News Reports (Page 656)

  • Roundup on Crime Rate, State Audits

    RALEIGH — Reports of crime across North Carolina fell by 2.4 percent in 2003, the State Attorney General’s Office reported last week. The rate of violent crime per 100,000 Nortn Carolinians dropped by 5.3 percent. The rates fell in all violent-crime categories. The rate of property crimes — burglary, larceny,…

  • Caution Urged on Constitution Changes

    RALEIGH — Robert Orr, executive director of the newly established North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, told the Asheville Board of Realtors last week to proceed cautiously in considering whether to support proposed changes to the state constitution. Orr, who retired recently as a N.C. Supreme Court justice, urged the…

  • Reports Released on NC Charter Schools

    RALEIGH – Two reports released Tuesday by the North Carolina Education Alliance provide compelling new findings about the state’s diverse and growing charter school movement, suggesting that charter schools are meeting a previously unmet need ifor educational options. Charter Schools in North Carolina: Innovation in Education describes the progress of…

  • UNC-CH Reverts to Old Approach

    RALEIGH — For the second time in as many years, UNC-Chapel Hill stands accused of discrimination against a Christian group. In December 2002, UNC-CH threatened to withdraw official recognition from the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and other Christian student groups, based upon the latter’s desire that their leadership adhere to the…

  • Ballance Indictment

    On September 2, 2004, Frank Ballance and his son Judge Garey Ballance were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury. Frank Ballance was charged with diverting more than $100,000 in state funds meant for the John A. Hyman Memorial Foundation to his son, daughter, mother, church and law firm while he…

  • Courts Find Sentences Unconstitutional

    CHARLOTTE — Among the most significant cases the U.S. Supreme Court decided last term was Blakely v. Washington, in which it found portions of Washington state’s criminal sentencing laws were unconstitutional. The court’s reasoning was sweeping, calling into question how courts across the land determine sentences. Last Tuesday, the N.C.

  • Gary McGee, Acting Kitty Hawk Town Manager

    Gary McGee, Town Manager of Kitty Hawk, is somewhat of a legend in local government circles. With a career that spans over three decades he has served as both a city and county manager. He has seen dramatic changes in the way local government has evolved in NC. We sat…

  • Easley’s Use of Aircraft Increases

    RALEIGH — Despite scrutiny by The News & Observer of Raleigh in 2002 over his use of state aircraft to travel to his home in Southport, Gov. Mike Easley has increased the frequency of such trips this year. Of the 48 day trips this year (through Aug. 15) on the…