SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE ALIVE AND WELL IN U-S POLITICS. CAMPAIGN FINANCE RULES HAVE CHANGED BUT CORPORATIONS AND TRADE GROUPS STILL PLAY MAJOR ROLES IN ELECTIONS. THEY DO SO THROUGH POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES, OR PACs. WUNC’s RUSTY JACOBS TOOK A LOOK AT THE PACs CONTRIBUTING TO THIS YEAR’S NORTH CAROLINA SENATE RACE.
Archive for August, 2004
NORTH CAROLINA IS STRUGGLING WITH A SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED TEACHERS. MOST NEW HIRES HAVEN’T COMPLETED AN APPROVED TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM, AND IN SOME DISTRICTS FINDING QUALIFIED TEACHERS AT ALL IS A CHALLENGE. A NEW REPORT FROM THE NORTH CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH WARNS UNLESS STATE LEADERS DO SOMETHING NOW ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA’S TEACHER SHORTAGE, THE PROBLEM IS ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. WUNC\’S JESSICA JONES
Scientists and historians began a new search for the U-S Navy’s first submarine this week. The ship is called Alligator. It sank off the North Carolina Coast in April of 1863. Historians say finding the Civil War era vessel is a bit of a long shot. It’s likely that before sinking the 47-foot long sub drifted for miles. WUNC\’s Eric Hodge spoke with the team\’s lead archaeologist on the morning after their first day at sea.
WUNC\’s Laura Leslie reports on the grand opening of the new Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC Chapel Hill. After thirteen long years of planning, debate and protest, the center finally has its own building on campus.
STATE OFFICIALS ARE SCRAMBLING TO KEEP UP WITH HURRICANE CHARLEY AS IT MOVES TOWARD NORTH CAROLINA. AT THE SAME TIME, THEY’RE WORKING TO CLEAN UP FROM TORNADOES SPAWNED BY TROPICAL STORM BONNIE YESTERDAY AND THIS MORNING. GOVERNOR EASLEY AND STATE OFFICIALS HELD A BRIEFING FOR REPORTERS THIS AFTERNOON. WUNC’S LAURA LESLIE WAS AT THE BRIEFING AND JOINS US NOW FROM THE CAPITOL. LAURA, WHAT DID THE GOVERNOR HAVE TO SAY AT THE BRIEFING?