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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The State Of Iraq

Soldiers stationed in Safwan, Iraq
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Islamic militants are slowly gaining more control of Iraq. 

The group known as the Islamic State is asserting its will in the northern part of the country. It has made Mosul its de facto capital, and has driven thousands of Christians out of the city.

But the battle is not just sectarian, it is political.

The U.S. has been unsuccessful in its push for the Shiite majority to be more inclusive toward Sunnis and Kurds, and some say a one-state solution cannot work.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

What Animals Tell Us About Love And Relationships

Wild Connection by Jennifer Verdolin

Scholar, scientist, and author Jennifer Verdolin

  

After a bad end to a long-term relationship, animal behavior expert Jennifer Verdolin decided to look to the animal kingdom for new insight on dating. 

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Meet Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Meet Rev. Jamine Beach-Ferrara

    

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is an ordained minister and published author who uses her faith work and fiction writing to create new strategies for supporting LGBT communities in the South. 

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Politics and Polling with Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie
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Politics and Polling

  

Former Baptist minister Mark Walker defeated Phil Berger Jr. in a runoff election for the 6th district Republican primary this week. 

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

It's A Beautiful World

Duncan Webster (left) and Leah Gibson (right)
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Musicians Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson strive to never play the same show twice. The experimental duo, formerly known as Prypyat, recently embraced a new chamber pop sound along with a new name: Beauty World.

The band combines their classical training with a sharper, rock-fueled delivery. They perform at the Raleigh City Plaza at 6pm next Thursday, July 24th.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Lawmakers Move Toward Compromises For Medicaid And Teacher Pay

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Despite sluggish negotiations over the past two weeks, state lawmakers are taking small steps toward a budget deal. 

The House and Senate are working on compromises for teacher raises and Medicaid spending. They are also considering ways to reform the Medicaid system, including treatment from managed care organizations. 

Meanwhile, lawmakers passed a bill to review and possibly replace Common Core standards.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Donating A Family

Rick Dillwood filming the Downey-Piper family
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"Between Friends & Family".

When filmmaker Rick Dillwood agreed to donate sperm to his neighbors, he hardly knew them. Mel and Carey Downey-Piper had been seeking a known donor but not a good friend. However, after many months of celebration and hardship, the three became very close. Dillwood recorded their journey in a documentary called "Between Friends & Family".

  

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The State of Things
11:30 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Kid Finance

Young girl contemplates money
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Teaching financial skills to children

Children learn a great deal about money from their parents. But which aspects are parents wont to teach and which do they often conceal? Researcher Lynsey Romo sought to answer that in her new study, "Money Matters: Children's Perceptions of Parent-Child Financial Disclosure".

Meanwhile, an exhibit at Marbles Kids Museum aims to facilitate money talk in kids as young as five and the North Carolina Bankers Association works with middle and high school students.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Changing Industries in North Carolina

Industry consolidation and reorganization is happening in the tobacco, pharmaceutical and health care industries in North Carolina.

A conversation with Triangle Business Journal Reporter Jason deBruyn about industry trends in North Carolina

    

Reynolds American and Lorillard, two of the country’s biggest tobacco producers, announced a merger yesterday that is expected to reshape the tobacco industry. 

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Los Jets: A Small Town Soccer Team With Something To Prove

Paul Cuadros (pictured third from the left) and his team, Los Jets
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  UNC journalism professor Paul Cuadros came to North Carolina 15 years ago to write about Latino migration.

A few years into his research, he launched Los Jets, the varsity soccer team at Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City. It was wildly successful, but some of his players face an uncertain future when they leave the pitch. They are all sons of Latino immigrants, some of whom came to this country illegally.

Cuadros wrote a book about his team in 2006, called “Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of a Small Town.”

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