News Reports (Page 608)

  • Ballance Helped Sex Offender

    RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance and Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams helped a woman avoid registering as a North Carolina sex offender as required by law and a federal plea agreement. Subsequent to her conviction as a sex offender, Ballance employed her as an instructor in a substance-abuse program…

  • Innovative Health Benefit Saves Money

    HICKORY — Catawba County is making use of an innovative health care arrangement in an effort to limit the amount of money it spends on employee health. The results are promising, with the county realizing significant savings while employees enjoy quicker and less costly access to routine health care that…

  • “Do Not Call” Enforcement Begins

    RALEIGH — The state Attorney General’s Office said last week that it was taking enforcement actions against some of the largest sources of unwanted telemarketing calls to North Carolina consumers under the state’s Do Not Call law. “Some telemarketers keep calling even when consumers ask them not to,” Attorney General…

  • Court Upholds NC Gun Ban for Felons

    RALEIGH — A U.S. appeals court has upheld a 1995 change in North Carolina law limiting the right of felons to own handguns. Significantly, in doing so, the Richmond-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the law can be applied even against those convicted of felonies…

  • Sparks Fly at Medicaid Hearing

    RALEIGH — In a repeat performance yesterday of last week’s press conference, State Auditor Ralph Campbell explained his findings for a special panel of General Assembly members in a review critical of the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance’s misuse of more than $1 billion in the Medicaid program. Yesterday,…

  • NC Lagging in Workforce Development

    RALEIGH — A lack of education and vocational training has left North Carolina lagging in the competitive race of building a competent workforce to attract new corporations and businesses to the state. Community colleges leader Martin Lancaster said the system is doing its best to bridge the gap across the…

  • Parties Compete on College Prices

    RALEIGH — Two rival bills under discussion in the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee would get the federal government involved in the debate on higher-education tuition increases. Both bills, however, take different approaches to make college more affordable for students. The Republican plan would call for a College Affordability…

  • 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…