News Reports (Page 672)

  • Cards Bring Savings to UNC Budget

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s university system could save at least $300,000, and possibly millions of dollars, if all 16 campuses began using procurement cards for small purchases, State Auditor Ralph Campbell's Office says. If all non-construction purchasing was done with cards, auditors estimated the state could save about $4.3 million…

  • Cards Bring Savings to UNC Budget

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s university system could save at least $300,000, and possibly millions of dollars, if all 16 campuses began using procurement cards for small purchases, State Auditor Ralph Campbell's Office says. If all non-construction purchasing was done with cards, auditors estimated the state could save about $4.3 million…

  • NC Cracks Down on Medicaid Fraud

    RALEIGH — Medicaid fraud investigators recovered a record amount of money and criminal convictions in 2003. The state investigated and closed 72 cases of fraud during the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Investigations led to 31 criminal convictions and 22 civil settlements that recovered more than $14 million.

  • NC Gas Tax to Rise Again on Jan. 1

    RALEIGH — North Carolina raised its motor fuels tax for gasoline, diesel, and alternative fuels by 10.4 percent, or by 2.3 cents a gallon in the past year. The most recent increase, from 24.2 cents a gallon to 24.3 cents a gallon, will go into effect New Year’s Day. The…

  • Nonprofits Play Key Role on Literacy

    RALEIGH — Community colleges and local school districts address illiteracy to varying degrees in North Carolina, but nonprofit literacy organizations are the consistent warriors against the problem. Their success depends upon the amount and the quality of their ammunition. Finding enough volunteers is always difficult, but even greater is persuading…

  • New Disability Policy Clouds SAT Picture

    RALEIGH — The latest changes in test reporting from the College Board are gathering both approval and protest from education policy analysts and test takers. The College Board has decided to stop “flagging” the results of Scholastic Assessment Tests taken with special accommodations in their reports to colleges. Disability advocates…

  • Mistake Ignites NIH Review

    RALEIGH — A mistake by a congressional staff member ignited a review of research projects approved by the National Institutes of Health. But despite what U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., called “scientific McCarthyism,” it turned out Congress had not declared war on the NIH approval process. Someone from Congress sent…

  • Golden LEAF lists 2003 grants

    RALEIGH — The Golden LEAF Foundation awarded $300,000 each to Columbus County and the Town of Windsor for infrastructure improvements at two new state prisons. The nonprofit foundation, established by the General Assembly to distribute half of the state’s portion of the 1998 tobacco settlement, also decided in 2003 to…

  • Boeing Offer Was At least $93M

    RALEIGH — North Carolina offered Boeing at least $93 million in incentives to build the aircraft company’s proposed 7E7 Dreamliner at the Global TransPark in Kinston, a state Commerce Department official said Friday. The incentives, offered under the William S. Lee economic development act, included estimated tax credits of $65…

  • Gap Persists in Knowledge of Asia

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s history and geography curriculum have been revamped, but one group is saying that American schools aren’t doing enough to fill the huge gap in young Americans’ knowledge about Asia. That’s not only ignorant, it’s dangerous, according to the Asia Society. U.S. military involvement in Iraq, and…