News Reports (Page 667)

  • Air Service Shrinking to NC Cities

    CHARLOTTE — In 1998, 14 NC communities had scheduled airline service. Today it is only nine. Even that figure may be reduced in the future, as recent trends in the airline industry make it increasingly difficult for smaller communities to maintain meaningful air service even if incentives are aggressively used.

  • Ballance, son indicted in Hyman scandal

    RALEIGH — A federal grand jury Thursday indicted former U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance Jr. of Warrenton on charges of conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud, mail fraud of money, and money laundering. His son, N.C. District Judge Garey M. Ballance, was indicted on a charge of failure to file…

  • Details Emerge on Ferry-Division Raid

    RALEIGH — The director of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division and the superintendent of dredge and field maintenance were the focus of a raid on state offices by state and federal law enforcement officials Aug. 26. Superintendent of Dredge and Field Maintenance Bill Moore, who reports directly…

  • Federal Court Throws Out Incentives

    RALEIGH — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that economic development incentives given by the State of Ohio to automobile manufacturer DaimlerChrysler violated the interstate Commerce Clause of the US Constitution. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals determined that Ohio’s investment tax credit “is to…

  • Sen. Dole Does the Media Rounds

    RALEIGH — Before her speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in New York, Sen. Elizabeth Dole addressed media questions about her husband’s criticism of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry and Kerry’s service in Vietnam. Appearing on CNN’s “American Morning” Monday, the North Carolina senator demurred when asked by…

  • State-Owned Ports, Rail Draw Interest

    RALEIGH — In any look at real property owned by the state, the North Carolina State Ports Authority and the North Carolina Railroad Co. occupy special niches. There has been little serious talk about privatization, even though the enterprises represent millions of dollars worth of assets that could potentially be…

  • JLF Report Exposes Pollution Myths

    RALEIGH — Air pollution has been solved as a long-term problem by already-adopted measures that will eliminate most remaining pollution from automobiles and industry in coming years, according to a new report released by the John Locke Foundation. Author Joel Schwartz notes that the recently raised federal ozone standard is…

  • Law Enforcement Raids Ferry Office

    RALEIGH — State and federal law-enforcement officials raided several offices of the NC Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division on Thursday. FBI, EPA, and SBI officials remained in the division headquarters in Morehead City the entire day, and took computers and other records, sources say. The raids were related to a…