News Reports (Page 547)

  • Leandro, Lottery To Weigh Heavy in 2005

    RALEIGH — During the 2004 legislative short session 21 public bills and five local education bills passed. As the opening day of the General Assembly’s long session approaches Jan. 26, 2005, observers of the legislative process can expect hundreds of bills to be written. But which ones will get passed?…

  • Rail Projects to Worsen Air Pollution

    RALEIGH — Mass-transit advocates claim that light rail reduces pollution and congestion, but new evidence indicates that this may not be the case. In recent studies of Dallas, Denver, and other cities, economist Randal O’Toole notes that proposed light-rail plans would actually increase nitrous oxide emissions while increasing costs. The…

  • Three Counties Remain Most Dangerous

    RALEIGH — All three of the North Carolina counties with the worst crash statistics on state roads in 2002 remained the most dangerous for traffic deaths, traffic injuries, and property damage crashes in 2003, according to AAA Carolinas. New Hanover County, for the fifth straight year, was the county with…

  • Myths Persist on Leandro, Schools

    RALEIGH — State lawmakers are reportedly planning to discuss an expensive program next year to respond to the Leandro case, but many appear to be operating under misperceptions about school-funding disparities and what the state constitution requires, according to a new report published by the John Locke Foundation. It showed…

  • Court Upholds Regulator Discretion

    RALEIGH — North Carolina law often grants state environmental agencies a great deal of discretion in determining whether to issue a permit for a specific activity. A recent N.C. Court of Appeals decision highlights that state courts will ordinarily not second-guess regulators even if a different weighing of factors might…

  • Two Cities, Two Different Downtown Woes

    CHARLOTTE — Two North Carolina communities face different challenges downtown. Greensboro’s center city, after years of decline, recently has become an after-hours hot spot. With the new-found popularity has come increased vandalism, with which the city is dealing. Chapel Hill, meanwhile, faces the opposite problem: a flagging downtown with fewer…

  • No to Horse Parks, Yes to Tourism

    RALEIGH — The Golden LEAF Foundation stopped funding equestrian parks this year, at least temporarily, but instead it found several other tourism-related projects in North Carolina worthy of support in its annual round of grants. The foundation’s board determined that more than $1.5 million should assist community plans to develop…

  • Court Rules on Murder and Police Chases

    RALEIGH — High-speed police chases are dangerous affairs, involving substantial risk to the lives of those fleeing, pursuing police officers, and innocent bystanders unlucky enough to be in the area. In a case decided Dec. 7, a panel of judges on the North Carolina Court of Appeals held that a…

  • Easley’s Hand Stronger on Airport

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley and State Senate leader Marc Basnight are at odds over the ownership of property adjacent to the Currituck County Airport. Basnight and Currituck officials contend the airport site comprises 535 acres, and cite a budget provision to argue that the entire property be donated. Easley’s…