North Carolina

2:22pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Michel Martin, Going There

In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 10:22 am

Lacey Williams (from left), Mary Espinosa, Jaime Villegas, Armando Cruz Martinez and Elisa Benitez talk inside the offices of the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte, N.C. According to a 2011 Pew Hispanic report, the median age of Latinos in North Carolina is 24.
Andy McMillan for NPR

Ahead of the midterm elections, Michel Martin is visiting Charlotte, N.C., to learn more about Latino voters' growing influence in the state. Join Michel for a Facebook chat from 4:30-5 p.m. ET today as she answers questions and shares more on her reporting.

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5:26pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Politics

Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 10:06 am

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., takes questions from the media in April during an appearance in Durham. Hagan has tried for her first 5 1/2 years in the U.S. Senate to convince North Carolina voters that being in the middle of the road is a good thing.
Gerry Broome AP

North Carolina is one of the half-dozen states that could cost the Democrats their majority in the Senate this November, and both contenders in the race are hoping to capitalize on a backlash.

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9:28am

Tue August 12, 2014
Craft Beer

Craft Brewers Tweak N.C. Water To Match Western Mountain Flavor

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 12:11 pm

The Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, N.C.
Courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Craft beer sales have been growing by double digits, even as overall beer sales have flattened. And several independent craft beer makers — all based in the Western U.S. — are expanding production to the East. But to keep the flavor true, they have to tinker with beer's main ingredient: water.

Every day, a half-dozen employees of Oskar Blues Brewery file into a small room in Brevard, N.C. It's cluttered with boxes, petri dishes and test tubes.

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6:20am

Wed May 14, 2014
Around the Nation

Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:30 am

Eddie Ramirez, 15, outside his mobile home in Snow Hill, N.C. He's been working in tobacco fields during the summer for several years.
Will Michaels for NPR

Kids under 18 can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can legally work in tobacco fields when they're as young as 12.

One of those kids is Eddie Ramirez, 15, who works the fields in the summer.

"It just sticks to my hand," he says of the plant. "It's really sticky, you know, and really yellow." It's nearly impossible to wash off, he says.

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1:35am

Fri May 9, 2014
StoryCorps

Saying Goodbye To A Friend Who's 'Ready To Go Home'

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:26 pm

Eddie Lanier (right) and David Wright became friends when Eddie was homeless in Durham, N.C.
StoryCorps

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