News Reports (Page 676)

  • NC Has Self-Inflicted Fiscal Wound

    RALEIGH — After the comparatively good times, both economically and security-wise, of the 1990s, the new millenium brought North Carolina to crisis points in several areas, especially with the state budget, employment, education, and medical malpractice. But few public-policy challenges seem as daunting as the crisis facing Medicaid. Costs have…

  • Diversity Debate Continues at Duke

    RALEIGH — Readers of Duke University’s student newspaper saw an ad Feb. 9 from the Duke Conservative Union. It was an open letter to Duke President Nan Keohane, questioning the university’s commitment to intellectual diversity. It noted that among select departments and Duke deans, registered Democrats outnumbered registered Republicans by…

  • NC Faces Challenge in Special Ed

    RALEIGH — By 2013-14, the “No Child Left Behind” Act directs that all students, special education included, achieve proficiency. As data from state-level tests show, special education students are much farther behind in achievement than are their nondisabled counterparts. NC is no exception, although some districts are making progress. In…

  • When Is A Traffic Stop Legit?

    RALEIGH — Is remaining stopped eight to 10 seconds at a traffic light after it turns green but otherwise not doing anything wrong enough justification for a cop to pull a motorist over? The answer, according to a March 2 decision by the N.C. Court of Appeals, is that it…

  • A “Hate Speech” Incident at UNC-CH

    RALEIGH — A student in Professor Elyse Crystall’s “Literature and Cultural Diversity” class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was accused of making “violent, heterosexist comments,” uttering “hate speech” and creating a “hostile environment” in class, according to an e-mail sent to all members of the class…

  • NC Graduation Problem Starts Early

    RALEIGH — Ninth grade is a make-it-or-break-it year for high school students, according to the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Kids who skip classes, flunk courses, break school rules, or get suspended often don’t recover from the “ninth grade slump.” Instead, they contribute to the troubling number of high…

  • Gaston-Meck. Road May Have Tolls

    RALEIGH — A proposed turnpike connecting Gaston and Mecklenburg counties over the Catawba River will likely be the first toll road project to be planned, built, and operated by the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, according to two sources familiar with plans for the so-called Garden Parkway. Despite the fact that…

  • Tax-Funded Arenas Fall Short with Fans

    CHARLOTTE — “If you build it they will come,” said the spirits in Field of Dreams. Numerous localities have used the maxim to justify the building of sports and entertainment arenas. Recent developments in Raleigh, Cumberland County, and Greensboro suggest that the proverbial “they” are not coming in great enough…

  • Housing Nonprofit Cited for Misspending

    CHARLOTTE — Project Homestead, a Greensboro nonprofit that has received millions of dollars in government grants to help low- and middle-income families buy homes, is being investigated by a variety of law enforcement agencies after allocations of financial improprieties were reported by the News & Record of Greensboro. A roundup…

  • Ballance Nonprofit Still Skirting Law

    RALEIGH — Rep. Frank Ballance’s state-funded charity to help youths apparently has failed to file IRS tax forms required for nonprofit organizations. After inquiries by Carolina Journal, the John Hyman Foundation did eventually file the returns for 1994 through 1997, but no more recent reports are available. Based on IRS…