News Reports (Page 673)

  • 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…

  • NC Court Limits Utilities’ Power

    RALEIGH — A recent N.C. Supreme Court ruling limits the power of utilities to make large-scale changes to their distribution systems on private land without explicit approval. Haywood County landowner Steve Singleton had sued the local Electric Membership Corporation after it responded to a fallen power line during an ice…

  • NC Flights to Raleigh Grounded

    CHARLOTTE — The federal government has awarded a grant to six North Carolina cities to help subsidize flights to Raleigh. It appears, though, that the amount awarded is not large enough for the flights to begin. Local officials are searching for other subsidies. In other local news, Winston-Salem is pondering…

  • Polling Fuels Debate on Education

    RALEIGH — Americans like their public schools. In fact, they would rather reform public school than abandon them for alternatives such as transfers or private schools, according to the 2003 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll of American attitudes toward public schools. Vouchers cleared the Constitutional barrier in 2002, but the PDK/Gallup…

  • Court Shuts Down Payday Lender

    RALEIGH — A Wake County court Monday ordered a check-cashing business to quit payday lending and stop taking consumers’ money to repay loans. “Consumers should be able to get short-term loans at reasonable rates, but the rates that Kwik Kash charged its customers were shockingly high," Attorney General Roy Cooper…