WPTF Afternoon News

by WPTF 98.5 FM & 680 AM

Find out what the latest news is in the afternoon with stories from around the Triangle, and the world, that matter to you.

Podcast episodes

  • Stephen Sumner Director of the North Carolina Japan Center in Raleigh 4-11-2024

    Stephen Sumner Director of the North Carolina Japan Center in Raleigh 4-11-2024

    For the first time in over 70 years, the Prime Minister of Japan is visiting North Carolina. Fumio Kishida arrived in the Tar Heel State on Thursday. It led to an exciting time for organizers at the North Carolina Japan Center, who organized two events at North Carolina State University. Kishida met with students at N.C. State's Nagoya University campus in Raleigh. Stephen Sumner is the Director of the North Carolina Japan Center in Raleigh. Sumner joined Jeff Hamlin on the WPTF Afternoon News to discuss the visit from Kishida.

  • Andrew Taylor NC State Political Science Professor 4-11-2024

    Andrew Taylor NC State Political Science Professor 4-11-2024

    The fight over a newly revived 1864 Arizona law criminalizing abortion throughout pregnancy unless a woman's life is at risk has engulfed the state's lawmakers. The Arizona Legislature devolved into jeering Wednesday as Republican lawmakers shut down discussion on a proposed repeal of the law. Shouts of "Shame! Shame!" erupted in the state House. It has also led to the issue being a focal point in the presidential race, where Arizona will be a key battleground state once again. N.C. State Political Science professor Andy Taylor joined Jeff Hamlin on the WPTF Afternoon News to talk about the issue.

  • Rick Armstrong, Vice President Of Teamsters Local 391 \ 04-08-2024

    Rick Armstrong, Vice President Of Teamsters Local 391 \ 04-08-2024

    Hundreds of Raleigh police officers have signed a petition ahead of Tuesday's City Council public comment session to ask for more competitive salaries. Rick Armstrong is the vice president of Teamsters Local 391, the union that represents many Raleigh officers. Armstrong said officers that signed the petition are asking for a 15% pay increase. Armstrong joined Jeff Hamlin to discuss the need for pay raises for police officers.

  • Mike Walden, N.C. State Economics Professor Emeritus \ 04-08-2024

    Mike Walden, N.C. State Economics Professor Emeritus \ 04-08-2024

    America's employers delivered another outpouring of jobs, adding a remarkable 330,000 workers to their payrolls and bolstering hopes that the economy can vanquish inflation without succumbing to a recession in the face of high interest rates. Last month's job growth was up from a revised 270,000 in February and was far above the 200,000 jobs that economists had forecast. Mike Walden, N.C. State Economics Professor Emeritus, joined Jeff Hamlin to discuss the March jobs report.

  • Tom Rogers, North Carolina Board's Next Generation 911 Network Engineer \ 04-08-2024

    Tom Rogers, North Carolina Board's Next Generation 911 Network Engineer \ 04-08-2024

    In an emergency, people count on access to 911 services regardless of their location or the communication technology they use. The N.C. 911 Board, a division of the N.C. Department of Information Technology, recently completed a years-long effort to modernize the state's 911 system, helping ensure that everyone in North Carolina can quickly reach emergency services. Tom Rogers, North Carolina Board's Next Generation 911 Network Engineer, joined Jeff Hamlin to discuss the improvements made across the state.