News Reports (Page 659)

  • Voter Trends May Be Overstated

    RALEIGH — Despite media reports about recent waves of voter registrations suggesting extraordinarily high interest in the 2004 elections, projections show that the level of attention is in line with the 2000 cycle. Recent anecdotal evidence about a flurry of registrations could signify little more than procrastinators trying to beat…

  • Contract Dispute Involves Atkinson

    RALEIGH — Knowledge Network Solutions has petitioned for a review of the Department of Public Instruction’s award of a $27 million contract to a rival firm, Voyager Expanded Learning of Dallas, whose board includes former Gov. Jim Hunt. Knowledge Network claims DPI first accepted its bid of $17.8 million, but…

  • Artful Dodging

    Mayor Pat McCrory does not like the art projects funded by the construction of new public buildings. The rest of Charlotte might feel the same way about $190 million plans for local arts funding.

  • Military Readers Offer Political Views

    WASHINGTON — President Bush retains overwhelming support among much of the military’s professional core despite a troubled mission in Iraq and a decorated combat veteran as an opponent, a Military Times survey suggests. Bush leads John Kerry 73 percent to 18 percent in the survey of 4,165 active-duty, National Guard…

  • State Senator Didn’t File Tax Forms

    RALEIGH — Like former congressman Frank Ballance, his predecessor in the state senate, Robert Holloman failed to timely file federal tax forms for the Nebo Family Life Center, a state-funded nonprofit he runs. Holloman was a full-time state employee, a church pastor, and a Hertford County commissioner at the time…

  • Bill Targets Incentives Conflicts

    RALEIGH — State Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham, introduced a bill last year that would prohibit consultants who advise the state on economic incentive programs to advise businesses on how to obtain incentives under those programs. Luebke developed the bill after Carolina Journal reported that accounting firm Ernst & Young advised…

  • Court Upholds Private Property Rights

    RALEIGH — Can a municipality grant a license to a private group to erect a guardhouse in a public right of way on land that the group does not own? The answer, according to the N.C. Court of Appeals, is no. In reaching its conclusion, the appellate court overturned a…

  • Information Dump

    The Center for Digital Government praises the Char-Meck Web site for making information available to local citizens. And the trend should continue.

  • Scandal Uncovered at School of Arts

    RALEIGH — High-level administrators at the North Carolina School of the Arts engaged in “willful, deliberate, and intentional” violations of N.C. law in what State Auditor Ralph Campbell described Tuesday as “similar to the debacle at Enron.” Campbell said the findings at the NCSA were as serious as any his…