News Reports (Page 670)

  • 911 Capability Differs by County

    RALEIGH — Cellular-phone customers may think their service includes access to anything and anyone they need 24 hours a day, but the value of the technological wonder will depend on which county customers are in when they make the call to 911 for help. The uneven capability to detect a…

  • Did Jobs Grant Clinch Relocation?

    RALEIGH — Harris Microwave Communications Division, the latest beneficiary of tax rebates through North Carolina’s Job Development Investment Program, was granted up to $4 million in incentives Thursday for relocating its headquarters from Redwood Shores, Calif. But at the time the state Economic Investment Committee awarded the grant yesterday morning,…

  • Running Reforms or Running Wild?

    RALEIGH — A paradigm shift from test-based education to a more liberal, free-flowing learning environment is underway in some North Carolina schools. The quiet revolution, known as “choice in the classroom,” is meant to bolster students’ self-esteem, personal motivation, and happiness. These permissive class environments allow each child to choose…

  • General Assesses Iraq War, Media

    RALEIGH — Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney ended his distinguished career with the U.S. Air Force as assistant vice chief of staff after combat in Vietnam and long service overseas in various capacities. He now regularly appears on “Fox News Channel” as the cable network’s senior military analyst. He recently spoke…

  • Are NC Roads “Moving Ahead”?

    CHARLOTTE — Last year, Gov. Mike Easley unveiled a new road-building initiative called N.C. Moving Ahead! By tapping into approved but never issued bonds, the N.C. Department of Transportation could spend an additional $700 million on transportation projects across the state. However, a lack of competition in the paving business…

  • Winston-Salem’s Safety Innovation

    CHARLOTTE — Winston-Salem uses an unusual approach for improving the safety of its streets that seems to be paying off. The city’s traffic engineers continue to collect data on accident-prone intersections for several years after a fix is made. In most states and localities, traffic engineers merely assume that a…

  • Court Rules on Discrimination Appeal

    RALEIGH — Should a department head review an administrative appeal in a personnel matter in which he or she is personally accused of discrimination? The answer, says the N.C. Court of Appeals may be “yes.” Valerie Enoch, a black female, applied in 2001 for a promotion in the Alamance County…

  • Senate Panel Pulls Incentives Bill

    RALEIGH — A bill that would expand funding and the number of projects that can be subsidized for economic development was tabled in a Senate Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. Both Democrat and Republican senators doubted the worth of the Job Development Investment Grant program in a lively debate. Some thought…

  • Media, Public At Odds On Issues

    RALEIGH — A growing number of journalists are out of touch with their readers, a national survey released Monday by the respected Pew Research Center shows. The survey also confirms what some critics of the media have charged for years: An increasing proportion of those who shape news coverage are…

  • NC School Enrollment to Drop

    RALEIGH — The National Center For Education Statistics predicts that by 2013 North Carolina will have 11,000 to 12,000 fewer K-12 students in its schools, compared to its 2001 enrollment. In all, 30 states will pick up K-12 enrollment, NCES says in its Projections of Education Statistics to 2013. One-third…