News Reports (Page 534)

  • UNC Warns About ‘Brain Drain’

    RALEIGH — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill officials are once again voicing concerns over faculty retention. The “brain drain” concern is that other universities are “raiding” UNC-CH faculty with greater salary offers. UNC-CH officials say the university lost 53 professors to “raids” last year. But previous warnings about…

  • Just 25% of NC Pupils Ready for College

    RALEIGH — When Jay Greene at the Manhattan Institute first decided to research methods of measuring high school dropout and completion rates, he realized that current measures were often contradictory. In his new study, Greene found that 63 percent of North Carolina’s high-school students had actually graduated in four years…

  • Incentives, Privatization Help City Police

    CHARLOTTE — In 1995, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department faced a situation that threatened its ability to provide response in a timely and cost-effective manner. With the growing popularity of burglar alarms, cops were responding to an ever-increasing number of alarm calls. Most of these calls proved to be false alarms,…

  • NC Youth Lack Grasp of Civics

    FAYETTEVILLE — Cumberland County officials and community leaders are challenging the state’s adults to do a better job instilling teenagers with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective participants in politics and civic activities. The recommendations were made in response to a recent statewide survey showing an acute lack…

  • Libel, Free Speech Charges Traded

    RALEIGH — A dispute over what a University of North Carolina at Wilmington professor said at a forum about the war in Iraq has led to a suit threatened against the student newspaper and also a student accused of libel. A student who attended the university-sponsored forum wrote a letter…

  • Edwards Returns to Russert Show

    RALEIGH — After a year-and-a-half absence from the NBC News program “Meet the Press,” presidential candidate John Edwards returned to the show last Sunday. The North Carolina senator had received poor reviews of his performance on May 5, 2002, under the interrogation of host Tim Russert. NBC had tried for…

  • Linking School Choice & Literacy

    RALEIGH — Long before the No Child Left Behind federal education policy was en-acted, analysts realized that American education was in trouble. The public education system has done such a poor job of teaching basic skills that nearly half of Americans, according to the North Carolina Literacy Research Council, read…

  • Ruling Aids Family in DSS Dispute

    RALEIGH — A precedent set in July by the N.C. Supreme Court, which limited some Department of Social Services powers, enabled a Lumberton family to win a quick resolution in a dispute with social workers. Robeson County District Judge J. Stanley Carmical ruled that DSS workers had no grounds to…

  • Court Nixes Town’s Development Block

    CHARLOTTE — The N.C. Court of Appeals has overturned a decision by the Huntersville Town Board that denied an application to build a subdivision. In doing so, the court found that the Mecklenburg town's decision “was not supported by competent, material and substantial evidence… and was arbitrary and capricious.” North…

  • Edwards differs with Miller on South

    RALEIGH — The conflict between presidential candidates John Edwards and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean in the Democratic debate Tuesday night overshadowed questions about the North Carolina senator’s view of Georgia Sen. Zell Miller. The moderator reminded Edwards that he had once said, "It’s absolutely critical that Democrats reach out…