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9:17 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Singer/Songwriter Laurelyn Dossett On Crafting Original Works

Riley Baugus and Laurelyn Dossett.

 

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Daily News
7:07 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Morning Headlines: Thursday, July 2

Attorney General Loretta Lynch made several appearances in Raleigh and Durham.
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Loretta Lynch Returns To NC

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says civil rights will be a focus as she serves as the nation's top prosecutor.

Lynch on Wednesday visited Raleigh and Durham, where she spent 12 years of her childhood.

The first African-American woman to lead the U.S. Justice Department took part in a forum on civil rights at North Carolina Central University in Durham.   The Greensboro native says the Justice Department will help fight discrimination, hate crimes and human trafficking. 

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Minorities
9:47 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Jury Rules Boy Scouts Did Not Discriminate

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A Forsyth County jury returned its verdict Wednesday on their Boy Scout harassment trial.  They concluded that the local and national organizations did not discriminate against a Haitian American.

The jury unanimously ruled that while Jean Dominique was not discriminated against when he was fired in 2011, he did suffer past lost earnings as a result of his firing and awarded him almost $140,000 in damages.

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Health & Safety
4:43 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Timeline Uncertain, But Search For New Yadkin Hospital Provider Goes On

Bible verses are taped to the black plastic wrap that covers the sign for the closed Yadkin Community Hospital.
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Yadkin County commissioners met behind closed doors for almost three hours Wednesday as they searched for a new provider for its closed community hospital.

The previous owner abruptly shut down the hospital in May with two months left on the lease. The move forced Yadkin residents to go to facilities in other counties for their health care.

Kevin Austin is the board chairman. He says he’s not certain when the hospital will reopen, but he’s confident a provider can be found.

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Health & Safety
2:40 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Another Shark Attack Reported Along The North Carolina Coast

Authorities say the attack at Ocracoke Island Wednesday is the seventh one the Carolina coast over the past three weeks.
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Authorities say a man apparently bitten by a shark off the North Carolina Outer Banks is being airlifted to a hospital with serious wounds.

Justin Gibbs, the director of emergency services in Hyde County, says the attack happened around noon Wednesday on a beach on Ocracoke Island. The National Park Service says the man is 68 and was swimming in waist-deep water about 25 feet offshore.

He suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the animal.

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Politics & Government
11:01 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Federal Trial Won't Address Voter ID Mandate

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A federal trial challenging several provisions of North Carolina's 2013 elections law is scheduled for later this month. But the court won't hear arguments on the state's upcoming voter identification requirement in light of recent changes to the mandate.

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Arts
9:09 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Meet the Artist: Singer/Songwriter Sarah Siskind

Sarah Siskind
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Winston-Salem native Sarah Siskind is now a Virginia-based singer/songwriter who has been described as utterly captivating. Southern Living magazine calls Sarah “Nashville’s best new voice”. While her music transcends category, it's a blend of the traditional and modern. Sarah has collaborated with artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and Allison Krauss just to name a few.

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Daily News
7:50 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Morning Headlines: Wednesday, July 1

Claims challenging a NC photo ID voting requirement are on hold following anew mandate.
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Federal Trial Next Month Won't Address NC Voter ID Mandate

Next month's federal trial challenging several provisions of North Carolina's 2013 elections law won't consider challenges to the state's upcoming voter identification requirement in light of recent changes to the mandate.

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Politics & Government
8:01 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Autism Coverage Mandate Heading To NC House Floor

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Health insurance that covers autism diagnosis and treatment in North Carolina is a big step closer to being required. The bill cleared one of its final hurdles Tuesday when it was passed by a House panel.

The House Insurance Committee voted to recommend to the full House a Senate bill negotiated by several advocacy groups and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

The bill does allow some treatment limits. Insurers can halt coverage at age 18 and set a coverage ceiling of $40,000 per year.

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Minorities
3:46 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Boy Scouts Discrimination Case Goes To Jury

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A discrimination case against the Boy Scouts of America is now in the hands of a Forsyth County jury. The case involves whether race played a factor in how a fired scout leader was treated.

The three-week trial focuses on allegations that the Haitian-American man was racially harassed at work and that hundreds of minority children were denied opportunities in Scouting.

