Arts & Culture
5:35 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Eastern NC House To Become Black History Museum

The owners of a historic house in eastern North Carolina are donating it for use as an African-American history museum. The Picot-Armistead-Pettiford House has stood in the small town of Plymouth for nearly 200 years. Local folklore links the house to the Underground Railroad before the Civil War despite Census data that shows the tenants were white and owned slaves. Willie Drye is the leader of a downtown development committee in Plymouth. He says free African-Americans bought the house at auction after the war.

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Business & Economy
6:29 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Ethanol

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Credit usda.gov

A manufacturing plant in Greensboro could benefit from a new push for ethanol fuel by the Obama Administration. US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced cash incentives for gas stations who want to install pumps that provide different combinations of ethanol and gasoline.

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Education
3:01 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Tata: Assignment Plan On Track

Tata
Credit Wake School Choice

Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata says the task force he created to come up with a new student assignment plan is making progress.

Tata re-assigned 6 staff members to work on the plan full-time. He says they are working on specific plans now, checking to see how viable they might be.

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The State of Things
12:37 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

KidzNotes

Kidznotes

Katie Wyatt, the Executive Director of KidzNotes joins host Frank Stasio to discuss El Sistema and the KidzNotes program.

KidzNotes provides under-served children free classical, orchestral music training to combat poverty and build character. It operates in Durham and is based on the El Sistema model from Venezuela, which has been transforming the lives of Venezuelan school children through classical music since 1974.

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Occult America

Mitch Horowitz

Host Frank Stasio talks to Mitch Horowitz.

The occult has been with America since the nation’s inception, thriving in the parlors of mediums, even reaching the White House. So says Mitch Horowitz in "Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation" (Bantam/2009).

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

The Eldest Jackson

Rebbie Jackson

Rebbie Jackson joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her advocacy, her music and her family.

The Jackson family holds an important place in American music.  Its eldest child, Rebbie, has had a successful career as an entertainer that included her 1984 hit song, "Centipede," which was written by her brother, Michael Jackson. 

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Education
6:00 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Charter School Bill Closer to Governor's Desk

A bill that would lift the current limit of one hundred charter schools in North Carolina has tentatively passed the state House.

The bill would allow the addition of up to fifty charter schools every year. It has been the subject of hours of debate, discussion and even compromise in committees. But lawmakers were still wrangling over the bill on the House floor yesterday. House Majority Leader Paul Stam told the body he was growing impatient.

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Politics & Government
6:36 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Kay Hagan On The Budget

Kay Hagan
Credit hagan.senate.gov

Congressional leaders and the White House have yet to reach an agreement to keep the federal government running. The current spending plan runs out at midnight tomorrow. Congressional leaders met at the White House Thursday afternoon and planned to meet later in the day. They need to strike a deal that can be agreed to by the President, the Republican-controlled House, and the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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Politics & Government
6:35 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Governor And Lawmakers Air Their Differences

Governor Perdue and the Republican-led legislature are entering what may be the public beginning of a contentious relationship.

At the beginning of this year's legislative session, the governor and Republican leaders pledged to work together in the spirit of cooperation. But the governor says she's tired of seeing lawmakers introduce and debate bills that have nothing to do with an enormous looming budget deficit of around 2 billion dollars.

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Law
6:30 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Fayetteville Police Policies Aimed At Preventing Racial Profiling

The Fayetteville Police Department is changing its search policies in response to accusations of racial profiling. The department stopped and searched three times more black drivers than white ones last year. That concerned local activist groups, who want a review of the traffic stops. Lieutenant Chris Davis says Fayetteville Police are now requiring officers to give a detailed written reason for each search they conduct based on probable cause.

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