News Reports (Page 541)

  • Bill Would Require Drought Plan

    RALEIGH—A bill requiring community water systems to establish measures for dealing with drought awaits Gov. Mike Easley’s signature. The measure requires that system officials prepare local water supply plans, that the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources establish a Drought Management Advisory Council, and that the council issue drought…

  • Study Offers Patent, Copyright Reforms

    RALEIGH—The length of time for copyright protection, which extends for the life of a creator plus 70 years, is excessive and society would benefit if that period were shortened, the dean of the Barton College School of Business says. In a new study, John J. Bethune wrote that patents and…

  • Prisons Continue Trend on Nonprofits

    RALEIGH — The NC General Assembly has fallen in love with nonprofit organizations that shield it from the direct responsibility for special projects funded by taxpayers. One example is Golden LEAF, which administers half the state’s share of the tobacco settlement. Another is the E-NC Authority, which distributes public funds…

  • State to Expand DNA Registry

    RALEIGH—Fingerprints are no longer enough for North Carolina law authorities. Neither is a database containing the DNA of those convicted of violent crimes. Legislation enacted this year by the General Assembly, seeks to expand the state’s DNA registry to include DNA samples of all felons and those convicted of “certain…

  • Private-College Bill Approved

    RALEIGH — A greater number of college students could be eligible for $1,800 state grants when classes start this fall. One of the last actions of the General Assembly before the legislative session ended in July was to pass a bill that increases eligibility, ending what some have labeled a…

  • N.C. Supreme Court Rejects Restrictions

    CHARLOTTE – Under the N.C. Constitution, the General Assembly may not enact special economic restrictions for parts of the state without a showing of special need. Based on this doctrine, the N.C. Supreme Court has upheld a lower-court ruling that employment discrimination regulations adopted by the Orange County Human Relations…

  • State Sours on Private Prisons

    RALEIGH — The biennial state budget signed June 30 by Gov. Mike Easley provided for the construction of three prisons in North Carolina. In addition, the General Assembly authorized the state to purchase what once was its only two significant private prisons from Correctional Properties Trust, the company that owns…

  • Measuring Charter Schools’ Impact

    Some North Carolina charter schools serve students that would qualify as alternative populations. The “alternative” designation would allow more flexibility in testing and assessment, and put them on an equal footing with alternative schools in the non-charter category. Meanwhile, studies of charter school performance in NC and across the country…

  • State Makes Second Incentives Grant

    RALEIGH—The Economic Investment Committee has awarded a grant to the R.H. Donnelley Corporation to relocate its headquarters to the Triangle area of North Carolina. Under the agreement, the state will provide the company with a reimbursement of 65 percent of personal state withholding taxes for up to10 years. About 140…

  • Most NC Schools Don’t Make Goals

    RALEIGH — Release of certified adequate yearly progress (AYP) results won’t occur until September, said NC School Superintendent Mike Ward at the 2003 AYP video conference in July. AYP results measure how student groups, schools, and districts are doing in meeting the goals of the No Child Left Behind federal…