News Reports (Page 666)

  • 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…

  • Primaries Don’t End GOP Division

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Republican Party went into the July 20, 2004 primaries divided. It emerged divided. In the primary for governor, North Carolina Republicans showed no clear preference among the leading candidates, giving former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot and former NC Senate minority Patrick Ballantine of Wilmington nearly…

  • Interests Clash Over Calendar

    RALEIGH — While North Carolina’s coastal tourism industry celebrates legislation that extends the summer vacation season by preventing public schools from opening before Aug. 25, school boards and advocates around the state are angry at what they view as a quest for cash at the expense of students. “It’s steamrolling…

  • City Targets Camera Vans at Speeders

    CHARLOTTE — While several NC cities use cameras to monitor intersections for red-light runners, Charlotte is taking the concept a step further and using cameras to catch speeders. The test program was approved by the General Assembly last year. Since late June, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has been operating three…

  • Preferences Initiative Wins Battle

    RALEIGH — On June 11, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of the petition language for the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, a ballot initiative that would prevent the state from using racial preferences in public university admissions or state employment or contracting. The ruling overturns a lower-court…