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Politics & Government
11:44 am
Tue June 30, 2015

House Rejects Latest Greensboro Redistricting Bill

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The North Carolina House has refused for now to accept a Senate plan to rework Greensboro's city council districts.  Members voted 73-35 to reject House Bill 263, a move that sends it back to committee for more work.

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Arts
9:05 am
Tue June 30, 2015

WATCH: Backstage With Triad Arts At EMF

EMF student violinist Caitlin Edwards.
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On Wednesday, July 1st, the Eastern Music Festival (EMF) will once again be bringing world-class soloists, music educators, chamber music and orchestral performers and more to Greensboro for the entire month.

    

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Daily News
7:21 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, June 30

The NC House has rejected a plan reworking Greensboro's city council districts.
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NC House Refuses For Now To Back Greensboro Council Changes

The North Carolina House has refused for now to accept a Senate plan to rework Greensboro's city council districts, change how voters choose members and reduce the mayor's power.

The House on Monday night rejected the Senate version of a bill that originally only addressed changes to the council and mayor in the town of Trinity. Senate Republicans inserted the Greensboro legislation when an earlier bill senators passed sat in committee.

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Politics & Government
8:05 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Gives New Life To NC 'Choose Life' Plates

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the 4th Circuit Court reconsider its decision on North Carolina license plates.  The lower court will discuss again the balance they tried to strike on “Choose Life” license plates.

The circuit court ruled that North Carolina cannot issue license plates with the anti-abortion slogan "Choose Life" without issuing ones that have a message supporting abortion rights.

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Politics & Government
7:47 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Amendment One: Unconstitutional, But Probably Here To Stay

Voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment One in the 2012 Primary. It added a provision to the state constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
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One of the state’s most highly contested constitutional amendments officially became part of history’s scrap heap as of Friday. So what happens to the controversial Amendment One now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed same-sex marriage in all 50 states?

The amendment reads in part: Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.

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Sports
11:36 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Greensboro Officials To Meet With Hornets Representatives

Greensboro's proposal for a minor league basketball team also includes games to be played in Winston-Salem.
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Greensboro city council members will meet with a Charlotte Hornets search committee Tuesday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The News and Record reports the meeting with the Developmental League Site Selection Committee will be at 3 p.m. at the ACC Hall of Champions Conference Room and is open to the public. The meeting may include a tour of the facilities and proposed D-League offices.

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Arts
9:07 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Lees-McRae Professional Summer Theatre Presents "The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story"

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre

Lees-McRae Professional Summer Theatre is celebrating its 31st season with a performance of Oliver the musical through July 3rd, the hilarious Lend Me a Tenor in mid-July, and then in August an original musical with local flare comes to the Lees-McRae College Theatre: The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story

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Daily News
8:00 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Morning Headlines: Monday, June 29

Greensboro Coliseum is bidding to host the minor league affiliate of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.
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Yadkin Board To Meet On Hospital This Week

The Yadkin County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the shutdown of the Yadkinville hospital. Yadkin Valley Community Hospital was closed abruptly May 22 by CAH Acquisition Company, eliminating 150 full- and part-time jobs and forcing physicians out of their offices in the hospital.

Changes To NC Voter ID Rankle Some, But Could Preserve Law

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Politics & Government
6:27 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

As Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Legal, Opinions In North Carolina Are Mixed

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The nation's highest court legalized same-sex marriage Friday. Same-sex marriage was already permitted in North Carolina, due to a federal court ruling that overturned the state's ban last fall. Still, reaction to the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision is varied and emotions are running high.

Wake Forest University rising junior Sebastian Ivory is doing a congressional internship on Capitol Hill this summer. He was outside of the Supreme Court when the decision was handed down, and says it’s a moment in history he’ll never forget.

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Arts
12:54 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Live Music at Muddy Creek Café, Delta Arts Center, and Photographer William Christenberry

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Arts
10:30 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Triad To Do: International Festivals, Spirit System's EP Release, & A Book Reading By Matthew Quick

Spirit System

Today, the Triad Arts Team offers suggestions for your summertime calendar. David begins with talk of the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival as well as the upcoming National Folk Festival in Greensboro (stay tuned for his interview with Rhiannon Giddens who will be performing there). Eddie shares an EP release party by Triad-based Spirit System.

