Charlotte Talks
6:51 am
Thu May 30, 2013

South African Ambassador

Ebrahim Rasool
Credit World Affairs Council of Charlotte

In the last several decades, South Africa has seen a lot of turmoil, through apartheid and new political changes since then. The US and South Africa have begun in more recent years to have a solid relationship, even launching a strategic dialogue on a number of issues, including security and trade. The US is also helping South Africa with a number of major challenges, including HIV/AIDS, unemployment, education and more. The Ambassador from South Africa is in Charlotte today, and we'll sit down with him to talk about the challenges his country faces and about the ways the US and South Africa are working together, when Charlotte Talks.

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Business
6:33 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Investors Approve Empire State Building IPO

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 8:19 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

If you've ever wanted to own a piece of the Empire State Building, I guess now is your chance. The building's investors have approved a plan to turn the iconic New York high-rise into a publicly-traded company. This could mark the end of a bitter struggle over the buildings future.

Here's NPR's Dan Bobkoff.

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Politics
6:31 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Select Senators Stall Budget Process

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 8:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. The nomination we just heard about involves reaching across the aisle. That's not something we hear much about. When it comes to the federal budget, if it feels like we haven't heard about the budget in a while, there's a reason for that. The process is stalled. Back in March, the House and Senate passed vastly different spending plans. In theory, the next step would be a conference committee to hash out the differences, but a handful of senators are blocking that from happening.

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Animals
6:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Ga. Center Takes Pets When Families Have To Evacuate

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 8:19 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Even as parts of the U.S. are being devastated by tornadoes, hurricane season it just beginning - officially this Saturday. One of the toughest decisions for people when a storm is approaching is whether to evacuate. Pets add to that dilemma, since most shelters don't accept animals. Georgia Public Broadcasting's Adam Ragusea tells us about a new evacuation center that's trying to change that.

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Asia
6:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Examining China's Investment Record In U.S. Companies

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 8:19 am

How many Chinese companies have already bought U.S. businesses? David Greene talks to Dexter Roberts, Beijing bureau chief for Bloomberg Businessweek, about Chinese investment in the U.S.

Business
6:25 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 8:18 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a Texas smartphone.

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Business
6:06 am
Thu May 30, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 8:19 am

Amazon asked subscribers of its video-streaming service to do the jobs usually left to focus groups and executives. The company released 14 pilot TV shows, then looked at customer reviews and view counts. Amazon announced five pilots have been approved for a full season.

Animals
6:06 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Scientists Say Species Is Earliest Known Bird

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 8:19 am

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You know what they say about the early bird? Well, a new species is vying for that title. Scientists have long-regarded an ancient creature, known as the Archaeopteryx, as the earliest bird known to science. But a discovery made in China could change that, according to a study published in Nature magazine. Scientists have found evidence of a feathered, chicken-sized species that's 10 million years older. It's called Aurornis xui, and it lived about 160 million years ago.

Sports
6:06 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Blackhawks Beat Wings, Will Meet Kings In NHL Conference Final

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 8:18 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

As nail-biting hockey fans know well, there has been a lot of drama in this year's playoffs. Last night in the NHL, no different. The Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the semifinals with a thrilling Game 7 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Chicago had the best regular season record in the NHL this year. But as NPR's Mike Pesca reports, that doesn't mean much when your back is against the wall in an elimination game.

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The Salt
3:07 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal?

Smithfield Foods, makers of ham products under a variety of brand names, is being purchased by Chinese food maker Shuanghui International for $4.72 billion.
AP

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 9:38 am

There were questions Wednesday about whether U.S. regulators will approve the takeover of Smithfield Foods Inc., the company that sells all-American hams, hot dogs and bacon, by China's Shuanghui International.

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