Category: North Carolina

  • Are state agencies waiting to disclose data breaches?

    State agencies reported a record 250 data breaches, identity information thefts, and unauthorized disclosures of personal records in their custody in 2017. But as public concerns about computer hacks, electronic system vulnerabilities, and personal data mismanagement mount, the question is whether state agencies notify victims in…

  • Occupational licensing Grinch ready to steal opportunities

    It’s the holidays. Time for good cheer, glad tidings and songs of the season. Good will to all, peace and joy. But in North Carolina, a Grinch hides around every corner. He steals opportunity and won’t let people work. The Grinch is occupational licensing. He’s a mean one. Traveling…

  • Local Government Commission casts doubt on Jones County school deal

    The N.C. Local Government Commission Tuesday approved $11.3 million in construction bonds sought by Jones County Schools. But members expressed deep reservations about the statewide precedent it set allowing private ownership of public school buildings. “We’ve got to get this right for Jones County,” said state…

  • Hudson-sponsored concealed carry bill heads to Senate

    U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-8th District, passionately urged his colleagues Wednesday to pass major Second Amendment legislation allowing concealed carry permit holders to transport weapons across state lines without fear of prosecution. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity…

  • New website makes info from school report cards easier to get

    Parents, educators, and the general public now have easier access to North Carolina school report cards. State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced at the Dec. 5 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools district leadership meeting that schoolreportcards.nc.gov is now available. “This brand-new website provides the…

  • Government won’t solve opioid crisis

    Opioid addiction can be fatal, but government policies would probably make a bad situation worse, many experts say.    Rising rates of opioid abuse led President Trump recently to declare a national emergency. Critics of the current approach insist state and federal officials continually use misuse the word “epidemic.”  …