Patrick Gannon writes that of the 11 African-Americans elected to the state Senate last year, eight took their seats with no opposition last November.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s $3 billion infrastructure bond plan will be a tough sell to voters. But this is a discussion the state needs to have says the Burlington Times-News.
The Winston-Salem Journal says that home design standards should be a matter for cities and towns to decide – not the heavy-handed legislature.
Tom Campbell writes that North Carolina has not adequately built or maintained its public infrastructure for decades.
Last year’s Dan River coal-ash spill wasn’t a total disaster. It led to the testing of drinking wells within 1,000 feet of other coal-ash storage facilities says the Greensboro News & Record.
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.
April 28, 2015, By Michael LowreyRALEIGH — In an April decision, the N.C. Court of Appeals overturned a jury ruling that Union County public schools had not been provided enough money by the county commission, saying that the judge had offered jurors an incorrect interpretation of the landmark Leandro decision that governs state and local school funding policies. The appeals court said state law limits the amount that school systems are entitled to receive from a trial award.
WASHINGTON — Civil liberties groups raised concerns Monday about reports that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, had called in 2013 for the CIA to hunt down and kill an American citizen who’d become a top al Qaida operative, rather than capturing him for trial.
RALEIGH — Former leaders of the state’s commerce agency warn that the uncertainty over North Carolina’s job incentives programs is affecting the state’s ability to compete with the rest of the Southeast. Gov. Pat McCrory and current Department of Commerce leaders have for months expressed their concerns over the expiration of North Carolina’s largest incentives program at the end of the year.
RALEIGH — Three days after the Raleigh City Council approved the final contract to purchase the Dorothea Dix property, three Republican state senators announced Monday that they’re dropping a bill to revoke the sale. Senators Ralph Hise, Louis Pate and Tommy Tucker had argued that the $52 million price set by Raleigh leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory was too low.
RALEIGH — North Carolina residents might soon be able to buy part ownership of a cow – or an entire herd – to get access to raw milk for themselves and their families. House Bill 309, which passed the House Health Committee on Monday afternoon, would allow so-called “cow shares” in the state, which was legal until 2004, said sponsor Rep. Dennis Riddell, R-Alamance. Part-owners would then be able to get around state regulations that prohibit the sale of unpasteurized milk, he said.
RALEIGH — Six years have passed since a Surry County deputy stopped a car with just one working brake light, confident in his belief that state law requires two. Sgt. Matt Darisse was wrong on April 29, 2009. And he would be wrong today. But in his confusion about North Carolina traffic laws, he was in good company.
WINSTON-SALEM — The attorney representing many landowners in the path of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway on Monday filed 62 more lawsuits calling on the courts to force the N.C. Department of Transportation to buy roadway properties. Attorney Matthew Bryant said that he’s talked to hundreds of clients and potential clients in the weeks since the N.C. Court of Appeals sided with his clients in one lawsuit and said the state has to pay.
ASHEVILLE — North Carolina’s on-again, off-again debate over whether to allow Sunday hunting might just have a different outcome this year. A bill clearing the way for Sunday hunting on private land has been approved by a state House committee and awaits consideration by the full House.
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s stratospheric ascent to becoming the nation’s fourth-largest developer of solar energy is the result of numerous forces aligning under the sun, according to a report issued Monday by the Rocky Mountain Institute. The institute’s report summarizes a slew of recent reports that track different aspects of North Carolina’s solar renaissance, underscoring this state’s transformation from solar pipsqueak to solar powerhouse.
FAYETTEVILLE — A revised bill rewriting the Fayetteville Public Works Commission charter is scheduled to get another committee vote this morning. Late Monday night, state Rep. John Szoka, the local delegation's Republican chairman, emailed copies of the revised bill to local officials and The Fayetteville Observer.
ASHEVILLE – It’s 5:30 on a Friday evening at Hillcrest Apartments, a subsidized housing community just west of downtown. People are coming home from work. Two boys toss a football back and forth. Another rides his bike, still equipped with training wheels, his face barely visible underneath a bright red helmet. A mother tosses her baby up in the air.
ASHEVILLE — Property owners are facing a possible tax increase this summer following the elimination of a $1.5 million business fee. Elected officials are looking at scenarios that include either a 1 cent or 1.5 cent increase, as well as a possible hike in garbage pickup fees. The new tax would generate from $1.1 million to $1.7 million and would be used to replace the business privilege license fee, which will be eliminated statewide by the General Assembly this summer, city officials said.