News Reports (Page 494)

  • “Teachability” and NC Schools

    RALEIGH — North Carolina students performed better than expected on nationally standardized tests, according to a new study that ranks states and students by a “teachability index.” The report seeks to separate the effects of being disadvantaged from the effects of education reform and spending. Nationally, the authors show that…

  • How Solid Is The University’s Core?

    RALEIGH — The study of Western civilization used to be a rite of passage for the university-educated. Now it is an afterthought at best, consigned to the shadows of the curriculum as universities pursue trendy multiculturalism. And the reaction to a proposal to bring Western civilization back shows how feared…

  • Politics Shape Prospects for Reform

    KERNERSVILLE — The best prospect for a solution to North Carolina’s medical liability “crisis” may be to wait and see whether President Bush will be able to force some action out of Congress. Although national tort reform legislation would no doubt come as a relief to many, it would also…

  • Lawsuit Could Nix Dell Incentives

    RALEIGH — If a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that disallows certain Ohio tax breaks withstands possible Supreme Court scrutiny, incentives such as those offered by North Carolina to Dell Corp. would likely be struck down as well, according to a law professor involved in the case. Peter…

  • Bowling for Dollars

    With the Tire Bowl in Charlotte just a few weeks away, questions arise about the possible need for public money to help keep the game going in the future.

  • Study Finds County Road Disparities

    RALEIGH — An average of 93 miles a year of North Carolina highways have slipped into the “poor pavement” category since 1998, according to a new study of regional road conditions, with hurricanes and state policies contributing to the problem. “Clearly, North Carolina is losing the battle on road conditions,”…

  • Bid for Passenger Air Service Fails

    HICKORY — Hickory’s second attempt at offering incentives to attract airline service to the city has failed. The carrier that Hickory had reached a tentative agreement with in May, Southeast Airlines, ceased operations Tuesday before flights to the city could begin. Under the tentative agreement, Hickory would have provided $450,000…

  • Time for Tort Reform in North Carolina?

    RALEIGH — North Carolina, like other states, is currently considering important modifications to its Common Law of tort, and especially to that subset of tort known as medical malpractice. This is because malpractice insurance premiums for North Carolina physicians are apparently increasing at a rapid rate, which allegedly imperils the…