Environment
9:30 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Duke Conference Examines Fracking

The boom of shale gas extraction in the US and elsewhere has prompted Duke University to organize a two day conference on the topic. Organizers say the controversial process of gas extraction called fracking will be one of the main focuses of the gathering. Rob Jackson is a professor of environmental sciences at Duke and one of the event's organizers. He says his department is ready to monitor water supplies if fracking is allowed to take place in this state.

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Health
9:20 am
Mon January 9, 2012

New Emergency Department Open in Raleigh

A new emergency department is open in Raleigh. WakeMed's latest free-standing medical facility is in Brier Creek, near the Wake-Durham county line. WakeMed's Carolyn Knaup says they chose the location based on the area's rapid growth.

Carolyn Knaup: It's totally locally driven - i.e., when you need emergency care, you need it close to where you live or where you work. So, in doing our demographic assessment really felt like the Brier Creek area afforded lots of opportunity to be able to meet the need in that community.

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State of Things
9:09 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Meet Orin Starn

Orin Starn
Credit www.golfpolitics.blogspot.com

Orin Starn’s first experience with a culture different from that of his parents came when his father, a historian of the Italian Renaissance, moved the family to Florence. Orin went to public elementary school there, learning about Catholicism, cigarettes and girls. Orin did everything he could to avoid getting a university education, including dropping out of two different colleges in the 1970s before wandering onto a Native-American reservation 
and working as a janitor and cook. His natural inquisitiveness about other people, their communities, rituals and customs, sent him back to school and into anthropology because it was the path of least resistance. As he learned about anthropology, his love for the science grew, and eventually he decided he wanted to be a part of a generation of anthropologists combining intensive study with engagement and action. He has since turned his anthropologist’s eye on political unrest in the Andes and Native-American issues in the United States. His newest book is called “The Passion of Tiger Woods: An Anthropologist Reports on Golf, Race, and Celebrity Scandal” (Duke University Press/2012) He reads tonight at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, but first he joins host Frank Stasio to talk about sports, the cultures of sports and the new age of anthropology.

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Environment
3:40 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

State Releases Environmental Report

There have been significant improvements in air and water quality in the state over the last two decades, according to a new state report.

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Business & Economy
8:55 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Report Calls for Reform of Economic Incentives

Better incentives for economic development are one way to tackle North Carolina's high unemployment rate. That's according to the non-profit North Carolina Budget & Tax Center. Report author Allan Freyer says the state should change how it attracts companies.

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Politics & Government
4:00 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Perdue Lashes Out At Republicans

Governor Bev Perdue

Teachers aren’t the only ones seething after the Republican-led Legislature made it more difficult for educators to pay their dues to the North Carolina Association of Educators.

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Environment
3:45 am
Fri January 6, 2012

More Commuters Carpooling

More North Carolinians are carpooling to work. Jeff Tiberii has more.

Jeff Tiberii: Last year 27-hundred people signed up to be part of the states Share the Ride NC program. The Department of Transportation says there are now more than 31-thousand people who car pool to and from work.

Jennifer Garifo: A big advantage is just a relief on stress; especially people that are in urban areas, sitting by yourself in the car, stop and go traffic.

Education
4:15 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Teachers Strike Back

Members of the state’s largest teachers’ organization woke up to the news this morning that their dues would no longer be automatically deducted from their paychecks. Dave DeWitt reports.

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Politics & Government
8:55 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Lawmakers Overturn Governor's Veto of Teacher Assoc Bill

Early this morning, state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto of a bill preventing teachers from automatically paying dues to the state's largest organization for educators.

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Business & Economy
8:30 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Minority Banks Get DNC Deposits

Two minority banking institutions in Durham have just received big financial investments from the Democratic National Convention Committee.

Leoneda Inge:  Yesterday, Steve Kerrigan, head of the DNC Committee, officially invested 4-million-dollars in convention funds in the Latino Community Credit Union and Mechanics and Farmers Bank.

Steve Kerrigan:  We hope that Mechanics and Farmers and LCCU use these resources to do what they do best which is to invest in the community.

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