State of Things
12:18 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Joan Soriano

Joan Soriano
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Joan Soriano's musical career began in the rural Dominican countryside when he made an instrument with a tin can and fishing line. Soon after, he and some of his 15 siblings formed a bachata band, a type of Dominican music they'd been hearing on the radio for years. Soriano left his family at age 13 to pursue a career in music and was eventually christened “The Duke of Bachata.” Today, he continues to perform with his family, traveling internationally to spread bachata to the world.

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Business & Economy
12:05 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Economic Impact of North Carolina Wine Industry Tops $1 Billion

The economic impact of North Carolina's wine industry is now more than billion dollar-a-year.

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Law
5:55 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Rocky Mount Police Zero In on Gunshots

Police in Rocky Mount are using acoustic sensors to detect the sound of gunshots and find the location of the shooter. Sergeant Kevin Bern says the system called "ShotSpotter" uses four sensors strategically placed throughout the city.

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Law
5:50 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Court Declares Two Men Innocent

A panel of three judges has found two North Carolina men innocent of a murder to which they had once pleaded guilty.

The judges announced their decision Thursday in Asheville after nearly two weeks of testimony in the cases of Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxsin.

Both men had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Walter Bowman of Fairview at his home in 2000. They claimed they agreed to the pleas to avoid the possibility of getting the death penalty or spending life behind bars.

Sports
1:39 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Canes Extend Rutherford's Contract

Jim Rutherford
Credit CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes have extended the contract of General Manager Jim Rutherford. Rutherford is the only G-M the franchise has had since moving to North Carolina 14 years ago.

The tenure of many professional sports general managers can be measured in months. But Rutherford has been at the helm of the franchise for 18 years – the second longest tenure in the National Hockey League.

In that time, the Hurricanes have a winning record overall, have hosted an NHL All-Star game, and won a Stanley Cup in 2006.

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State of Things
11:18 am
Thu September 22, 2011

The Nature of Consciousness

The nature of consciousness is hotly debated among philosophers, scientists and artists. We have thoughts, we feel, we remember the past and we anticipate the future. We think that is what it means to be conscious, but nobody can explain just exactly what that is or how it comes into being.

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Politics & Government
5:20 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Early Voting Begins for Durham Primary

Durham County Seal

Voters in several communities will begin casting ballots today ahead of local elections on October 11th. Durham voters will be selecting their choices for mayor and city council.

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Politics & Government
5:15 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Raleigh Voters To Consider Bond Measures

Early voting for local elections starts in many communities today. In Raleigh, voters will pick a new mayor and members of the city council and school board. But they will also vote on two bond measures dedicated to housing and transportation.

The two bonds total $56 million dollars. Of that, about $40 million would go toward building bike lanes, greenways, and new sidewalks. It is the first bond ever proposed in Raleigh for these types of projects.

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Politics & Government
9:40 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Group Wants Edwards Charges Dropped

John Edwards
Credit citizensforethics.org

A government watchdog group wants the charges against former North Carolina Senator John Edwards dropped. Edwards is accused of conspiring to pay the expenses of his mistress using campaign donations. Those payments were made by two of his close friends. Melanie Sloan is Executive Director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

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State of Things
11:09 am
Wed September 21, 2011

The State of Working

High unemployment persists in North Carolina, more than two years after the official start of the economic recovery and many of those who are working are slipping into poverty, unable to work enough hours or earn an adequate wage.

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