News Reports (Page 534)

  • County Manager Steve Wyatt

    Moore County Manager, Steve Wyatt, has served local governments in the Carolinas since the early 80’s. In 1990, Wyatt was named Assistant County Manager of Catawba County. While there, Wyatt was instrumental in implementing a garbage to energy generation program at the county landfill; performance-based budgeting; a regional multi-county jail…

  • Community College Computers Unsafe

    RALEIGH — Computer systems on North Carolina’s 59 community college campuses and at the NC Community College System office are at a high risk for intrusion or misuse, the State Auditor’s Office said in an audit report released Thursday. The yearlong audit of all community college campuses and the central…

  • Kids Voting Draws Attention, Subsidy

    RALEIGH — Many local public schools in North Carolina, and some private schools, are attempting a participatory form of civics education. The movement is encouraged by a national organization called Kids Voting, which provides lesson plans known as Civics Alive! and Destination Democracy. North Carolina has provided taxpayer funding for…

  • Regulations Push Up Rent, Waste

    RALEIGH — Clarke Martin is keeping his fingers crossed that the Apartment Association of North Carolina can convince the General Assembly that consumers and environmentalists will both benefit from proposed legislation to change the rules covering how apartment owners monitor and bill their tenants for water, and to cut industry…

  • Key Officials Question Tech Changes

    RALEIGH — Members of the state’s panel that oversees technology policy — including members of the Council of State and Gov. Mike Easley’s Cabinet — are challenging changes recommended by Easley’s budget director, saying they would overly centralize information technology and eliminate agency accountability. Recommendations by State Budget Director David…

  • Cost of Tech System for Schools Soars

    RALEIGH — When Carolina Journal interviewed Bob Bellamy, associate superintendent for accountability and technology for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction for CJ’s April issue, he acknowledged that the statewide NC WISE (Window of Information on Student Education) computer system could cost up to $150 million to implement in all…

  • Interest Group Blocks Road Expansion

    HILLSBOROUGH — Road building is rarely a simple process. The reality is that aside from traffic considerations, environmental concerns, historical preservation issues, the existence of minority communities, land-use planning, and local politics are all factors that influence where, when, and if a road is built. A long-simmering case in Hillsborough…

  • Union Probe Could Include NCAE

    RALEIGH — Landmark Legal Foundation may be looking for new targets in its campaign to bring federal heat on teachers unions that illegally use member dues to fund political activities. Having investigated the powerful National Education Association since the mid-1990s, Landmark may soon be shifting its focus to some of…

  • Jobs Announcement Draws Scrutiny

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley announced at a Currituck County groundbreaking ceremony Friday that an automobile auction will expand its Virginia-based auto wholesale operation into North Carolina. The governor’s comments at the event and in a press release are inconsistent with other information uncovered by Carolina Journal. The discrepancies include…

  • Landlords Now Face Liability

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court ruled June 25 that landlords can he held liable under certain circumstances for bites inflicted by tenants’ dogs. The ruling represents a significant change in case law. Traditionally, it has required that a bite victim must prove that a dog was vicious and that…