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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Sports
11:46 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Atlantic Coast Conference Adds Pittsburgh, Syracuse

Pittsburgh and Syracuse are joining the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC announced yesterday it's council of presidents unanimously voted to accept the two Big East schools, expanding the conference to 14 universities. ACC commissioner John Swofford says the council started exploring the idea of expansion more than a year ago.

John Swofford: "We had had, I'll just say, a double-digit number of schools that had reached out to us. What we try to look at is to try to ensure the conference's viability for years to come and our strength moving forward."

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State of Things
11:16 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Meet Doug Rader

Doug Rader
Credit www.edf.org

Doug Rader's family has lived in North Carolina's mountains for centuries, but as a child it was the coast that fascinated him. As he combed the tidal swamps for wildlife, he knew he wanted to spend his life studying and protecting the state's aquatic ecosystems. Now he's chief oceans scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, and he's gained a reputation for finding consensus among fishermen, environmentalists and regulators.

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Business & Economy
10:00 am
Mon September 19, 2011

American Mortgage Conference in Raleigh

Some of the nation’s leading housing finance experts will be in Raleigh today and tomorrow for the American Mortgage Conference.  Thad Woodard is president and C-E-O of the North Carolina Bankers Association.  He says they wanted to present a major platform to answer some major questions about the future of home financing.

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Environment
5:20 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Haw River Changes On The Way

A proposal under consideration by state officials may help protect Haw River and surrounding areas. The plan involves reclassifying a portion of the river in and around Guilford County. This aims to preserve existing water resources by limiting development. Jason Martin heads planning in nearby Alamance County. He says the river’s status as an emergency water supply led to the push for reclassification.

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Law
10:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

The State of Migrant Tobacco Workers

A new report released yesterday takes a close-up look at the state of workers in North Carolina’s tobacco fields.

The report – “A State of Fear – Human Rights Abuses in North Carolina’s Tobacco Industry” was produced by the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and Oxfam America.  It includes interviews with migrant farm workers, mostly undocumented and representatives of the tobacco industry.


Baldemar Velasquez is president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee AFL-CIO. He says the only way to better the lives of the tobacco workers is for industry to step in.

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Education
3:06 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Nelms Leads On HBCU Issues

Chancellor Charlie Nelms

The Chancellor at North Carolina Central will play a key role at a White House event next week. Charlie Nelms will lead a town hall at the annual conference of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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State of Things
12:22 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

The ReUse Warehouse

Each day, building materials that could be recycled or reused are removed from homes and businesses and sent to the landfill. A new business in Durham called The ReUse Warehouse has begun collecting these products and reselling them at discounted prices. The warehouse is designed to divert materials from the landfill and give local families access to reasonably-priced building goods.

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State of Things
12:14 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Honoring Howlin' Wolf

Howlin' Wolf
Credit wikipedia.org

Sun Records founder Sam Phillips discovered music legends like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, but Phillips said the greatest talent he ever met was Chester Arthur Burnett, better known as Howlin’ Wolf. The University of North Carolina will honor the Delta Blues great with a symposium and tribute concert on Monday. The event includes a talk by music scholar Peter Guralnick, who had the opportunity to see Howlin’ Wolf in concert. Guralnick is also writing a book on Phillips. He joins host Frank Stasio to talk about how Wolf’s talent and Phillips’ business sense helped shape the blues sound in the 1950s and 1960s.

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