State House Democrats have decided to support Jim Black as speaker this year, despite a string of scandals around his office. Laura Leslie reports from the State Capitol.
Archive for April, 2006
A Federal Judge says the state can execute convicted murderer Willie Brown this Friday. Judge Malcolm Howard had threatened to block the execution unless the state could come up with a plan that guarantees Brown would remain unconscious while being given a lethal injection. The judge approved the new plan even though it might require physicians to violate a professional oath. Rusty Jacobs reports.
The alleged rape case involving members of the Duke Men's Lacrosse team continues to be tried in the public. Yesterday, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong participated in a community-wide forum at North Carolina Central University. A student at the school says she was sexually assaulted after Duke Lacrosse players paid her to strip at a party last month. Leoneda Inge reports:
StoryCorps is in North Carolina — it\’s the oral history project that\’s out collecting stories around the country. It gives friends and family members the chance to interview each other about their lives. The mobile booth is in downtown Durham this week — but the first stop in North Carolina was at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville. That\’s where Theresa Johnson brought in her husband Terrell. Theresa is a disabled veteran.
Underlying concerns of race and class continue to unfold as the investigation continues in the alleged rape of a black woman by members of the Duke men\’s lacrosse team. And the allegations may have inflamed simmering racial tension in Durham. The chancellor of North Carolina Central University, the president of Duke University, and the mayor of Durham are all calling for calm as the investigation continues. Leoneda Inge reports.