State of Things
11:09 am
Wed September 21, 2011

The State of Working

High unemployment persists in North Carolina, more than two years after the official start of the economic recovery and many of those who are working are slipping into poverty, unable to work enough hours or earn an adequate wage.

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Business & Economy
9:55 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Duke-Progress Merger Critics Call for Stricter Conditions

State regulators continue a hearing today about whether Duke Energy and Progress Energy should merge.

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Environment
6:15 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Solar Conference Comes to Raleigh

North Carolina Solar Center

Experts on solar energy are converging in Raleigh today for a conference designed to help expand the development of new technology. Siemens Industry is partnering with the North Carolina Solar Center for "Solar Exchange East" at North Carolina State University. Stephen Kalland is Executive Director for the North Carolina Solar Center. He says the conference will cover a number of issues.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

CMS Wins Broad Prize

A North Carolina school district has been recognized as the top urban school district in the country. Charlotte-Mecklenburg won the award, given by a prominent and controversial foundation.

The Broad Foundation is one of the largest dedicated to public school reform. It runs an academy to train non-educators to become superintendents and places a high priority on market-based competition and test-based accountability.

Peter Gorman was the superintendent in Charlotte and is a Broad Academy graduate, as is Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata.

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State of Things
11:57 am
Tue September 20, 2011

The Man Behind The Weather Channel

Given how often we turn to The Weather Channel to find out what to wear, when to wash our cars or whether we should be evacuating in the face of a hurricane, it's hard to believe there was a time when the idea seemed like a joke. But media mogul Frank Batten believed a 24-hour weather network could both save lives and make money. Host Frank Stasio talks with author Connie Sage about Batten's life and his achievements in a new book, "Frank Batten: The Untold Story of the Founder of the Weather Channel" (University of Virginia Press/2011).

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State of Things
11:50 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Blackbeard Rendered Musically

Deanna Rose
Credit www.markoconnor.com

Composer and violinist Mark O'Connor's newest piece of music recounts the story of the pirate Blackbeard's most famous conquest, the frigate Queen Anne's Revenge. O'Connor was commissioned to create a new overture for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, which will debut the piece on Thursday as part of the 17 Days Festival.

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State of Things
11:46 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Growing Up Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein
Credit www.ncsymphony.org

Jamie Bernstein lived and breathed her father Leonard's music throughout her life. Now she is working to keep her father's legacy alive. This weekend, she comes to Raleigh to narrate a concert of Leonard Bernstein's Broadway hits, performed by the North Carolina Symphony.

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Sports
10:05 am
Tue September 20, 2011

UNC Sanctions Football Program

North Carolina will vacate all 16 victories from the 2008 and 2009 football seasons following an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct. The university issued a response Monday to the NCAA's notice of allegations. It says three scholarships will be cut for the next three years and the football program will be on probation for the next two years as part of self-imposed penalties. UNC will pay a $50,000 fine, but did not impose a postseason ban. The school still has to appear before the NCAA infractions committee in October.

Education
6:40 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Speaking Out For Deaf/Blind Schools

The future of the state's residential schools for the deaf and blind will be the subject of a series of public hearings this month.

Families and other interested people will gather tonight in Morganton, the site of one of North Carolina's three residential schools for the deaf and blind. Until this summer, those schools were managed by the state department of health and human services. The legislature transferred oversight to the Department of Public Instruction over the summer, cut the budget, and told DPI to recommend the closing of one of the schools.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Duke/Progress Merger Faces Public Hearing

The North Carolina Utilities Commission will hear testimony Tuesday on the proposed merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy. The Commission will hear from company officials in favor and from environmental groups opposed to the merger. Tom Williams is a spokesman for Duke Energy.

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