CNN Radio News Day: November 5, 2012 by CNN published on 2012-11-05T21:25:50Z Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition: When Barack Obama became the first black president there was a hope, an aspiration, that his election would usher in a sea change - an almost magical transformation of race relations in the United States. According to scientific surveys designed by researchers at several leading universities and the Associated Press, that hasn't happened: “Progress is usually not linear with respect to racial reconciliation. You'll have these monumental moments of change and then sometimes you'll have retrenchment and then we lurch forward", says Emory University political science professor, Andra Gillespie. It has been one week since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, but the recovery effort is far from over. The U.S. military has long been the back-up to local and state governments in disaster relief, but what's changed over time is who is in charge: "I actually have federal orders in my hand that will allow me to command federal forces, if they’re required to come into New York state," says Brigadier General Michael Swezey of the New York State National Guard. Election day isn't just about picking candidates. There are some big issues on state ballots as well. One of the more complicated decisions California voters face is over Proposition 36,which would change the state's 'three strikes' law. University of California Riverside Sociologist Robert Nash Parker says such laws have no effect on violent crime trends: "'Three strikes' really had nothing to do with crime. It doesn't serve as a deterrent. And it doesn't serve as an aide to law enforcement in any shape, manner or form."