News Reports (Page 657)

  • 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…

  • Two Cities, Two Different Downtown Woes

    CHARLOTTE — Two North Carolina communities face different challenges downtown. Greensboro’s center city, after years of decline, recently has become an after-hours hot spot. With the new-found popularity has come increased vandalism, with which the city is dealing. Chapel Hill, meanwhile, faces the opposite problem: a flagging downtown with fewer…

  • No to Horse Parks, Yes to Tourism

    RALEIGH — The Golden LEAF Foundation stopped funding equestrian parks this year, at least temporarily, but instead it found several other tourism-related projects in North Carolina worthy of support in its annual round of grants. The foundation’s board determined that more than $1.5 million should assist community plans to develop…

  • Court Rules on Murder and Police Chases

    RALEIGH — High-speed police chases are dangerous affairs, involving substantial risk to the lives of those fleeing, pursuing police officers, and innocent bystanders unlucky enough to be in the area. In a case decided Dec. 7, a panel of judges on the North Carolina Court of Appeals held that a…

  • Easley’s Hand Stronger on Airport

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley and State Senate leader Marc Basnight are at odds over the ownership of property adjacent to the Currituck County Airport. Basnight and Currituck officials contend the airport site comprises 535 acres, and cite a budget provision to argue that the entire property be donated. Easley’s…

  • “Teachability” and NC Schools

    RALEIGH — North Carolina students performed better than expected on nationally standardized tests, according to a new study that ranks states and students by a “teachability index.” The report seeks to separate the effects of being disadvantaged from the effects of education reform and spending. Nationally, the authors show that…

  • How Solid Is The University’s Core?

    RALEIGH — The study of Western civilization used to be a rite of passage for the university-educated. Now it is an afterthought at best, consigned to the shadows of the curriculum as universities pursue trendy multiculturalism. And the reaction to a proposal to bring Western civilization back shows how feared…

  • Politics Shape Prospects for Reform

    KERNERSVILLE — The best prospect for a solution to North Carolina’s medical liability “crisis” may be to wait and see whether President Bush will be able to force some action out of Congress. Although national tort reform legislation would no doubt come as a relief to many, it would also…