practice known as fracking.

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