Patrick Gannon writes that nearly 800,000 military veterans call North Carolina home, yet a new report found that the state lacks a coordinated strategy to support them.
The Wilmington Star- News writes that insurers who write homeowners policies want to raise rates again – this time by as much as 35 percent for coastal residents and some residents of rural counties.
It will take a long time to right the ship. But this week’s mea culpa marks a beginning, at least – one that all of North Carolina desperately needed to see says the Rocky Mount Telegram.
The N.C. Utilities Commission decision allowing power companies to pocket their corporate income tax savings is a travesty that must be challenged. Fortunately, it will be says the Asheville Citizen-Times.
After four years, two chancellors, two athletic directors, three football coaches and two NCAA investigations, finally there are some real answers at UNC-CH writes Luke DeCock.
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.
October 24, 2014, By Don CarringtonRALEIGH — A copy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s file on a 2011 $50,000 solar energy grant to JDC Manufacturing was missing key documents that would clarify the roles of various family members of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. Hagan family members own JDC Manufacturing, along with a solar company that claimed to have performed work on the project.
WINSTON-SALEM — The State Board of Elections expects to find out by Friday how many of the nearly 10,000 names flagged as possible ineligible voters belong to people who apparently are not U.S. citizens, elections officials said Thursday.
Once the names are known, a new phase of investigation will begin. “We can’t just pull a name off the poll books,” said Josh Lawson, an SBOE spokesman.
RALEIGH — The backlash against the gay marriage court ruling picked up force this week with a leading legislator proposing to exempt government officials from attending to same-sex couples and protests in Raleigh on Thursday that religious liberty is under siege. Senate leader Phil Berger said this week that he would propose a way for magistrates and registers of deeds to refuse on religious grounds to serve gay couples wishing to marry.
CHARLOTTE — In last spring’s Republican primary, U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis ran an ad touting his fight against an expanded Medicaid program. “Thom Tillis has a proven record fighting against Obamacare,” the narrator said. “Tillis stopped Obama’s Medicaid expansion cold. It’s not happening in North Carolina, and it’s because of Thom Tillis.”
RALEIGH — The two candidates for the 6th Congressional District seat, Mark Walker and Laura Fjeld, met Thursday for the first of two debates, offering different philosophies and trading a few barbs along the way. Fjeld, the Democratic candidate for the seat now held by retiring U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, said Republican Walker had “painted himself into the Tea Party corner.”
GREENSBORO — The head of the N.C. Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission, accusing the campaign of Mark Walker, the Republican candidate in the 6th Congressional District race, with a variety of violations of election laws. Casey Mann, the party’s executive director, alleged that Walker4NC failed to report in-kind contributions and its debts and obligations, and received excessive contributions, according to the complaint.
FAYETTEVILLE — Candidates seeking the 8th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives agree on the top issue in the election but differ in their approach to it. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican seeking his second term in Congress, and Democratic challenger Antonio Blue say jobs is the top issue. “There’s still a lot of people out of work,” Hudson said.
FAYETTEVILLE — The N.C. Senate 19 race took a muddier turn this week. A new election mailer sponsored by the N.C. Republican Party attacked Democratic challenger Billy Richardson for defending former Fort Bragg soldier Timothy B. Hennis, who was convicted in 2010 of a 1985 triple murder in Fayetteville.
CHAPEL HILL — Carol Folt arrived in Chapel Hill last year from the Ivy League, excited about her new job as chancellor, but unable to get people to focus on the future. A cloud hung over UNC-Chapel Hill: The crisis that had enveloped academics and athletics for three years still carried unanswered questions – how did the bogus classes for athletes start, and why?
WINSTON-SALEM — The Wake Forest University School of Business said Wednesday that it is ending its full-time program for students pursuing master’s degrees in business administration, but will keep its part-time program aimed at working professionals, which offers classes at night and on weekends. Admission to the full-time program ended with the current fall class. The full-time program will end in May 2016.
RALEIGH — Instead of wishing and hoping for the whopping $4 billion they would need to build a fast-train shortcut between Raleigh and Richmond, leaders from North Carolina and Virginia want to find a less costly way to start rolling sooner with slower trains – and build up speed later. They want to stick with the gradual, incremental approach that has characterized North Carolina’s rail service upgrades over the past two decades.
CHARLOTTE — American Airlines reported higher profits for its third quarter Thursday, but executives said new seasonal flights from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Europe haven’t performed well and hinted they might not be continued next year. Several other major airlines reported their results Thursday, and the industry as a whole saw rising profits.
CHARLOTTE — Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee on Thursday strongly defended Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s secret surveillance of cellphones and other wireless devices, saying officers do not eavesdrop on conversations or store data from innocent people. In a publicly released memo to the City Council, Carlee said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police should continue to use portable equipment that imitates a cell tower.
CHARLOTTE — Domestic violence costs North Carolina more than $300 million every year because of factors such as health care and criminal-justice expenses, according to a study commissioned by two domestic violence advocacy organizations. Leaders of the Charlotte-based eNOugh Campaign and the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage hope that their estimate of the total costs of domestic violence will encourage policymakers and corporations to do more to prevent the crime.
ASHEVILLE — A prosecutor will dismiss about 230 speeding tickets city police wrote using radar guns with out-of-date certifications. District Attorney Ron Moore said he planned to file the dismissals on Thursday. City police completed a review of 4,500 tickets on Oct. 17. Officers found about 2,000 had been issued base on speed measuring devices, such as radar guns. Of that amount, 336 came from devices with lapsed certifications.
ASHEBORO — As Patches the polar bear checked out her new $8.5 million enclosure at the N.C. Zoo on Thursday, it was the children pressing their hands to the glass who were held captive. Released from buses and vans that brought them to the park on field trips, freed from strollers pushed by parents, they crowded the window that looked out on a 2-acre addition to the zoo’s original polar bear exhibit and stared into the face of the 700-pound Ursus maritimus.