Greensboro

Greensboro has been selected as the site of the 2015 US Figure Skating Championships. This competition came to Greensboro – and North Carolina – for the first time in 2011, following an Olympic year. In 2015 US Figure Skating’s largest event will return to the state, a year after the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Greensboro Coliseum General Manager Matt Brown.

Matt Brown: "This is a significant accomplishment for Greensboro. Many within the sport of figure skating questioned, how well figure skating championship would fare in the south. Boy, didn’t we surprise them."

Some prominent North Carolinians are joining a national campaign to "Fix the Debt". North Carolina's "Fix the Debt" campaign hopes to set a bipartisan example with former Republican governor Jim Holshouser and former Democratic governor Jim Hunt standing side-by-side.

Jim Hunt: "Everyone in Washington worthy of representing the American people must be willing to compromise."

The mayor of Greensboro is trying to avoid having his home foreclosed on while paying down his debts to the IRS.

Mayor Robbie Perkins has been in commercial real estate for 32 years. He says an industry depression combined with a split from his wife has left him in a bad financial circumstance. The IRS put a lien on his Greensboro home early this year in an effort to get him to pay some of the $86,000 he owed in federal taxes.

City inspectors in Greensboro lost track of more than 300 cases of housing and nuisance violations.

The violations ranged from overgrown lots to structures that should have been condemned. In some instances city inspectors found housing code violations, but didn’t follow up and were not held accountable by supervisors. The lost violations effect between 50 and 75 properties. Councilwoman Nancy Vaughn says a new computer system didn’t cross-check with old cases.

The Carolina Theater in Greensboro is commemorating is 85th anniversary tonight with the debut of a documentary.


The half hour film looks at the theater's 36 years of segregation, how a lack of funding almost led it to become a venue for pornographic films, and its role as an independent non-profit, today. Keith Holiday is the President and CEO of Carolina Theater. He recalled a North Carolina A&T student and later well-known Civil Rights Activist whose efforts helped to desegregate the theater in the early 1960s.

BB&T plans to bring 1,700 jobs to Greensboro in the next five years.

Triad Roundup

Oct 16, 2012

Food trucks are all the rage when considering cuisine and Greensboro wants to get in on the trend. The city is conducting a limited trial of food trucks to see how well they fare. Plus, the long-time mayor of High Point isn't seeking re-election, and five candidates are vying for the position. Host Frank Stasio gets a Triad news roundup from Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

Greensboro Police will share recent accomplishments and listen to residents when a second round of community forums begins tonight.

Jeff Tiberii: Police Chief Ken Miller started these events last year with the hope of highlighting some of his department's initiatives while building better communication with local citizens. The Police Department says between 25 and 50 residents turned out to the first wave of forums. Captain Brian Cheek:

The City of Greensboro is getting a one million dollar federal grant designed to generate economic growth. The grant is part of a program aimed at encouraging innovative ideas, strategies and perspectives for long-term job growth. Greensboro will hold a competition and request ideas for ways to bolster the local economy.

O. Henry Turns 150

Sep 20, 2012

The famous writer O. Henry was born William Sidney Porter in 1862 in Greensboro, NC.  He went on to write hundreds of short stories. Last week, he would have turned 150 years old, and the US Postal Service released a commemorative stamp to celebrate this anniversary. Host Frank Stasio is joined by Linda Evans, the community historian for the Greensboro Historical Museum and Stephen Hale, a local performer who has been portraying O. Henry in plays at the museum for the past nine years.

UNC-Greensboro is breaking ground on a pedestrian underpass this morning.

The project will provide a pathway under Lee Street and a railway. It will connect the main UNC-G campus with a mixed-use village, currently under construction. When complete, Spartan Village will include 1,400 resident beds, retail space and a new student recreation center. Jorge Quintal is Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities. He says this project will increase the campus by 20-percent.

A limited number of food trucks will be allowed in part of downtown Greensboro this fall.

The Greensboro City Council voted 7 to 2 last night, in favor of a pilot program that will run during October and November. Ten supporters told the Council they believe food trucks will offer more affordable choices to students and employees downtown. No opponents of the measure spoke at the meeting.

Across the state elected officials, business leaders and job seekers continue to monitor unemployment rates, local economic growth and job opportunities. In Greensboro the Chamber of Commerce touted some good news this week, hoping to spark a little optimism. Jeff Tiberii reports there are signs of improvement, but also lingering problems in the workforce.

The city of Greensboro is spending more money to study the feasibility of building a downtown performing arts center.

About ten years ago, Janet Danahey set fire to the porch of her boyfriend's apartment complex. She claimed it was a prank. Four people died in the resulting fire, and Danahey agreed to a deal for life in prison in order avoid the death penalty. Now she wants to take her plea deal back and receive clemency from the governor. WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii joins host Frank Stasio to explore the controversial case.

Liz Seymour was in her 50s when she found herself divorced, living in a group house with her foster son and dumpster diving for food. She had left her comfortable, middle class existence willingly in order to find what she calls her "right-sized life." She became an anarchist and activist. Today she is the executive director of the Interactive Resource Center, Greensboro's only day center for people managing homelessness. Liz Seymour joins host Frank Stasio to discuss her journey from orderliness into happy chaos.

Big Bang Boom!

Jun 22, 2012

Chuck Folds, Steve Willard and Eddie Walker had been playing in rock bands all over the Triad when they formed Big Bang Boom, a band that makes family music. The decision was organic; they were dads and wanted to make some music their kids and their wives could love.

Voters in Greensboro will not see a referendum for a new performing arts center on the November ballot.

Jeff Tiberii: A task force has been studying the feasibility of a new downtown arts venue. They had hoped a $20 million bond referendum would be posed to voters this fall. But the City Council ultimately decided it was not comfortable moving the issue forward. Ross Harris is one of 80 task force members working for the arts center.

Education leaders in Guilford County are looking at how private donations would affect public schools.

Jeff Tiberii: A group of parents at one Greensboro Elementary School wants to go beyond the average book or bake sale. They’re hoping to raise $1.5 million for a new building. School board members are considering both sides of an issue that would likely provide some schools with more private money than others. Chairman of the board Alan Duncan:

John Edwards will not face another criminal trial on charges of alleged campaign finance violations.

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit in Greensboro seeking expanded adoption rights for same-sex couples.

Thousands of residents in Guilford County have been without food stamps for several weeks.

Jeff Tiberii: Problems started last month when the county department of social services began using a new software program. Steve Hayes with social services says there were significant delays in processing, applications and re-certifications.

A new non-profit group will support Greensboro law enforcement.

State Republicans have gathered in Greensboro for the weekend.

John Edwards' campaign finance case ended in a mistrial. Jurors came back yesterday and acquitted the former senator and presidential candidate on one charge and said they were deadlocked on five others. WUNC's Jeff Tiberii has been covering the trial since it started more than a month ago, he joins us from our bureau in Greensboro. 

What was it like in the courtroom when the jury's decision was announced?

In federal court jury deliberations begin an eighth day at the John Edwards trial today.

The sixth week of the John Edwards Trial begins with a seventh day of jury deliberations.

Jury deliberations continue for a third day this morning in the John Edwards trial at the federal courthouse in Greensboro.

At the John Edwards trial Jury deliberations continue this morning.

Jury deliberations will continue into next week at the John Edwards trial.

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