State of Things
10:49 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Love Free or Die

www.lovefreeordiemovie.com

Macky Alston's new documentary film, "Love Free or Die," follows Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. Though the movie is about Robinson’s struggle to be accepted within the church, it’s inspired by the filmmakers’ experience as a gay man who was brought up in a religious family in North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
8:45 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Republican Run-Offs Expected

In the Council of State races, Republicans appear headed for several run offs.

Politics & Government
8:40 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Holding Tops Coble In NC District 13

A former aide to the late Senator Jesse Helms won the GOP nomination in the 13th Congressional District. 

Politics & Government
8:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage Passes

North Carolina is now the thirty-first state to add an amendment banning same-sex marriage to its constitution.

Jessica Jones: Backers of North Carolina's amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions celebrated last night at the North Raleigh Hilton. Kim Creech made a seven-layer white wedding cake that she helped distribute to other supporters.

Kim Creech: was praying that it would happen. And I was glad that it wasn't any more drawn out than it was.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

The Amendment Passes: One Family Reacts

The amendment to ban gay marriage and civil union is now part of the North Carolina constitution. Voters passed the amendment by 20 percentage points. It was a decisive victory for those who believe marriage should legally be between only one man and one woman. The Amendment’s direct legal effects are unknown, but could be wide-ranging and take years to realize. But its impact on same-sex families in the state will be more direct and immediate. Dave DeWitt spent the evening with such a family and has their story.

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Education
4:20 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Appeals Court Rules Against Pitt County Schools

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower-court ruling that dealt with student assignment in Pitt County Schools. The 4th Circuit said the school district that serves the Greenville area did not adequately consider race when drawing attendance boundaries.

Dave DeWitt: Pitt County is one of a handful of school districts in North Carolina that is still under a federal desegregation order from the 1970s. As such, any major changes it makes to student assignment must consider race.

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State of Things
11:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Cracking Down on Workers' Comp

Businesses in North Carolina with three or more employees are required by law to purchase workers’ compensation insurance if they can’t cover the cost of employees’ injuries outright. But, News & Observer reporter Mandy Locke discovered this law is seldom enforced and that thousands of employees are put at risk everyday on the job. 

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State of Things
10:45 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Accidental Birds of the Carolinas

marjoriehudson.com

Writer Marjorie Hudson is drawn to people who are lost, mostly because their journeys toward home fascinate her. She was lost herself once, living and working too hard in Washington D.C. When she came to visit a friend in the Triangle, she had a very visceral feeling of being found.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Techno-Classical

Alex Kotch is a student of classical composition in graduate school at Duke University, but he also has a love of techno beats. Kotch combined his music education with his passion for electronica in a dance-party dissertation at the Duke Coffeehouse in April.

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Business & Economy
7:30 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Bank Of America To Face Shareholders, Protestors

Hundreds of protesters have pledged to descend on Bank of America's annual meeting in Charlotte tomorrow. 2011 was a rocky year for Bank of America. The bank fell from its perch as the nation's largest and weathered a series of public relations storms.

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