Education
9:27 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Morrison Wants To Stop Merger Of Creative Arts Magnets

Heath Morrison

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison wants to halt plans to merge two creative arts magnet schools.  Students at University Park and First Ward elementaries have been in limbo the past two years.  In 2010, the school board voted to close University Park along with ten other schools to save money and, then, merge it with First Ward. 

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Education
9:23 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Child Advocates Upset With How Extra Pre-K Spots Are Funded

Some child advocates are unhappy with Governor Bev Perdue’s decision to add thousands of pre-kindergarten slots because it’s at the expense of other programs that impact children like foster care.  It also transfers money from the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

A couple weeks ago, Perdue announced the state was restoring some of the cuts to its pre-kindergarten program.  She planned to shuffle money around to add an extra 6,300 spots.  Groups that work with children applauded the move. 

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Election 2012
9:15 am
Tue October 30, 2012

NC-8 Candidates Compete In New Territory

Democrat Larry Kissell knocks on doors in a Lexington, NC neighborhood that is now part of the 8th Congressional District.
Julie Rose

Every ten years, the political party in power gets to redraw voting district lines in its favor. Republicans did it in North Carolina this year, leaving incumbent Democrats at a disadvantage in several Congressional races such as NC-8, where traditionally conservative portions of Rowan and Davidson Counties are now in the boundaries.

Running for Congress is tough as it is – you’re up for re-election every two years, which means you’re constantly campaigning and raising money.

Plus, most people in your district have no clue who you are.

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U.S.
8:59 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Riding Out The Storm On A Sailboat

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

For Jennifer Kaye, Hurricane Sandy is a threat to her livelihood. Kaye is General Manager and Captain of the Schooner Woodwind, a family-owned business based in Annapolis, Maryland. She and her crew are riding out the storm on board a 74-foot sailboat. Kaye explains how being on the boat is key to protecting it.

U.S.
8:59 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Maryland Governor Talks About How Sandy Is Affecting State

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

Steve Inskeep talks with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley about Hurricane Sandy and how it's affecting his state.

NPR Story
7:50 am
Tue October 30, 2012

An Update On Conditions In New York After Sandy

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 1:20 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's get another glimpse, as we are all morning, of New York City in the aftermath of what was Hurricane Sandy. We saw, overnight, dramatic video of around 50 homes burning in Queens. There was massive flooding in lower Manhattan.

NPR's Robert Smith is there. Robert, we saw a video of water that was going up to the door handles of cars. I trust that the waters receded somewhat at this point.

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The Two-Way
7:35 am
Tue October 30, 2012

VIDEO: Coast Guard Rescues 14 Forced By Sandy To Abandon Tall Ship

A screen grab from video of the Coast Guard's rescue operation that saved 14 sailors from the HMS Bounty on Monday.
U.S. Coast Guard

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 2:49 pm

Monday's rescue of 14 sailors who were forced to abandon the tall ship HMS Bounty off the coast of North Carolina as then-Hurricane Sandy roared through was videotaped by the Coast Guard.

There's now some dramatic footage posted online.

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The Two-Way
7:04 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Latest On Sandy: Death Toll, Damages Rise As Superstorm Heads North

Debris and sections of a destroyed boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., earlier today.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 7:16 am

Sandy, the hurricane-turned-superstorm, has left dozens dead, millions without power and thousands in need of rescue from rising waters as it slowly moves north and west from the Mid-Atlantic to pass over the Great Lakes and into Canada.

According to The Associated Press, storm damage was projected at $20 billion, "meaning it could prove to be one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history."

Sandy has also taken a huge human toll: More than 30 deaths since the weekend and millions more coping with damaged homes, crippled transportation systems and no power.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Vonnegut 'Letters' Hilarious And Heartbreaking

Marty Reichenthal AP

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 5:11 pm

In his introduction to Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, Dan Wakefield, the book's editor and a longtime Vonnegut karass member, writes of the late author's aspiration to be a "cultivated eccentric." Over the course of six decades of letters to family, friends, admirers, detractors and fellow writers, Vonnegut shows himself to be so much more, both in terms of ambition and accomplishment.

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