North Carolina http://www.kunc.org en Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco http://www.kunc.org/post/too-young-smoke-not-pick-tobacco Kids under 18 can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can legally work in tobacco fields when they're as young as 12.<p>One of those kids is Eddie Ramirez, 15, who works the fields in the summer.<p>"It just sticks to my hand," he says of the plant. "It's really sticky, you know, and really yellow." It's nearly impossible to wash off, he says.<p>A <a href="http://www.hrw.org/node/125316" target="_blank">new report from Human Rights Watch</a> says the practice of children farming tobacco is hazardous and should be stopped. Wed, 14 May 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 56507 at http://www.kunc.org Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco Saying Goodbye To A Friend Who's 'Ready To Go Home' http://www.kunc.org/post/saying-goodbye-friend-whos-ready-go-home <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5tAU5U_S8s</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 07:35:00 +0000 56303 at http://www.kunc.org Saying Goodbye To A Friend Who's 'Ready To Go Home' For Pro Sports, Public Relations Going High-Tech, Real Time http://www.kunc.org/post/pro-sports-public-relations-going-high-tech-real-time Gone are the days of waiting for angry letters.<p>Social media allows the NFL, NASCAR and other pro sports leagues to hear from fans in real time. And that feedback has become so important, leagues have built what are essentially social media command centers to monitor trends and engage directly with fans.<p>The centers have been popping up over the past five years or so. One of the newest is in Charlotte, N.C., at NASCAR's corporate building. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:28:00 +0000 54769 at http://www.kunc.org For Pro Sports, Public Relations Going High-Tech, Real Time The System Supplying America's Chickens Pits Farmer Vs. Farmer http://www.kunc.org/post/system-supplying-americas-chickens-pits-farmer-vs-farmer After reading Christopher Leonard's <em>The</em> <em>Meat Racket</em>, a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/19/276981085/is-tyson-foods-chicken-empire-a-meat-racket">broadside</a> against the contract-farming system, I decided to take a closer look at it.<p>I drove to North Carolina and ended up in the kind of place that supplies practically all of our chickens: a metal-sided, 500-foot-long structure near the town of Fairmont.<p>In the dim light, I see 30,000 little chicks scuttling around on the floor. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:40:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 54173 at http://www.kunc.org The System Supplying America's Chickens Pits Farmer Vs. Farmer A Home-Cooked Dinner That's More Than A Meal http://www.kunc.org/post/home-cooked-dinner-thats-more-meal Yelitza Castro, an undocumented immigrant who works as a housekeeper in Charlotte, N.C., cooks dinners for homeless men and women every other Saturday night. It's a tradition that started after she and her children spotted a man standing in the rain on a cold day with a sign asking for help.<p>Yelitza gave the man $5, she recalls, but her children wanted to take him out to dinner. She turned around to go back, but he was already gone.<p>"And we were thinking we have to do something," she says.<p>Since Yelitza started her dinners, Willie Davis has partaken in many of the meals. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:31:00 +0000 52946 at http://www.kunc.org A Home-Cooked Dinner That's More Than A Meal