News Reports (Page 568)

  • Who Wants a Pest Control Facility?

    RALEIGH — A “structural pest control training facility” for North Carolina State University was included in this year’s state budget, even though university officials say the project wasn’t a priority. Lawmakers allocated the project $310,000, to be paid for with borrowed money. The facility consists of a modest classroom building…

  • Boyce Talks Taxes & Trust Funds

    RALEIGH—Raleigh lawyer Gene Boyce, who has sued the state of North Carolina five times and won all five lawsuits, is at it again. But this time he has four lawsuits pending against the government. Decisions are expected soon in some of those cases. In a wide-ranging interview with Carolina Journal,…

  • Choice, Flexibility Work in Forsyth

    Bucking the notion that schools with needy populations can’t succeed, Kernersville Elementary in Forsyth County hit all 27 of its No Child Left Behind goals for 2002-03. Kernersville serves a student population in which 58 percent of its pupils qualify for the federal free or reduced-lunch program, a ratio that…

  • Audit Finds Waste at Textile Center

    RALEIGH — The first program audit of The North Carolina Center for Applied Textile Technology recommended Wednesday that the General Assembly tighten fiscal controls. The center has received more than $1.2 million annually since 1996 from the state. Unlike similar state institutions, the textile center underwent little scrutiny of its…

  • Wine Law Comes of Age

    As of Wednesday, North Carolina residents of legal drinking age can order wine from out-of-state wineries and have it shipped directly to their homes. The new law marks a major change in N.C. alcohol control policy, which had required wines produced out-of-state to be distributed only through the traditional wholesale-retailer…

  • Raleigh Rally Supports Alabama Display

    RALEIGH — About 200 people rallied Wednesday at North Carolina's State Capitol in support of public displays of the Ten Commandments and unrestricted acknowledgments of God. Organizers of the rally are leading a series of demonstrations that began Sunday in Montgomery, Ala., where Chief Justice Roy Moore was ordered to…

  • Report: Roads Don’t Cause Sprawl

    RALEIGH — Contrary to the belief of many city planners and public officials in North Carolina, highway projects do not play a large role in determining the amount and nature of growth in local communities, according to a new study from a nationally renowned transportation scholar. Dr. David Hartgen, a…

  • NC Airports Must Split Small Grant

    CHARLOTTE — North Carolina transportation officials are facing the question of whether the proverbial cup is half-empty or half-full after receiving only a portion of the funds requested to help start air service between six cities in the state and Raleigh. Earlier this year, Fayetteville, New Bern, Kinston, Wilmington, Moore…

  • Hyman Foundation Leased Prison

    RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance, a Warren County Democrat and also chairman of the John A. Hyman Memorial Youth Foundation, helped the foundation obtain a lease on a 35-acre former prison site. The five-year lease for $1 per year has an option for the foundation to renew for another…

  • Certification vs. Testing for Teachers

    RALEIGH — A new international study, “Preparing Teachers Around the World,” compared the United States to countries that require high-stakes milestones as part of the teacher preparation and development process. The countries studied all outperformed the United States on eighth-grade science tests in the “Repeat of the Third International Mathematics…