News Reports (Page 656)

  • Opposing Trends in School Violence

    RALEIGH — The U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Education recently released a report that should hearten parents worried about the safety of their kids in school. “Crime in the nation’s schools fell sharply from 1992 to 2002, part of the broad decline in crime in the last…

  • UNC Task Force Calls for Checks

    CHAPEL HILL — Criminal background checks performed on a case-by-case basis are among the recommendations by a UNC system task force on campus safety issues. The 17-member Task Force on the Safety of the Campus Community made several recommendations in its report, which was released in mid-December. UNC President Molly…

  • Counties Featured Close, Telling Races

    RALEIGH — In the 2004 election cycle, county commissions across North Carolina featured some competitive and telling races. The results were mixed. Overall, Democrats improved their fortunes with a net gain in partisan control of three county commissions. Six counties went from Republican to Democratic majorities: Lenoir, Mecklenburg, Wayne, Rockingham,…

  • Race to the Bottom

    As if a $130 million wish list for arts projects was not big enough, Charlotte leaders now ponder adding a NASCAR racing museum to the list. Since when is NASCAR hurting for money?…

  • Leandro, Lottery To Weigh Heavy in 2005

    RALEIGH — During the 2004 legislative short session 21 public bills and five local education bills passed. As the opening day of the General Assembly’s long session approaches Jan. 26, 2005, observers of the legislative process can expect hundreds of bills to be written. But which ones will get passed?…

  • Rail Projects to Worsen Air Pollution

    RALEIGH — Mass-transit advocates claim that light rail reduces pollution and congestion, but new evidence indicates that this may not be the case. In recent studies of Dallas, Denver, and other cities, economist Randal O’Toole notes that proposed light-rail plans would actually increase nitrous oxide emissions while increasing costs. The…

  • Three Counties Remain Most Dangerous

    RALEIGH — All three of the North Carolina counties with the worst crash statistics on state roads in 2002 remained the most dangerous for traffic deaths, traffic injuries, and property damage crashes in 2003, according to AAA Carolinas. New Hanover County, for the fifth straight year, was the county with…

  • Myths Persist on Leandro, Schools

    RALEIGH — State lawmakers are reportedly planning to discuss an expensive program next year to respond to the Leandro case, but many appear to be operating under misperceptions about school-funding disparities and what the state constitution requires, according to a new report published by the John Locke Foundation. It showed…

  • Court Upholds Regulator Discretion

    RALEIGH — North Carolina law often grants state environmental agencies a great deal of discretion in determining whether to issue a permit for a specific activity. A recent N.C. Court of Appeals decision highlights that state courts will ordinarily not second-guess regulators even if a different weighing of factors might…