News Reports (Page 494)

  • State-Owned Ports, Rail Draw Interest

    RALEIGH — In any look at real property owned by the state, the North Carolina State Ports Authority and the North Carolina Railroad Co. occupy special niches. There has been little serious talk about privatization, even though the enterprises represent millions of dollars worth of assets that could potentially be…

  • JLF Report Exposes Pollution Myths

    RALEIGH — Air pollution has been solved as a long-term problem by already-adopted measures that will eliminate most remaining pollution from automobiles and industry in coming years, according to a new report released by the John Locke Foundation. Author Joel Schwartz notes that the recently raised federal ozone standard is…

  • Law Enforcement Raids Ferry Office

    RALEIGH — State and federal law-enforcement officials raided several offices of the NC Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division on Thursday. FBI, EPA, and SBI officials remained in the division headquarters in Morehead City the entire day, and took computers and other records, sources say. The raids were related to a…

  • General Grant Defended in Raleigh

    RALEIGH – Edward Bonekemper has a passion for Civil War history. After he retired from a successful legal career, it led to his first publication, How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War. It chronicled tactical errors that led to the South being defeated by the North. A natural follow-up…

  • Parties Differ on Judicial Politicking

    ALEIGH — The NC Republican Party on Saturday endorsed Raleigh lawyer Paul Newby for the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Robert Orr, and the gesture gave an inkling of how the two major political parties might treat the nonpartisan races this year. The 2004 campaign marks the first election…

  • Ruling May Convict More Drunk Drivers

    RALEIGH — North Carolina law defines driving while impaired as either driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher or driving while under the influence of an impairing substance. It often takes several hours for a defendant to be brought to a police station to have his…

  • Bill Didn’t End Debate on Nonprofits

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley signed into law last week a bill that he suggested would “clarify and strengthen the reporting requirements for non-state entities receiving state funds.” But State Sen. Hamilton Horton said that in some ways the new law weakens accountability for state-funded nonprofit organizations. “It doesn’t require…

  • Is North Carolina Really Protected?

    RALEIGH — It’s been nearly 10 years since America’s most infamous domestic terrorist killed 168 people by blowing up the federal building in Oklahoma City. But to Danny Turner, seed and fertilizer inspector supervisor for the NC Agriculture Department, Timothy McVeigh’s legacy looms large over the jobs of field specialists…

  • Raleigh Event Hosts Terror, Spy Experts

    RALEIGH — Terrorism and counter-terrorism will headline the second Raleigh International Spy Conference at the North Carolina Museum of History on September 1-3. At the end of the Cold War, the consensus was that intelligence and intelligence services were no longer critical to national security, but in the past few…

  • New Commission to Sell State Real Estate

    RALEIGH — A last-minute, surprise addition to the state budget adjustment bill approved by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Mike Easley creates a commission that will sell and lease state-owned property. The Commission on State Property will identify real property that is both surplus and “suitable” for sale…