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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Gov. McCrory's Financial Disclosures In Dispute

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit Hal Goodtree / Creative Commons/Flickr

    

An investigation by the Associated Press says Gov. Pat McCrory failed to disclose some his dealings with Tree.com, a licensed mortgage broker in North Carolina.

The governor was a board member of the Charlotte-based company when he took office, and the report says McCrory did not properly fill out financial statements that would have suggested a conflict of interest.

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

The “Lost” Recordings of an Overlooked Banjo Great

Unsung banjo hero Carroll Best with the banjo he played during the recordings with Joseph Hall in Haywood County, NC in the 1950s.
Courtesy of Louise Best

In the 1930s, the National Park Service sent a man named Joseph Hall to the Great Smoky Mountains to document the life and stories of people who were about to be relocated so that it could become a national park

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Something Rich And Strange

Ron Rash's new book Something Rich and Strange is composed of 34 of his best short stories written over the past 20 years.
Credit http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062349347/something-rich-and-strange

    

Many know North Carolina author Ron Rash for his novel Serena which was  turned into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

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The State of Things
12:25 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Bladenboro Hanging Death Leaves Unanswered Questions

Bladenboro, N.C.
Credit Gary Dincher / Flickr Creative Commons

    

In August, 17-year-old Lennon Lacy was found dead in the small town of Bladenboro, N.C, hanging by his neck from a swing set.

Local police say Lacy killed himself, but Lacy's family says suspicious circumstances have raised questions about whether Lacy's death was a suicide or a lynching.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Protests Call For Police Accountability

Durham Police at Jesus Huerta protest in December 2013
Credit Laura Lee

    

Across the nation, protestors have taken to the street to call for reforms in police action. The protests come in the wake of  two grand juries declining to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

From the coast to the mountains, activists in North Carolina have joined the movement calling for greater police accountability.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Former Raleigh Mayor Smedes York Tells Story Of City's Growth

Credit Lulu Publishing

    

Raleigh native Smedes York has witnessed and facilitated decades of growth in his hometown.

His father developed the iconic Cameron Village in the late 1940s, and he tackled the redevelopment of downtown during his time as mayor from 1979 to 1983.

His memoir, Growing up with Raleigh (Lulu Publishing/2014), documents a life of business, politics and urban planning in North Carolina's capital city.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Smedes York and historian John Sharpe about Growing Up With Raleigh.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

NC's Longest Serving Congressman Comes Home

Frank Stasio talked live with Congressman Howard Coble 12/16/2014.
Ivan Saul Cutler Governor Morehead Forum for Economic Development

  At 83, Congressman Howard Coble is retiring and leaving Capitol Hill after 30 years. 

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Local Bookstore Goes Against The Grain

Scuppernong Books is Greensboro's independent bookstore. They are part of a revitalization in downtown and hope to be place where conversations happen.
Credit http://www.scuppernongbooks.com/

The obituary for the independent bookstore has been written many times, but the digital revolution has created a niche and a desire to hold something real in your hands when you read. 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Greensboro's Little Mountain (LIVE)

Greensboro's Little Mountain perform live on The State of Things, 12/17/14
Credit Ivan Saul Cutler / Governor Morehead Forum for Economic Development

Greensboro's Little Mountain will perform live at the Triad Stage today during The State of Things. 

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

From Shoe Shiner To Ethnomusicologist, Meet Daoud Haroon

Daoud Haroon practicing one of his first instruments in the front room of his family apartment in Boston.
Daoud Haroon

Daoud Haroon has lived many lives in his 81 years. He grew up in the jazz clubs of Boston, shining shoes of many of the jazz greats as a young boy, and later playing alongside them as a percussionist and trombonist. He has worked in a wide range of trades from hat making to house painting. 

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