News Reports (Page 599)

  • Wave the Yellow Flag

    Charlotte is set to join the great national experiment on flashing yellow traffic signals, which are supposed to make driving safer. But market-based insights suggest caution is needed when trying to change human behavior on such a scale.

  • High Speed Trains, Low Ridership

    RALEIGH — At first glance, there may seem a world of difference between a light-rail system transporting urban commuters and a European-style “bullet train” speeding between cities at more than 100 mph. But the underlying economics are remarkably similar, as both require enormous capital outlays and rely on what might…

  • OLF Foes Cite Property-Rights Issue

    RALEIGH — Opponents of a proposed outlying landing field in Washington and Beaufort counties said at a press conference Tuesday that the U.S. Navy’s persistent legal pressure to develop the site is a threat for all North Carolina property owners. They said that if the Navy was allowed to proceed,…

  • That Toddlin’ Town

    Indictments are coming fast in a trucking scandal in Chicago, demonstrating the danger of contracts with little oversight and subjective standards.

  • Hollow Core Found in UNC System

    RALEIGH — Schools in the University of North Carolina system are weak in general education, according to a new study for the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. UNC students are seven times more likely to be required to take a cultural diversity course than they are to study a…

  • Legal Rules Change for Testimony

    RALEIGH — The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides in part that “in all criminal prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right … to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” While a seemingly simple concept, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has changed the standards for determining what…

  • Homeland Security Funds Unspent

    RALEIGH — North Carolina has been awarded nearly $200 million in federal funds to prepare for homeland security and bioterrorism attacks, but only about 30 percent of the funds had been spent by June 30, according to a performance audit released last week. Some local governments have turned down grants…

  • Hitting a Sour Vote

    Mecklenburg County is not alone in experiencing in-fighting over the upcoming November elections. The stakes are high and the election process in doubt.

  • Poll Shows Voters Energized in 2004

    RALEIGH — North Carolinians appear to be more committed to voting this November than they have been in the past four elections, but there is no clear consensus on some issues and races, according to the Agenda 2004 poll released Thursday by the John Locke Foundation. About 85 percent of…

  • Durham Gets Serious About Guns

    RALEIGH — To some local officials, it is unthinkable to publicly acknowledge a city is plagued by gun and gang violence. But in Durham, that’s exactly what District Attorney Jim Hardin did when he applied for and received a U.S. Department of Justice grant to hire a prosecutor specializing in…