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Remembering Doris Betts

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North Carolina lost one of its most beloved writers and teachers this week. Doris Betts died of lung cancer at the age of 79. She was the author of six novels, three collections of short stories as well as other works and she taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for decades.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.