Science & Technology
5:45 am
Mon June 20, 2011

UNC Biologist Part of National Plant Study

A biologist at UNC-Chapel Hill is one of 15 scientists chosen to join a national plant research program. Dr. Jeff Dangl studies how plants recognize and respond to diseases. His research is part of a $75 million grant awarded last week by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Dangl says the program has wide implications for human health and the environment.

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Business & Economy
5:45 am
Mon June 20, 2011

"Unbanked" Consumers at Greater Risk for Theft

New research shows getting so-called "unbanked" people into the formal banking system can be good for the community. Alejandro Sanchez works for the Latino Credit Union in Durham. He says the study from the University of Virginia listed several advantages to bringing banking to previously unserved areas.

Politics & Government
10:10 am
Sat June 18, 2011

House Lawmakers Sanction Corporate Tax Loophole

House lawmakers have passed a measure that would restrict the ability of state officials to go after corporations that may be underreporting their income in the Tar Heel state.

Republican Majority Leader Paul Stam says House Bill 619 will help create jobs by encouraging companies to do more business in North Carolina.

Paul Stam: "The passage of this bill is probably more important to the economic development and prospects of this state as far as seeking investment from other states or even other countries than everything else we do in economic development."

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Business & Economy
4:32 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

NC Unemployment Rate Doesn't Budge

North Carolina's unemployment rate held steady at 9-point-7 percent in May. The rate has been constant for the last three months. The state unemployment figure is more than half a percent higher than the national rate. Larry Parker with the state Employment Security Commission says these numbers are indicative of the sluggish economy.

Larry Parker: "I think what we're seeing is what we've seen over the last six or seven or eight months. the economy is very static right now. there have not been major gains in the job force it is just a very very slow recovery."

The State of Things
10:00 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Spirit Family Reunion

Spirit Family Reunion is a Brooklyn-based band with a Southern soul and a rowdy, toe-tapping repertoire. Their music is a blend of front-porch Americana, old-time gospel and bluegrass. They sing about redemption, salvation and celebration.

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The State of Things
10:00 am
Fri June 17, 2011

The Winton Triangle

Credit www.chowandiscovery.org

As part of WUNC’s series ''North Carolina Voices: The Civil War,'' Winton Triangle historian Marvin Jones, a photographer and the Executive Director of the Chowan Discovery Group, joins host Frank Stasio with the story of this unique North Carolina community.

More Americans marked at least two boxes for “race” on the 2010 Census than ever before. The country may not be increasingly multiracial but it certainly is increasingly conscious of its multiracial identity. In Northeastern North Carolina there is a community that is historically mixed race. Landowning free people of color have lived together in The Winton Triangle for 260 years. Their ancestors include people who moved from the Chesapeake Bay area as well as Chowanoke, Meherrin, and Tuscarora Indians, Africans and East Indians.

The State of Things
10:00 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Book cover, ''Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter''

Host Frank Stasio talks with Tom Franklin about his newest book.

Author Tom Franklin made his name with a collection of short stories called “Poaches.” His latest novel is a murder mystery that mines his Southern boyhood for material. Not only does “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” (Harper Perennial/2011) keep the reader enraptured with its well-paced crime story, it also explores truths about race relations and friendship in the modern, rural South.

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Civil War Reenactors Pay Homage to Ancestors

The 26th North Carolina Regiment is one of the largest Civil war reenactor groups in the country. Nearly every month the regiment travels from one historical site to the next to reenact battles and perform living history exhibits. The group is modeled after a Confederate regiment of the same name.

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Politics & Government
5:55 am
Fri June 17, 2011

House Votes to Nullify Racial Justice Act

Lawmakers in the House have voted to nullify a 2009 law that allows death row prisoners to contest their sentences on the basis of racial bias. The law, called the Racial Justice Act, allows a judge to commute a condemned prisoner's sentence to life in prison if he or she determines the case was tainted by race. Republican representative Justin Burr says the law has forced prosecutors to spend too much time reviewing old cases.

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Sports
5:50 am
Fri June 17, 2011

UNC Football Takes Another Hit

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released more documents compiled in its investigation into the football program. UNC

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