News Reports (Page 599)

  • Ballance Pledged Money to Center

    RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance pledged $10,000 from the embattled John A. Hyman Memorial Youth Foundation toward the Buck Spring Leadership Excellence Center, a Warren County conference facility in the planning stages. The foundation, which Ballance chairs, has received more than $2 million in state money for substance-abuse programs.

  • NC County Stiffs Charter Schools

    RALEIGH — Students who cross county lines to attend a charter school should have local funds provided by their county of residence. That’s the state law. But two charter schools in Northampton County are having trouble collecting payments for students who reside in Halifax. The two schools are part of…

  • Campbell: “Most Damaging Audit”

    RALEIGH — Calling it “the most damaging audit” issued in his nearly 12 years as state auditor, Ralph Campbell on Tuesday released a scathing review of the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance’s misuse of more than $1 billion in the Medicaid program. As much as $414 million in improper…

  • NC Is Lean on Federal Pork

    RALEIGH — The Washington-based Citizens Against Government Waste released its annual “Pig Book” last week detailing how earmarking in the federal budget delivers pork to local districts. It reported that “the total number of pork-projects hidden in the 13 appropriations bills ... is a record 10,656, 13 percent over last…

  • NC College Audits Find Problems

    RALEIGH — The president of the N.C. Center for Applied Textile Technology created the appearance of a conflict of interest by accepting outside teaching jobs, the State Auditor’s Office said in an investigative audit released last week. The auditor’s office was asked to review the secondary employment of the center’s…

  • Tax Freedom Came to NC Tuesday

    RALEIGH — Tax Freedom Day, the day working Americans pay off their federal and state taxes, will be celebrated nationwide on Sunday, the earliest such day in 37 years, the Tax Foundation says. April 11 is three days earlier than 2003’s Tax Freedom Day and 21 days earlier than in…

  • State Regulators On the Hot Seat

    RALEIGH — The air turned foul in a General Assembly committee meeting Tuesday when representatives of various industries in assailed the state Department of the Environment and Natural Resources. One DENR official told the Joint Select Committee on Small Business and Economic Development that North Carolina’s environmental laws sometimes are…

  • Report: New Model Needed for Disability

    RALEIGH — State and federal programs directed at the disabled are costly and ineffective because they apply an “entitlement mentality” to problems that would be better addressed by promoting investment in job skills and self reliance, according to a new report released by the John Locke Foundation. Author John Hood…

  • Latino Parents Upbeat on Schools

    RALEIGH — Latino households with school-age children find more to like in the nation’s public schools than do white parents or black parents, a national survey finds. About half of all Latino families expressed confidence that U.S. schools have improved over the past five years, compared to 25 percent of…

  • Jobs Grant May Have Skirted Law

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley announced March 15 that officials had awarded a $7 million grant to Verizon Wireless and that the company would build a high-tech call center in Wilmington. Had he chosen to make the announcement at the company’s 17-acre building site in South Wilmington, he would have…