Archive for May, 2005

Last Day of School

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

This year\’s fifth grade graduation ceremony at Forest View Elementary in Durham was the last for Principal Toni Hill. She’s retiring after more than a decade at the school. She and her colleagues sang, danced and cried as the school buses drove off on the last day of school. Jessica Jones reports.

Dental Care for Veterans

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Thousands of soldiers in North Carolina are coming home from Iraq. There are so many that the Department of Veteran Affairs is finding it hard to keep up with all the soldiers’ medical and dental needs. Now the military has signed an agreement with UNC Hospitals to get help treating combat veterans’ dental needs. Rose Hoban reports.

High School Steppers

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Stepping is a performance and movement style popularized a century ago by African American fraternities and sororities. It has a strong link to the past with roots that go all the way back to Africa. But it also has a vibrant future. Leda Hartman reports on a group of kids from North Carolina who are in Miami this week for the first National High School Step Competition.

The Fight for NASCAR\’s Center

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

North Carolina is the center of the NASCAR universe this week. Lowes Motor Speedway is hosting back to back races in Charlotte. The sport has deep roots in North Carolina. The roots may get even deeper if Charlotte is able to lure the proposed NASCAR hall of fame. Dave DeWitt reports.

Note: This story won first place in the sports category of the Radio Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas contest. It also won first place in the sports reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists – Green Eyeshade Awards.

Autism Research

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

This month, an autism treatment program at UNC Chapel Hill is marking its 40th anniversary. The program helped challenge stereotypes about autism. And its research has expanded how psychologists think about autism. The work has shown there’s more to autism than the character from the movie \”Rain Man.\” Rose Hoban reports.