News Reports (Page 562)

  • Some See Edwards Angling for VP

    RALEIGH — Two weeks before the Iowa presidential caucuses, Sen. John Edwards still shows remarkable restraint, compared to his fellow Democratic candidates, in remarks about former Gov. Howard Dean, the front-runner in most polls. In a debate Sunday night in Iowa, Edwards went relatively easy on Dean, and even received…

  • Court Stops Town’s Decision on Permit

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court in finding that Southern Pines’s decision to deny a conditional use permit to the local humane society was "arbitrary and capricious and not supported by competent, substantial evidence." The society had sought to build a veterinary clinic in…

  • Cards Bring Savings to UNC Budget

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s university system could save at least $300,000, and possibly millions of dollars, if all 16 campuses began using procurement cards for small purchases, State Auditor Ralph Campbell's Office says. If all non-construction purchasing was done with cards, auditors estimated the state could save about $4.3 million…

  • Cards Bring Savings to UNC Budget

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s university system could save at least $300,000, and possibly millions of dollars, if all 16 campuses began using procurement cards for small purchases, State Auditor Ralph Campbell's Office says. If all non-construction purchasing was done with cards, auditors estimated the state could save about $4.3 million…

  • NC Cracks Down on Medicaid Fraud

    RALEIGH — Medicaid fraud investigators recovered a record amount of money and criminal convictions in 2003. The state investigated and closed 72 cases of fraud during the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Investigations led to 31 criminal convictions and 22 civil settlements that recovered more than $14 million.

  • NC Gas Tax to Rise Again on Jan. 1

    RALEIGH — North Carolina raised its motor fuels tax for gasoline, diesel, and alternative fuels by 10.4 percent, or by 2.3 cents a gallon in the past year. The most recent increase, from 24.2 cents a gallon to 24.3 cents a gallon, will go into effect New Year’s Day. The…

  • Nonprofits Play Key Role on Literacy

    RALEIGH — Community colleges and local school districts address illiteracy to varying degrees in North Carolina, but nonprofit literacy organizations are the consistent warriors against the problem. Their success depends upon the amount and the quality of their ammunition. Finding enough volunteers is always difficult, but even greater is persuading…

  • New Disability Policy Clouds SAT Picture

    RALEIGH — The latest changes in test reporting from the College Board are gathering both approval and protest from education policy analysts and test takers. The College Board has decided to stop “flagging” the results of Scholastic Assessment Tests taken with special accommodations in their reports to colleges. Disability advocates…

  • Mistake Ignites NIH Review

    RALEIGH — A mistake by a congressional staff member ignited a review of research projects approved by the National Institutes of Health. But despite what U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., called “scientific McCarthyism,” it turned out Congress had not declared war on the NIH approval process. Someone from Congress sent…

  • Golden LEAF lists 2003 grants

    RALEIGH — The Golden LEAF Foundation awarded $300,000 each to Columbus County and the Town of Windsor for infrastructure improvements at two new state prisons. The nonprofit foundation, established by the General Assembly to distribute half of the state’s portion of the 1998 tobacco settlement, also decided in 2003 to…