News Reports (Page 660)

  • 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…

  • Audit Urges Change in UNC Repairs

    RALEIGH — The state’s Repair and Renovation Reserve Fund for university buildings generally is working well, but it could use some fine-tuning, according to a performance review released last week by the State Auditor’s Office. North Carolina owns $12 billion worth of buildings and sets aside a percentage of the…

  • Appeals Court Limits Conditional Pleas

    RALEIGH —Law-enforcement officers often attempt to have the most dangerous criminal defendants be prosecuted on the most serious charges possible. Often this means a prosecution is undertaken in federal, instead of state, court. A new ruling by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals changes the ground rules in these…

  • Planning for Trouble

    Both small-scale events and huge development projects can fall prey to bad planning. One key factor? Ignoring what the public actually wants.

  • Currituck Deed May Be Illegal

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley may have violated state law when he transferred 205 acres of state land to Currituck County on Dec. 1, 2004, because the Council of State had not approved the transaction. According to state law, every proposed conveyance of state land, including by gift, shall be…

  • Opposing Trends in School Violence

    RALEIGH — The U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Education recently released a report that should hearten parents worried about the safety of their kids in school. “Crime in the nation’s schools fell sharply from 1992 to 2002, part of the broad decline in crime in the last…

  • UNC Task Force Calls for Checks

    CHAPEL HILL — Criminal background checks performed on a case-by-case basis are among the recommendations by a UNC system task force on campus safety issues. The 17-member Task Force on the Safety of the Campus Community made several recommendations in its report, which was released in mid-December. UNC President Molly…

  • Counties Featured Close, Telling Races

    RALEIGH — In the 2004 election cycle, county commissions across North Carolina featured some competitive and telling races. The results were mixed. Overall, Democrats improved their fortunes with a net gain in partisan control of three county commissions. Six counties went from Republican to Democratic majorities: Lenoir, Mecklenburg, Wayne, Rockingham,…