News Reports (Page 494)

  • NC Ports Get Security Overhaul

    RALEIGH — Accessing North Carolina’s seaports in Wilmington and Morehead City will get more complicated over the next few months, but the short-term inconveniences will lead to physical and technological improvements state and local officials believe are necessary for long-term security from terrorists. One security analyst said it would be…

  • Timely Media Boost for Edwards

    RALEIGH — The Des Moines Register’s endorsement Sunday of North Carolina Sen. John Edwards for the Democratic presidential nomination was widely reported Monday. But independent of that boon to Edwards’s campaign were other positive developments, mainly in the national media.One week before the Iowa caucuses, the New York Times published…

  • Charlotte, Mecklenburg High in Taxes

    RALEIGH — A new Center for Local Innovation report highlights the increasing burden local governments in North Carolina place upon taxpayers through increased local taxes and fees — and shows Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to be the highest-cost jurisdictions among large cities and urban counties, respectively. The report, “By the…

  • Study Examines Teens on Religion

    RALEIGH — Contrary to “widespread and persistent stereotypes,” most American adolescents are not alienated from or hostile toward organized religion, and as much as two-thirds of those youth closely agree with the religious beliefs of their parents, a UNC-Chapel Hill study says. The findings were released Tuesday as part of…

  • A New Charter for Homeschooling?

    RALEIGH — Public school parents and homeschoolers alike may be wondering what to think of one of the latest ideas to hit the school-choice arena: public charter schools for homeschoolers. The charter homeschool is publicly funded education for parents who prefer to teach their children at home. These schools aren’t…

  • Some See Edwards Angling for VP

    RALEIGH — Two weeks before the Iowa presidential caucuses, Sen. John Edwards still shows remarkable restraint, compared to his fellow Democratic candidates, in remarks about former Gov. Howard Dean, the front-runner in most polls. In a debate Sunday night in Iowa, Edwards went relatively easy on Dean, and even received…

  • Court Stops Town’s Decision on Permit

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court in finding that Southern Pines’s decision to deny a conditional use permit to the local humane society was "arbitrary and capricious and not supported by competent, substantial evidence." The society had sought to build a veterinary clinic in…

  • Cards Bring Savings to UNC Budget

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s university system could save at least $300,000, and possibly millions of dollars, if all 16 campuses began using procurement cards for small purchases, State Auditor Ralph Campbell's Office says. If all non-construction purchasing was done with cards, auditors estimated the state could save about $4.3 million…

  • Cards Bring Savings to UNC Budget

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s university system could save at least $300,000, and possibly millions of dollars, if all 16 campuses began using procurement cards for small purchases, State Auditor Ralph Campbell's Office says. If all non-construction purchasing was done with cards, auditors estimated the state could save about $4.3 million…

  • NC Cracks Down on Medicaid Fraud

    RALEIGH — Medicaid fraud investigators recovered a record amount of money and criminal convictions in 2003. The state investigated and closed 72 cases of fraud during the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Investigations led to 31 criminal convictions and 22 civil settlements that recovered more than $14 million.