The State of Things
11:44 am
Fri March 25, 2011

A Pardon Interrupted

Former NC Governor William Holden

Host Frank Stasio talks with WRAL Capital Bureau Chief Laura Leslie about what's behind this dust-up over a 19th-century historical figure.

North Carolina Senator Neal Hunt, a Republican from Wake County, didn't anticipate much reaction from within his party when he proposed a resolution earlier this week to pardon William Holden, a North Carolina governor impeached in 1871. Reconstruction-era Democrats removed Holden from office after the governor sent troops to quell violence spurred by white supremacists in Caswell and Alamance counties.

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The State of Things
11:39 am
Fri March 25, 2011

The Dry Grass Of August

Book cover, 'The Dry Grass of August'

Mayhew joins host Frank Stasio to talk about writing, race and perseverance.

Anna Jean Mayhew was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina where she also lived, worked, raised a family and enjoyed civic life. It wasn't until she moved to the Triangle region of the state that she understood how much she wanted to write about Charlotte. Mayhew had always written, but she had no formal education as a writer. Yet with the help of a dedicated writing group and many years of perseverance, she finished "The Dry Grass of August" (Kensington Books/2011), which was recently released.

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The State of Things
11:18 am
Fri March 25, 2011

"Th' Bullfrog" Willard McGhee

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Musician “Th’ Bullfrog” Willard McGhee has nothing but respect for the blues greats of the Piedmont. In fact, McGhee would love to see more being done to honor blues pioneers like Blind Boy Fuller and Floyd Council. Their legacies live on in McGhee’s music. His new CD project, recorded with fellow blues guitarist Tad Walters, is called “Stealin’ Gasoline.” In the tradition of blues, the songs are personal and poignant and sometimes racy.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Piece Of WTC Comes To North Carolina

A piece of the WTC on its way to Chatham County
Credit Photo: Chatham County Manager's Office

Chatham County first responders will be displaying a piece of the World Trade Center tomorrow. The piece will become the focal point of a planned memorial in the county. Chatham County Spokeswoman Debra Henzey says the artifact will be on display in Pittsboro, Goldston, and Siler City:

"We are offering a way for residents and people outside the county who want to welcome this piece to our area in it's first part of the journey to becoming a memorial to the 9/11 event."

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Education
5:13 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Perdue: Public Education At A Crossroads

Bev Perdue
Credit Office of the Governor

Leaders in business, education, and government gathered in Raleigh today to discuss the future of student readiness. They were there as part of the "Many Voices, One Goal" Education Conference.

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Senators Re-Work State Health Plan

A bill that would move the oversight of the state health plan to the treasurer's office tentatively passed the Senate today.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Examining Cult Culture

Host Frank Stasio examines public perception of new religious movements

The word “cult” comes from a Latin root word that translates into “ritual.” But in the modern era, the word has acquired derogatory connotations – used to describe spiritual, political or social groups that challenge conventional beliefs. In North Carolina, police are investigating the possibility of a connection between two missing persons and a Durham congregation that has been characterized as a cult. Could use of that word in the news coverage of the case influence its outcome? Host Frank Stasio examines public perception of new religious movements with James Tabor, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Sean McCloud, an associate professor of religious studies and American studies affiliate at UNC-Charlotte; Benjamin Zeller, an assistant professor of religious studies at Brevard College; and Lisa Kerr, founder of the Web site www.mycultlife.com. Listener Call-in.

Business & Economy
6:00 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Strawberry Season Looking Good So Far

Credit NC Strawberry Association

The North Carolina Strawberry Association is optimistic about the upcoming season for growers. The weather has been ideal lately and growers are hoping there won’t be extreme temperatures in the coming months.

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Politics & Government
6:08 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Lawmakers Approve Crime Lab Reforms

State senators have voted unanimously to approve reforms that would rename the state's crime laboratory and toughen up standards.  Under the bill, the state crime lab would be known as the North Carolina Crime laboratory. Lawmakers say it's a symbolic gesture designed to help give the beleagured institution a fresh start.

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Business & Economy
3:10 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Safer Road Edges

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation is trying a new resurfacing technique intended to help drivers who drift off the road. A pilot program is starting Johnston County that uses a piece of paving equipment called the Safety Edge. Crews add a 30 degree angle of asphalt between the surface of a road and the shoulder. Current resurfacing projects leave a vertical drop-off at the edge of roads, which is filled in with loose materials, but can erode over time.

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