News Reports (Page 631)

  • Light-Rail Projections Disappoint Feds

    RALEIGH — Even while North Carolina’s three largest metro areas try to boost their “world class city” credentials with new light-rail transit systems, ridership trends suggest that such prestige projects will only aggravate already-spiraling costs. Nowhere is this more evident than in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, where the Triangle Transit Authority is…

  • Village Ploy Stops Goldmine

    STANLY COUNTY — On June 26, 2003, Senate Bill 76 created the incorporated Village of Misenheimer. But the incorporation of 1.58 square miles and 739 residents is far removed from the typical incorporation” in both property rights issues, special interests, and history. Two primary players in the campaign to incorporate…

  • Lawmakers Use Dropout One-Upmanship

    RALEIGH — It became a game of one-upmanship between lawmakers in Raleigh this session, as three bills — two from the Senate and one from the House — were filed in the General Assembly in an effort to raise the statewide compulsory school attendance age. This is the latest attempt…

  • UNC Search Panel Offers Glimpse

    CHAPEL HILL – A town hall meeting last Thursday afternoon at UNC-Chapel Hill provided a brief glimpse into the mindset of a search committee commissioned to find a new president for the UNC system and those who are associated with it. During the hour-long meeting, several spoke about their desires…

  • State Tries to Keep Retired Teachers

    DURHAM — State law imposes certain salary restrictions on teachers and state employees who retire and later return to government work. In a budget bill approved in late 1998, the General Assembly made special provision for retired public-school teachers who returned to work. Starting in 1999, some of these teachers…

  • Ballance Pleads Guilty, Keeps Giving

    RALEIGH — Former 1st District Congressman Frank Ballance made a total of $53,500 in political contributions from his federal campaign fund in a nine-week period surrounding the signing of a plea agreement on Aug. 30 that required him to make $61,917 in restitution. The agreement, prepared by the U.S. Attorney,…

  • Tax-Hike Treadmill?

    The Charlotte city council gets a proposed budget that raises taxes and fees ostensibly for "core services," yet the city has a history of spending money on just about anything.

  • Local Tax Bills Fill Hoppers

    RALEIGH — The General Assembly is in session, and for localities, that offers the hope of favorable changes to state law. North Carolina cities and counties are creations of the state and possess only as much authority as the legislature grants them. Nowhere is this limit more apparent than in…

  • Pay To Non-Profit Unauthorized

    RALEIGH — The state Department of Commerce, apparently for several years, paid a private nonprofit organization for economic development funds that by law should have been paid to a state-established regional commission. Until June 2003, Commerce's fiscal department issued checks that, by statute and under the biennial state budget laws,…