News Reports (Page 659)

  • Interest Group Blocks Road Expansion

    HILLSBOROUGH — Road building is rarely a simple process. The reality is that aside from traffic considerations, environmental concerns, historical preservation issues, the existence of minority communities, land-use planning, and local politics are all factors that influence where, when, and if a road is built. A long-simmering case in Hillsborough…

  • Union Probe Could Include NCAE

    RALEIGH — Landmark Legal Foundation may be looking for new targets in its campaign to bring federal heat on teachers unions that illegally use member dues to fund political activities. Having investigated the powerful National Education Association since the mid-1990s, Landmark may soon be shifting its focus to some of…

  • Jobs Announcement Draws Scrutiny

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley announced at a Currituck County groundbreaking ceremony Friday that an automobile auction will expand its Virginia-based auto wholesale operation into North Carolina. The governor’s comments at the event and in a press release are inconsistent with other information uncovered by Carolina Journal. The discrepancies include…

  • Landlords Now Face Liability

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court ruled June 25 that landlords can he held liable under certain circumstances for bites inflicted by tenants’ dogs. The ruling represents a significant change in case law. Traditionally, it has required that a bite victim must prove that a dog was vicious and that…

  • Legislators Address UNC Issues

    CHAPEL HILL— Proposed legislation affecting the UNC system captured headlines throughout the 2004 session. Most centered on two different bond packages. There were other bills, however, concerning higher education that either passed or were dropped in anticipation for greater discussion next year. While both the House and Senate versions of…

  • Transit Assets Used For Tax Shelter

    CHARLOTTE — Since 2001, 16 firms have bought transit assets from cities through leasing deals that allow buyers to save millions on taxes as the assets depreciate, even though they don’t operate the equipment. Washington lawmakers say that this practice is an abuse of tax law. The companies blame the…

  • Lobbyist Calls Legislator “Nutcase”

    RALEIGH — An administrator for a taxpayer-supported association characterized Rep. John Rhodes, who has asked State Auditor Ralph Campbell to investigate a state-funded economic development agency, as a “true nutcase” whose only allies “are the very religious right folks.” Meredith Norris, a former aide to House Speaker Jim Black, now…

  • NC Court Upholds Limits On Zoning

    RALEIGH — In a potentially significant decision, the North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that the addition of the phrase “without limitation” to a list of specific reasons why a town can reject a land-use decision does not grant the locality new authority. The town may reject only an…

  • Home-Schoolers Draw Politicians

    RALEIGH — It was a feat that pirate Captain Jack Swallow of the Black Pearl (Pirates of the Caribbean) would have envied. A horde of about 9,000 people slipped into town and took over every bed in the city’s largest hotel, its convention center, and nearly every eating establishment and…

  • Sprawl Doesn’t Boost Crime Rate

    RALEIGH — Author Douglas Morris and other “smart growth” advocates say that suburban sprawl contributes to increased violent-crime rates. But a comparison of crime rates among cities characterized as smart growth and “sprawlers” shows a different story. And a study of Raleigh showed that street robberies were less likely in…