News Reports (Page 657)

  • 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…

  • One Casualty of “Reform” is Recess

    RALEIGH — The bell has finally rung on recess, or lack thereof, in the public schools in North Carolina. This occurred after the State Board of Education overwhelming adopted a “Healthy Active Children” policy focusing on obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes found in alarming numbers among children across the state.

  • Real Price of College is Falling

    RALEIGH — A reporter for USA Today, using data from the College Board, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Internal Revenue Service, wrote a front-page article that turned conventional wisdom on college prices on its ear. Dennis Cauchon wrote that the tuition burden shouldered by students at public…

  • Air Service Shrinking to NC Cities

    CHARLOTTE — In 1998, 14 NC communities had scheduled airline service. Today it is only nine. Even that figure may be reduced in the future, as recent trends in the airline industry make it increasingly difficult for smaller communities to maintain meaningful air service even if incentives are aggressively used.

  • Ballance, son indicted in Hyman scandal

    RALEIGH — A federal grand jury Thursday indicted former U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance Jr. of Warrenton on charges of conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud, mail fraud of money, and money laundering. His son, N.C. District Judge Garey M. Ballance, was indicted on a charge of failure to file…

  • Details Emerge on Ferry-Division Raid

    RALEIGH — The director of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division and the superintendent of dredge and field maintenance were the focus of a raid on state offices by state and federal law enforcement officials Aug. 26. Superintendent of Dredge and Field Maintenance Bill Moore, who reports directly…

  • Federal Court Throws Out Incentives

    RALEIGH — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that economic development incentives given by the State of Ohio to automobile manufacturer DaimlerChrysler violated the interstate Commerce Clause of the US Constitution. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals determined that Ohio’s investment tax credit “is to…

  • Sen. Dole Does the Media Rounds

    RALEIGH — Before her speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in New York, Sen. Elizabeth Dole addressed media questions about her husband’s criticism of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry and Kerry’s service in Vietnam. Appearing on CNN’s “American Morning” Monday, the North Carolina senator demurred when asked by…