Archive for March, 2005

Hispanics & Driver\’s Licenses

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Fewer Hispanics applied for North Carolina driver’s licenses over the past year. New Homeland Security regulations on identification have resulted in an average of 25 percent fewer Hispanics applying for and getting driver’s licenses each month. Now, the state legislature is considering more restrictions. Nancy Marshall-Genzer reports from Siler City.

Fighting Poverty in NC

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

Ever since the presidential primary run that secured his spot on the National political scene, former Senator John Edwards has been talking about helping the millions of Americans living in poverty. Edwards says fighting poverty is one of the great moral challenges of our time. At a lecture at the new Center on Poverty, Work and Prosperity he issued a public invitation to North Carolinians to take up the challenge. Rusty Jacobs reports from Chapel Hill.

Lottery in NC

Monday, March 28th, 2005

State House lawmakers will vote on an education lottery sometime in the next two weeks. The leadership in both the State House and Senate are backing it. Recent polls say that most North Carolinians want a lottery – so why don’t we? Laura Leslie reports from the State Capital.

Dinosaur Tissue?

Friday, March 25th, 2005

A scientist at North Carolina State University says she and her research assistant have discovered soft tissue in dinosaur bones. If paleontologist Mary Schweitzer is right, then she has stumbled on a monumental discovery- one that would crush conventional wisdom. But in science, such discoveries are often met with rigid skepticism. WUNC\’s Rusty Jacobs reports.

Regulating Schools to Fight Obesity

Friday, March 25th, 2005

In the past 10 years, the number of overweight children in North Carolina has ballooned. So state health officials say it\’s time for the state legislature to get involved in fighting childhood obesity. WUNC\’s Rose Hoban reports.