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Skills Gap
6:46 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Sen. Hagan Introduces Bill to Address Job Skills Gap

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is optimistic that the America Works Act will help address the skills-gap shortage reported by employers.
Credit U.S. Pacific Fleet

  A bipartisan bill working its way through Congress aims to combat the job-skills gap. 

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan, introduced the America Works Act with bipartisan co-sponsors.  She says a recent study that found 67% of US manufactureres report a shortage of available, qualified workers, which reflected what she sees in her state.

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Arts
7:58 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Smitty's Notes Guides You to What's Great in Winston-Salem

The Winston-Salem skyline.
Smitty's Notes

Triad Arts as Broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm
Part 2 of David's interview with Jeff Smith of Smitty's Notes.
Smitty’s Notes does more to spread the word about goings on in the Triad and to bring people together than just about any other single source in our community. Today, 16 years after its inception, Smitty’s Notes eNewsletter is just as vital as ever, and it’s now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The man behind Smitty’s Notes is Jeffrey Smith.
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Compassionate City
8:55 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Is Winston-Salem a Compassionate City?

Winston-Salem City Council may consider a resolution to become a Compassionate City at its meeting Tues., July 9.
Credit Aaron Alexander via flickr

  A group of non-profit organizations and some 200 individuals are urging the city of Winston-Salem to become a compassionate city ... by signing onto the international Charter for Compassion.   Jerry McLeese, Chairperson of Interfaith Winston-Salem, along with special events coordinator and board member, Drea Parker, are spearheading the effort to have Winston-Salem designated a compassionate city.

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Employment
5:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

"Returnships" Are a New Twist on Internships

Older workers are finding success landing manufacturing jobs through internships.
Credit WBEZ via flickr Creative Commons

  Completing an internship is a time-honored way for college students to gain both work experience and course credit.  But the Business Journal is reporting this week on the growth of so-called "returnships" in the manufacturing sector.  Contributing writer Justin Catanoso discusses these new kinds of internships in WFDD's weekly business report.  He's also director of Wake Forest University's Journalism program. 

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Voting Rights Act
7:05 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

NC Directly Affected by Supreme Ct. Ruling on Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 will have a direct effect in North Carolina.
Credit Sean McMenemy via flickr

North Carolina is among the states affected directly by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The provision struck down Tuesday was based on African American voter registration and discriminatory voting practices such as literacy tests.      John Dinan, professor of politics at Wake Forest University, says 40 of the state's 100 counties are currently covered under the voting rights act.

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