Patrick Gannon says that it’s pretty clear that many senators voted for or against the Senate budget without fully understanding potential impacts of parts of it.
Today is the last day of the state government’s fiscal year, but a budget for the year that begins Wednesday is nowhere in sight. And there seems little urgency in Raleigh to rectify that says the Durham Herald-Sun.
In choosing to treat online putdowns differently from spoken slights, North Carolina has waded into legal quicksand says the Burlington Times-News.
Tom Campbell says that this is the first time a state ever lost a Voter ID court case. North Carolina did so without going to trial.
Rob Christensen writes that while the Democrats have lost a lot of races recently, Patsy Keever points to near misses. She sees the Democrats as a party on the verge.
A news outlet’s willingness to own up to its mistakes says a lot about its credibility.
Professors do future journalists and the reading public no favors by teaching students that a left-wing narrative trumps the facts.
News outlets shirk their duty when they fail to acknowledge important stories.
June 30, 2015, By Dan WayRALEIGH — Internet giant Google collected $262 million in incentives when it located a data center in North Carolina, and now is urging the General Assembly to continue offering hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to renewable energy investors. But while the search engine company strongly advocates maintaining green-energy subsidies for North Carolina, it once shut down its own research and development project after concluding it was impossible to make renewable energy more affordable than traditional electricity.
RALEIGH — General Assembly lawmakers signaled a possible agreement late Monday on a way to keep state government funded as it lapses into a new fiscal year without a new budget. The House approved a funding bandage that essentially continues the current year’s spending levels until Aug. 14 – ideally enough runway for the legislature to finalize and send the governor a new, two-year spending plan, which will not be ready by the new fiscal year starting Wednesday.
RALEIGH — Senate Republicans began trying again Monday to alter environmental standards they said would trim needless regulation and aid business. Environmental advocates contend that the changes would give industry and developers more license to pollute. A divided Senate environmental committee favoring GOP legislators recommended a 50-plus page bill that arrived from the House at less than a page.
RALEIGH — The N.C. House refused Monday night to make sweeping changes to Greensboro’s City Council without a voter referendum. Members voted 73-35 to reject House Bill 263, a move that sends it to a House-Senate committee for more work. But Mayor Nancy Vaughan said the victory could turn out to be a hollow one for the city: Only one of five House members appointed to the joint committee later Monday night — Rep. John Blust of Greensboro — opposes the bill.
RALEIGH — The question about whether North Carolina can issue “Choose Life” specialty license plates and not offer the other side of the political debate will be revived in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent the North Carolina case back to the federal appeals court with instructions to reconsider it in light of a ruling this month in a Texas case.
WINSTON-SALEM — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed down a decision against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule, a rule implemented in April to reduce some of the most toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants, though Duke Energy officials say the decision will not have any immediate effect.
RALEIGH — Some day our cars will be so smart that they won’t start until they’re sure we’re sober. Until then, we have the ignition interlock. It’s a device that checks a driver’s breath for alcohol before letting the car engine start. North Carolina requires interlocks for drunk drivers who have been convicted of repeat offenses, who refuse to take a blood-alcohol breath test or who blow a .15 – nearly double the .08 limit that legally defines impaired driving.
DURHAM — A N.C. Central University professor has hit the school with another federal equal-opportunity complaint, alleging mistreatment on the basis of gender in his quest to regain the chairmanship of the Department of Language and Literature. James Pearce, the department’s chairman from 2008 to 2010, is disputing the April appointment to the post of one of his colleagues in the department, professor Wendy Rountree.
RALEIGH — Shark experts have a not-so-reassuring explanation for a recent spate of attacks along on the coast of the Carolinas: It’s mainly because so many people are getting in the water. Six shark attacks were recorded in June in North Carolina waters, and the two most recent victims had to be flown to a hospital in Virginia for treatment. That’s more than North Carolina has recorded in any single year dating to 2000.
WILMINGTON — If you can’t beat it, study it. For years an unwelcome pest has been blooming in the waters of Southeastern North Carolina: red algae known for clogging up everything from crab traps to wetland grasses. As scientists grapple with Gracilaria vermiculophylla — the alga’s scientific name — some are taking the opportunity to learn more about the non-native species’ impact on local habitats.
GARNER — For those who live in the heart of Garner, the Red Route could mean a highway in the backyard. Or worse: A highway replacing their home. It is one of multiple routes N.C. DOT officials have proposed that go through or past Garner as the final connector for Interstate-540. The Orange Route on the other hand travels south of Garner and does not plow through its neighborhoods.