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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The Militarization Of North Carolina's Police

Saint Paul, Minnesota police officers during the 2008 Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center.
Credit Wikimedia

Police departments across the state of North Carolina are arming themselves with the same weapons and gear as the U.S. military. 

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Military
7:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

Lance Cpl. Brittany Holloway helps to direct the driver of a light armored vehicle during training at Camp Lejeune, where female Marines are enduring the same training as their male counterparts for combat arms.
Travis Dove for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:43 pm

Sgt. Kristy Rodriguez is sprinting on a treadmill. She's wearing dark green shorts, a matching T-shirt and white sneakers. The pace keeps getting faster.

Rodriguez is at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, taking part in a Marine Corps experiment to determine whether women will be allowed to serve in ground combat units.

"A lot of people think that we can't do it," she says. "I don't think the same."

As she runs, Rodriguez stares at a photo — the iconic shot of Marines planting the American flag at Iwo Jima.

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The State of Things
10:55 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Radio Broadcast To Feature Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg Families

As many as 40 percent of the approximately 2 million military children in the United States are under the age of 5.
Credit Breaking Ground / WAMU

  

The United States has been at war for more than a decade and the men and women that protect our country overseas are not the only people making sacrifices. Tens of thousands of children have watched as their parents get deployed into dangerous conflict zones and have been dealing with the reality that they may never come back or that they may return as someone different.

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Military
9:17 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Become US Citizens, And Other Worthy Ways NC Honors Their Service

Some vets will become U.S. citizens in Durham today. Other N.C. communities will commemorate Veterans Day with moments of silence and motor cycle rides.
Credit Jnn13 / Wikipedia

Communities across North Carolina are hosting events in honor of Veterans Day today. 

Airman First Class Fabiola Tan of Durham becomes an American citizen today. She is one of six U.S. military veterans and service members who naturalized in a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ceremony in Durham County this morning.

Tan came to the United States from the Dominican Republic before she turned four.

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Military
3:32 am
Tue November 11, 2014

A Marine's Parents' Story: Their Memories That You Should Hear

Capt. Nathan McHone was killed in Afghanistan at age 29.
Courtesy of the McHone family

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 7:47 am

I never meant to play you this story. Let me tell you why I had to.

Every so often I record interviews as part of a school benefit. People ask me to question their parents, or grandparents, to preserve family history. The stories that emerge are a little like our series StoryCorps.

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Military
8:04 am
Mon November 10, 2014

New Veterans Memorial Opening In Greensboro

A rendering of the new memorial, which will honor 632 men and women.
Credit Greensboro Coliseum Complex

A new memorial honoring fallen veterans is being dedicated in Greensboro today.

The downtown site pays tribute to the 632 men and women of Guilford County who've died in battles since World War II. They have been honored at the War Memorial Auditorium, but that building is closing. The new site honors all of the military branches.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Mon November 3, 2014

From Navy Fighter Pilot to Drone Advocate, Meet Missy Cummings

Missy Cummings was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She now directs the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University.
Credit Missy Cummings

  

Although the word drone may at first evoke an image of a stealth killing machine, the work of Mary 'Missy' Cummings proves drones are much more than that initial thought. 

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Military
2:23 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

9/11 Memorial Events Around North Carolina

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

NC Veterans Affairs and American Legion 9/11 Remembrance

8:15 a.m., corner of Saunders St. and N. Salem St., Apex

NCDVA Director Ilario Pantano, a former US Marine and witness to the attacks, will give remarks and introduce Speaker Pro Tempore of the NC House of Representatives Skip Stam.  Representative Stam, also a former US Marine, will headline the ceremony and speak to the events of 9/11 and the courage of past, present and future generations of Americans.

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Military
4:42 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

PETA Steps Up Opposition Of Military Training Using Live Animals

PETA activists say animals like pigs and goats are shot, stabbed and killed by the military for use in medical training. The organization say this is done even though the animals can't adequately duplicate human injuries.
Credit People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals activists say they will ramp up their efforts to halt military training they say harms and even kills animals.  The organization is urging the Army and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to turn exclusively to modern training equipment -- such as computer simulators. 

PETA says the United States is one of only six NATO nations that still uses live animals in military medical training.  PETA's director of lab investigations Justin Goodman says it's the military's own study that reveals the dangers.

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2:38 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Camp Lejeune Barracks Apartment Posted On Craigslist

Someone has posted an apartment on Craigslist that looks suspiciously like the Camp Lejeune barracks. The "lovely" space is located in a "gated community with 24-hour private security." The ad also touts the "active community with running trails" and "motivation specialists to encourage you along your way." Other amenities include a courtesy wake-up service at or around 0530. "Extremely short commute to work!!!," the ad notes. Read the listing:
July 29th, 2014 | Battle Rattle Camp Lejeune | Posted by Gina Harkins Marines who are preparing for a permanent change of station to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, might be trolling Craigslist for housing. Well, this listing might have everything you're looking for - or perhaps everything you're hoping to escape.

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