Archive for September, 2004

Abuse in Military Families

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

CHILDREN WHO LIVE NEAR THE STATE’S LARGEST MILITARY INSTALLATIONS WERE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE MURDERED BY THEIR PARENTS AS CHILDREN IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE. THOSE WERE THE FINDINGS IN A NEW REPORT RELEASED BY THE NORTH CAROLINA CHILD ADVOCACY INSTITUTE. THE STUDY LOOKED AT DATA COLLECTED IN CUMBERLAND AND ONSLOW COUNTIES- HOME TO FORT BRAGG AND CAMP LEJEUNE. WUNC\’S MARY HARTNETT SPOKE WITH THE STUDY’S AUTHOR, MARSHA HERMAN-GIDDENS. SHE SAYS SHE BEGAN BY LOOKING AT THE RATES OF CHILD ABUSE HOMICIDES IN COUNTIES AROUND THE STATE.

Environmental Group Gets Involved in Senate Race

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

A NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP WANTS TO HELP DETERMINE WHO’LL BE NORTH CAROLINA’S NEXT U-S SENATOR. THE LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS IS LAUNCHING AN AD CAMPAIGN THAT PROMOTES DEMOCRAT ERSKINE BOWLES AND ATTACKS HIS OPPONENT, REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN RICHARD BURR. A RADIO AD THAT BEGINS AIRING NEXT WEEK SLAMS RICHARD BURR ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. WUNC’S RUSTY JACOBS TAKES A LOOK AT THE AD AND WHAT THE BOWLES AND BURR CAMPAIGNS ARE SAYING ABOUT IT.

Ivan Floods the Mountains

Monday, September 20th, 2004

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA IS WRINGING ITSELF OUT AND CLEANING UP THIS MORNING AFTER ITS SECOND MAJOR STORM IN TWO WEEKS. AT LEAST 8-DEATHS IN NORTH CAROLINA HAVE BEEN BLAMED ON THE STORM. THE RUSHING WATERS ALSO DESTROYED HOMES, BUSINESSES AND PROPERTY. THE SMALL TOWNS WEST OF ASHEVILLE IN HAYWOOD COUNTY, WERE AMONG THE HARDEST HIT WUNC\’S LAURA LESLIE REPORTS.

NOTE: This story won First Place for Breaking News Feature in the major market category of the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Contest. It was also a finalist in the 2004 Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade regional competition.

NC Voters on Crime

Friday, September 17th, 2004

MORE THAN A THIRD OF LIKELY VOTERS SAY THEY’RE VERY OR SOMEWHAT WORRIED ABOUT BEING THE VICTIM OF A CRIME. THAT’S ACCORDING TO A RECENT POLL BY WUNC, WRAL TV AND THE NEWS AND OBSERVER. WUNC’S RUSTY JACOBS REPORTS FROM THE CENTRAL CAROLINA FAIR IN GREENSBORO WHERE HE ASKED LIKELY VOTERS FOR THEIR VIEWS ON CRIME AND THE STATE’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

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Mount Olive Pickle Agreement

Thursday, September 16th, 2004

MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY WAS EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT FOR MEXICAN FARM WORKERS IN NORTH CAROLINA. THEY WON THE RIGHT TO UNIONIZE UNDER AN HISTORIC AGREEMENT WITH MOUNT OLIVE PICKLE COMPANY AND THE NORTH CAROLINA GROWERS ASSOCIATION. WUNC’S LAURA LESLIE WAS AT THE SIGNING CEREMONY IN RALEIGH.