The Two-Way
1:18 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Assange Will Stay In Ecuadorian Embassy, Ignoring Surrender Notice

Julian Assange will defy a British Police notice to surrender. A member of his defense fund said the WikiLeaks founder will remain in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London because asylum law take precedence over an extradition order.

Saying he was afraid of persecution from the United States government and that his extradition to Sweden could hasten that, Assange has sought refuge and asylum from Ecuador.

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International Correspondent Anthony Kuhn official base is Jakarta, Indonesia, where he opened NPR's first bureau in that country in 2010. From there, he has covered Southeast Asia, and the gamut of natural and human diversity stretching from Myanmar to Fiji and Vietnam to Tasmania. During 2013-2014, he is covering Beijing, China, as NPR's Louisa Lim is on fellowship.

Duke/Progress Merger Nearly Final
1:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Duke/Progress Merger Nearly Final

Jim Rogers speaks with attendees at Duke Energy's annual shareholder meeting in May. Photo: Julie Rose.

Updated 4:38 p.m. June 29
Duke Energy had hoped to finalize its $26 billion merger with Progress Energy this weekend, but it looks like they'll have to wait a few more days. North Carolina Utility regulators gave their approval to the deal on Friday, but South Carolina regulators won't rule until at least Monday. WFAE's Julie Rose reports Duke and Progress are on the verge of becoming the largest utility in the nation.

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Local Reaction To The Health Care Act
1:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Local Reaction To The Health Care Act

Leslie Boyd of Asheville carries a picture of her son Mike Danforth. She says Danforth could not obtain health insurance because

As expected, there were a variety of reactions yesterday in the state to the health care decision.

WFAE's Tanner Latham surveyed the different perspectives in this report.

A rally to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision on Obama's health care law was held Thursday at Gaffney Health Services on Albemarle Road in east Charlotte.

Here's a sampling of those reactions:

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NC State Researchers Develop More Accurate Test
1:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

NC State Researchers Develop More Accurate Test For Cat Scratch Fever

Cat scratch fever

Researchers at NC State have developed a test they say is the most effective way yet of diagnosing Cat Scratch Fever. WFAE's Marshall Terry spoke to one of the researchers.

Cat Scratch Fever is best known as a 1970s rock anthem by Ted Nugent. But the disease does really exist.
"It is an infection associated with a bacteria called Bartonella henselae," says Ed Breitschwerdt, a professor of veterinary medicine at N.C. State.

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Charlotte Observer: Bobcats Take Kidd-Gilchrist At
1:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Charlotte Observer: Bobcats Take Kidd-Gilchrist At No. 2 In NBA Draft

NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, poses with the No. 2 overall draft pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, of Kentucky, who was

NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, poses with the No. 2 overall draft pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, of Kentucky, who was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June, 28, 2012, in Newark, N.J. Photo: Charlotte Observer

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Water Fees Rising In Charlotte
1:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Water Fees Rising In Charlotte

Higher utility fees take effect Sunday for Charlotte residents, with a storm water fee increase following short on its heels.

Take that long shower and water the lawn today, because it'll cost more come Sunday.

Residential water rates are going up 11 percent. The set monthly fee implemented last year to give the utility department a more stable revenue stream is also going up. All told, the average household will pay $3.30 more per month for water and sewer.

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Tavis Smiley: America I AM
1:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Tavis Smiley: America I AM

Tavis Smiley. Photo: The Smiley Group, Inc./Kevin Foley

Tavis Smiley. Photo: The Smiley Group, Inc./Kevin Foley

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The Two-Way
12:53 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Chief Justice Roberts Jokes He's Headed To 'An Impregnable Fortress'

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts surprised the country yesterday by siding with the liberal wing of the court in the health care decision.

Roberts was appointed by President George W. Bush and has reliably taken conservative positions. But after yesterday's decision, you can bet his welcome from conservatives who saw him as a hero has chilled.

Speaking to a conference of judges and lawyers outside of Pittsburg, Roberts acknowledged his predicament.

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World
12:52 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Will Reforms End Myanmar Monks' Spiritual Strike?

Buddhists donate food and other necessities to monks as a way of earning merit for future lives. Monks have refused donations of alms from the military as a political protest in 1990 and 2007, a boycott that some monks insist is still in effect.
Ye Aung Thu AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 10:26 pm

In response to political reforms in Myanmar — also known as Burma — the U.S. and other Western countries have eased some sanctions targeting the country's former military rulers.

But so far, one of the most powerful institutions inside the country has kept its sanctions in place. For some time, Myanmar's Buddhist clergy have effectively been on a spiritual strike by refusing to take donations from the military — a serious blow to the former regime's legitimacy.

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