News Reports (Page 665)

  • Student Housing Declared Tax-Exempt

    CHARLOTTE — In the late 1990s, Appalachian State University was facing a surging student population and inadequate dormitory capacity. To address the need, the UNC Board of Governors approved the use of “privately funded student housing.” This, in turn, raises a question of ownership and property taxation: Would such student…

  • New Ferry’s Help for Children Limited

    RALEIGH — Advocates for the new ferry service across the Currituck Sound pitched it as being necessary for transporting schoolchildren, but documents suggest that improving transportation for resort workers was a significant goal. Only 12 students are expected to ride the ferry this year. And new schools coming into service…

  • Textile Center, College Merger Likely

    RALEIGH — A state-funded education and business development center, which recently came under scrutiny because of duplicative programs and classes with nearby Gaston College, apparently will be absorbed by the college next year. The N.C. Center for Applied Textile Technology also was questioned about its paltry student population and outside…

  • Probe of Illegal Dredging Continues

    RALEIGH — A new ferry service across the Currituck Sound in northeastern North Carolina is scheduled to begin August 17 even though the boat has not been delivered and an investigation of illegal dredging continues. Documents suggest that state and local officials knew dredging would be required, but proceeded with…

  • River Buffer Rules Go Into Effect

    RALEIGH — Water-quality regulations that preserve the pollutant removal functions of existing waterside buffers along parts of the Catawba River and chain lakes became permanent Aug. 1. The measures apply to seven lakes as well as the free-flowing sections of the Catawba River below Lake James. They replace the temporary…

  • Faculty Calls for Open Search

    RALEIGH — The executive committee of the Faculty Senate of North Carolina State University has joined the chorus in calling for an open chancellor search. Students, alumni, media organizations, and well-wishers have all sought an open search process. Officials with UNC and UNC President Molly Broad have always argued that…

  • 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…