News Reports (Page 660)

  • U.S. House Runoff Gets Brutal

    RALEIGH — The race to succeed Cass Ballenger in North Carolina’s 10th House District is down to two Republicans (and an underdog Democrat), and each GOP candidate is claiming the mantle as most conservative as they head toward an Aug. 17 runoff. For David Huffman, Catawba County’s sheriff, that means…

  • Audit Examines NC Energy Office

    RALEIGH — A major source of funding for the State Energy Office, which is responsible for promoting energy efficiency and alternative fuels, will disappear next year if the General Assembly continues allocations at the present levels, the State Auditor’s Office said in an audit released Friday. Auditors said that the…

  • Rough Sailing for Navy Landing Field

    RALEIGH — Thanks to a court order, Washington and Beaufort counties are hanging tough in their fight against a U.S. Navy landing field — although to read some of the published reports, one might get the impression that the area was inhabited only by tundra swans, rather than farmers trying…

  • Court Rules on School Assignment

    CHARLOTTE — A variety of federal and state laws protect the rights of disabled children. The rights contained in these laws may be protected by court action — for example, parents may sue to a school board in an attempt to have a child with disabilities placed into a different…

  • Housing Policies Fail in Durham, Charlotte

    CHARLOTTE — The fallout continues from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s audit into the activities of the Durham Housing Authority. In the latest reversal for the DHA, the agency has admitted that its attempts to convert the former Fayetteville Street public housing project into a privately owned…

  • Court Clarifies State Personnel Act

    RALEIGH — North Carolina law provides a means for permanent state employees to challenge an adverse job action. A state Court of Appeals ruling July 20 clarifies under what circumstance the safeguards apply. After a Winston-Salem State University athletic coach was reassigned, he challenged the action and won in lower…

  • Discipline Policies Stir Debate

    RALEIGH — “Zero-tolerance” policies are popular with parents, to a point. They seem to promise safer schools, ones where learning can actually take place. But some parents are rethinking the one- size-fits-all approach to discipline. Recent events in Clay and Wautauga counties reflect some of the hazards inherent in enforcing…

  • UNC Board Rejects Supplements

    CHAPEL HILL — Ever since NC State University Chancellor Marye Anne Fox announced she was leaving to head up the University of California at San Diego, UNC officials have been discussing concerns over how the system pays chancellors and ways to address those concerns. Some argued that UNC institutions rely…

  • Focus Returns to Annexation Issue

    RALEIGH — In late June, the N.C. Supreme Court issued a significant new ruling that clarifies the requirements for annexation under state law. In doing so, the high court overturned a decision last year by the Court of Appeals that made it easier for cities to annex “non-urban” areas. “Involuntary…

  • Basnight Firm Still Has Unpaid Bill

    RALEIGH — After The News & Observer published a story in February about his contract dispute with Basnight Construction, James Morris thought it would be easier to collect about $50,000 he was owed. But as of Tuesday, Morris still doesn’t have his money and he thinks that the political influence…