Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Governor Delivers State of the State Address

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North Carolina's Governor, Bev Perdue, gave her second State of the State address to legislators last night. The Governor did her best to be optimistic, despite the specter of an enormous projected billion-dollar budget shortfall looming in the background.

North Carolina's Governor, Bev Perdue, gave her second State of the State address to legislators last night.

The Governor did her best to be optimistic, despite the specter of an enormous projected billion-dollar budget shortfall looming in the background. While she praised tough decisions that have already been made to cut costs, Governor Perdue said difficult choices will be required to keep the state in the black. Jessica Jones reports from the state capitol.

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Arts & Culture
4:50 am
Tue February 15, 2011

MLK Speaks of Dream at Wake Forest

Eric Hodge:  An audience at Wake Forest University was among the first to hear parts of Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech. King delivered the address 10 months before the historic speech in Washington, DC.   Inge reports.

On October 11, 1962 – Martin Luther King Junior spoke at Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University.

" This will be the day when all of God’s children, black men and white men…"

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Environment
3:00 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Bald Head Island Considering Birth Control for Deer

Village leaders on Bald Head Island say their deer population is near the limit the island can support. One solution they're considering is shooting female deer with contraceptive-laced darts. But biologist Robbie Norville of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission says most wildlife contraceptives simply aren't effective.

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Health
5:00 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Patients Recognize Quality

Roy Perry, 1950
Credit CDC/ NIOSH

A new study from Duke researchers finds patients really do know a good hospital when they're in one.

There's been a push to create ways to rate the care hospitals deliver. CMS, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has come up with clinical measures of the quality of patient care. You can find those on the Hospital Compare website. Now some Duke researchers find patients satisfaction scores do as good a job of rating which hospitals deliver high quality.

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The State of Things
9:59 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Meet Nathan Garrett

Book cover, A Palette, Not a Portrait

Civil Rights activist Nathan Garrett grew up in Durham, North Carolina during the 1930s where he witnessed economic prosperity in the city’s African-American neighborhoods as racial segregation spawned Black entrepreneurship.

Nathan Garrett grew up in Durham, North Carolina during the 1930s where he witnessed economic prosperity in the city’s African-American neighborhoods as racial segregation spawned Black entrepreneurship. As an adult, Garrett, a descendant of slaves and slave owners, joined the Civil Rights Movement and helped integrate Durham’s institutions and businesses, in particular the movie theater.

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Science & Technology
5:35 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Celery Gene Makes Roses Heartier

Credit Randy Son Of Robert, Flickr Creative Commons

Scientists from N-C State are trying to engineer a better rose. But they won't be ready for this Valentine's Day.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Charter School Bill Would Lift Cap

A bill in the state Senate would abolish the current limit of one hundred on charter schools in North Carolina.

For years, advocates of charter schools have pressed legislators to pass a law that would allow more charters to operate in North Carolina. The schools receive public money, but they function independently of local districts. Right now only one hundred of them are allowed to operate at any given time in the state. But the new Republican-controlled legislature is likely to eliminate that limit completely. And that would make some charter school advocates very happy.

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Politics & Government
4:55 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Governor To Deliver State of the State

The Governor plans to address state legislators tonight in her annual State of the State Address.

Business & Economy
4:45 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Amtrak Suspends Midday Service for Construction

North Carolina Amtrak will suspend Piedmont mid-day service between Raleigh and Charlotte starting today.  Service is being halted due to improvement projects along the route. Amtrak Spokeswoman Amanda Perry says the closures are to give workers a chance to recondition the tracks and improve on-time service.

"It would minimize delays and service interruptions and that sort of thing.But the actual speed of the train is not expected to increase."

Business & Economy
1:20 pm
Sat February 12, 2011

Red Hat To Stay, Grow In Triangle

Perdue's Red Hat
Credit Laura Leslie

Linux software giant Red Hat will be staying in Wake County, and adding hundreds of jobs.  Laura Leslie reports.

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst says his company has settled on Wake County for its new corporate headquarters.  The company will add 540 jobs over the next 5 years, in return for state and local incentives totaling around 18 million dollars.

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