"Focal Point: Power Shift" looks at the shift in public and political opinion on the issue of offshore drilling and examine the quiet shift to alternative fuels and energy. (Original air date: Dec. 4, 2008)
WRAL News looks at the struggles the state's fishermen are facing and how those problems could change the character of the coast so many North Carolinians treasure.
WRAL News examines the issue of worker safety in the application of agricultural pesticides in North Carolina.
WRAL takes an in-depth look at the disproportionate number of teen births in the black community with revealing insight from teen mothers and young men.
Television as we know it will change in 2009. But are you ready? Get a closer look at the digital revolution and the changes you'll need to make.
As the Triangle and other metropolitan areas grow, many rural counties across the state have been struggling. (Original air date Feb. 28 2008)
WRAL takes a look at North Carolina's Christmas tree industry and follows trees from fields to living rooms and even to the Blue Room of the White House. (Original air date Dec. 15 2007)
Focal Point: "Crossing the Line" examines the alarming number of drunken-driving fatalities involving Hispanic drivers, especially illegal immigrants. (Original air date Dec. 5 2007)
Focal Point: “State of Minds” profiles mentally ill patients, their families, providers and other people affected by mental health care reform in North Carolina.
North Carolina has a dirty, little secret. Officials say the state's trash and litter are affecting the tourism industry.
WRAL examines global warming, how scientists say it is affecting North Carolina and how residents are preparing. (Original air date June 27, 2007)
WRAL examines North Carolina’s weight problem, including its causes, costs and cures. (Original air date June 6, 2007)
"Another Mother's Child" examines the impact of the foster care population on North Carolina.
From the altar to the front lines, there's been an alarming spike in the military divorce rate. WRAL examines the struggle of married life in the U.S. Army and the effort to help couples overcome challenges. (Original air date Dec. 13, 2006)
NASCAR is more than a sport. It means big business in North Carolina. WRAL examines the economic impact of motorsports on the state in "Wheels of Fortune." (Original air date Oct. 11, 2006)
State health officials say the number of fish that contain potentially unsafe levels of mercury has tripled. Where is the mercury coming from, and how dangerous is it to eat the fish?
People love North Carolina, but are they loving it to death? In the latest Focal Point, WRAL examines land conservation amid growth and development.
WRAL looks at why protective orders often fail to protect victims of domestic violence and what can be done to make them more effective.
Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have led to the largest call up of National Guardsmen and Reservists since WW II. Focal Point: "Citizen Soldier" examines the impact on families and communities back home.
Overcrowded courtrooms, long delays and more plea bargains -- is justice really being served in the state's courts?
WRAL looks at how erosion and increased storm activity could permanently bury part of the Outer Banks under water and why N.C. is spending millions trying to protect Highway 12, only to have it continually washed away by the sea.
"The Point of Contention" examines the controversial practice of needle exchange and the recent efforts to legalize it in North Carolina.
In 1960, CBS first aired Edward R. Murrow's landmark documentary "Harvest of Shame," which exposed the poor living conditions of many migrant farmworkers, including many in North Carolina. Forty-five years later, many migrant farmworkers in our state still face overcrowded, unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions.
At first glance, North Carolina's dropout rate, as reported by the state Department of Public Instruction, does not seem all that bad. It's less than 5 percent for grades 9-12, but that's during a single school year. A look at the bigger picture reveals a much more startling statistic -- about 40 percent of North Carolinaians who enter high school leave without a diploma. They depart without the necessary skills and education to enter the workforce or to continue their education.
Like food and water, shelter is a basic human need. But for many working families in North Carolina, finding an affordable place to live can be difficult, if not impossible. Experts say people shouldn't spend more than 30 percent of their monthly income on housing.
Black men make up about 10 percent of North Carolina's total population but account for nearly 60 percent of its prison population. Why do so many of our state's young black men end up behind bars?
Why does North Carolina's program to provide lifesaving medications to poor people with HIV have the toughest qualification guideline in the country? Why have bills to change this and allow more people into the program stalled in the legislature?
On October 15, 1954, Hurricane Hazel delivered a devastating blow to North Carolina. It was the only category 4 hurricane to hit the state in the 20th century, and by most measures, was the worst.
"Clearing the Air" profiles a couple with three asthmatic children, an elderly person and an avid cyclist who've all had problems with ozone and are concerned about the area's air quality. The program also includes interviews with air quality experts from the EPA, the state Division of Air Quality and the American Lung Association all of whom collect and report data on air pollution and advise citizens on what to do about it. It also includes interviews from some who question the data and the EPA standards.
This 30-minute documentary examines the trend towards "resegregation" of public schools in North Carolina 50 years after the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision in which the US Supreme Court declared racial segregation of schools unconstitutional.