News Reports (Page 594)

  • General Assesses Iraq War, Media

    RALEIGH — Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney ended his distinguished career with the U.S. Air Force as assistant vice chief of staff after combat in Vietnam and long service overseas in various capacities. He now regularly appears on “Fox News Channel” as the cable network’s senior military analyst. He recently spoke…

  • Are NC Roads “Moving Ahead”?

    CHARLOTTE — Last year, Gov. Mike Easley unveiled a new road-building initiative called N.C. Moving Ahead! By tapping into approved but never issued bonds, the N.C. Department of Transportation could spend an additional $700 million on transportation projects across the state. However, a lack of competition in the paving business…

  • Winston-Salem’s Safety Innovation

    CHARLOTTE — Winston-Salem uses an unusual approach for improving the safety of its streets that seems to be paying off. The city’s traffic engineers continue to collect data on accident-prone intersections for several years after a fix is made. In most states and localities, traffic engineers merely assume that a…

  • Court Rules on Discrimination Appeal

    RALEIGH — Should a department head review an administrative appeal in a personnel matter in which he or she is personally accused of discrimination? The answer, says the N.C. Court of Appeals may be “yes.” Valerie Enoch, a black female, applied in 2001 for a promotion in the Alamance County…

  • Senate Panel Pulls Incentives Bill

    RALEIGH — A bill that would expand funding and the number of projects that can be subsidized for economic development was tabled in a Senate Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. Both Democrat and Republican senators doubted the worth of the Job Development Investment Grant program in a lively debate. Some thought…

  • Media, Public At Odds On Issues

    RALEIGH — A growing number of journalists are out of touch with their readers, a national survey released Monday by the respected Pew Research Center shows. The survey also confirms what some critics of the media have charged for years: An increasing proportion of those who shape news coverage are…

  • NC School Enrollment to Drop

    RALEIGH — The National Center For Education Statistics predicts that by 2013 North Carolina will have 11,000 to 12,000 fewer K-12 students in its schools, compared to its 2001 enrollment. In all, 30 states will pick up K-12 enrollment, NCES says in its Projections of Education Statistics to 2013. One-third…

  • UNC Rebuffs Pro-Life Women Again

    RALEIGH—They were rebuffed for the second straight year for inclusion in Women’s Week at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the Carolina Women’s Center. Nevertheless, the pro-life student group Carolina Students for Life prevailed in ending the center’s ideological exclusion of them from its web site and…

  • House Easily Approves Incentives

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina House Thursday tentatively approved another $20 million for the One North Carolina Fund, used to help seal economic development deals with businesses moving or expanding in the state. “We have to replenish this,” said Rep. Bill Owens, who sponsored the “emergency” legislation and warned that…

  • On Milking A State’s “Cash Cow”

    RALEIGH — A workshop conducted in late March, led by experts in getting economic development incentives from state and local governments, shows that large companies are now banding together to learn how to extract as much public money as possible from elected officials. The seminar taught dozens of corporate government-relations…