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The State of Things
10:41 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Learn About Fracking From Expert Panel

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  Fracking- the process of extracting natural gas from deep below the Earth’s surface- is one of the most hotly debated but least understood practices.  As the state’s politicians weigh the pros and cons of introducing fracking to the North Carolina, experts present their findings. What are the environmental, economic and political factors surrounding this controversial topic?  

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Founder of UNC Southern Oral History Program Reflects On Four Decades Of Work

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall
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When Jacquelyn Dowd Hall started the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 40 years ago, documenting the lives of ordinary people was not part of most history departments.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

The Challenges Of Detecting Racial Bias In Court Proceedings

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The Racial Justice Act of 2009 allowed defendants in North Carolina to appeal their death sentences if they could show racial bias was a factor in their trials.

It was the only law in the country that retroactively applied to capital cases. And it let inmates use court statistics to prove their arguments, rather than having to prove prosecutors intended to be prejudiced.

But under pressure from dozens of district attorneys who said the law was unnecessarily delaying capital cases, the North Carolina General Assembly repealed the Racial Justice Act in 2013.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Ebola: Examining The Narrative Of Epidemics

Ebola in Guinea.
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It started with a whisper. 

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri October 17, 2014

A Chapel Hill Utility Player

Nick Vandenberg is a Chapel Hill musician (posing outside the Durham studios).
Credit Hady Mawajdeh (WUNC)

Nick Vandenberg  is a man of many talents. 

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Utility Companies Could Keep Fees Despite Corporate Tax Breaks

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Private utilities charge their customers a small monthly fee to compensate for the corporate income tax they pay.

The North Carolina General Assembly cut that tax in its latest session, and the state Utilities Commission originally ordered a smaller fee to reflect the changes. But the commission recently reversed that, saying companies could go back to charging at the higher rate and keep the extra money.

Their decision led to a rare, strongly-worded dissent from the commissioners who voted against it.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The Value Of Your Home Movies

Home Movie Day
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The reel of film or a stack of VHS tapes gathering dust on your shelves might seem pretty useless beyond your family.

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Regarding My Son: Poetry And Mental Illness

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When Sonia Usatch-Kuhn's son was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, she started keeping a diary of sorts.

She wrote poetry about the devastating moments when her son was institutionalized, and when he did not speak for two years. She also wrote poetry about the moments of joy when he began to distinguish reality from his paranoia and hallucinations.

Sonia’s writings are now a book of poetry that follows the story from her son’s diagnosis 35 years ago to his life today.

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Where Do They Stand On Healthcare?

Photo from the Renee Ellmers and Clay Aiken debate.
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As we inch closer toward election day, healthcare remains an important issue for the campaigns. 

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12:18 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The State Of Things Issues Table: Healthcare

Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis shake hands after the debate at UNC-TV Wednesday night.
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  Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to be a topic of discussion on the North Carolina campaign trails. 

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