News Reports (Page 494)

  • NC School Enrollment to Drop

    RALEIGH — The National Center For Education Statistics predicts that by 2013 North Carolina will have 11,000 to 12,000 fewer K-12 students in its schools, compared to its 2001 enrollment. In all, 30 states will pick up K-12 enrollment, NCES says in its Projections of Education Statistics to 2013. One-third…

  • UNC Rebuffs Pro-Life Women Again

    RALEIGH—They were rebuffed for the second straight year for inclusion in Women’s Week at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the Carolina Women’s Center. Nevertheless, the pro-life student group Carolina Students for Life prevailed in ending the center’s ideological exclusion of them from its web site and…

  • House Easily Approves Incentives

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina House Thursday tentatively approved another $20 million for the One North Carolina Fund, used to help seal economic development deals with businesses moving or expanding in the state. “We have to replenish this,” said Rep. Bill Owens, who sponsored the “emergency” legislation and warned that…

  • On Milking A State’s “Cash Cow”

    RALEIGH — A workshop conducted in late March, led by experts in getting economic development incentives from state and local governments, shows that large companies are now banding together to learn how to extract as much public money as possible from elected officials. The seminar taught dozens of corporate government-relations…

  • Ernst & Young Plays Both Sides

    RALEIGH — Ernst & Young has become a player on both sides of incentives policy in North Carolina. The company established a cozy relationship with state officials through an incentives bill it helped create in 2001, the N.C. Economic Stimulus and Job Creation Act. The Department of Commerce hired Ernst…

  • New Taxpayer Group Opens in NC

    RALEIGH — A national taxpayer advocacy organization based in Washington opened its third state chapter Tuesday in North Carolina. The Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which will develop grassroots activism promoting limited government and individual freedom, established other chapters in Texas and Kansas. “Americans for Prosperity will fight to end the…

  • Audits Probe Work at State Colleges

    RALEIGH — The president of the N.C. Center for Applied Textile Technology created the appearance of a conflict of interest by accepting outside teaching jobs, State Auditor Ralph Campbell’s Office said in an investigative audit released in mid-April. The auditor’s office was asked to review the secondary employment of the…

  • Schools Must Lose Indian Mascots

    KERNERSVILLE — After a vote by the local school board, Southern Guilford High School will have to give up its name, the Indians, while High Point Andrews High School will be allowed to retain the name Red Raiders but must retire an American Indian mascot. Although the new regulation passed…

  • Air Quality Improving in NC and US

    RALEIGH — Contrary to exaggerated claims by environmental extremists that air pollution is worsening, air-quality expert Joel Schwartz told three separate audiences in NC last week that conditions have improved nationwide and in their state. Using data culled from studies published by the Environmental Protection Agency, Schwartz demonstrated that pollution…

  • “One-Time Money” Keeps Recurring

    RALEIGH -- In recent years budget watchers annually have warned of coming fiscal train wrecks because state leaders have spent one-time revenues to finance annually recurring expenditures. And every year lawmakers have put off a structural solution by extending or raising taxes. The most commonly recognized one-time revenue source was…