News Reports (Page 654)

  • Bowling for Dollars

    With the Tire Bowl in Charlotte just a few weeks away, questions arise about the possible need for public money to help keep the game going in the future.

  • Study Finds County Road Disparities

    RALEIGH — An average of 93 miles a year of North Carolina highways have slipped into the “poor pavement” category since 1998, according to a new study of regional road conditions, with hurricanes and state policies contributing to the problem. “Clearly, North Carolina is losing the battle on road conditions,”…

  • Bid for Passenger Air Service Fails

    HICKORY — Hickory’s second attempt at offering incentives to attract airline service to the city has failed. The carrier that Hickory had reached a tentative agreement with in May, Southeast Airlines, ceased operations Tuesday before flights to the city could begin. Under the tentative agreement, Hickory would have provided $450,000…

  • Time for Tort Reform in North Carolina?

    RALEIGH — North Carolina, like other states, is currently considering important modifications to its Common Law of tort, and especially to that subset of tort known as medical malpractice. This is because malpractice insurance premiums for North Carolina physicians are apparently increasing at a rapid rate, which allegedly imperils the…

  • Taxpayer-Funded Gas Line Grows

    RALEIGH — Eastern NC Natural Gas is winding down its pipeline-construction project in 14 Northeastern counties with an ambitious underground crossing of Currituck Sound. But it is not clear how many Outer Banks customers are eager to convert from their present energy suppliers to natural gas. Demand for natural gas…

  • Process for Challenging Taxes Clarified

    RALEIGH — Taxpayers have a right to a remedy for any erroneous and unlawful tax collection. The legal requirement in challenging a tax collection, however, must be precisely followed. In a Nov. 16 decision, the N.C. Court of Appeals clarified how corporations may go about challenging taxes. The state has…

  • Studies Question Incentives, Stadiums

    RALEIGH — Many cities use tax incentives and other gimmicks to attract large companies with the hope of spurring economic growth. However, a recent study indicates that these large firms may not boost growth, and in fact, may merely displace other businesses. Similarly, advocates of sports subsidies claim that tax-funded…

  • Bad News is No News

    When Judge Howard Manning, Jr. questions how CMS uses its resources, that sounds interesting. The judge has only spent a decade working on the topic of public school spending in North Carolina.

  • State Changes Road-Building Policy

    CHARLOTTE — Come perhaps a decade from now, virtually no new roads will be built on new sites in North Carolina. This was among the policy changes contained in the Statewide Transportation Plan, a radical revision of the Department of Transportation’s priorities recently approved by the Board of Transportation. “The…