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New Army Assistance Brigades Will Help Train Troops In Friendly Nations

The Army is creating a new kind of large unit for a mission that American troops have performed for decades: helping troops of friendly foreign nations train and fight.

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Florida Governor Calls For Raising Age Limit For Gun Purchases From 18 To 21

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BHcVPSD4p0 Florida's Republican governor is calling for a range of measures that aim to prevent shootings like the one that occurred last week in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and staff were killed. In a news conference Friday in Tallahassee, Rick Scott said he wants new laws and programs that fall into three categories: gun laws, school safety and mental health. He did not ask for any specific weapons to be banned and more than once mentioned that he is a...

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Researchers have long been aware of a link between exposure to violence and obesity in adolescents. Now a new study is untangling some of the reasons that connection exists.

The study used smart phones to monitor adolescents in California and North Carolina. It tracked their exposure to violence and subsequent activity levels, fatigue, and consumption of fast food and soda.

The black community owned 0.5 percent of America’s wealth at the end of slavery, and today that number has barely increased. A typical white household is 10 times wealthier than a typical black household, and the racial wealth gap is growing.

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Flamenco Vivo

Nobody knows exactly how flamenco, a unique type of performance art, got its name. It emerged from Andalucia, Spain but has cultural ties to many ethnic groups including Indian gypsies, Arabs and Sephardic Jews. Although much of flamenco’s history is shrouded in mystery, one thing is certain: there is nothing quite like it. 

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Winston-Salem native Caleb Caudle recorded his new collection Crushed Coins in Los Angeles. The record reflects a tightly knit group of musicians and a fertile period of song-writing. Caudle has been compared to Jason Isbel and lauded in Rolling Stone magazine and on NPR.  

Crushed Coins is released today, Caleb is playing at the Cat's Cradle Back Room Saturday night.

LIVE: President Donald Trump Addresses CPAC

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President Trump is speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

His comments come amid a debate about gun laws after a shooting a high school in Parkland, Fla. National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at CPAC on Thursday, warning conservatives of a "socialist agenda" to take firearms from law-abiding citizens.

Trump called the NRA and LaPierre "Great American Patriots" in a tweet Thursday morning and later said the organization "is ready to do things" to address the problem of gun violence.

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Raleigh Durham International Airport recently announced nonstop flights to New Orleans, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and 6 other destinations. 

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Just what type of material is protected under the First Amendment?  And can a book be held responsible for a murder?  That is the question in this week's Criminal podcast. 

Criminal is recorded at WUNC.

NPR's senior management and board members faced skepticism as they sought to rebuild trust with the network's workforce following the release of a report on the network's failure to curb inappropriate behavior by former top news executive Michael Oreskes.

On Thursday, NPR board members faced tough questions from NPR employees at an open Board of Directors meeting and then a tense all-staff meeting.

Raul Jimenez, one of the alleged Durham confederate monument topplers, was acquitted of all charges Monday. He spoke about his continued fight against racism on Thursday in front of the spot where the monument used to stand.
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The nine activists accused of toppling a confederate monument in Durham are no longer facing criminal charges. But they say their fight against racism will continue.

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State representatives are clearly frustrated with senate colleagues for failing to support house legislation aimed at better regulating emerging chemicals like GenX. But lawmakers will have to wait until the short session in May to take a stab at bridging the gap between the two chambers.

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Billy Graham’s Crusade

In the late ‘40s, Billy Graham’s crusades filled tents, and his showmanship quickly evolved into what would become televangelism. Graham earned the title “America’s Pastor,” and his sermons reached countless millions in close to 200 countries.

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Hitting Home: The Opioid Crisis in North Carolina

The opioid crisis has claimed tens of thousands of lives across the country. Here's how it's playing out in North Carolina.

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Ft. Bragg Stories uses personal narratives to explore life on and around this country's largest military base. And, now it's available as a podcast on iTunes , Google Play and Stitcher . Each week over this year you'll hear a new story both on the radio where the stories air each Sunday evening around 5:35 and a new episode drop in our podcast feeds every weekend, too. Listen to this overview:

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A legislative committee studying the pros and cons for students and local governance of splitting up North Carolina school districts won't recommend breaking up specific school systems, a panel leader said Wednesday at its first meeting.

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Thousands marched in Raleigh Wednesday night to remember the people killed in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Students took center stage as they called for North Carolina elected officials to toughen gun restrictions.

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North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore is expected to form a new House committee on school safety on Tuesday. That comes days after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead.

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The North Carolina Community College System and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities signed an agreement Thursday that could make it cheaper and easier for nursing students to earn a bachelor’s degree.

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