News Reports (Page 534)

  • N.C. Tells Neighboring States to Clean Up Air

    When the “clean smokestacks” bill was overwhelmingly approved by the General Assembly in June, most lawmakers said North Carolina needed to regulate its power plants’ emissions before it could tell neighboring states to clean up their act. Empowered by the new law, the state is now telling the rest of…

  • Easley Falsely Links ‘Jobs’ Bill, Business Climate

    Gov. Mike Easley announced that North Carolina garnered the No. 1 ranking in the nation in a national magazine’s annual assessment of each state’s business climate. Easley used the good news to promote the value of the recently-passed North Carolina Economic Stimulus and Jobs Creation Act. However, Paul Chesser reports,…

  • NEA Plans to Play Hardball

    The National Education Association is arming for battle with parents, schools, and the federal government over choice and accountability provisions embedded in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as the No Child Left Behind Act. Karen Palasek reports……

  • Easley, Basnight Manipulate Golden LEAF, Papers Show

    The Golden LEAF Foundation, which administers half of North Carolina’s share of the national tobacco settlement, claims to operate independent of political persuasion. But documents obtained by Carolina Journal suggest that Gov. Mike Easley and N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight wield significant influence over the nonprofit foundation, reports…

  • Study Finds No Ozone-Asthma Link

    There is no link between ground-level ozone, or “smog,” and asthma among children, according to a new study by Dr. Roy Cordato of the John Locke Foundation. He cautions policymakers and the news media to “check the facts” before coming to conclusions about scientific issues.

  • College kids take over GTP

    The latest plan to keep the Global TransPark alive was unveiled Thursday at a forum in Greenville, reports Carolina Journal Associate Publisher Don Carrington. Isaac Manning, a consultant recently hired by the GTP Foundation, told a select group of invitees to the forum that a team of five college students…

  • TransPark financial risk to state overrated

    N.C. DOT officials have apparently overstated potential financial obligations in a recently released report on the Global TransPark, according to federal officials, reports Carolina Journal Associate Publisher Don Carrington. Federal airport grants to North Carolina fall under the authority of the FAA Airports District Office in Atlanta. Manager Scott Seritt…

  • Global TransPark owes big money

    An inquiry from a first-term state House member revealed that the Global TransPark has an $11.2 million outstanding loan, information which was not part of the study recently presented to a legislative committee inquiring about the future viability of the GTP, reports Carolina Journal Associate Publisher Don Carrington.

  • Global TransPark: Flying Erratically and Below the Radar

    When Charles Edwards took over as the latest executive director of the Global TransPark, he told The Free Press of Kinston, “I’m overwhelmed and trying to figure out what I’ve gotten into.” Carolina Journal’s Don Carrington says his comments seem to reflect what so far has been a confusing year…

  • Global TransPark: Proposal Letter to U.S. D.O.T.

    Imagine: You and your family board a jetliner at the Global TransPark in Kinston for a trip to Disney World. Halfway onto the plane, you hear an explosion. Out on the Tarmac you see masked men brandishing weapons, surrounding another airplane. Surprise: Make-believe terrorists have commandeered a nearby flight. That…