News Reports (Page 652)

  • Easley Announces New Jobs – Again

    RALEIGH — Workhorse Aviation Manufacturing will open a manufacturing plant at the Global TransPark near Kinston, Gov. Mike Easley said Wednesday. The company will create 50 jobs over the next three years and invest more than $2 million in a deal made possible in part because of $100,000 from the…

  • Plan Renews Sales, Income Tax Hike

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley, in his proposed budget for the 2005-07 biennium, recommended yesterday that lawmakers retain a now four-year-old "temporary" sales tax increase and also tack an additional 45-cent per pack tax on cigarettes. At the same time the governor called for the extension of another "temporary" income…

  • Banking on Art

    One idea for coming up with the millions needed to fund arts projects in Charlotte would put them inside new banking towers. Good plan or bad fit?…

  • Wildlife Resources Partner in Ferry

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission was a partner in an Outer Banks passenger ferry project that is behind schedule and may never operate as planned. The Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division planned to operate a 50-foot, 50-passenger, enclosed-cabin pontoon boat between the Currituck mainland and Corolla on the…

  • Activists Fight Against Regional Landfill

    RALEIGH — After spending more than two years approving plans to build a massive regional landfill, the Camden County Board of Commissioners faces stiff opposition from local citizens that could potentially lead to a rejection of the plan and a breach of contract with the landfill’s operator. By allowing garbage…

  • Fraternity Closer to UNC Recognition

    CHAPEL HILL — Members of a Christian fraternity are one step closer to gaining official recognition from UNC-Chapel Hill after a federal court hearing Wednesday that led to a possible out-of-court settlement. Federal Judge Frank W. Bullock Jr. set a deadline Feb. 28 for UNC-Chapel Hill and Alpha Iota Omega…

  • Memos Reveal Doubts on Incentives

    RALEIGH — What’s a “related entity”? What’s a “strategic partner”? State officials didn’t know exactly when drafting legislation that would grant $242 million in “economic incentives” for Dell, Inc., to build a computer plant in North Carolina. In emails recently released by the N.C. Commerce Department, crafters of the Dell…

  • For Whom the Roads Toll

    The toll road fix for traffic congestion will get its most serious look yet. It is a chance for the region to break free of the failed transportation models of the past.

  • City Grapples With Air-Quality Issues

    CHARLOTTE — Charlotte’s air pollution “crisis” raises a subtle question — what is accomplished by coming up with a creative, market-based solution to a problem that doesn’t really exist? The good news here is that Charlotte’s business community seems likely to retain some control over its own destiny as the…

  • Patriots on the Hill

    CHAPEL HILL — While protesters can still be heard in front of the Chapel Hill post office on Monday evenings protesting the War on Terror, some students are attempting to prove that not everyone in this college town agrees. The Carolina Troop Supporters is a group of college students from…