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.

Jeff Tiberii

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.

Closing arguments are scheduled to take place today at the John Edwards trial. The defense rested its case on Wednesday without putting the two-time presidential candidate, or former mistress Rielle Hunter on the witness stand.

Today could mark the final day of testimony in the John Edwards trial.

Defense attorneys could call two noteworthy witnesses today at the John Edwards Trial.

At the John Edwards trial the prosecution has rested, and today the defense is expected to ask the judge to dismiss the case all together.

John Edwards' fall from political prominence has continued in recent weeks, during his trial at a federal courthouse in Greensboro. After 24 witnesses and a more than a hundred pieces of evidence, the government has completed its case accusing Edwards of violating campaign finance law.

At the John Edwards trial the pace of testimony has picked up.

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Jeff Tiberii

Cross-examination of a former John Edwards aide will likely continue all day at a federal courthouse in Greensboro.

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Photo: Jeff Tiberii

The testimony of a former John Edwards aide is expected to continue today at the Federal Courthouse in Greensboro.

John Edwards
Jeff Tiberii

The final phase of jury selection as well as opening arguments are expected today in the John Edwards Trial.