News Reports (Page 547)

  • AG Targets Six More Polluting States

    RALEIGH — Attorney General Roy Cooper wrote to officials in six other states last week saying that their states must cut down on pollution that is dirtying North Carolina's air. "Numerous studies show that North Carolina received transported pollution from several other states, including your state," Cooper wrote to attorneys…

  • Most Teens Embrace Faith, Parents

    RALEIGH — Contrary to “widespread and persistent stereotypes,” most American adolescents are not alienated from or hostile toward organized religion, and as much as two-thirds of those youth closely agree with the religious beliefs of their parents, a UNC-Chapel Hill study says. It reported that “only about 10 to 20…

  • HIV Outbreak Found at NC Schools

    RALEIGH — North Carolina is the unhappy home to the nation’s first-ever outbreak of HIV among college students, according to research presented at a Feb. 10 in San Francisco. The research team was led by infectious disease specialist Lisa B. Hightow of UNC. From Jan. 1, 2000, through Dec. 31,…

  • Poor Counties Bear Medicaid Burden

    RALEIGH — North Carolina and New York are the only states that pass a significant portion of Medicaid costs on to counties. The portion of total costs counties pay is 5.4 percent, or 15 percent of the state’s share. NC’s 22 poorest counties carry up to one-third of their populations…

  • Judgment to End “Cramming” Case

    RALEIGH — A company that put bogus charges on customers’ phone bills must stop the fees and pay refunds, the Attorney General’s Office says. “This company tried to stick people with calls they didn’t make and charges they hadn’t agreed to,” Attorney Gen. Roy Cooper said. “We've put an end…

  • No Safe Harbor in the Suburbs

    RALEIGH — Do schools in the suburbs promote safer behavior than schools in cities? According to data collected from a new longitudinal study, the incidence of sexual activity, drug-alcohol use and abuse, delinquent behavior, and violence, are just as common in suburban high schools as in urban ones. In fact,…

  • NC Has Self-Inflicted Fiscal Wound

    RALEIGH — After the comparatively good times, both economically and security-wise, of the 1990s, the new millenium brought North Carolina to crisis points in several areas, especially with the state budget, employment, education, and medical malpractice. But few public-policy challenges seem as daunting as the crisis facing Medicaid. Costs have…

  • Diversity Debate Continues at Duke

    RALEIGH — Readers of Duke University’s student newspaper saw an ad Feb. 9 from the Duke Conservative Union. It was an open letter to Duke President Nan Keohane, questioning the university’s commitment to intellectual diversity. It noted that among select departments and Duke deans, registered Democrats outnumbered registered Republicans by…

  • NC Faces Challenge in Special Ed

    RALEIGH — By 2013-14, the “No Child Left Behind” Act directs that all students, special education included, achieve proficiency. As data from state-level tests show, special education students are much farther behind in achievement than are their nondisabled counterparts. NC is no exception, although some districts are making progress. In…

  • When Is A Traffic Stop Legit?

    RALEIGH — Is remaining stopped eight to 10 seconds at a traffic light after it turns green but otherwise not doing anything wrong enough justification for a cop to pull a motorist over? The answer, according to a March 2 decision by the N.C. Court of Appeals, is that it…