News Reports (Page 662)

  • Turn on the Spending Spigot?

    With a Democratic sweep of at-large seats on the county commission, the balance of power has shifted toward advocates of more spending on public schools and higher taxes for local residents.

  • The Triumph of the Ticket-Splitters

    RALEIGH – With tens of thousands of North Carolina voters picking and choosing their way down Tuesday’s ballot, the results gave both major political parties some victories to savor and defeats to mourn. President George W. Bush beat Sen. John Kerry in North Carolina by about 13 percentage points –…

  • Nobel Finalist Touts Property Rights

    CHAPEL HILL — Property rights are necessary for the economic development of nations, a finalist for the 2002 Nobel Prize in economics said last week at UNC-Chapel Hill. Hernando de Soto, a Peruvian economist, spoke about the importance of property rights in pulling developing nations out of poverty. De Soto,…

  • State Tax Effort Targets Online Sales

    RALEIGH — As of August, 21 states, including North Carolina, had passed legislation that brought their sales and use tax laws into alignment with each other, so merchants in their states could collect levies on purchases made on the Internet. Online retailing has flourished iin part because merchants don’t have…

  • Wave the Yellow Flag

    Charlotte is set to join the great national experiment on flashing yellow traffic signals, which are supposed to make driving safer. But market-based insights suggest caution is needed when trying to change human behavior on such a scale.

  • High Speed Trains, Low Ridership

    RALEIGH — At first glance, there may seem a world of difference between a light-rail system transporting urban commuters and a European-style “bullet train” speeding between cities at more than 100 mph. But the underlying economics are remarkably similar, as both require enormous capital outlays and rely on what might…

  • OLF Foes Cite Property-Rights Issue

    RALEIGH — Opponents of a proposed outlying landing field in Washington and Beaufort counties said at a press conference Tuesday that the U.S. Navy’s persistent legal pressure to develop the site is a threat for all North Carolina property owners. They said that if the Navy was allowed to proceed,…

  • That Toddlin’ Town

    Indictments are coming fast in a trucking scandal in Chicago, demonstrating the danger of contracts with little oversight and subjective standards.

  • Hollow Core Found in UNC System

    RALEIGH — Schools in the University of North Carolina system are weak in general education, according to a new study for the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. UNC students are seven times more likely to be required to take a cultural diversity course than they are to study a…

  • Legal Rules Change for Testimony

    RALEIGH — The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides in part that “in all criminal prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right … to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” While a seemingly simple concept, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has changed the standards for determining what…