The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Is The Drone War Coming To North Carolina?

A Predator drone on a US Air Force base in 2011.
Credit US Air Force, via Wikipedia

A discussion about the acquisition and use of drones by North Carolina agencies

As more domestic law enforcement agencies acquire drones, concerns are increasing about how the unmanned aerial vehicles will be used and regulated.

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7:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

NC ACLU Asks: What's With The Drones?

Winston-Salem Police with its armored car used in recent standoffs.
Credit Walt Unks / Winston-Salem Journal

The largest law enforcement agencies in the state are being questioned about their use of military style weapons, technology and arrest tactics.  The North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union has sent public records requests to 62 law enforcement agencies.

“One of the reasons that we were very interested in sending out these public records requests, we learned that Gaston County had a drone.  And that was a big revelation,” says state ACLU director Chris Brook.

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Business & Economy
7:04 am
Tue February 26, 2013

White House: Sequester Will Have Big Impact On NC

Credit The White House

White House officials are warning each state that spending cuts due to take effect this Friday will have a significant impact.  Military personnel in North Carolina are bracing for the worst.  Army leaders face more than $136 million in base operations cuts.  Jason Furman is a deputy director of the President's National Economic Council.  He says it's uncertain how those cuts will play out.

"It is pretty much a department-by-department thing," Furman says.

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The State of Things
11:37 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Former Guantanamo Prosecutor Speaks Out Against Torture


  Retired Colonel Morris Davis was the chief prosecutor for military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007. He resigned in objection to evidence gained by torture and political interference.

He is now an assistant professor of law at Howard University and an outspoken critic of torture. He joins host Frank Stasio for a discussion of his experiences.

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8:55 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Rehab Clinic Planned For Soldiers & Veterans

The Fayetteville VA Medical Center and Womack Army Medical Center are joining forces on a new physical rehabilitation facility. The Community Rehabilitation Clinic will be built with $6.7 million in federal funds for initiatives to share resources between the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Fayetteville VA Medical Center Director Elizabeth Goolsby says collaborating with Womack will combine their resources and expertise to provide better care and save money.

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6:10 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Charity Groups Aid Military Families for Holidays

State charity groups are ramping up efforts to help the troops this holiday season. Thanksgiving begins a time when many people say thank you to military personnel by giving help and holiday cheer. Operation Homefront Carolinas in Charlotte helps by easing financial burdens for military families. Jane Weaver-Sobel is executive director.

Jane Weaver-Sobel: "They skype..they email..they talk to each other. They know when there's a stress at home and we don't want these guys to worry about it so we'll take care of the family while they do their mission and get home."

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State of Things
9:39 am
Wed October 3, 2012

On the Front Lines

Success in the war on Afghanistan depends on Afghan soldiers taking over after U.S. troops leave.

The Army’s Green Beret’s are charged with training them. Kevin Maurer, the local news editor for the Wilmington Star-News embedded with the Green Beret and walked away with a book, “Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces” (Berkley Hardcover/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his experiences.

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Politics & Government
6:55 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Perdue Signs Bill to Help Military Spouses

Governor Bev Perdue has signed a bill helping military spouses find an easier path to work.

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9:02 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Bragg Hazing Trial Begins Today

A sergeant accused of hazing a private who then committed suicide goes on trial today at Fort Bragg. Sergeant Adam Holcomb of Youngstown, Ohio, is one of eight soldiers charged in the death of 19-year-old Private Danny Chen, of New York. Military officials say Chen shot himself last year in Afghanistan after weeks of physical and emotional abuse. He was allegedly targeted because he was Chinese-American.

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9:35 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Report: Child Homicides in the Military Decrease

A concerted effort by the military is reducing the number of homicides of young children by parents or caregivers. That's the finding of a report from Action for Children North Carolina. Tom Vitaglione is a senior fellow with the organization.

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