News Reports (Page 659)

  • CJ Sues to Obtain Dell Records

    RALEIGH—Carolina Journal and the North Carolina Press Association filed a lawsuit Tuesday to force the state Department of Commerce to release all public records involved in a reported $242 million incentives package the state offered to Dell Computer Corp. of Austin, Texas. Just a few hours later, Commerce officials announced…

  • New Lowe’s Facility Gets Tax Funds

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley last week gave Lowe's Companies a $100,000 grant because the home-improvement retail company decided to locate a data processing facility in Winston-Salem. Lowe's reported $30.8 billion in sales in fiscal 2003. It will invest $71 million in the data center. The One N.C. grant represents…

  • William A. Caster

    William (Bill) Caster is a County Commissioner for New Hanover county and is in his 13th year in county office. While in public office for New Hanover County, Commissioner Caster has supported consolidation and privatization wherever possible. In the midst of tremendous growth and faced with unfunded state mandates and…

  • High-Tax City Pushes Arts Projects

    RALEIGH — Charlotte has again shown up in the John Locke Foundation’s By The Numbers report with the highest per-capita tax burden of big cities in North Carolina, but that isn’t stopping officials from increasing it more to pay for arts projects. Members of a panel that includes four city…

  • Magazine: NC Overpaid for Dell

    RALEIGH — The publisher of a magazine for economic development professionals says North Carolina gave Dell too much in its $242 million incentive package. But at the same time, Southern Business & Development commended the state for opening its coffers for the facility. "While we don't know exactly how the…

  • Here Comes the Judge

    Remember the Wake County judge who had questions about how Char-Meck Schools spends its money? He's back and wants system officials to appear in his courtroom to answer him.

  • NC Consumers to Get Settlements

    RALEIGH — Consumers who may have unknowingly bought damaged vehicles because State Farm Insurance failed to issue proper titles for the cars will get money back as part of a national settlement. State attorney general offices reached an agreement with State Farm in which the insurer will give $40 million…

  • NC Localities Seek Federal Pork

    RALEIGH — Cities and counties searching for ways to fund more public services are looking beyond local revenue sources such as property tax, sales tax, and fees. Many are turning to federal grants to supplement their budgets, a process that goes largely unnoticed by those outside the circle of politicians…

  • Church, Court, and Dividing Lines

    RALEIGH — The U.S. and N.C. constitutions divide church and state into different spheres. Government cannot legally establish a state religion or to become involved in church disputes. This doctrine was highlighted by a recent N.C. Court of Appeals ruling about a couple ejected from church membership after they sought…

  • Golden LEAF Defends Funding

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley and members of the General Assembly will again have to tangle with a large state budget gap when they return to work later this month, and millions of dollars from North Carolina's share of the national tobacco settlement will likely help close it. Policymakers took…