Business & Economy
6:35 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Careful Holiday Spending

Holiday spending cash – or the lack of it – is on the minds of many people this time of year.  There is a group of North Carolina state employees whose job is to make sure budgets are balanced and audits are perfect.  More than 300 of these fiscal agents gathered in Raleigh this week and were asked how they were planning on spending their holiday cash this season.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Dropping Back In

North Carolina’s high school graduation rate is inching up. For the first time last year, the state ranked better than the national average. But still, about 1 in 4 high school students in the state drops out. And in a knowledge-based economy, those without at least a high school diploma are highly likely to struggle the rest of their lives.

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Politics & Government
2:45 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

DOT Contemplates Repairs for Highway 12

Engineers from the state DOT meet with federal wildlife officials this afternoon to consider options for repairing Highway 12 on the Outer Banks. Storm surge from Hurricane Irene breached the highway in several spots on Hatteras Island. The options include beach re-nourishment, creating bridges above the existing road, or bridges that re-route the highway. But at issue in today's meeting is how the options might affect the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Beth Smyre  is the DOT planning engineer who oversees the project.

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Sports
2:40 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

RBC Center To Become PNC Arena

PNC Arena
Credit RBCcenter.com

Raleigh’s largest sports and indoor concert venue is getting a new name. The RBC Center will be called the PNC Arena.

Like dozens of arena renamings before it, this one comes because of a corporate takeover. Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services bought Canadian-based RBC Bank for $3.45 billion back in June. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.

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State of Things
11:53 am
Thu December 15, 2011

A New Trial for Michael Peterson

Yesterday, Durham Judge Orlando Hudson granted convicted murderer Michael Peterson a new trial. In 2003, Peterson was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife. The judge granted the new trial due to questions raised about the credibility of State Bureau of Investigation agent Duane Deaver, who presented evidence against Peterson. Deaver, and others in the SBI crime lab, have been investigated for misconduct and faulty science.

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State of Things
11:48 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Confessions of An Elf

Book cover, ''Confessions of an Elf''

Ira David Wood III realized the fragility of life last year when he underwent heart valve replacement surgery. He was forced to turn over his iconic role as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Raleigh Theater in the Park production of "A Christmas Carol" to his son. In the aftermath of his surgery, Ira decided he wanted to publish a book, and time was a wasting. In November, "Confessions of an Elf" (Tate Publishing/2011) was released. It's a story told from the perspective of one of Santa's elves, but it's aimed at adults.

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State of Things
11:45 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Long Leaf Opera's Finale

Long Leaf Opera Company
Credit www.longleafopera.org

The Triangle’s Long Leaf Opera Company is one of the few opera organizations in the country to feature works composed originally in English. The company has been running continuously for 14 years and is the brainchild of Artistic Director Randolf Umberger and conductor Benjamin Keaton. Unberger died this fall leaving Keaton to run the season by himself. Keaton’s effort to honor his predecessor’s memory has been heroic, but he can’t keep doing it alone, so he has announced that this season will be the company’s last.

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State of Things
10:58 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Season 1, Ep 3: Jade City Pharaoh - Walking the Line

Supreme Intellect
Credit Supreme Intellect

In the latest installment of our radio drama, The Jade City Pharaoh, Jade City’s city workers rally together in a peaceful demonstration against employee pension cuts…but it’s not peaceful for long when The Beef Cooka’s evil henchmen hit the scene.

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Military
4:55 am
Thu December 15, 2011

President Obama Praises Bragg Troops

President Barack Obama made his first trip as commander in chief to Fort Bragg yesterday. He was there to thank all American troops for their service in Iraq.

President Obama spoke in a sunlit airplane hangar before about 3-thousand troops and their families. He told them their service was selfless and historic, and would be remembered.

President Barack Obama: "You served a cause greater than yourselves. You helped forge a just and lasting peace with Iraq and among all nations. I could not be prouder of you. And America could not be prouder of you."

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Politics & Government
4:19 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Governor Vetoes Repeal of Racial Justice Act

Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed a bill that would have repealed the Racial Justice Act.

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