State of Things
1:46 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Design in Nature

Adrian Bejan is a professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University who is particularly interested in how to make things more efficient. Not long ago, he discovered what he calls the constructal law in nature. This law basically says that for a flow system to persist in time, it must evolve to provide greater and better flow. For instance, a river basin changes over time to ensure that the water from one body flows more efficiently into the water of another body. It sounds simple, but it’s actually quite revolutionary.

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Politics & Government
12:40 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Miller Won't Seek Re-Election

Brad Miller

Congressman Brad Miller has announced that he will not seek re-election. Miller made the decision after the Republican-controlled State Legislature drew maps that would have put him in the same primary election as his Democratic colleague, David Price.

In an interview today with WUNC, Miller said he’s not sure what he will do when he leaves Congress.

Brad Miller: There’s a well-worn path of former members becoming lobbyists and I really don’t want to do that unless it’s the only way I can eat.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Perdue, Miller Won't Seek Re-Election

Democratic Governor Bev Perdue says she will not run for re-election this year. Perdue released a statement today saying she won't seek another four-year term because she believes a re-election bid would make it more difficult to find a bipartisan solution to fund public education in a divisive political environment. Perdue became North Carolina's first female governor in 2008. Perdue announced last week she would offer a budget this spring that would seek a sales tax increase for education. Republicans in the legislature let a temporary sales tax increase expire last summer.

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State of Things
11:35 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Bev Perdue’s Big Announcement

The Washington Post and the News & Observer are announcing this morning that Bev Perdue will not seek another term as governor of North Carolina. This comes on the heels of news that five-term U.S. Rep. Brad Miller is also stepping aside from his political duties.

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State of Things
10:58 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Season 1, Ep 5: Jade City Pharaoh - To Serve the People

''You have to protect yourself, Jones!''

Heavy rains in Jade City ground superhero Herald M.F. Jones. During the downpour, he meets a new friend named Asphalt and meets up with an old friend from the Jade City Police Department expresses concern for his safety.

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Education
6:05 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Remembering Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans

Mary D.B.T Semans
The Duke Endowment

A well-respected civic and philanthropic leader died yesterday in Durham.  Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was the great grand-daughter of Washington Duke - for which Duke University is named.   Family ties also include The American Tobacco Company and what is known today as Duke Energy.  Semans will be remembered for her role in growing the arts in North Carolina, preserving health care for others and her fight for equality for women and African Americans.

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Education
4:00 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Pitt County Schools In Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear arguments today in a case involving desegregation in Pitt County, the district that includes Greenville.

Dave DeWitt: Pitt County is one of just a few school districts in North Carolina still under a federal desegregation order from the 1970s. Because of that, the district must consider race when assigning students and teachers. Mark Dorosin is an attorney with the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Civil Rights. He says Pitt County's latest student assignment plan did not do that.

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Environment
2:30 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Raleigh Opens Sustainable Waste Services Facility

Raleigh has opened what it calls the nation's most sustainable solid waste services facility. The new operations center was built to LEED platinum standards - the highest level of sustainability certification. City manager Russell Allen says the building was constructed with re-used and recycled materials where possible. It includes solar panels and geothermal systems; and will have plug-in electric vehicles.

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Politics & Government
4:10 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

State Lawmakers Consider Immigration

Lawmakers in Raleigh listened to presentations today about the impact of illegal immigration on North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
10:50 am
Wed January 25, 2012

National Homeless Initative Comes to Triangle

Teams of volunteers are out on the streets and at campsites across Wake and Orange Counties this week, surveying the homeless population. It's part of a national effort to house 100-thousand people who are homeless by the middle of next year. The United Way's Chantelle Fisher-Borne is the coordinator of Triangle Registry Week.

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