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Political News Update

  A federal judge struck down a North Carolina law that required abortion providers to show pregnant women ultrasounds. Governor McCrory announced he does not support an appeal of the ruling but Republican legislators are calling on Attorney General Roy Cooper to push forward with an appeal. Plus, what will be the political implications for moving the presidential primary date? And new unemployment figures are released: how does North Carolina fare? Host Frank Stasio talks with News & Observer political reporter John Frank.

Phoebe Judge is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured on a numerous national radio programs. She regularly conducts interviews and anchors WUNC's broadcast of Here & Now. Previously, Phoebe served as producer, reporter and guest host for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. Earlier in her career, Phoebe reported from the gulf coast of Mississippi. She covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. Phoebe's work has won multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards. Phoebe was born and raised in Chicago and is graduate of Bennington College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
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.