News Reports (Page 551)

  • Homeschooling Report Misses Mark

    RALEIGH — Five murder cases, cited by “CBS Evening News” Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 to prove that homeschooling parents use the educational alternative to hide child abuse, showed instead that other factors were responsible for the family tragedies. In most cases, child-welfare officials or local law enforcement were already…

  • Audit Questions Ports Spending

    RALEIGH —The State Ports Authority incorrectly paid the expenses for Chief Executive Officer Erik Stromberg to travel to the 2003 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., over the New Year’s holiday, State Auditor Ralph Campbell said in an audit released Wednesday. Auditors also questioned Stromberg’s use of a state car while…

  • Core Knowledge Gaining Ground

    RALEIGH — Core Knowledge has become a nationally recognized K-8 curriculum, built on an inventory of essential cultural, social and academic knowledge. Core Knowledge founder E.D. Hirsch, a former English professor at the University of Virginia, said the program “is based on principles held by the best scientists” and contains…

  • Status of Boeing Records Disputed

    RALEIGH — Carolina Journal’s attempt to gain access to records on the Boeing-GTP incentives began Dec. 19 with a phone call to the Commerce Department. One reason why the records weren’t released for nearly two months was that officials asserted some of the records constituted trade secrets that were exempt…

  • Post-Boeing, Incentives Debate Rages

    RALEIGH — No matter how NC slices them, “targeted economic incentives” — such as the $534 million package offered to Boeing to start a new plant at the Global TransPark — discriminate against firms already in the state, both supporters and opponents of the inducements say. But they disagree on…

  • Hotel-less County Adopts Hotel Tax

    CHARLOTTE — Camden County has adopted a hotel-motel tax. The new levy will generate revenue as soon as the General Assembly approves — and someone opens a hotel in the county. “There’s no particular reason for doing it,” said a commissioner, “all the other counties have one.” In other local…

  • 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…