What’s most notable about Gov. Pat McCrory’s transportation plan aren’t the projects mentioned, but his seeming conversion from spinner to realist says the Raleigh News & Observer.
Patrick Gannon says that each time government corruption show up in media reports, the public gets a little more cynical, losing a little more faith in government.
If anyone you love is mentally ill God help you, because the odds of getting adequate help elsewhere are about as good as winning the lottery writes Tom Campbell.
Gov. McCrory wants a break from the legislature, but he should try harder to build public support for his initiatives says the Greensboro News & Record.
The Salisbury Post says to give Gov. Pat McCrory credit. While most people in politics are focussed on Election Day 2014 — or 2016 — he wants to talk about the transportation of the future.
Media outlets should think twice about maintaining cozy relationships with murderous regimes.
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.
September 19, 2014, By Barry SmithRALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals will allow nearly 1,900 students to get vouchers for the current school year while a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the fledgling Opportunity Scholarships is on appeal. The appeals court’s order releases scholarship funding for 1,878 applicants, who will be allowed to receive up to $4,200 each in vouchers from the state to pay toward their tuition at a private school.
RALEIGH — Judy Wilburn isn’t running for office, but she’s been making regular television appearances many viewers would say are aimed at swaying their vote in the U.S. Senate race. The veteran teacher appears in a spot by Carolina Rising praising the work of Gov. Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan, saying they get “high marks” on education policy.
GREENSBORO — A well-known political blog is touting a video clip as evidence that Mark Walker, GOP candidate for the 6th Congressional District, is willing to go to war with Mexico over undocumented immigrants. Not so much, Walker said. The Daily Kos posted a video clip from a June 26 political forum hosted by Will of the People in Rockingham County in which Walker is asked about using the military to secure the border.
WINSTON-SALEM — The U.S. Agriculture Department has sent another stern letter to state health officials citing concerns about the state’s oversight of its food-stamp program. The Sept. 10 letter from Peggy Fouts, a USDA regional director in Atlanta, to state Health Secretary Dr Aldona Wos was accompanied by a 19-page report outlining issues that came out a fiscal 2014 management evaluation that involved the state program and those in Guilford, Pitt and Wake counties.
NAGS HEAD — As early as next spring, the boom of seismic cannons will sound under the Atlantic Ocean as the first oil and gas exploration allowed off the East Coast in three decades gets underway. While federal officials and the oil and gas industry characterize the exploration as benign, Nags Head Mayor Bob Edwards said he’s terrified about what the intense sound waves can do to dolphins and endangered North Atlantic right whales, of which only 500 remain.
RALEIGH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s list of North Carolina solar power projects to be backed by federal loan guarantees ranges from easy-to-miss small rooftop panels to huge industrial solar farms visible from a distance. A total of 22 solar projects in the state will be backed by $55.3 million in federal loan guarantees, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced at a federally backed solar power project on a sheep farm in Bunn, about 35 miles east of Raleigh.
ASHEVILLE — The plan to widen Interstate 240 in West Asheville to eight lanes is one of 11 “highway boondoggles” that should be scaled back or abandoned because of changes in the way Americans get from place to place, a liberal advocacy group says. U.S. Public Interest Research Group says in a report issued Thursday that traffic data indicate widening what is now a four-lane road to six lanes would be “more than enough to address the perceived need.”
FAYETTEVILLE — The first time James Anderson saw a TV commercial for Southern New Hampshire University about two years ago, he didn’t take it seriously. “I just cracked up laughing,” the chancellor of Fayetteville State University said Thursday. But Southern New Hampshire, Anderson told his board of trustees, is the nation’s biggest provider of what’S called competency-based learning. It’s an alternative way for students to accumulate college credit.
DURHAM — As the founders of Durham’s two newest charter schools plan for grand openings in August, members of the Durham Board of Education are preparing to ask legislators for the power to decide when the county adds a new charter school. School board members said at a recent joint meeting between the board and county commissioners that the board’s legislative agenda for this year would include an item asking for local authority to grant charters.
CHARLOTTE — Concrete Roses STEM Academy informed parents Thursday morning that the school will shut down at the end of the week, less than four weeks into the school year. The decision was made at an emergency board meeting Wednesday night as the school showed signs of insolvency. The state agency overseeing charter schools had already placed Concrete Roses STEM on “financial disciplinary status” and frozen its access to cash.
ASHEVILLE — No area of the city is free from the presence of roaming black bears, but people are surprisingly tolerant when it comes to living close to the imposing animals. Those are among the early findings of a five-year study of Asheville’s growing population of urban and suburban bears.