The Raleigh News & Observer says the NCAA is no longer seen as an agent of oversight and certainly not of any change that might in some way hinder runaway TV contracts.
Afraid of a ‘federal takeover of education,’ North Carolina rejects national standards. The replacement will likely be similar, says the Greensboro News & Record.
Patrick Gannon writes that drilling for oil and gas off the coast has the potential to become an issue exponentially more important to North Carolina than coal ash or fracking,
D.G. Martin says that new North Carolina voters do not belong to either party. Instead, they join the growing numbers of native North Carolinians who are not permanently attached to any political movement.
The Durham Herald-Sun writes that colleges and universities are facing more and more scrutiny these days over the value of the education they provide and the degrees they grant.
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.
July 25, 2014, By Barry SmithRALEIGH — Billionaire hedge-fund manager Jim Simons, a major contributor to a Democratic political candidates, funds, and causes, has come under fire from the IRS for ducking billions in federal taxes. He’s a major donor to the Senate Majority PAC, which has spent millions of dollars supporting Sen. Kay Hagan and attacking her GOP opponent Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH — The N.C. Senate approved a Medicaid plan Thursday that will partially privatize how the program is administered in the state. The Senate voted 28-17 for the plan that would create a new state agency to oversee and manage Medicaid. The bill would carve out Medicaid regions in the state where both private, for-profit companies, called Managed Care Organizations, or MCOs, and hospital-led health plans would compete for contracts to serve patients.
CHARLOTTE — They’re construction workers, waitresses and cashiers. They care for our children and elderly parents, clean our offices and bathrooms. But they go without health insurance because their incomes aren’t high enough to qualify for federal subsidies and too high to qualify for North Carolina’s current Medicaid program for low-income and disabled citizens.
RALEIGH — Three years ago, Republican lawmakers balked at a deal put forward by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue to offer a company cash incentives to lure 1,300 jobs to North Carolina. Now, with a Republican governor at the helm, some GOP lawmakers want to expand state incentives and create a so-called “closing fund” that will allow cash grants to seal a deal with large corporations that promise to add jobs.
RALEIGH — When a bill designed to help new owners settle into unused industrial buildings left the state House, it was a half-page long and dealt with a single quirk of the state’s building codes. It returned form the Senate as a complex, five-page measure that drew objections Thursday from House lawmakers who said it should be given a once-over by the chamber’s Environment Committee.
RALEIGH — The state House on Thursday rejected a bill that would have required moped riders to carry insurance, with many members saying anecdotes about scooters causing accidents do not provide enough reason to make such a major policy change. Backers of the bill said the measure ensures that people who are riding on public roads can pay for any damage they cause.
RALEIGH — A state task force that works to reduce child deaths could be eliminated under a Republican-backed bill unveiled Thursday that seeks to make dozens of changes to North Carolina laws. The Technical and Other Corrections bill passed in a state House committee over the objections of Democrats and is scheduled for a floor vote Friday.
RALEIGH — The N.C. Senate passed a law Thursday that will reduce how much Guilford County can levy in sales taxes. Guilford can charge up to 2.75 percent on purchases under existing law , although the county does not currently use that full capacity. If adopted, the bill would cap the local sales tax at 2.5 percent.
RALEIGH — Red-light cameras will likely reappear at some Fayetteville intersections soon. On Thursday, lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that will allow the program to be paid for through a joint agreement between the city and the Cumberland County Board of Education.
CHARLOTTE — Conflict over disclosure of charter-school salaries flared anew Thursday as House Democrats said a Senate-approved bill shields for-profit management companies from revealing who they hire and how much they pay. In a Thursday evening news conference, Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg, led the call for the public and Gov. Pat McCrory to fight a move that she says blocks accountability and transparency at charter schools, which are run by nonprofit boards and funded with public money.
CHAPEL HILL — At a time when universities are making new promises to take care of athletes during and after their playing years, UNC-Chapel Hill will give scholarships and counseling to help former athletes finish their degrees. A new program, dubbed Complete Carolina, was announced Thursday by Chancellor Carol Folt.
RALEIGH — An idea of just how big North Carolina’s coal-ash problem is can be found north of the Triangle on the Virginia border in Person County. There, one small step toward cleaning up accumulated decades of residue from coal-fired power plant combustion is about to begin at the Mayo Steam Electric Plant near Roxboro.
WILMINGTON — Lots of wheels were turning at Thursday’s N.C. State Ports Authority Board of Directors meeting regarding ways to drive business to the region even if little was said in open session about what might be going where – and when. What was obvious is the importance the ports authority, and the state as a whole, is placing on rail service – reinforced by a presentation Thursday from CSX – to generate new economic development opportunities.
ASHEVILLE — Craft beer gets plenty of attention and promotion in North Carolina. But the state also has a lively wine scene that is constantly adding new players of all sizes. The mountains are home to more than a dozen wineries including America’s most-visited (Biltmore in Asheville) and the nation's smallest (Calaboose Cellars in Andrews, with just 300 square feet).