News Reports (Page 568)

  • On the Ballance Believers

    RALEIGH — Two pastors with close ties to Rep. Frank Ballance (D-1st) are associated with possibly illegal contributions to his 2002 campaign for Congress. State Senator Robert L. Holloman, an Ahoskie Democrat and one of those pastors, does not challenge an assertion that he exceeded contribution limits by $500 to…

  • Investigation of Ballance Intensifies

    RALEIGH — A few months after being sworn in to Congress, Rep. Frank W. Ballance, Jr. (D-1st District) is trying to answer questions about accounting procedures of a nonprofit foundation of which he is the chairman. The foundation failed until recently to file financial statements required by the state and…

  • Drivers License Issue Gets Attention

    RALEIGH -- The terrorists who attacked Americans in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, killed Peter Gadiel’s 23-year-old son James, among thousands of others. Since then Gadiel has waged a campaign to correct flaws in the nation’s immigration laws, and in many states’ driver license laws. He testified…

  • NAEP Test Score Trends in Doubt

    RALEIGH — As North Carolina complies with the No Child Left Behind education law, accountability experts must decide which students can legitimately be excluded from testing. What concerns the board of the National Assesment of Educational Progress is the effect that excluding disabled or limited-English students have on the integrity…

  • The Problem of Rape Statistics

    RALEIGH — A news article in The Daily Tar Heel April 24 contained a shocking lead: “A woman is raped every two minutes. Almost one in every four women between the ages of 18 and 24 is a survivor of sexual assault.” No sources for this information are given —…

  • Tolls Considered for I-95 in NC

    CHARLOTTE — N.C. Department of Transportation officials are examining the possibility of rebuilding Interstate 95 through toll collections under a never-before-used federal pilot program. It will be several years, however, before anyone pays their nickel (or dollar) to drive on the interstate. I-95 is something of an oddity, a major…

  • Hurdles Remain for School Choice

    RALEIGH — The school-choice decision in Zelman vs. Simmons-Harris gave the U.S. Supreme Court's blessing to well-designed programs. The success of Zelman for voucher advocates hinged in large part on the legal concept of “true private choice.” Parents needed market-type options, both within and without the public schools, voucher advocates…

  • A New ‘Rain Tax’ May Fall

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s rainfall is a source of the lush landscape and natural beauty that attracts thousands of tourists each year. But for residents, rain and the ensuing runoff have become yet another excuse used by cities and towns to raise taxes. Municipalities call them stormwater utility fees, but…

  • Localities Debate Growth, Panhandling

    CHARLOTTE — Local governments have been debating growth controls, panhandling, and other issues this spring. After experiencing lower than anticipated growth, for example, Cary is reconsidering the amount it charges in water, sewer, and transportation impact fees. Cary adopted the impact fees in an attempt to control the rapid growth…

  • Nation Still At Risk in Education

    RALEIGH — The National Commission on Excellence in Education reported in 1983 in A Nation at Risk that the “intellectual, moral and spiritual strengths of our people” were in trouble. A follow-up study, “Our Schools and Our Future: are we still at risk?” examines the changes that have taken place…