News Reports (Page 494)

  • Appeals Court Overturns Annexation

    CHARLOTTE — The North Carolina Court of Appeals has overturned a 2001 Asheville annexation, finding that the city improperly categorized tracts of land as in commercial use to support the move. On March 15, 2000, Asheville declared its intention to annex the Ridgefield area with an effective date of June…

  • Incentives Lawsuit Is Dismissed

    RALEIGH—A lawsuit filed by a legal association against the state that maintained that offering tax rebate incentives to film companies violates the “public purpose” requirement in the North Carolina Constitution was dismissed Monday in Wake County Superior Court. Judge Narley Cashwell sided with lawyers representing the state, who argued that…

  • New Stretch of WNC Road Opens

    CHARLOTTE — Amid much fanfare, a nine-mile stretch of Interstate 26 between the U.S 19/23 interchange and the Tennessee state line officially opened Aug. 5 in Madison County. The new stretch of road is the final link in a four-lane divided highway connecting Asheville and Johnson, Tenn. Drivers might notice,…

  • Culinary School Gets State Dollars

    RALEIGH — Approval of the state budget June 30 also marked the beginning of the fulfillment of a $10 million promise made by NC House Speaker Jim Black to a culinary arts school that planned to establish a campus in Charlotte. The budget appropriates $1 million in 2003-04 and an…

  • Lawmaker: Lee Act ‘Colossal Failure’

    RALEIGH — A new report on the William S. Lee Act shows that 96 percent of the jobs associated with the act would have been created anyway – without the incentives authorized by the legislation. The report, released Thursday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, was prepared by Michael…

  • High-Poverty Schools Beat Odds

    Students at West Lumberton Elementary in Robeson County and Cedar Grove Elementary in Nash County are making extraordinary progress in academic achievement despite the fact that most qualify for the federal nutrition-assistance lunch program. Teacher say the advances are not rooted in greater funding, additional administrators, or trendy theories. They…

  • Bill Would Require Drought Plan

    RALEIGH—A bill requiring community water systems to establish measures for dealing with drought awaits Gov. Mike Easley’s signature. The measure requires that system officials prepare local water supply plans, that the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources establish a Drought Management Advisory Council, and that the council issue drought…

  • Study Offers Patent, Copyright Reforms

    RALEIGH—The length of time for copyright protection, which extends for the life of a creator plus 70 years, is excessive and society would benefit if that period were shortened, the dean of the Barton College School of Business says. In a new study, John J. Bethune wrote that patents and…

  • Prisons Continue Trend on Nonprofits

    RALEIGH — The NC General Assembly has fallen in love with nonprofit organizations that shield it from the direct responsibility for special projects funded by taxpayers. One example is Golden LEAF, which administers half the state’s share of the tobacco settlement. Another is the E-NC Authority, which distributes public funds…

  • State to Expand DNA Registry

    RALEIGH—Fingerprints are no longer enough for North Carolina law authorities. Neither is a database containing the DNA of those convicted of violent crimes. Legislation enacted this year by the General Assembly, seeks to expand the state’s DNA registry to include DNA samples of all felons and those convicted of “certain…