Not treating mentally ill inmates properly is costly in human and financial terms. The state should fix these problems promptly says the Winston-Salem Journal.
The Charlotte Observer says that N.C. lawmakers need to finish their budget earlier. Other states, including our neighbor Virginia, do so.
The Opportunity Scholarship program might be constitutional according to one court, but without accountability, the recent ruling isn’t worth the paper it’s written on says Patrick Gannon.
The Triad Regional Forensic Laboratory is a sound idea in theory. Finding a way to make this happen is worth the time and effort to get the right answers says the Burlington Times-News.
The legislative urgency to get North Carolina back into executing murderers has reached a fever pitch that looks a lot like bloodlust. It’s an ugly spectacle says the Fayetteville Observer.
The notion of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" has given way, even among journalists, to a multicultural fetish against offending anyone who is not Western, or who is among a media-anointed "victim class.
Those who read, watch, and listen to the news lose when media outlets decide to ignore the “wrong” side.
A news outlet’s willingness to own up to its mistakes says a lot about its credibility.
July 31, 2015, By Dan WayRALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-3rd District, is a staunch supporter of the efforts of fellow North Carolinian Mark Meadows (11th District) to unseat House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. Jones says Boehner is out of touch with Republican Party principles. In contrast, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District, scolded Meadows for invoking a rare procedural move to oust Boehner.
CHARLOTTE — About two years ago, the Republican-dominated southern suburbs of Mecklenburg County elected Paul Bailey to represent them on the school board. He was endorsed by a roster of GOP officials that included three state legislators. That made Bailey’s comments on the Republican-dominated General Assembly this week all the more striking.
ASHEVILLE — Even before the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of a school voucher program, interest in the taxpayer-funded scholarships to private schools seemed to be growing among Western North Carolina families. Families in the region submitted more new applications for the program for the upcoming school year compared to last year, and advocates predict interest will only increase now that the state’s highest court has upheld the program.
WINSTON-SALEM — Attorneys representing North Carolina and Gov. Pat McCrory rested their case this morning after calling six witnesses in a federal trial over the state’s controversial election law. The last witness for the state was Brian Neesby, business systems analysis for the State Board of Election.
WINSTON-SALEM — A state Auditor’s Office report cited a lack of effective oversight of a program that has spent at least $29 million since 2000 assisting business operators who are legally blind. The audit, released Thursday, covers the Business Evaluation program of the N.C. Division of Services of the Blind, which is part of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
RALEIGH — The House gave final approval Thursday to a bill preventing local governments from regulating the care of farm animals, leaving Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature the last step needed for the bill to become law. The bill sponsored by Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, is a response to rules on the treatment of animals that the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners adopted in January.
WINSTON-SALEM — Gov. Pat McCrory is calling for a bond vote to put road projects like the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway on a faster track. The N.C. Senate is considering a different proposal that backers say would make more road-building money available over the long haul, but wouldn’t include a bond issue.
DURHAM — Barry Brantley has worked as a manager at Affordable Jewelry & Pawn in Durham for 18 years and can tell when something is not right about a customer. Maybe a man is trying to sell a laptop but cannot remember the password. Or a woman has a nice acoustic guitar but no stories of playing it. “You get a feel for it after a while,” Brantley said.
GREENSBORO — Officials overseeing plans for downtown’s new performing arts center are mulling downgrades to the design to save money. A scaled-back lobby. A cheaper sound system. Fewer architectural details. But even then, the cost of building the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts still would go over budget.