News Reports (Page 551)

  • Redistricting Plaintiffs Back in Court

    RALEIGH — A group of Republicans filed another complaint in Johnston Superior Court recently in an attempt to force the General Assembly to address redistricting. The defendants, with the exception of Republican House Co-Speaker Richard Morgan, are all Democrats. The plaintiffs asked the court to a set date for the…

  • Supreme Court Rules on Home Fines

    CHARLOTTE — Homeowners’ associations formed before 1999 do not have the inherent authority to levy fines, according to a recent ruling by the N.C. Supreme Court. The decision came in a case involving a Raleigh couple's dispute with their homeowners’ association over a retaining wall. The critical issue to the…

  • Michigan Admissions Battle Not Over

    RALEIGH — A landmark loss in the U.S. Supreme Court has not disheartened opponents of racial preferences in higher education. In July, Ward Connerly and other prominent advocates for eliminating preferences met at the University of Michigan. There they announced their plans to get an amendment placed on the November…

  • Scores Up But Productivity Down

    RALEIGH — How much does it cost to produce a “proficient” fourth-grade student? Some research now focuses on the dollars spent, as well as the opportunities lost, in the quest for improved student achievement. In North Carolina, even with improved achievement, public schools appear to be less cost-effective in 2002…

  • How the State Budget Deal Got Done

    RALEIGH — Lawmakers on June 30 heralded the “balanced” budget they produced through bipartisanship, which surprised many because it emerged before the beginning of the new fiscal year July 1. However, as in recent years, legislators depended on tax increases and nonrecurring revenues, including $551.6 million in federal aid. State…

  • County Lines Fuzzy in Orange, Chatham

    CHARLOTTE — Many landowners along the border between Orange and Chatham counties remain uncertain what their county of residence is, 14 years after the counties agreed to redraw their border. While a resolution may be likely soon, landowners remain confused by the process. In other local news, environmental litigation slows…

  • School-Success Ratings Collide, Confuse

    RALEIGH — The opening of the 2003-04 school year is bringing both congratulations and disappointment over test results. Three different testing standards — the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the state ABCs, and the federal No Child Left Behind Act — are creating confusion and frustration over accuracy. The different…

  • Gas Pains for Customers, Taxpayers

    RALEIGH — The secondary deal behind the purchase of North Carolina Natural Gas by Piedmont Natural Gas Co. could eventually cause customers’ rates to rise and diminish already faint hope that taxpayer-funded bond money will be repaid. Piedmont’s $417.5 million deal to buy NCNG from Progress Energy Inc. was accompanied…

  • NC Court Allows School Merger

    CHARLOTTE — The North Carolina Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower-court ruling allowing the consolidation of the Kings Mountain School District into Cleveland County schools. The ruling comes after the Kings Mountain School Board and local parents challenged the merger, contending that it did not follow proper procedure. Three…

  • Hyman Funds Flowed to Ballance

    RALEIGH — Newly revealed records show that U. S. Rep. Frank Ballance, using a nonprofit foundation he chairs, funneled public money to a child care center owned by his mother in Windsor. The business is located in a building owned by the congressman and his wife. The payments were reported…