Perhaps the most surprising thing I learned in the production of "College $ports: #MissionorMoney" is that the issues the documentary raises were issues raised about college sports nearly a hundred years ago.
On the same day the story broke about the big raises for two inexperienced staffers at the NC Department of Health and Human Services I received an e-mail from Sydney Houston, a woman we had interviewed a month earlier for our documentary "Cut Loose and Cut Off." She's one of the 70,000 people who lost federally funded extended unemployment benefits on July 1. She wrote that her electricity had been cut off. That will certainly make her job hunt easier.
There have been Muslims living in North Carolina for decades. In fact, some of the very first Muslims in our state were African slaves who were brought here in the 18th century. People just didn't really take much notice of the Muslims around them until 9/11 and other high profile acts of terrorism committed by radical extremists claiming to be Muslims.
We rarely produce a documentary on a topical issue related to our legislature or our criminal justice system that doesn't generate strong opposing opinions. Our documentary, "Justice and Redemption," about our state's Drug Treatment Courts is an exception. We did not personally encounter, hear about or read about anyone who thinks they are a bad idea.
The growth of our state's wine industry is a great economic success story, particularly in the Yadkin Valley area where it's helping fill the void left after the decline of textiles and tobacco. No one can say for sure whether our state will ever rival California in the wine marketplace, but the road to that pinnacle may start at home.
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Just the Basics best weekly deals
Here's the weekly list of good sale prices for the basic grocery items at our various grocery and drug stores for this week including milk, meat, dairy, produce, bread, eggs and more. Please add any other great deals on basics that you find!
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Recipe: Pretzel chocolate treats
These holiday treats take just minutes to make.
Will you be searching for great Christmas light displays this weekend? Before you go, check this map.
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Winner of the Aviator Brewery Company tour!
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