News Reports (Page 631)

  • Citizens Protest More NC Taxes

    RALEIGH — Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee announced their latest budget proposals Wednesday morning, including higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol products. Committee hearings began Monday afternoon. Representatives from state agencies, from the mammoth Department of Public Instruction to the tiny Bladen County Hospital, gathered in Raleigh to ask…

  • Taking Responsibility for Error

    RALEIGH—Taking personal responsibility when tragedy strikes may not be easy or popular, but it is still the most honorable course of action, says the captain of the submarine USS Greenville when it struck and sunk a Japanese fishing boat two year ago. Cmdr. Scott Waddle (Ret.) was in charge of…

  • Ballance’s Foundation Reprimanded

    RALEIGH—The Administrative Office of the Courts announced last week that it is terminating the Warren County Drug Treatment Court program, which relies on the services of the John Hyman Foundation, an organization based in Warrenton and chaired by U. S. Rep. Frank Ballance, D-1st. In addition, last week the state…

  • Natural Gas Project Plays Role in Allegations

    RALEIGH — In his pursuit to build ethanol plants in eastern North Carolina, DFI Group President William Horton says he unwittingly got on the wrong side of the most powerful politician in the state. Economic developers’ enthusiasm over Horton’s promise to bring jobs and a market for locally grown farm…

  • Natural Gas Efforts Got Political Push

    RALEIGH — In 1998 voters approved, by a 51 percent to 49 percent ratio, $200 million in bonds to extend natural-gas pipelines to 22 unserved counties in the state. However, the weight of State Senate leader Marc Basnight’s influence apparently enabled political allies in eastern North Carolina to manage $188.3…

  • Legal Fight over FedEx Continues

    CHARLOTTE — A federal appeals court is deliberating whether the Federal Aviation Administration followed proper procedure in approving an expansion at Piedmont Triad International Airport outside Greensboro. Federal Express wants to establish a hub there but residents around the airfield strongly object to the prospect of increased noise associated with…

  • Bill Offers Options to Passing Test

    RALEIGH — As North Carolina moves away from state-created tests in favor of national standardized competency tests for reading and mathematics in public high schools, a bill sponsored by Rep. Alex Warner, D-Cumberland, attempts to mitigate the effects of more rigorous testing on certain students. According to the bill, it…

  • NC Near Top in Tax Increases

    RALEIGH — While defenders say the state’s political leaders have only followed the national trend in raising taxes to fill budget holes, a new report suggests that North Carolina is almost alone in enacting large-scale, broad-based tax increases every year since 2001, which may help to explain why the state’s…

  • On the Ballance Believers

    RALEIGH — Two pastors with close ties to Rep. Frank Ballance (D-1st) are associated with possibly illegal contributions to his 2002 campaign for Congress. State Senator Robert L. Holloman, an Ahoskie Democrat and one of those pastors, does not challenge an assertion that he exceeded contribution limits by $500 to…

  • Investigation of Ballance Intensifies

    RALEIGH — A few months after being sworn in to Congress, Rep. Frank W. Ballance, Jr. (D-1st District) is trying to answer questions about accounting procedures of a nonprofit foundation of which he is the chairman. The foundation failed until recently to file financial statements required by the state and…