Environment
5:17 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Sea Turtles Get Second Chance

The Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center has released 41 turtles on Topsail Island. More than 4 hundred school children came from surrounding counties to watch yesterday's event. The turtles were escorted down the beach and gently returned to their ocean home. Many of the turtles that were released had been found stunned in last winter's cold water. Jean Beasley, the center's director, said sea turtles are crucial to human survival.

Education
4:40 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

State School Board Slams GOP Budget

 The State Board of Education voted unanimously on a resolution that sharply criticizes the budget passed by the state senate today. They say it will lead to thousands of teachers and teacher assistants being laid off. 

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Arts & Culture
1:33 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Shakespeare Festival Cancels Fall Productions

The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival has canceled its fall season for the first time in 34 years. Administrators made the decision in light of the state budget proposal, which cuts essentially all state funds for the festival. About 15 percent of the organization's $1.1 million budget comes from the state. Artistic director Pedro Silva says the festival has to start looking for other sources of funding as the next fiscal year approaches.

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The State of Things
12:39 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Portraits of Revolutions

Kane Smego and Will McInerney
Credit www.sacrificialpoets.com

Host Frank Stasio talks with two members of the Sacrificial Poets

The Sacrificial Poets are a local slam poetry team known for powerful spoken word performances that address important social issues like race and politics. The team believes that art creates change by making statements and asking questions. Later this month, The Sacrificial Poets will travel to Tunisia and Egypt to gather stories from people who witnessed North Africa’s political revolutions firsthand and bring those oral histories home to North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Human Rights At Abbey Court

Credit www.humanrightscities.org

Frank Stasio and his guests talk about their successful fight for human rights at Abbey Court.

A few years ago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Sociology Professor Judith Blau and her teaching assistant Rafael Gallegos were at Abbey Court Apartments complex in Carrboro, NC. They were passing out flyers on behalf of the Latino cultural organization El Centro when they were nearly run off by the police. The irony of the situation – that the Abbey Court neighborhood has a high density of immigrants who need support and services and that Abbey Court had the highest crime rate in Carrboro and a hostile relationship with the police department – was not lost on Blau.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

A Lost Jazz Legend Remembered

Film poster ''Talmage Farlow'' by Lorenzo DeStefano
Credit Lorenzo DeStefano

Host Frank Stasio talks with filmmaker Lorenzo DeStefano about the film he made of Farlow's life, and with Farlow's widow Michele Hyk Farlow in advance of what would have been the musician's 90th birthday.

In his heyday in the 1940s and '50s, jazz guitarist Greensboro native Tal Farlow wowed the Down Beat crowd, playing with Charles Mingus, Red Norvo and the like. His large hands and his intrinsic sense of harmony distinguished him from his contemporaries. Farlow walked away from the jazz scene in the late 1950s, but he never let go of his love for the music.

Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Black Civil War Soldiers Honored

Sgt. Furney Bryant, 1st NC Colored Troops
Credit NC Dept. of Cultural Resources

A ceremony today in Wilmington is honoring black soldiers who served in the Civil War. A North Carolina Highway Historical Marker will be unveiled just outside the National Cemetery in the city. Jim Steele is the manager of the Fort Fisher State Historic Site. He says a combination of free blacks and former slaves participated in a fight to take the fort.

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Arts & Culture
10:05 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Greensboro Unveils New Amphitheater

Greensboro city officials will cut the ribbon for a new amphitheater today. The venue is located on the southern part of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The amphitheater's capacity holds about 2,000 more people than Raleigh's new downtown Amphitheater. Andrew Brown with the coliseum says an amphitheater was a natural choice for the complex.

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Politics & Government
6:31 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

State Senate Tentatively Passes Budget Plan

Earlier today, lawmakers in the state Senate tentatively approved a 19-point-7 billion dollar spending plan for the next two years. The framework of the plan was a reworked budget proposal released earlier this week after negotiations between Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate.

Republican budget writer Richard Stevens was the first lawmaker to speak about the plan- otherwise known as House Bill 200- on the Senate floor earlier today. He told his colleagues that he and other Republicans have produced the kind of plan they promised they would.

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Sports
3:10 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

UNC Hosts Sports Concussion Conference

Sports equipment manufacturers meet with medical experts in Chapel Hill Thursday to consider ways to prevent sports concussions. The conference is meant to address research connecting concussions to dementia in retired athletes. A recent Wake Forest University study of football helmets says there is no helmet that can fully prevent concussions. But manufacturers have made progress in producing helmets that reduce the odds of a head injury. Robert Parish is the President and CEO of Jarden Team Sports, which owns the Rawlings brand of sports equipment.

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