Business & Economy
5:30 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Cree Acquires LED-Making Competitor

Cree's LED streetlights on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill
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Durham-based LED light maker Cree is acquiring one of its competitors. The company announced it's buying Wisconsin-based Ruud Lighting for around $525 million. Commercial industries have been moving towards L-E-D lighting because it uses less energy and is less costly to maintain. Cree spokeswoman Michelle Murray says Ruud's experience selling outdoor lighting will complement Cree's lineup of indoor lighting fixtures.

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Business & Economy
2:10 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

DOT Evaluating NC Ports

The state Department of Transportation says it's considering ways to improve activity at North Carolina's ports. The agency is conducting a study it says is designed to explore options for expansion. The Ports Authority proposed building an international port near Southport in 2006. Opponents citing environmental concerns fear the state will use the study to justify building the mega-port. DOT spokeswoman Greer Beaty says the agency will consider every proposal.

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State of Things
11:49 am
Thu August 18, 2011

What's So Great About Being Middle Class?

In the wake of the global economic crisis, it seems Americans agree on at least one thing: the middle class is under siege. But who is the middle class? And what is it that's plaguing them?

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Business & Economy
7:20 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Regional Outlook for Durham Area Counties

Community leaders in Durham, Orange, Chatham and Person counties are meeting tomorrow to get an idea of what the future holds in business, education and other sectors.

The regions in North Carolina weathering the economic storm the best these days are the Charlotte region and the counties surrounding Raleigh.  Mark Vitner is the chief economist for Wells Fargo.  He says just like the nation, the North Carolina economy is stuck in a slow-growth mode.

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Education
4:07 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Duke's Rare Books Library Receives Large Donation

An architect's rendition of the entrance plaza to the renovated Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.
Credit duke.edu

A large gift will make possible a the renovation of Duke University's rare books library. Duke Trustee David Rubenstein, a 1970 graduate of the university and co-founder of the Carlyle Group, is giving Duke $13.6 million. That's the largest ever donation to the libraries. Deborah Jakubs is a University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs. She says rare books document the development of scholarship and human creativity.

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Military
2:10 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Fayetteville VA Reaches Out to Homeless Vets

The Veterans Affairs office in Fayetteville is looking for ways to help homeless veterans there. The VA says the number of homeless female veterans is rising as more women serve in the military. Stephanie Felder is the homeless program coordinator at the VA in Fayetteville. She says the meeting attracted nonprofit groups and employment agencies to help put male and female veterans back to work.

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State of Things
1:06 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Bending the Health Care Cost Curve

A new study of primary care in North Carolina suggests that the state's robust network of community health centers is significantly reducing health care costs. Host Frank Stasio finds out what's so special about North Carolina's CHCs with the study's lead author Peter Shin, associate professor of health policy and director of the Geiger Gibson program at The George Washington University, and Brian Toomey, CEO of Piedmont Health Services and Board Chair of the North Carolina Community Health Center Association.

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State of Things
12:53 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Tackling Postpartum Depression

The perinatal psychiatry unit that opened this week at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the first of its kind in the nation. It's an inpatient treatment center specifically for women suffering from postpartum depression, and doctors and patients say it's desperately needed. Host Frank Stasio talks with Dr.

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State of Things
12:25 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

The Family Fang

Book cover, ''The Family Fang''

Camille and Caleb Fang love to put people in uncomfortable situations. They're performance artists who think nothing of making a scene by stealing candy at a mall or heckling a pair of young street performers. But the Fang’s greatest works are their damaged children who they traumatize in the name of art. For example, they dress their son as a girl and enter him in a beauty pageant. In The Family Fang" (Ecco/2011), first time novelist Kevin Wilson explores the dependent and often twisted relationship between parents and children.

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Education
7:00 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Colleges Check for Bedbugs as Students Return

Bedbugs have recently been found on the campus of Wake Forest University. Officials say dogs discovered evidence of the pests in a very small number of dorm rooms. Those rooms have been treated and are expected to be free of bedbugs as students arrive. Michael Waldvogel is an associate professor of entomology at North Carolina Statue University. He says N.C. State and Wake Forest use heat generating equipment to deal with any outbreaks of bedbugs.

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