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The State Of Things
12:19 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

State Senators Walk Out Of Budget Negotiations

NC legislature
Credit Wikimedia

    

Republican senators walked out of budget negotiations this morning at the General Assembly this morning. The move followed House Republican Senior Chairman Nelson Dollar's call for educators to speak to the joint body.

"One of the reasons why we felt it was important to bring folks forward is that if these are going to be public meetings, let's have some public input," Dollar said. 

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown said Representative Dollar overstepped when he called for outside testimony.

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The State Of Things
12:09 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Listen: Young von Trapps Sing "Edelweiss"

The von Trapps
Credit Courtesy of the North Carolina Symphony

Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp are the grandchildren of Werner von Trapp. He was portrayed as Kurt in the beloved film, "The Sound of Music." The young von Trapps learned to sing from their grandfather and have been touring together for 13 years. The foursome sang "Edelweiss" on The State of Things.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The Unraveling Of The Family Reed

After the Race by Michael Jones

A conversation with Chapel-Hill based author Michael B. Jones

  

In his debut novel, Chapel-Hill based author Michael B. Jones explores a tumultuous relationship between a father and son who search for happiness and identity as their lives fall apart around them.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Every Seed Has A Story

Funded by Durham Library Foundation, the Digging Durham Seed Library packets give the gardener basic planting information.
Alice Sharpe, Durham County Library

An expert panel discuss the power of seeds

Seeds play a prominent role in global agriculture and food supply systems. 

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The State of Things
11:07 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Meet Alexandra Zagbayou

Alexandra Zagbayou
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Meet Alexandra Zagbayou

Alexandra Zagbayou was born in Montreal but returned to her father's homeland of Ivory Coast when she was 4 years old. Six years later, her family fled because they feared political persecution in the tense years before the country's civil war.

"We thought we would be in the U.S. for a summer. The summer turned into 15 years," she said.

The family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Zagbayou learned English by reverse engineering her school's French classes.

Later, her parents returned to Africa while she and her sister stayed in Raleigh with their aunt and uncle. A few years after that, their uncle was killed.

Zagbayou's older sister became her primary guardian while she worked hard to finish high school and secure funding for college. 

One summer, Zagbayou taught dance classes to homeless and displaced youth. This was when she first began to process her own challenging life experiences. She realized not only that she related to her students, but that she had come out the other side. 

Today she helps run the Durham-based college-access organization, Student U. The program empowers students to pursue their own educational journeys despite diverse challenges. 

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The State Of Things
9:50 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Red, White And Blue On The Silver Screen

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Credit Via Flickr Cliff1066

  

Tomorrow, across the nation, Americans will celebrate our independence with parades, barbeques and fireworks. Some will celebrate the holiday with an annual viewing of their favorite patriotic film.

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The State of Things
12:55 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Education And Medicaid Spending Still At Issue In Budget Negotiations

Credit NC General Assembly

  

It’s a new fiscal year as of Tuesday, but the legislature has yet to reach an agreement on budget adjustments. 

The House and Senate are still at odds over how to spend money on education and Medicaid. 

Lawmakers are also trying to sort out a coal ash regulation bill, public records rules for charter schools, and higher penalties for prison inmates who get a hold of cell phones.

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The State Of Things
12:13 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Supergluing Your Face For Science

Julie Urban, scientist at the Museum of Natural Sciences, shows host Frank Stasio how to view face mites under a microscope.

A project at the Museum of Natural Sciences pulls samples of face mites from subjects’ faces which can be examined under a microscope.

The research is one of several projects that bring scientists and North Carolina teachers together through funding from the National Science Foundation.

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The State Of Things
11:19 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Letters To The Unborn

Byrd book cover
Credit dzancbooks.org

A conversation with author Kim Church

  

After a whirlwind reunion with a childhood friend, Addie Lockwood finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Never aspiring to motherhood, she chooses adoption without telling the father. But even before the child is born, Addie feels compelled to write letters to him.

The story is the premise of Byrd (Dzanc Books/2014), a new book by Raleigh-based author Kim Church.

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Department Documents Show Threats From Blackwater During Investigation

Blackwater helicopters in Iraq
Credit Heath Powell / Flickr Creative Commons

    

During the early years of the Iraq War, the North Carolina security firm Blackwater received billions of dollars from government contracts with the State Department and the CIA. 

But the business began to suffer in 2007 when Blackwater contractors opened fire in a public square in Baghdad, killing 17 Iraqi civilians. The incident severely damaged American relations with Iraq. Today, four Blackwater guards are on trial. 

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