News Reports (Page 525)

  • Gas Pains for Customers, Taxpayers

    RALEIGH — The secondary deal behind the purchase of North Carolina Natural Gas by Piedmont Natural Gas Co. could eventually cause customers’ rates to rise and diminish already faint hope that taxpayer-funded bond money will be repaid. Piedmont’s $417.5 million deal to buy NCNG from Progress Energy Inc. was accompanied…

  • NC Court Allows School Merger

    CHARLOTTE — The North Carolina Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower-court ruling allowing the consolidation of the Kings Mountain School District into Cleveland County schools. The ruling comes after the Kings Mountain School Board and local parents challenged the merger, contending that it did not follow proper procedure. Three…

  • Hyman Funds Flowed to Ballance

    RALEIGH — Newly revealed records show that U. S. Rep. Frank Ballance, using a nonprofit foundation he chairs, funneled public money to a child care center owned by his mother in Windsor. The business is located in a building owned by the congressman and his wife. The payments were reported…

  • Airports Aim for Additional Service

    CHARLOTTE — Six North Carolina cities are proposing incentives of $5.4 million to help establish additional airline service. The communities — Fayetteville, Hickory, Kinston, Moore County (Pinehurst and Southern Pines), New Bern, and Wilmington — hope to combine federal grant money with local funds to attract a commuter air carrier…

  • Ban Drives Lenders from NC

    RALEIGH — In response to the General Assembly’s failure to re-authorize payday lending in North Carolina this session, retired Carolina Panther wide receiver Willie Green will close one of his check-cashing stores in Gastonia and continue opening businesses in Kentucky, which allows the loan service. “If North Carolina doesn’t want…

  • Rep. Burr Speaks Out on Key Issues

    RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Richard Burr, a Republican representing North Carolina’s 5th District, is serving his fifth term in Congress. He also is a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat John Edwards. In a wide-ranging interview, Burr discussed the war on terrorism, reforming the CIA, a proposed…

  • Feds Clarify Law on College Sports

    RALEIGH — After a federal commission urged changes to how the government enforces Title IX, part of a federal law that seeks to ensure equal treatment in academia, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights issued a new "clarification" of OCR’s policies to determine compliance with the measure. On…

  • Businesses: Credits Not Decisive

    RALEIGH — A second Commerce Department report on the William S. Lee Act released in as many weeks indicates that 95 percent of the time targeted tax credits are not a “deciding factor” for companies when they make investments or hire workers. The department’s newest report was based on a…

  • Morgan Foe Denies Outside Prompting

    RALEIGH — Matt McWilliams, a 24-year-old golf instructor who was elected vice chairman of the Moore County Republican Party in March, will challenge House Co-Speaker Richard Morgan in next year’s GOP primary for a Moore House seat. McWilliams was one of the few defenders of Morgan at the NC Republican…

  • 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…