Archive for April, 2006

Gas Price Woes

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

In the last few weeks, the price of gas in North Carolina has risen to almost three dollars a gallon. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline today (4-26-06) is two dollars and ninety-three cents. That increase has been hard for many families whose incomes haven\’t changed even though prices at the pump have gone up. Jessica Jones reports.

Notebook Paper Barn

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

A StoryCorps participant looks back on an assignment she got as a school girl in rural Western North Carolina – and the miracle her Mother created with notebook paper.

Baby Bootcamp

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

In a room full of men, talk tends to turn to sports, or tools. But this past Saturday morning, the talk among some guys at UNC Hospital was diapers and formula. They were at a workshop for men who are about to become fathers. Rose Hoban reports.

A Humane Execution?

Friday, April 21st, 2006

North Carolina executed convicted murderer Willie Brown at 2:11 am this morning. Brown was convicted for murdering Valerie Dixon in 1983 during a robbery. Today's execution made North Carolina the first death penalty state to use a medical device known as a BIS monitor to make sure the inmate remained unconscious during the procedure. The monitor is North Carolina's solution to concerns about whether the standard lethal injection protocol violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Brown's execution could have broader implications for a nationwide debate on the issue. Rusty Jacobs reports.

Reverse Migration

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

New census numbers being released today confirm what people in the South have known for years. A growing number of people are leaving the North and moving here. A large number of those moving to the South are African Americans. Demographers call the movement reverse migration, a reference to the time between 1910 and 1950 when millions of blacks in the South up-rooted their families and moved to cities in the North. North Carolina ranks high on the migration list and many of these newcomers are moving to the triangle. Leoneda Inge reports: