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Military
5:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

'Walking Off The War' On North Carolina's Mountain To Sea Trail

Sharon Smith, aka Mama Goose, in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Sharon Smith is taking two months to walk North Carolina's Mountain to the Sea Trail, which is more than 1,000 miles long and crosses the entire state.

Smith served as an Air Force combat medic during the Gulf War - and she is helping to prep the trail for a larger contingent of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who will cross the state next year as a part of the Warrior Hike: Walk off the War program. 

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Arts & Culture
7:14 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Snapshots Capture Life in Depression-Era North Carolina

Roadside meeting with Durham County farmer. North Carolina. He gives road directions by drawing the dirt with a stick. July 1939
Credit Dorothea Lange / Library of Congress Call Number LC-USF34-020259

During the Great Depression, the federal government sent photographers around the country to meet Americans and document their lives. Those photographers took some 170,000 photographs throughout the latter half of the 1930s and into the 194os. The images they captured are among the most iconic of the era.

There's a new way to browse the images by state and even by county. The site is called Photogrammer and it was created by a team at Yale University.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Meet North Carolina's First Congresswoman

Former congresswoman Eva Clayton chats with other speakers during the North Carolina Campuses Against Hunger conference at Elon.
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncstate/

 Note: Today's program is a rebroadcast of a program originally aired on March 25, 2013.

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Environment
5:01 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

'Megalopolis' To Stretch From Raleigh To Atlanta?

Credit Maureen Sill / Flickr/Creative Commons

Researchers at NC State University and the U.S. Geological Survey predict that urban areas in the south will double in size by 2060. If the rate and style of urban sprawl continues, farm and forest land will give way to a "megalopolis" that stretches from Raleigh to Atlanta.

USGS Research Ecologist Adam Terando says the pattern of decentralized development (meaning houses with yards and on cul-de-sacs as well as roadside business centers) will mean cutting further into wildlife habitats.

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Business & Economy
2:18 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

[VIDEO] Alamance County Dairy Farmer Has Innovative Idea That Might Save Farm

Ran-Lew Dairy bottles milk on the farm. They are the 6th in the state to do so.
Mike Oniffrey

Randy Lewis almost lost the family dairy farm in 2009. The price of milk had bottomed out, and costs for feed, fertilizer and fuel had gone sky-high.

"It was either find some other way to make money or sell the cows and quit," he says.

But Randy had an idea that might just save the farm. He's bottling milk right on-site. Of the 150 dairy farmers in the state, only five bottle their own milk. And Randy's figured out how to do it without shelling out a lot of money.

Watch the story here:

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Science & Technology
5:43 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

[Video] Inside Fullsteam's First Frost Beer

A key ingredient in 'First Frost,' the persimmon
Credit David Huppert / UNC-TV

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Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

[PHOTOS] Explore These Abandoned Homes Of North Carolina

This picture is featured prominently on Michelle Bowers' Facebook page, Abandoned Homes of North Carolina
Michelle Bowers

Home is where the heart is and for many abandoned homes and barns around Franklin County, the echoes of these past lives is what prompted Michelle Bowers to start a photo collection which documents the abandoned homes of North Carolina.

“I’ve always hated history in school but this seems like a way to get back into history,” Bowers said.

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Environment
2:55 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

What Is The Remotest Place In NC?

Ryan and Rebecca Means with daughter Skyla
Credit Robin Adams Photography / Project Remote

It takes one and a half days to hike there.  It's 5.5 miles from the nearest road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ladies and gentlemen, the remotest place in North Carolina:

Ryan and Rebecca Means are the couple who identified this place. Their Project Remote is one of the coolest things we've come across recently.

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Politics & Government
11:16 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Do You Live In North Or South Carolina? Some Aren't Sure

Longleaf Pines in North Carolina
Credit USFWS/Jack Culpepper

Imagine that you've lived in North Carolina, near the South Carolina line, for generations. Maybe your grandfather worked the land, your father too, and now you. And one day, a state official comes to your door tell you that you actually live in South Carolina. You'll need to change your driver's license. Rather than Governor Pat McCrory, you will now be paying attention to what Governor Nikki Haley is proposing. You've become a Sandlapper, not a Tar Heel.

That's exactly what is happening now.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Rural North Carolina Struggles With Internet Access

Credit Wikimedia Commons

    

A federal government report on Internet access ranked North Carolina last in the country for the rate of Internet subscription.  

Only 17 percent of North Carolina households have fixed Internet connections at a speed the FCC deems the "minimum required to engage in modern life."  Rural residents say that they have difficulty getting coverage while providers claim rural North Carolina has adequate service.

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