(5.05.06) Telecoms Object to Tax Changes
RALEIGH — Cable television companies and wireless phone providers are raising objections about a proposal to change the way they’re taxed. They raised the only objections Tuesday as lawmakers reviewed more than 100 pages of possible changes to North Carolina tax laws.
(4.05.06) Expert: Beware Global Warming Bias
RALEIGH — A North Carolina group studying global warming needs to beware of “pervasive bias” in the debate, according to Virginia’s state climatologist. Pat Michaels says negative reports about global-warming projections outnumber positive reports by a 15-1 ratio.
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(3.08.06) 'Warming' Skeptic Stresses Costs
RALEIGH — North Carolina would put itself into an “infinitely indefensible” position if it tries to take steps on its own to curb global warming, according to Robert Balling, one of the nation’s leading global-warming “skeptics.”
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(3.07.06) First Amendment: Defend It or Lose It
CHAPEL HILL — Journalists need to defend their First Amendment Rights in order to protect them, or “there’s not going to be a torch to pass to the next generation.” That’s the assessment of one of North Carolina’s leading free press
(2.16.06) Lottery Fund Switch Causes Concern
RALEIGH — News that more than $200 million from the new state lottery could replace existing education spending is “not just disconcerting, it’s shocking.” That’s according to a lawmaker who voted last spring to support the lottery.
(1.26.06) Justice Lake Lays Down Gavel
RALEIGH — He has pounded his gavel for the last time, and he will soon hang up his black robe. But state Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly Lake still has plenty of opinions about the future of North Carolina’s criminal justice system.
(1.23.06) Counties Await State Board Action
RALEIGH — County leaders across the state will watch with interest this week as the state Board of Elections reconvenes in Raleigh. Counties, many of which only recently bought voting machines to meet federal law, have been scrambling to meet the board’s order to buy new voting machines from the state’s lone approved vendor.
(1.20.06) Panel Begins Eminent Domain Talks
RALEIGH — North Carolina could tweak its laws governing eminent domain, if lawmakers follow through on ideas they mentioned Wednesday in a committee meeting. But caution rather than major change was the watchword as legislators began addressing issues raised by last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Kelo v. New London.
(1.13.06) Amendment Called Kelo Remedy
RALEIGH — North Carolina can protect private property rights with a carefully worded constitutional amendment. That’s the new recommendation from a John Locke Foundation analyst. North Carolina needs a constitutional amendment to protect property rights that will contain very specific language,” Daren Bakst wrote in his recent report, “A Model Amendment.”
(1.06.06) House Begins Post-Kelo Review
RALEIGH — A new N.C. House committee, reacting to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that approved a Connecticut local government’s seizing of one person's private property to give it to another person, began work Thursday reviewing the scope and breadth of North Carolina’s eminent domain statutes.