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SciWorks Radio
9:50 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Meteorites and Distant Forming Solar Systems

Artist’s conception of the view towards the young star Beta Pictoris from the outer edge of its disk.
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SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem.

One benefit of living in a galaxy, as we do, is that there are stars in our sky at different stages of their lives. The frustrating thing is that we can’t get up close for a visit, but we have gotten good at exploring them from here.

We can understand the formation of planetary systems that also tell us about our own solar system.

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Daily News
7:11 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Morning Headlines: Friday, June 26

Child-resistant packaging will be required on containers of nicotine-based liquid used in e-cigarettes.
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NC Lawmakers Have Work To Do On Stop-Gap Spending Plan

North Carolina lawmakers are less than a week away from a new fiscal year and they don't agree fully how state government should operate during expected prolonged budget and tax negotiations.

The House and Senate adjourned Thursday for the weekend without a stop-gap spending measure, although Republican leaders on both sides indicate they're close. The government's new year begins Wednesday.

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Colleges and Universities
6:00 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Unique Greensboro Academy Still Working To Reach Potential

International students Zsuzsanna Kunos from Hungary and Daniel Medovoy from Russia crossing the Eagle Bridge from the residential to the academic side of campus.
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Greensboro is home to a small but vibrant Jewish community with a population of about 3,000. It's also home to the only Jewish college prep boarding school in the world. The Triad Business Journal's Katie Arcieri has been reporting on what’s considered a hidden treasure in the city. For this week’s Business report, she tells WFDD’s Emily McCord that while it’s the only school of its kind, it’s still struggling to reach its full potential. 

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Environment
3:53 am
Fri June 26, 2015

City Asks For Residents' Help To Find Extent of Methane Plume

Stacey Smith of Smith Gardner Engineers explains the results of methane testing to residents and property owners near Bowman Gray Stadium.
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Winston-Salem officials are trying to find the boundaries of a methane gas plume in the area near Bowman Gray Stadium. They met with residents Thursday, asking for their permission to take samples inside their homes and on their properties.

Assistant City manager Greg Turner says high levels have been found in the stadium’s parking lot, but so far not inside the homes nearby.

“We know that of the 14 houses that we’ve tested, none have come back positive. But we still want to make sure," he says.

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Politics & Government
7:52 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

No NC Budget Or Stop-gap Resolution Passed

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The General Assembly has gone home for the weekend without agreeing on a state budget or even putting in place a stop-gap measure.

North Carolina lawmakers are less than a week away from a new fiscal year and they don't agree fully how state government should operate during expected prolonged budget and tax negotiations.

The House and Senate adjourned Thursday for the weekend without a stop-gap spending measure, although Republican leaders on both sides indicate they're close. The government's new year begins Wednesday.

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Politics & Government
5:22 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

What The Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Will Mean For North Carolina

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The Supreme Court is expected to rule on same-sex marriage any day now. The case is complicated and could affect different states in different ways. North Carolina is one of a handful of states where same-sex marriage is currently legal because of an earlier federal court decision which overturned North Carolina's ban. 

The Supreme Court is answering two questions: 

Question 1: Can states ban same-sex marriage? (States might do this by passing legislation or a state constitutional amendment.)

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Environment
4:53 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Rising Seas Could Cost Outer Banks Seashores $2 Billion

The lighthouse at Cape Hatteras
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A new study says that rising seas on the North Carolina coast will also come with a price tag. The Outer Banks risk losing buildings and resources worth over $2 billion.

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Arts
8:52 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Bailey Park Begins New Concert Series With The Love Language

 

Bailey Park is a new urban green space in downtown Winston-Salem. It saw its rock n roll debut during this year’s Phuzz Phest. Since then the park has hosted everything from dance classes to symphony concerts. Well, tonight North Carolina’s The Love Language will take the stage at Bailey Park for a free concert.

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Daily News
7:45 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Morning Headlines: Thursday, June 25

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McCrory Signs Flurry Of New Bills

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has put his signature to more than a dozen additional bills, including those addressing an upcoming voter identification requirement and sitting at convenience stores with biscuits and coffee.

McCrory announced Wednesday he had signed into law 12 pieces of legislation. The list didn't mention a bill signed Monday that will allow more registered voters to vote in person even without a qualifying form of photo ID. McCrory's office said last week he would sign that measure.

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