Archive for September, 2004

Bowles-Burr Debate

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

G-O-P SENATORIAL CANDIDATE RICHARD BURR AND DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE ERSKINE BOWLES SQUARED OFF LAST NIGHT IN THEIR ONLY SCHEDULED DEBATE. THE TWO CANDIDATES ARE VYING TO REPLACE JOHN EDWARDS. WUNC’S LAURA LESLIE HAS THE STORY.

Senate Race Update

Monday, September 27th, 2004

DEMOCRATIC SENATE CANDIDATE ERSKINE BOWLES HEADS INTO TONIGHT’S DEBATE AGAINST REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN RICHARD BURR LEADING IN A RECENT POLL BY WUNC, WRAL AND THE NEWS & OBSERVER. BUT SUPPORT FOR BOWLES HASN’T REACHED THE 50-PERCENT THRESHOLD AND THE BURR CAMPAIGN SEES THAT AS A WEAKNESS. WUNC’S RUSTY JACOBS REPORTS.

To see the complete poll results click HERE

Governor\’s Race Update

Monday, September 27th, 2004

In the Governor’s race – it is still unclear if or when there will be a debate between the candidates. Governor Mike Easley wants the first debate to be about Education. Republican Patrick Ballantine says it should be a general issues forum. All the posturing over debates suggests that the race is close. But a new poll commissioned for WUNC, WRAL and the News and Observer says — it’s not. WUNC\’s Eric Hodge spoke with Thad Beyle from the Political Science department at UNC-Chapel Hill about the race.

For complete poll results click HERE

Poverty in Robeson County

Monday, September 27th, 2004

ROBESON COUNTY IS THE MOST DIVERSE RURAL COUNTY IN NORTH CAROLINA. A MIX OF LUMBEE INDIAN, WHITE, BLACK AND HISPANIC. IT\’S ALSO ONE OF THE MOST DEPRESSED COUNTIES. IT HAS A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATE, A LOW PER CAPITA INCOME, AND A POVERTY RATE THAT\’S ALMOST TWICE THE STATE AVERAGE. THIS WEEK, LUMBERTON WILL HOST THE FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON JOB LOSS AND RECOVERY IN RURAL AMERICA. LEDA HARTMAN HAS MORE.

For more information on the conference: www.povertyeast.org

Housing for Sickle Cell Patients

Friday, September 24th, 2004

MANY PEOPLE LIVING WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE SUFFER FROM SEVERE PAIN. THIS PAIN CAN MAKE IT HARD FOR SUFFERERS TO LEAD A NORMAL LIFE – LIKE ATTEND SCHOOL OR HOLD DOWN A JOB. ORGANIZATIONS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO HELP IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF SOME YOUNG ADULTS LIVING WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE IN DURHAM. THEY\’VE OPENED THE BRIDGES POINTE APARTMENTS. IT IS BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST HOUSING PROJECT OF ITS KIND IN THE COUNTRY GEARED SPECIFICALLY TO THE NEEDS OF PATIENTS WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASE. WUNC’S LEONEDA INGE REPORTS.