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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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The State of Things
11:20 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Musician Jeanne Jolly Returns From National Tour

Cover of Jeanne Jolly's album 'Angels'.
Credit Celeste Young / Family Love Photography

Live in studio music from Jeanne Jolly

Jeanne Jolly visited our studio a year ago in the early stages of working on her album, “Angels.” Now, she is back in the midst of a national tour promoting her album.

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Environment
7:44 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Hold Your Nose, Heavy Rain Brings Sewer Overflow

An old sewer manhole sits at the top of Rothgeb Park in Raleigh.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The weather forecast for the Triangle calls for more severe thunderstorms in the coming week, but they likely won’t be as bad as last week, when a downpour from Tropical Storm Andrea flooded streets, caused weak trees to tumble and resulted in hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewer water overflowing.

Records show the city of Raleigh experienced one of the largest sewer system overflows because of Andrea. This comes at a time when the capital city is already spending millions of dollars trying to up-grade water and sewer infrastructure.

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The State of Things
11:27 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Is The Southern Accent Fading In Raleigh?

Downtown Raleigh Skyline
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsolson / flickr

NC State professor of linguistics Robin Dodsworth discusses the demise of the southern accent

It’s no secret that Raleigh and other parts of the Triangle have changed drastically in the past decades. But new linguistic research shows that along with social and industrial change, the Triangle is seeing its Southern accent fade.


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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Six Street Pianos Coming To Raleigh For Artsplosure

A child plays on a street piano in New York. Raleigh has never hosted a street piano project before.
Credit Ed Yourdon via Flickr, Creative Commons

All the world’s a stage. Or, at least Downtown Raleigh will be for the next two weeks, as six pianos have been placed there outdoors for anyone to play.  The decorated instruments are set up in public locations around the city as a part of Artsplosure, Raleigh’s annual visual and performing arts festival, and passersby of any skill level are encouraged to give them a go.

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Business & Economy
7:44 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Raleigh Development Flourishes Thanks To Resilient Economy

Credit City of Raleigh

Raleigh city officials have plans for several new residential developments in the middle of the capital city.  They say it's part of their master plan to entice not only new residents but new business downtown.

It is also an indication that Raleigh is doing well economically.  City Planning Director Mitchell Silver says residences that are on the drawing board or under construction are geared toward not just urban professionals, but families.

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