Duke Asks For Rate Cut, Regulators Hire Attorney
1:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Duke Asks For Rate Cut, Regulators Hire Attorney

North Carolina regulators have hired a veteran federal prosecutor to help investigate whether they were misled about the merger between Duke and Progress Energy.

Duke Energy, meanwhile, is moving ahead with plans to pass on to customers the savings resulting from the merger.

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Victims Of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Gain
1:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Victims Of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Gain Health Care

More than one million people were exposed over three decades to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, near Jacksonville. Victims suffering from birth defects and cancers will now have free health care thanks to federal legislation passed in congress this week and thanks to a veteran who refused to give up.

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Public Responds To HOT Lanes
1:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Public Responds To HOT Lanes

NCDOT officials and members of the transportation consulting firm RK & K answered questions about the project. Photo: Tanner

NCDOT officials and members of the transportation consulting firm RK & K answered questions about the project. Photo: Tanner Latham

The North Carolina Department of Transportation hosted a public workshop in Cornelius Wednesday to field questions about its proposed plan to reduce congestion on I-77 with toll lanes.

The lanes will be called High Occupancy Toll or HOT lanes. And the NCDOT proposes they run on

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Charlotte Observer: US Airways Jets Had Near Miss
1:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Charlotte Observer: US Airways Jets Had Near Miss

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration and US Airways say they are investigating a near-miss involving three passenger jets Tuesday afternoon near Reagan National Airport.
According to a Washington Post report, air traffic controllers realized the mistake only 12 seconds before inbound and outbound jets would have collided.
The Daily Mail reports two outbound jets came within 500 and 600 feet of an inbound jet.

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CLT Airport Spruces Up For DNC
1:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

CLT Airport Spruces Up For DNC

An artist rendering of a steel and glass sculpture in the shape of a feather standing-on-end that will greet passengers driving

An artist rendering of a steel and glass sculpture in the shape of a feather standing-on-end that will greet passengers driving into the airport.

Charlotte-Douglas Airport will be the city's first and last impression on most of the thousands of people expected here for the DNC in just over a month. A host of projects are underway to spruce up the place - new carpet, new taxis, new cell service and a 60-foot sculpture at the airport entrance.

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New CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison
1:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

New CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison

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Music Reviews
12:47 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Digging Up The 'Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans'

Ryan Truesdell has turned unheard Gil Evans scores into richly textured works on Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans.
Dina Regine

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 9:47 pm

Gil Evans, born a century ago this year, was a leading jazz arranger and composer starting in the 1940s, when he wrote for big bands. He helped organize Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool sessions, then arranged Davis' celebrated orchestra albums like Sketches of Spain. Evans, who had his own big bands that went electric in the 1970s and '80s, died in 1991, but some of his rare music has been newly recorded.

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The Torch
12:39 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Wiggin' Out: Bradley Wiggins Drinks To His Gold Medal, And The Mods Applaud

The Mods' New King? Cyclist Bradley Wiggins sits on a chair that looks an awful lot like a throne, after winning an Olympic gold medal Wednesday. Hailed in Britain for his mod tastes and funny tweets, Wiggins celebrated his win by getting "blind drunk," he said.
Alex Livesey Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 6:54 pm

Fresh off becoming Britain's most-decorated Olympian, cyclist Bradley Wiggins is back in the news, as he updated his Twitter followers Wednesday night with details of how his celebration was going.

"Well what a day, blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed with all the messages," Wiggins tweeted to his more than 400,000 followers. "Thank You everyone it's been emotional X."

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Participation Nation
12:35 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Every Day Is Earth Day In Seattle, Wash.

EarthCorps volunteers help restore the Seattle countryside.
Courtesy of EarthCorps

This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.

Near their headquarters in a converted WWII naval building, EarthCorps members — brought in from all over the world — do morning yoga before departing to restore parks and creeks in and around Seattle.

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Planet Money
11:57 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Can You Get A Patent On Being A Patent Troll?

A 15th-century depiction of the ouroboros, a serpent devouring itself.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 3:34 pm

The patent wars have been heating up. Apple and Samsung are duking it out in California.

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