State of Things
11:14 am
Wed March 7, 2012

No Way Out

No Way Out

Kevin Maurer is a journalist intimately familiar with the U.S. Army Special Forces. He has made of habit of embedding with them, and he chronicles one of their biggest misadventures in his latest book, "No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan" (Berkley Hardcover/2012), co-written with journalist Mitch Weiss. It tells the story of a group of Green Berets sent into a treacherous area of Afghanistan to capture a terrorist leader. Instead, the troops walked into an ambush.

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State of Things
11:03 am
Wed March 7, 2012

I Love My Hair

Many of us know what it’s like to have a bad hair day, but the concept of “good hair” is something that has particular meaning for African-Americans. Good hair is used to express ideas about class, sexuality and education levels in the black community. This intrigued playwright Chaunesti Webb.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

"Walk Raleigh" Campaign Gets Nod from City

In January 2012, Matt Tomasulo made nearly 30 "Walk Raleigh" signs and posted them at night.

The City of Raleigh has agreed to begin a pilot program to focus on the growing “Walk Raleigh” movement.

Leoneda Inge:  Yesterday, the Raleigh City Council “sanctioned” nearly 30 street signs secretly posted by Matt Tomasulo.  Tomasulo and his “Walk Raleigh” campaign was featured last month on a special segment aired on the BBC.

Matt Tomasulo:  The general idea is to help people discover how many minutes it is to walk somewhere by foot as opposed to how many miles it might be for somebody to drive.

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Education
6:31 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Wake Schools Budget Discussions Begin

Under a new proposal from Superintendent Tony Tata, The Wake County Schools budget will shrink by $24 million next year.

Dave DeWitt: Even with the cuts, Tata says there will be no teacher layoffs. In fact, he expects to be able to give teachers a one percent raise - their first in four years.

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Arts & Culture
3:17 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Civil War Cannon Returns to Raleigh

A Civil War artifact is back in North Carolina to help commemorate the battle of New Bern.

Jeff Tiberii: On March 14th, 1862 nearly 500 soliders were wounded at the Battle of New Bern. A Massachusetts made cannon began that day in confederate hands. It had been used in the early part of the Civil War in Eastern North Carolina. However, the Amherst Cannon was seized by it’s original Union owners in the fight. Dr. Jeanne Marie Warzeski is curator at the North Carolina Museum of History.

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State of Things
11:03 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Documenting the Women's Movement in the South

Contraception, access to health care and representation in Congress are issues that motivated feminist activists in the early 1960s and, if Rush Limbaugh's recent time in the headlines is any indication, those issues persist. Women have been effecting social and political change across the South for more than a century, but, if you read the history of the women's movement in America, you'd think all of the action happened in the Northeast.

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Education
5:57 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Test Prep: Juniors Take ACT Today



Forgive high school juniors if they're a little cranky this morning. Today is a major test day across the state and it's the first time juniors will be required to take the ACT. It's usually a test used by college admissions counselors to determine academic aptitude. But starting next year, the state Department of Public Instruction will use it to track student readiness for post-secondary education.

The ACT is one of two major college aptitude tests. Historically, more students in North Carolina have taken the SAT.

Environment
5:27 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Preparing For Severe Weather

Emergency management officials are encouraging businesses and citizens to create safety plans for severe weather.

Jeff Tiberii: Last year North Carolina had 63 tornadoes touch down, more than double the state's annual average. Julia Jarema is with the department of public safety. She says each year there are thousands of severe weather warnings throughout the state. And she adds, knowing what to do before the weather moves through is a critical step:

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Business & Economy
3:00 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Supporters of Greater Triangle YWCA Speak-Out

A community meeting will take place tonight to discuss the abrupt closing of the Y-W-C-A of the Greater Triangle.

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State of Things
11:33 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Meet Vimala Rajendran

Vimala Rajendran
Credit http://curryblossom.com/

Vimala Rajendran is a crusader against domestic violence, a peace activist and a darn good cook. She opened Vimala’s Curryblossom Café in Chapel Hill, NC after years of creating donation-based meals out of her home. At Vimala’s restaurant, everybody eats, whether they can pay for their food or not.

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