News Reports (Page 541)

  • Cooper Worries About Bush Plan

    RALEIGH — In his latest promotion of North Carolina’s Clean Smokestacks Act, Attorney General Roy Cooper last month objected to provisions of President Bush’s Clear Skies initiative, because of concerns that it would override provisions in the state law. But an analysis of Cooper’s claims show that his worries are…

  • GOP Pushes Spending-Cap Bill

    RALEIGH — Republicans in the General Assembly on Monday introduced a Taxpayers’ Protection Act, which would constitutionally place controls on lawmakers’ spending and refund any excess revenues to taxpayers. At the same time the bill's sponsors acknowledged the political reality of their minority status. State Sen. Fred Smith of Clayton,…

  • Incentives Grant Frustrates Competitor

    RALEIGH — The owners of Pate Dawson Company, a Goldsboro food distributor that has been doing business in North Carolina for 120 years, is wondering how the state can justify giving the company’s main competitor, Texas-based Sysco Inc., $10 million to build a distribution center in Johnston County. “I’ve been…

  • Governor Touts Higher Education Agenda

    RALEIGH — Reforms that would allow high school students to earn two-year college degrees and increasing tuition assistance programs were among the issues outlined by Gov. Mike Easley during his State of the State Address last week. In front of a packed audience of legislators, elected leaders and guest, Easley…

  • The School Rules

    Public concern about Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools boils over while as the search for alternatives to the current student-assignment plan continues.

  • Easley Announces New Jobs – Again

    RALEIGH — Workhorse Aviation Manufacturing will open a manufacturing plant at the Global TransPark near Kinston, Gov. Mike Easley said Wednesday. The company will create 50 jobs over the next three years and invest more than $2 million in a deal made possible in part because of $100,000 from the…

  • Plan Renews Sales, Income Tax Hike

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley, in his proposed budget for the 2005-07 biennium, recommended yesterday that lawmakers retain a now four-year-old "temporary" sales tax increase and also tack an additional 45-cent per pack tax on cigarettes. At the same time the governor called for the extension of another "temporary" income…

  • Banking on Art

    One idea for coming up with the millions needed to fund arts projects in Charlotte would put them inside new banking towers. Good plan or bad fit?…

  • Wildlife Resources Partner in Ferry

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission was a partner in an Outer Banks passenger ferry project that is behind schedule and may never operate as planned. The Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division planned to operate a 50-foot, 50-passenger, enclosed-cabin pontoon boat between the Currituck mainland and Corolla on the…