Archive for August, 2005

No Lottery For Now

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

The State Senate worked all night wrapping up their work for this session. Members of the Senate are leaving Raleigh without passing a lottery bill. Morning Edition host Eric Hodge spoke with Laura Leslie who stayed up with the lawmakers in Raleigh.

Schools Race is Over

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

The last unresolved statewide election in the country is finally settled. Democrat June Atkinson is the new Superintendent of Public Instruction in North Carolina. Laura Leslie reports.

Million Acre Opportunity

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

International Paper is getting ready to sell hundreds of thousands of acres of land in North Carolina. That move could translate into much needed help for the state’s million acres initiative. In 1999, then Governor Jim Hunt pushed the legislature to set aside one million acres of undeveloped land over 10 years. Lorne Matalon reports.

9th Grade Academies

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

School starts this week in most districts across the state. In Wake County some schools are experimenting with something called 9th Grade Academies. They are part of an effort to keep kids from dropping out by making the transition between 8th and 9th grades easier. Jessica Jones reports from Cary High School.

Clemency and Pardons

Friday, August 19th, 2005

When Governor Mike Easley denied Sylvester Smith’s request for a pardon of innocence this week, he did so in typically reticent fashion, releasing a two line press release. Throughout his two terms, the Governor has refused to release certain documents linked to his decision on clemency and pardon requests. That has frustrated some people and provoked others to take legal action. Rusty Jacobs reports.