News Reports (Page 627)

  • Auditor Reports on Slush Funds

    RALEIGH — In a report released late yesterday, State Auditor Les Merritt explained the handling of special discretionary monies controlled by the leaders of the General Assembly, and suggested that Attorney General Roy Cooper examine legal and constitutional issues related to the special funds. Merritt also raised questions about separation…

  • Loser-Pays Bill Arouses House Panel

    RALEIGH—A bill that would require courts to award attorney’s fees to the press and citizens who win public-record lawsuits against the state aroused spirited debate during a House committee hearing Thursday. John Bussian, legislative and First Amendment counsel for the North Carolina Press Association, told members of the House Judiciary…

  • State Uncovers Home-Auction Scam

    RALEIGH — The State Attorney General’s Office will refund hundreds of thousands of dollars to unsuspecting homeowners and creditors after a scheme to keep public auction prices artificially low was uncovered. Last week, the office’s consumer protection team filed 10 lawsuits against 26 people and companies accusing them of making…

  • Court Rules Against Property Owners

    RALEIGH — Many new housing developments have homeowners associations. Developers, however, often write the original rules and maintain effective control of these associations until the subcommunities are complete. In a June 21 ruling, the N.C. Court of Appeals upheld the legality of such provisions, even when they make it more…

  • Piedmont Wants to Absorb ENCNG

    RALEIGH — Piedmont Natural Gas Co. wants to merge a taxpayer-subsidized, money-losing gas venture into its overall customer base, which could permanently inflate its rates, according to one of its own witnesses in a case before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Dr. Mitch Renkow, a professor of resource economics at…

  • State Faces Lawsuit Over Dell

    RALEIGH — Former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr said Thursday that the organization he leads filed a lawsuit against state and local governments over the constitutionality of targeted economic incentives offered to Dell Corp. Orr, who last year left the high court to head the newly formed North Carolina…

  • Groups Oppose Umstead Amendment

    RALEIGH — Business owners in many areas of North Carolina are mobilizing to oppose a bill under consideration in the state Senate that they feel would make it easier for the University of North Carolina to compete unfairly with small businesses. Mark Zimmerman, a Chapel Hill businessman and chairman of…

  • Court Rules on Suing Localities

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals has clarified the conditions under which a local government can be sued. The ruling comes in the case of a Greensboro man who was injured while being transported in the back of a police car. In December 1994, Officer T. H. Branson of…

  • Susan Burgess

    Susan Burgess is currently serving her second term on the Charlotte City Council. As a Council member, Burgess has worked to balance the budget and preserve services without raising taxes. Charlotte's explosive growth has contributed to many problems for the city, including transportation and business growth. From the standpoint of…