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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

What Will Happen To North Carolina's Tax Code?

Photo of the State Senate Chamber
Credit Dave DeWitt

Benjamin Franklin famously said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."  But in the North Carolina legislature, three competing plans seek to reform the tax code, and the future of these plans is all but certain.  Two bills are waiting in the Senate Finance Committee. One bill passed the House yesterday and will move to the Senate.

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Sports
10:21 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Baseball: NC State Heads To World Series, Carolina Suffers First No-Run Game

The Wolfpack heads to their first World Series since 1968.
Credit NC State

NC State is going to its first College World Series since 1968.  The Wolfpack beat Rice in 17 innings last night, 5-4.  Brett Williams drove in the go-ahead run with a RBI double. 

The game was the longest Super Regional in NCAA history.  Coach Elliot Avent says it's fulfilling for his team to break the streak of 45 years without a World Series appearance.

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The State of Things
11:08 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Is The South Dying?

Cover of Tracy Thompson's New Book, 'The New Mind of the South.'
Credit http://www.tracythompson.com/new-mind-of-the-south.php

As the economics, politics, and demographics of the South change, what happens to the culture and identity of the region?

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The State of Things
12:41 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Groups Tackles Intractable North Carolina Poverty Problem

A scene from American Winter film.
Credit http://www.americanwinterfilm.com/families

Gene Nichol, Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said on The State of Things today that the financial collapse really hurt the poor but that the problem is multifaceted.

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Sports
8:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

NCAA Baseball Tournament Kicks Off This Weekend

The Tar Heels are seeded number one in the NCAA tournament.
Credit Jeffrey A. Camarati, UNC

The NCAA baseball tournament gets underway this weekend with games in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.  NC State hosts a regional with a game against Binghamton tomorrow night at seven.  UNC Chapel Hill is the number one overall seed and will also host a regional tomorrow night.  The Tar Heels face Canisius at 6:00.  Coach Mike Fox says fans have a big role to play in his team's success.

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The State of Things
12:26 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Controversial Silent Sam Monument Turns 100

Unveiling of the confederate monument in 1913.
Credit Wilson Library

On June 2nd, 1913, the University of North Carolina dedicated a memorial on its Chapel Hill campus to students who had fought for the Confederacy.  A century later, Silent Sam – as the statue has come to be known – still stirs passions.

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Education
2:21 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Turnover At The Top At UNC-Chapel Hill

Holden Thorp
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

It was a day of goodbyes at today's UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees meeting. Chancellor Holden Thorp and several trustees are leaving after a tumultuous tenure. 

Over the past few years, Trustees meetings have often been tense, uncomfortable, and even demoralizing for the members, as the leaders of UNC-Chapel Hill have dealt with scandals in athletics and academics. But with Thorp on his way out, Board chairman Wade Hargrove offered nothing but praise.

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Health
4:55 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

UNC Researchers Map American Eating Habits

A shopper examines produce at Deep Roots in Greensboro.
Credit Deep Roots Coop

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill are gathering massive amounts of nutritional information to create a better picture of what Americans are eating. 

Scientists are looking at caloric data for every packaged food on the shelves and comparing that to food sales in order to see how they work into Americans' diets.  Professor Meghan Slining says the research will show how quickly manufacturers change ingredients in each product and how that changes nutrition.

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Education
4:55 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Promise, Scandal, And Resolution: The Thorp Era At UNC

Holden Thorp's last day as Chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill is June 30th.
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill

It’s commencement weekend across North Carolina. Thousands of college students will get their degrees and begin their professional lives. This year, they’re not the only ones who will get a fresh start. After five years as the chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill, Holden Thorp is leaving to become the provost at Washington University in Saint Louis.

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Education
4:19 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Tens Of Thousands Descend On Area For Graduations

Duke University is one of the many schools holding commencement ceremonies this weekend.
Credit Duke University

If you live anywhere near a college campus and don’t have a compelling reason to attend the half-dozen or so graduations going on in the Triangle and Triad, this might be a good weekend to get out of town. Tens of thousands of family and friends are set to descend on Durham, Raleigh, and Greensboro for commencement events throughout the weekend.

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