News Reports (Page 597)

  • NE Partnership Conflicts Continue

    RALEIGH — Longtime consultants for the state-funded Northeastern North Carolina Regional Economic Development Commission, and the associated agency North Carolina's Northeast Partnership, continue to work for both entities despite an apparent conflict of interest similar to one that helped cost former president and CEO Rick Watson his job. Related Northeast…

  • Friday Interview: The Next Pandemic

    RALEIGH — In today’s Friday interview the John Locke Foundation’s Mitch Kokai discusses bird flu and a possible world pandemic with Bennet Waters, clinical assistant professor and deputy director for executive programs in the UNC School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Administration. The interview aired on Carolina…

  • Report: Reduce State Transit Funding

    RALEIGH — It’s time for the state to put the brakes on funding for public transit systems across North Carolina, according to a major recommendation in a new policy report prepared for the John Locke Foundation.

  • JLF: Easley Busts Spending Cap

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley’s proposed state budget takes advantage of a $2 billion surplus to increase spending by $1.6 billion, according to a preliminary analysis by the John Locke Foundation. Related NC Budget & Tax Articles: Plan calls for end to sales tax hike Anti-tax group calls for $1…

  • New Laws Affect Local Governments

    RALEIGH — Several bills enacted into law in 2005 broadened the power of localities in North Carolina, including the powers to enact zoning ordinances and promote tourism, and the way localities may invest their money.

  • Poll: Tax-Hiking Bonds Lack Support

    RALEIGH — Sixty-three percent of Wake County voters would reject a school bond referendum that triggers a property-tax increase, according to a new poll commissioned by the John Locke Foundation.

  • Telecoms Object to Tax Changes

    RALEIGH — Cable television companies and wireless phone providers are raising objections about a proposal to change the way they’re taxed. They raised the only objections Tuesday as lawmakers reviewed more than 100 pages of possible changes to North Carolina tax laws.

  • Legal Organization Warns DPI Again

    RALEIGH — A Christian legal organization has refuted a claim by State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson that the Governor's School of North Carolina is not a public school required to adhere to the state's abstinence-only sexual education program. Related Governor's School Articles: CJ: Atkinson says Gov.'s School 'not…

  • Report: ALA Exaggerates Pollution

    RALEIGH — The latest air quality rankings from the American Lung Association continue to exaggerate the harmful effects of air pollution. That’s the finding from an expert who has studied health impacts of air pollution for the John Locke Foundation.

  • Jurors Selected for Ferry Trial

    RALEIGH — Twelve jurors and two alternates were selected yesterday for the trial of former N. C. Department of Transportation Ferry Division Director Jerry Gaskill. A federal grand jury indicted Gaskill, 63, of Cedar Island on Jan. 18 for illegal activities associated with the state’s efforts to establish a passenger…