Archive for August, 2005

Senate Votes Yes to a Lottery

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Governor Mike Easley is scheduled to sign the North Carolina Lottery into law today. The State Senate passed the legislation yesterday. As Laura Leslie reports, just a few days ago — the odds were stacked against it.

RBC Centura Moves to Raleigh

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Banking officials at Rocky Mount based RBC Centura say they plan to move their headquarters to Raleigh. The bank is the US subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada. It has almost 300 branches in five Southeastern states. Jessica Jones reports that the move is part of an effort to expand bank operations.

School Security

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Since 9-11, there has been considerable effort across the country to make public places safer from terrorist attacks. Airports, big commercial centers and state capitals have all benefited from funds earmarked for emergency planning – but not public schools. As Jessica Jones reports, educators and police in North Carolina say they need to find more ways to keep students safe.

Commission Hears Different Truths

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission has completed another round of public hearings. The commission has heard hours of testimony from lawyers, activists, police officers, and Greensboro residents. Each person has offered a recollection of what happened on November 3, 1979 – the day a group of KKK members and neo-Nazis shot and killed five labor organizers. Rusty Jacobs reports.

Note: WUNC\’s coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission won the Radio – Television News Director\’s Association Edward R. Murrow Southeast Regional Radio Award for continuing coverage.

Railroad Crossing Safety

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

In the aftermath of a high profile accident in Raleigh earlier this month, state railroad officials are trying to raise awareness of railroad crossing safety. The officials say they\’d like to avoid such accidents in the future. So they crowded aboard a special train yesterday- full of police officers and civic leaders from towns along the tracks. Rose Hoban rode along.