News Reports (Page 600)

  • More Black Families Homeschooling

    RALEIGH — Thousands of black children across North Carolina are finding their way out of institutionalized education and into the bosom of hearth and home to learn their ABCs and 123s. And the numbers are steadily growing. Nationwide, the numbers of black students homeschooling has topped 120,000. Not only are…

  • NC Wasted Billions on Road Projects

    RALEIGH – North Carolina should fund repairs of its deteriorating state highways not with new taxes but by ending wasteful road projects, according to a comprehensive new report from the John Locke Foundation on highway expenditures and priorities. The study reviewed 349 major road projects constructed between 1990 and 2003.

  • Ferry Service Doomed from Start

    RALEIGH — Federal documents indicate that the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Currituck-to-Corolla passenger ferry service that was to start May 1 this year was doomed from the start. A May 2003 feasibility study presented to the General Assembly by Ferry Division Director Jerry Gaskill failed to mention past problems in…

  • Public Housing Shielded from Suits

    RALEIGH — It is well-established law that local governments generally cannot be sued for torts. However, does this prohibition extend to public-housing authorities? The answer, according to the N.C. Supreme Court, is yes. Tyrone Horton grew up in a Raleigh public-housing complex. The unit contained significant quantities of lead paint,…

  • Voter Trends May Be Overstated

    RALEIGH — Despite media reports about recent waves of voter registrations suggesting extraordinarily high interest in the 2004 elections, projections show that the level of attention is in line with the 2000 cycle. Recent anecdotal evidence about a flurry of registrations could signify little more than procrastinators trying to beat…

  • Contract Dispute Involves Atkinson

    RALEIGH — Knowledge Network Solutions has petitioned for a review of the Department of Public Instruction’s award of a $27 million contract to a rival firm, Voyager Expanded Learning of Dallas, whose board includes former Gov. Jim Hunt. Knowledge Network claims DPI first accepted its bid of $17.8 million, but…

  • Artful Dodging

    Mayor Pat McCrory does not like the art projects funded by the construction of new public buildings. The rest of Charlotte might feel the same way about $190 million plans for local arts funding.

  • Military Readers Offer Political Views

    WASHINGTON — President Bush retains overwhelming support among much of the military’s professional core despite a troubled mission in Iraq and a decorated combat veteran as an opponent, a Military Times survey suggests. Bush leads John Kerry 73 percent to 18 percent in the survey of 4,165 active-duty, National Guard…

  • State Senator Didn’t File Tax Forms

    RALEIGH — Like former congressman Frank Ballance, his predecessor in the state senate, Robert Holloman failed to timely file federal tax forms for the Nebo Family Life Center, a state-funded nonprofit he runs. Holloman was a full-time state employee, a church pastor, and a Hertford County commissioner at the time…