News Reports (Page 678)

  • State Makes Second Incentives Grant

    RALEIGH—The Economic Investment Committee has awarded a grant to the R.H. Donnelley Corporation to relocate its headquarters to the Triangle area of North Carolina. Under the agreement, the state will provide the company with a reimbursement of 65 percent of personal state withholding taxes for up to10 years. About 140…

  • Most NC Schools Don’t Make Goals

    RALEIGH — Release of certified adequate yearly progress (AYP) results won’t occur until September, said NC School Superintendent Mike Ward at the 2003 AYP video conference in July. AYP results measure how student groups, schools, and districts are doing in meeting the goals of the No Child Left Behind federal…

  • Legislature Adds to Road List

    CHARLOTTE — For the first time in 14 years, the General Assembly has added to the number of the projects to be paid for through the Highway Trust Fund. The largest addition was a $350 million, 28-mile portion of the Fayetteville loop, included at the request of Senate Majority Leader…

  • Understanding NC’s Test Scores

    RALEIGH — The National Center for Education Statistics released fourth- and eighth-grade reading scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress in June, and Gov. Mike Easley, State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee, and State Superintendent Mike Ward celebrated the results at a press conference. But there was some…

  • Grants for Nonprofits Questioned

    RALEIGH — A Wilson-area taxpayer group is calling for a review of a controversial city grant program that has distributed about $6 million in utility bill late fees to nonprofit cultural and social service groups during its 14-year history. Critics say the money should be used to fund key city…

  • Legislative Session in Review

    RALEIGH — The General Assembly is scheduled to wrap up its 2003 session soon. The session provided some notable action, although legislators avoided several controversial issues. For the first time in state history, the House elected cospeakers after Rep. Michael Decker switched parties and cost Republicans a majority in the…

  • Public Health Reforms May Get OK

    RALEIGH—A bill aimed at strengthening the public health infrastructure in North Carolina is moving through the legislature toward likely passage this year. The measure calls for every county, through its public health agency, to develop local priorities that will serve as a basis for greater collaboration with the state. Sponsored…

  • North Carolina’s State of Disrepair

    RALEIGH — Because the state’s Repairs and Renovation Reserve has been drastically underfunded for at least three years, universities and other state institutions are patching their buildings with operating funds — or in some instances, are closing buildings. In Raleigh, even the State Capitol building proved no match for neglect.

  • Meese: Democrats Hijack Court System

    RALEIGH—Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, speaking at a John Locke Foundation luncheon Tuesday, said Democrats in the U.S. Senate are hijacking the nation’s courts. Meese criticized techniques used by Democrats to prevent a Senate vote on the Bush administration’s judicial appointments. “The Democratic leadership in the Senate is unwilling…

  • Students, Leaders Challenge UNC

    RALEIGH—State legislators and a group of conservative students Wednesday denounced UNC-Chapel Hill for its choice of a summer-reading book about the plight of low-paid workers in America. The legislators and students questioned the agenda, intellectual honesty, and scholarly merit of author Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By…