News Reports (Page 547)

  • Ban Drives Lenders from NC

    RALEIGH — In response to the General Assembly’s failure to re-authorize payday lending in North Carolina this session, retired Carolina Panther wide receiver Willie Green will close one of his check-cashing stores in Gastonia and continue opening businesses in Kentucky, which allows the loan service. “If North Carolina doesn’t want…

  • Rep. Burr Speaks Out on Key Issues

    RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Richard Burr, a Republican representing North Carolina’s 5th District, is serving his fifth term in Congress. He also is a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat John Edwards. In a wide-ranging interview, Burr discussed the war on terrorism, reforming the CIA, a proposed…

  • Feds Clarify Law on College Sports

    RALEIGH — After a federal commission urged changes to how the government enforces Title IX, part of a federal law that seeks to ensure equal treatment in academia, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights issued a new "clarification" of OCR’s policies to determine compliance with the measure. On…

  • Businesses: Credits Not Decisive

    RALEIGH — A second Commerce Department report on the William S. Lee Act released in as many weeks indicates that 95 percent of the time targeted tax credits are not a “deciding factor” for companies when they make investments or hire workers. The department’s newest report was based on a…

  • Morgan Foe Denies Outside Prompting

    RALEIGH — Matt McWilliams, a 24-year-old golf instructor who was elected vice chairman of the Moore County Republican Party in March, will challenge House Co-Speaker Richard Morgan in next year’s GOP primary for a Moore House seat. McWilliams was one of the few defenders of Morgan at the NC Republican…

  • Appeals Court Overturns Annexation

    CHARLOTTE — The North Carolina Court of Appeals has overturned a 2001 Asheville annexation, finding that the city improperly categorized tracts of land as in commercial use to support the move. On March 15, 2000, Asheville declared its intention to annex the Ridgefield area with an effective date of June…

  • Incentives Lawsuit Is Dismissed

    RALEIGH—A lawsuit filed by a legal association against the state that maintained that offering tax rebate incentives to film companies violates the “public purpose” requirement in the North Carolina Constitution was dismissed Monday in Wake County Superior Court. Judge Narley Cashwell sided with lawyers representing the state, who argued that…

  • New Stretch of WNC Road Opens

    CHARLOTTE — Amid much fanfare, a nine-mile stretch of Interstate 26 between the U.S 19/23 interchange and the Tennessee state line officially opened Aug. 5 in Madison County. The new stretch of road is the final link in a four-lane divided highway connecting Asheville and Johnson, Tenn. Drivers might notice,…

  • Culinary School Gets State Dollars

    RALEIGH — Approval of the state budget June 30 also marked the beginning of the fulfillment of a $10 million promise made by NC House Speaker Jim Black to a culinary arts school that planned to establish a campus in Charlotte. The budget appropriates $1 million in 2003-04 and an…

  • Lawmaker: Lee Act ‘Colossal Failure’

    RALEIGH — A new report on the William S. Lee Act shows that 96 percent of the jobs associated with the act would have been created anyway – without the incentives authorized by the legislation. The report, released Thursday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, was prepared by Michael…