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The State of Things
11:57 am
Fri July 26, 2013

It's Called Ruby Red

The Cover of The Love Language's album, Ruby Red.
Credit Tim Lytvinenko / mergerecords.com

The Love Language plays live

They will be playing tonight at 9 p.m. at Cat's Cradle for their record release party.

Stuart McLamb, Jordan McLamb, Thomas Simpson, Eddie Sanchez, Andy Holmes and Autumn Ehinger join Frank Stasio in the studio today to discuss Ruby Red and The Love Language's upcoming performance.

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Politics & Government
4:09 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Raleigh Holds Public Meeting To Discuss 'Parklets'

A parklet in San Francisco.
Credit Mark Hogan via wikipedia

The City of Raleigh is hosting a public meeting tonight on "parklets.”  They're like mini-parks and are popular in larger cities.

"A parklet is a temporary public space that is typically found by converting an on-street parallel parking space," Grant Meacci, of Raleigh's Urban Design Center, explains.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Once Upon A Gypsy Moon

The cover of Michael Hurley’s book `Once Upon A Gypsy Moon`;
Credit hachettebookgroup.com / Center Street

Attorney Michael Hurley reveals his memoir, 'Once Upon a Gypsy Moon: An Improbable Voyage and One Man’s Yearning for Redemption'

Michael Hurley’s life had fallen to shambles. His wife was divorcing him, he lost his job and faced big alimony payments. He decided that would be a good time to set sail on his 32-foot boat.

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Politics & Government
4:17 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

Filing Deadlines Finalize Mayoral Candidate Lists Throughout North Carolina

Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and current Mayor Nancy McFarlane.
Credit raleighnc.gov

Today was the candidate filing deadline for several area mayoral races. Mayors in Durham, Raleigh and Greensboro will faces challenges in their bids for reelection.

In Durham, current mayor Bill Bell will be running for re-election with challenges from East Durham minister Sylvester Williams and Michael Valentine, a current member of the Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

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Politics & Government
9:37 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Raleigh Hit With High Costs For Moral Mondays Arrests

A woman is arrested at the state capitol as a part of a Moral Mondays protest.
Credit NAACP

The cost of policing Moral Mondays is growing, and some aren't happy about who is picking up the bill.  Usually, protests on state property are handled by the State Capitol Police and the General Assembly Police.  But since a 2011 budget cut, state capitol police have been down 40 staff members—almost half the force.

State Police Chief Glenn Allen says the cut limits what his force can do.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Triangle Tenants Brace Themselves For Section 8 Cuts

Public Housing in Chapel Hill
Credit Town of Chapel Hill

Section 8 is a federal subsidy program that bridges the gap between people with low-income and market rentals. But this summer, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh, all face cuts to their Section 8 Voucher Program.

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Arts & Culture
1:38 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Raleigh Bartender Learns Ancient Art Of Distilling Pisco

Mandolin bar manager John Anton at Tacama Winery in Peru. He was part of a group of bartenders that traveled there to learn how to make a Peruvian liquor called pisco.
John Anton

In early April, Mandolin bar manager John Anton hopped on a plane to Lima to meet up with seven other bartenders from across the country. Each had won a national cocktail contest sponsored by Campo de Encanto, the makers of an ancient Peruvian liquor called pisco. The prize was a trip to Peru to learn how the spirit is distilled. When the group stepped off the plane, they were immediately greeted by the owner of the company and a bottle of pisco. It was 4:30 a.m.

Pisco is an old drink, made in Peru since the 1600’s. It’s distilled from grapes instead of grains, and it’s traditionally aged in clay containers that impart no color. The result is a smooth, clear spirit that some liken to grappa. Similar to wine, Anton claims “you can really taste where it came from,” due to the quality that the grapes impart.

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Education
4:39 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

William Peace Makes $21 Million Offer For Seaboard Station

A building at Seaboard Station in Raleigh.
Credit Jmturner, public domain

William Peace University in Raleigh is using nearly two thirds of its endowment to buy out an adjacent shopping center.  The school submitted the offer worth nearly $21 million last week for the Seaboard Station retail center.  The owner of the downtown shopping center filed for bankruptcy more than a year ago. 

Peace president Debra Townsley says the move will make the university more attractive to those considering enrollment.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Bluegrass Band 'Town Mountain' on Tour

Town Mountain
Credit Jason Beverly / http://www.reverbnation.com/townmountain

Last year, Town Mountain released their album Leave the Bottle.  On WNCW’s “Top 100 of 2012” list, the  Asheville-based bluegrass band's album earned the #19 spot. 

Town Mountain is playing tonight in Raleigh at The Pour House Music Hall.  The band joins Frank Stasio today in the studio to tell us about themselves and play a few songs.

Listen to their song "Come Break My Heart."

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Environment
7:37 am
Fri June 21, 2013

African Visitors Tour Raleigh's 'Green' Transformation

Nkonzo Mhnongo of South Africa takes pictures of solar panels on Raleigh Convention Center rooftop.
Credit Leoneda Inge

For years, Raleigh has worked hard to transform itself into a city of environmental sustainability and innovation.  The capital city even created an Office of Sustainability and has been recognized nationally as a leader in the field.

A group of visitors from several countries in Africa are on a three week tour of the United States and stopped by Raleigh to see some of the city’s “green” transformation first-hand.

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