News Reports (Page 6)

  • Legislative Democrats stand up for school choice

    Democratic lawmakers don’t necessarily oppose school choice, and some are vocal advocates. Eight outspoken African-American legislators Tuesday announced their support for traditional public and charter schools, private schools, school vouchers, homeschools, and other education options. “We stand today to be a voice for…

  • Rollout of budget transparency website lagging

    Some government watchdogs believe the UNC system is rife with wasteful spending and would like to have a fiscal tool to probe complicated financial information so they could prove or disprove that contention. Lawmakers say the ability to see exactly how much is being spent, and on what,…

  • Rising costs send State Health Plan deeper into the red

    The State Health Plan is “on life support” and will require more state and employee contributions to meet massive unfunded obligations, state Treasurer Dale Folwell said Monday in his first Ask Me Anything monthly teleconference call with reporters. Since taking office in January, Folwell said, he has been…

  • NCGOP: U.S. actions in Texas lawsuit could aid N.C. voter ID case

    RALEIGH – North Carolina Republicans are hopeful that a move by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a Texas voter ID lawsuit will help the state’s chances to prevail before the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday, Sessions withdrew partially from a lawsuit challenging a 2011 Texas law requiring voters to…

  • Amazon perpetuates misleading claims about wind farm

    ELIZABETH CITY — Amazon claims its large-scale wind farm near Elizabeth City will produce enough electricity “to power more than 61,000 U.S. homes,” but neither the online company nor its wind farm operator Avangrid will share data supporting that claim. Amazon continues to perpetuate the misleading notion that the electrical…

  • NCGOP compares H.B. 2 boycott calls with ‘hostage-taking’

    The state and national NAACP are calling for economic boycotts of North Carolina over House Bill 2 and other conservative public policy issues. Republicans condemned the action, and one top party official compared the action to hostage-taking. The Rev. William Barber, head of the North Carolina…

  • Senate issues subpoena compelling Hall to attend confirmation hearing

    Within an hour of Senate leader Phil Berger comparing Gov. Roy Cooper to former President Richard Nixon, the Senate Commerce and Insurance Committee voted Thursday to subpoena Larry Hall, the governor’s nominee for secretary of military and veterans affairs. Hall has so far blown off three scheduled confirmation…

  • Scholars: North Carolina ranks No. 19 nationally in freedom index

    North Carolina historians might lay claim to the state being first in freedom for its Colonial-era declarations of independence. But the most comprehensive instrument available to measure modern-day economic and personal freedom in the 50 states says it ranks only No. 19. Will Ruger and Jason Sorens,…