Education
6:00 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Thousands Will Graduate This Weekend

Commencement season begins in earnest this weekend, as several area colleges and universities hold graduation. 

UNC - Chapel Hill graduation takes center stage on Sunday morning, as the main university ceremony takes place in Kenan Stadium. Pulitzer Prize-winning entomologist E.O. Wilson will be the commencement speaker.

Education
5:45 am
Fri May 6, 2011

NC State Dedicates New Animal Medical Center

The late Randall Terry
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  N.C. State University is dedicating a new veterinary hospital today. The Randall B. Terry Medical Center will be one of the nation's largest veterinary hospitals. The new facilities include a Canine Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, a linear accelerator for cancer radiation treatment, and new ultrasound stations. 

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Politics & Government
5:30 am
Fri May 6, 2011

Lawmakers Pass Broadband Bill

 State lawmakers have passed a measure that would make it harder for cities and towns to build their own Internet broadband systems. 

 The controversial bill passed the Senate earlier this week and returned yesterday to the House for concurrence. Supporters say it's not fair that municipalities don't have to follow the same regulations that commercial providers do. But a few Democratic lawmakers still fired whatever shots they could at the measure. Democrat Bill Faison represents Caswell and Orange counties. 

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The State of Things
12:58 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Beyond the Deadlines

Beyond the Deadlines

Photographers D.L. Anderson and Jeremy Lange join host Frank Stasio to talk about ''Beyond the Deadlines'', and what happens when the worlds of photojournalism and fine art collide.

The Durham Arts Council is currently hosting a photography exhibit called “Beyond the Deadlines.” The exhibit features the work of two photographers who shoot for The Independent Weekly, as well as publications such as The New York Times, ESPN the Magazine, and Rolling Stone. Culling their favorite images from The Independent, they frame everyday life in the Triangle in fresh ways and give viewers an alternative glimpse into the world of photojournalism.

The State of Things
12:52 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

The Promised Land

Majora Carter

Majora Carter, host of public radio series ''The Promised Land'' joins host Frank Stasio to talk about leaders who are helping to rebuild the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.

“The Promised Land” is a public radio series hosted by environmental justice advocate Majora Carter. The newest season of the show, entitled “Voices From the Gulf,” focuses on those rebuilding in the Gulf Coast region after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Covering scientists, teachers, activists and other visionaries, Carter focuses on leaders who are truly changing their community for the better. She joins host Frank Stasio to talk about reconstructing the Gulf Coast and why people there are still hopeful about the future.

The State of Things
12:24 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Saint John Paul II?

Pope John Paul II

Justin Catanoso joins host Frank Stasio to talk about discovering his cousin’s holy life, and the politics behind the possible canonization of John Paul II.

Earlier this week, Pope John Paul II was beatified in Rome, with 1.5 million people in attendance. Beatification is the penultimate step toward achieving sainthood in the Catholic Church. The process of canonization is something author Justin Catanoso came to understand while writing his book, “My Cousin, the Saint” (Harper Collins/2008).

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu May 5, 2011

NC Zoo Expecting Baby Gorilla

Jamani
Credit NC Zoo

  A gorilla at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is expecting. That's big news for the zoo which has only had one other gorilla birth in its history. Spokesman Rod Hackney has been at the zoo for 24 years and still remembers the last birth. It was 22 years ago in 1989.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Wither Local News?

Will local blogs like bullcityrising.com play a larger role in the future of news?
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Andy Bechtel, Fiona Morgan, and Kevin Davis.

For the first time in more than 90 years of awarding the top honors in journalism, the Pulitzer Prize jury decided not to hand out an award for breaking news this year. Experts say the jury's decision reflects a disconnect between traditional and new media. It's also a harbinger of a local news crisis.

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The State of Things
11:25 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Raleigh Ensemble Players

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Host Frank Stasio talks about the company’s success with REP Managing Director Gary Williams; actor and REP Board President Betsy Henderson; and actor Page Purgar.

Raleigh Ensemble Players has been presenting provocative theater in the capital city since 1982. Earlier this year, the company moved into a renovated theater space on Fayetteville Street, defying a recession that has plagued many arts organizations. REP’s first full-length production in the new facility will be "Distracted," a play about the challenges of dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed May 4, 2011

House Votes for Budget with Deep Cuts

Lawmakers in the state House have tentatively approved a 19 billion dollar budget that makes deep cuts to education and health care. 

 Legislators debated the Republican penned budget for nearly ten hours yesterday. Republican representative Mitch Gillespie of Marion told colleagues it's the most responsible budget that could be put together in a slow economy. 

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