The State of Things
12:37 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Meet Monika Johnson-Hostler

Monika Johnston-Hostler
Credit monikaforschools.com

Frank Stasio talks to Monika Johnson-Hostler

Host Frank Stasio talks with Monika Johnston-Hostler, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Wake County School Board Member. 

Politics & Government
11:07 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Lawmakers To Spend At Least Another Week On State Budget

Credit Matthew Lenard

House and Senate leaders are back in Raleigh today to try to resolve large differences in their spending plans for the year. 

They're now two weeks past their deadline, as they've been at odds over how much to pay teachers and at what cost. Senators want to give large raises of about 11 percent, but they would pay for them in part by cutting more than 6,000 teacher assistants. 

House leaders have been adamant about providing more modest raises without laying off any educators or impacting the state's Medicaid health insurance program.

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Education
10:08 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Why Teacher Pay Matters Even If You Are Not a Teacher [Interactive Map]

Interactive county map with Wake County highlighted.
Credit Keith Weston

Even the most informed citizens sometimes lose track of all the chatter that’s going on in the General Assembly. Fights between Republicans and Democrats, the Governor and fellow Republicans, teachers and legislators – at some point, for even the most insatiable news junkie, it devolves into just so much noise.

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Sports
9:05 am
Mon July 14, 2014

AAA All Stars Head To Durham Wednesday

Mike Hessman of the Toledo Mud Hens is returning to Durham Wednesday for the AAA All Star Game.
Credit milb.com

The annual AAA All Star game is being held for the first time at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park Wednesday. 

The Bulls have four players on the International League squad, and the team is being helmed by Durham manager Charlie Montoyo.  Festivities began with concerts and other fan events over the weekend. 

Scott Carter works for the Bulls.  He said excitement is building for tonight's popular Home Run Derby.

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Environment
8:55 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Today Is The Deadline For April 25th Storm, Tornado Disaster Loans

Business and home owners and renters whose property was damaged in the April 25 storms and tornadoes have until today to apply for disaster loans from the federal Small Business Association.
Credit Blair Busby

Victims of severe storms and tornadoes that swept through 12 coastal counties in late April are eligible for federal disaster relief loans, if they turn in their applications today.

Business and homeowners, and renters, can apply for loans of varying levels from the Small Business Association. Interest rates are from 2 to 3 percent and can be paid off over 30 years.

Jay MacKenna of the SBA says these loans cover physical and property damage.

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Arts & Culture
3:10 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Teens 'Remix' The News: World Cup, Controversial Shooting Range And More

Sadie Zimet working at the Chapel Hill Beat Making Lab
Credit Beat Making Lab

Area teens have been listening to radio news stories and remixing them with original hip hop beats. Remixing the News is a partnership between WUNC and the Beat Making Lab

The teens are  from area high schools including Chapel Hill High, East Chapel Hill High, and Research Triangle High. They met regularly after school throughout the spring and then completed a week-long summer workshop.

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Environment
6:09 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Jordan Lake’s Managers Authorize Lake-Stirring Trial To Prevent Algae Growth

A SolarBee machine
Credit Medora Corp.

State environment officials expect to install 36-solar powered water mixers into Jordan Lake by the end of the month, as part of a two-year trial to find out whether the mixers can prevent algae from growing in the lake, they said.  

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Politics & Government
4:10 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

State Budget Negotiators Still At Odds Over Teacher Pay

Credit Dave DeWitt

Budget negotiators in the North Carolina General Assembly are still at odds over how much to raise teacher pay for this fiscal year. Leaders in the House canceled what was meant to be an open conference committee meeting this morning because Senate negotiators declined to attend.

House leaders have offered to grant teachers raises of 6%, up from an earlier proposal of 5%. But Senate leaders say they still prefer pay increases of 11%.

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Law
2:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Innocence Project, Judge Express Outrage Over Botched Prosecution of Durham, NC Man

Darryl Howard greets one of his lawyers, James P. Cooney, III

Family, friends and lawyers filled a Durham County courtroom today in support of Darryl Howard.

Howard was convicted of murdering a woman and her daughter and then setting their public housing apartment on fire.  But new DNA evidence shows Howard is likely innocent of the murders and rapes of the women.

The Innocence Project thinks so and they joined Howard in court today.

Darryl Howard has been in prison for 20 years.  But the Durham native could soon be going home – released on bond – pending a new trial. 

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The State of Things
12:33 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

How The World Cup Moves Stock Prices

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Finance professor Diego Garcia talks about his research

    

As the 2014 World Cup draws to a close, all eyes are on Brazil. Historical data shows the effects of this tournament may go far beyond the walls of the stadium.

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