The Winston-Salem Journal says that legislators must realize that running a virtual education program requires administrative skills different from those at a brick-and-mortar school.
The gas tax is the state’s largest revenue source for road construction and other transportation needs, but we cannot rely on it so heavily in the future says the Burlington Times News.
Universities often say they believe they can have big-time sports and top-notch academics, but scandals in recent years cast doubt on that says the Raleigh News & Observer.
The Salisbury Post says that officials should encourage citizen involvement — and media scrutiny — by making public records requests as convenient and cost-free as possible.
The Greensboro News & Record writes that resourceful lenders have found ways around laws intended to protect service members from predatory loans.
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.
In a Sunday piece, The Charlotte Observer employs all the steps used by the mainstream media to mislead readers.
December 06, 2013, By CJ StaffRALEIGH — Student loan defaults continue to cause problems in this country. As recently as 2010, nearly 375,000 students defaulted within two years of beginning repayment. One idea put forward to address the issue involves assigning more responsibility for defaults to colleges and universities themselves. Jane Shaw, president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, discussed the issue with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio.
RALEIGH — The Medicaid proposal at the core of an ambitious reform effort has morphed significantly since it was announced in April. Instead of the state bringing in three or four insurance companies or other entities to manage Medicaid health costs statewide, the latest proposal splits the state into six or seven regions.
WASHINGTON — North Carolina has a lot riding on the outcome of a closed-door drama now playing out in Washington as Congress works against a deadline this month to hammer out divisions in a new five-year farm bill. The bill is full of programs that affect agriculture, North Carolina’s top industry.
CHARLOTTE — The Catawba Indian tribe says a 1993 settlement allows the federal government to designate land in North Carolina as a reservation, the first step toward building a new casino in Cleveland County that has spurred fierce opposition from Republican and Democratic leaders.
RALEIGH — A business-backed, limited-government group that counts House Speaker Thom Tillis as a leader is exerting increasing influence in North Carolina, according to newly disclosed records. The American Legislative Exchange Council counted 54 out of 170 North Carolina lawmakers as members through June, or roughly one-third of the General Assembly.
CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools lost almost 16 percent of its teachers last year, a 10-year high, a state teacher turnover report shows. Turnover rose statewide, according to the report released this week. CMS’ 2012-13 rate of 15.99 percent topped the state average of 14.33 percent.
RALEIGH — Ripley Rand, the top federal prosecutor for the middle part of North Carolina, said this week that his office is gathering information about vehicles seized from motorists in Hamlet who were charged unauthorized storage fees or had their cars and trucks scrapped by police. The Police Department kept the money.
RALEIGH — Two university professors hired by the U.S. Department of Justice to analyze traffic stops by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office say statistical data conclusively shows deputies there are racially profiling Latino drivers. The two analyses were filed in U.S. District Court last week as part of a federal civil rights complaint against Sheriff Terry S. Johnson.
RALEIGH — North Carolina prisoners challenging the state Department of Correction’s lethal injection protocol as cruel and unusual punishment have been given a chance to alter their legal argument in the wake of a policy change. The N.C. Secretary of Public Safety changed the protocol for executing death row inmates in late October, just weeks before the state Court of Appeals was scheduled to hear legal arguments in the long-standing lawsuit.
CHARLOTTE — As Charlotte officials join the multistate competition for Boeing’s 777X jetliner plant, a site selection consultant who has worked with the company questioned whether North Carolina has the stomach for a full-scale multimillion-dollar bidding war. And in another wrinkle, Charlotte might not be the only area of the state that’s interested in the new jetliner.
GREENSBORO — City officials are working on a proposal to recruit a Boeing jetliner assembly plant to Piedmont Triad International Airport. The company has requested proposals from at least a dozen cities around the country, according to published reports. Such a plant would employ at least 1,500 workers.
WINSTON-SALEM — A mixture of high-end, low-end and government job hiring has contributed to the Triad’s unemployment rate falling to a level unseen in five years. The Triad’s rate dropped to 7.6 percent during October, unchanged from September and down from 8.3 percent in August, the N.C. Commerce Department reported Thursday.
RALEIGH — The Triangle’s unemployment rate remained flat in October, at 6.4 percent, even as the region gained 6,000 jobs, the biggest monthly jobs gain all year. The area’s jobless rate has gradually fallen from a year ago, when it was 7.5 percent. It is now at a level last seen five years ago when the nation was descending into a major recession.