The Charlotte Observer says that the police should have access to modern crimefighting tools, but they should be responsible, and transparent, about it.
The N. C. General Assembly’s passion in the past decade to micromanage school calendars stands among the most bone-headed of decisions says the Durham Herald-Sun.
The textile industry never will be what it was in the Carolinas. But it also never will die as long as there are outfits such as those that make up the Carolina Textile District writes the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Tom Campbell writes that state budgets are important. A poorly designed budget process can only lead to poor results. We can do better.
It’s still about two months before the mid-January start of the 2015-16 legislative session, but you wouldn’t know it with events of the past couple of weeks around the legislative complex says Patrick Gannon.
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.
Accountability Is No Gimmick
November 25, 2014, By Jesse SaffronRALEIGH — Starting next fall, N.C. Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and Fayetteville State University will be allowed to admit students with SAT scores as low as 750 (the current systemwide minimum is 800). The three historically black universities are part of a pilot program approved at the October UNC Board of Governors meeting.
RALEIGH — North Carolina has become an attractive market for smartphone-based car services such as Uber and Lyft, which are drawn to the state’s mid-sized cities that have college students and young professionals but lack extensive mass transit. It’s also one of many states where little regulation exists outside of traditional cab and limo services.
WASHINGTON — Some of the quiet country roads of central North Carolina might not be so quiet much longer. The first permits for natural gas exploration in the state could be issued in the spring, and N.C. Department of Transportation officials are trying to assess how the state’s rural roads will be affected by thousands of truckloads of chemicals, water, sand and mechanical equipment associated with hydraulic fracturing or fracking.
RALEIGH — A newly empaneled state House committee is gathering testimony this fall to oppose a National Park Service plan that would restrict beach driving at Cape Lookout National Seashore and, critics say, could hurt coastal tourism businesses. After three years of curbs on off-road vehicles at nearby Cape Hatteras National Seashore, federal park officials are formulating rules for Cape Lookout that would require permits and limit times and places for driving on the beach.
ASHEVILLE — During the two-and-a-half years state trooper Kelly Rhodes drove a school bus when he was a high school student in the early 1980s, he says there wasn’t a single time when someone passed his bus when the stop sign was deployed. But today, Rhodes said drivers are “texting, they’re fiddling with the radio, dealing with their kids” — and sailing right past stopped school buses. A statewide survey indicates that a typical school bus in North Carolina is passed illegally about once a week.
WILMINGTON — In a move sure to raise more than a few eyebrows, the N.C. Democratic Party has formally apologized for its role in the 1898 Wilmington riots and asked the Republican-led legislature to compensate descendents of the victims. But just how the General Assembly might do that isn’t laid out in the resolution that was passed by the party’s executive committee earlier this month.
RALEIGH — Ten media organizations, including The News & Observer, sued the UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday to get the names of faculty and staff members disciplined in the wake of the athletic and academic scandal. The media organizations state in their complaint that under North Carolina’s public records law, the date and reason for any demotion, suspension or dismissal of a state employee must be available for public inspection.
RALEIGH — There are few professors as involved in NCAA matters as University of Nebraska law professor Jo Potuto. For more than a decade, she has served on the panel that hands down punishments to universities that violate NCAA regulations, including two years as its chair. She has helped shape those regulations on NCAA committees, in opinion pieces, lectures and congressional testimony.
CHARLOTTE — New documents from the state charter school office detail a litany of problems in oversight, finances and academics at Concrete Roses STEM Academy in the days before it suddenly shut down. The documents also raised concerns about personal payments the school’s founder and chairman, Cedric Stone, allowed himself on top of his salary.
SWANNANOA — It’s lunchtime at Owen High, and students are grabbing their food from the cafeteria and heading into the hallways. Some are checking their phones. Some students are hanging out inside the cafeteria talking with friends. And others are getting extra help from teachers inside classrooms.
ASHEVILLE — Depending on your point of view, it’s either well-deserved compensation for long work weeks, or a large pool of taxpayer money that should go to teachers, textbooks or some other direct student benefit. In Buncombe County public schools, it’s called “extra-duty pay,” and all principals and assistant principals receive it. For high school principals, it’s usually $1,000 a month.
CHARLOTTE — State orders to close Duke Energy’s 32 coal ash ponds pose a 108 million-ton question: Are there better uses for ash than burying it in new holes in the ground? The answer is a qualified “yes,” a state committee charged with probing that question learned Monday at UNC Charlotte.
CHARLOTTE — As Charlotte weighs a new proposal to charge residents for how much garbage they produce, many questions remain unanswered. City officials have said the simplest method might be having different-sized rollout containers, with different prices for each. Under this “pay as you throw” method, a resident would have the option of paying for the current 96-gallon container – or spending less and cramming their refuse into a container as small as 24 gallons.
WENDELL — Accidentally dialing 911 can be frightening and embarrassing. But hanging up the phone instead of correcting your mistake with the emergency communications center continues to have costly impacts on the county and each town. Whether a child is fooling around on the phone, or an adult keeps his or her finger on the “1” button a moment too long, accidental dialings in the “919” area code range occur frequently.
WASHINGTON — Charlie Sifford withstood a torrent of racial slurs and death threats more than five decades ago to break the color barrier in professional golf, becoming the first African-American to earn a PGA tour card. On Monday, a beaming Sifford sat center stage in the ornate East Room at the White House as President Barack Obama, the first African-American president – and an avid golfer – lauded the Charlotte native as one of the country’s “trailblazers who bent the arc of our nation toward justice.”