News Reports (Page 677)

  • Many Communities See High Electric Bills

    KINSTON – Electrical customers in North Carolina served by city-owned electric utilities commonly grouped under the association name of ElectriCities have experienced steep increases in their bills in recent months. In Kinston, for example, rates went up three times in 2002 for a total 10 percent increase. Given the financial…

  • Horton Drops Litigation Without Explanation

    A Raleigh businessman withdrew a preliminary motion for a lawsuit he had filed against a group of businessmen in which he alleged they had interfered with his plans to build a fuel ethanol plant in Beaufort County. William Horton, in his initial filing in Wake County Superior Court on Feb.

  • Barnes Says There’s No ‘Rush to War’

    Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and a pundit on the Fox News Channel, spoke to an audience at the John Locke Foundation’s 13th anniversary dinner Feb. 28, refuting several common arguments against a war with Iraq.

  • Grave New World:  Relying on Ritalin

    An abundance of overtaxed parents, physicians, and school systems may be responsible for pushing millions of healthy and normal American children into an unwarranted, yet perpetually drugged-out state, writes Karen Welsh. The narcotic of choice is known it by its street name — Ritalin. …

  • ABC Commissioner Fails to Disclose Related Business Interest

    RALEIGH — A member of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission failed to disclose his interests in a fuel ethanol plant when he filed his 2003 Statement of Economic Interest with the State Board of Ethics on Feb. 25. A Feb. 18 Carolina Journal Online story reported that the commissioner,…

  • Businessman Sues, Alleges Conspiracy in N.C. Government

    RALEIGH — A Raleigh businessman is suing a consortium of interests, one of them linked to publicly funded Golden LEAF for allegedly conspiring to keep him from building an ethanol plant in Beaufort County. His accusations include racketeering, extortion, corruption, and conspiracy, which reach “the highest levels of state government.”…