The Winstom-Salem Journal wonders why the legislature rejected Common Core if it wasn’t serious about finding a better set of standards.
It’s time for the General Assembly to look at whether the state’s prisons are becoming not simply warehouses but torture chambers for the mentally ill says the Raleigh News & Observer.
North Carolina needs a better system to make sure more of its voices are better represented. The 2014 election results simply underscore that point once again says the Rocky Mount Telegram.
The Burlington Times- News says that with greater flexibility to schedule school calendars, school systems could better fit the academic year to match that of universities and community colleges.
Independent commissions, especially those that limit the ability of the governor to appoint members, can skew the balance of power in favor of the legislature says the Wilmington Star-News.
Media outlets should think twice about maintaining cozy relationships with murderous regimes.
The N&O buries the one moment of real drama at the Democratic National Convention.
The world's media found the neo-Nazi meme in stories about the school shooting in France just too enticing.
November 21, 2014, By CJ StaffRALEIGH — As the John Locke Foundation prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary with new programs and initiatives, the free-market think tank is also announcing the promotion of Executive Vice President Kory Swanson to the post of president and CEO. Longtime president John Hood is taking a new job as president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker, but will remain chairman of the JLF board of directors.
RALEIGH — Mercedes Garcia’s phone started ringing Wednesday, a whole day before President Barack Obama’s prime-time speech on his immigration plan. The 36-year-old, a native of Mexico, came to this country as a child with her parents. She has gotten married here, given birth to four children here and held numerous jobs here; and she considers Raleigh home.
RALEIGH — Solar energy advocates urged North Carolina legislators on Thursday to resist pressure from big energy interests and leave in place incentives that have sprouted an industry that employs 3,000 statewide. The sun could generate 20 percent of the electricity North Carolina uses by 2030 if lawmakers make no changes after returning to work in January, solar power boosters said.
ASHEVILLE — The North Carolina Beyond Coal Campaign sought to show wide support in October when it named 80 Western North Carolina companies as backing a call to shut down Duke Energy’s Lake Julian plant. A month later, the effort by the Asheville-based Western North Carolina Alliance and the San Francisco-based Sierra Club continues to face questions over whether it really had that backing nailed down, something charity watchdog groups said raises concerns.
RALEIGH — State Auditor Beth Wood has terminated a contract with MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber after the health care policy expert came under fire for controversial comments involving how the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. Gruber was among the policy experts who helped President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats build the health care law, which some people call “Obamacare.”
RALEIGH — A new independent review calls for extensive changes to rescue the federal government’s struggling, unpopular Red Wolf Recovery Program in five Eastern North Carolina counties. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is faulted for creating “an atmosphere of distrust” among landowners, and for a weak understanding of the causes behind a perilous decline in recent years of the world’s only wild population of endangered red wolves.
WILMINGTON — The N.C. Department of Commerce is firming up details surrounding the state’s new $10 million film grant program, set to go into effect Jan. 1. This week, the department posted a tentative draft of the program’s guidelines to the N.C. Film office’s website, detailing how productions will apply for grant awards and the specifics of the required audit.
CHARLOTTE — The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office will review hundreds of criminal cases after a judge unsealed related records that allowed police to secretly track cellphones in their investigations. The records give the fullest account to date about cellphone surveillance conducted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
LAURINBURG — Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones is requesting a new election after accusing the Republican winner, Ralph Kersey, of attempting to buy votes. This week, the Scotland County Board of Elections voted 2-1 to dismiss a complaint filed by Jones on Monday, but he is pursuing the matter with the state. The Democratic sheriff has accused Kersey and his campaign workers of approaching voters Nov. 4 and offering them food, alcohol, cigarettes and possibly cash for their votes.
RALEIGH — Tuition for all students at N.C. State University should increase by at least 3 percent in each of the next two academic years, and a special fee for engineering students should jump from $90 annually to $1,000, a committee of the university’s trustees decided Thursday. For undergraduate students from North Carolina, that means tuition would rise $182 next year, then another $187 a year later, to $6,407.
WINSTON-SALEM — Forsyth County commissioner Gloria Whisenhunt, who had led the battle for seven years to keep the county’s policy of allowing sectarian prayer in place, sat on one side of a federal courtroom Thursday morning. Janet Joyner, who, along with other county residents, sued Forsyth County over the county’s prayer policy in March 2007, sat on the other side.
WILMINGTON — Halifax Media Group, owner of StarNews Media and 35 other newspapers and affiliated websites, has agreed to be acquired by New Media Investment Group Inc. New Media, a publicly traded company, said it will pay $280 million in cash for Halifax, subject to adjustments. The deal is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2015.