News Reports (Page 679)

  • Partnership Seeks Grant for CropTech Costs

    RALEIGH -- In early May 2002 Ernie Pearson, the N.C. Northeast Partnership lawyer, informed Rick Watson about legal expenses from the CropTech deal, including costs "to assist in overcoming concerns raised by Commerce Secretary Jim Fain and to finalize the [agreement]." Watson also requested that Pearson bill the Northeast Partnership…

  • Role of Regional Partnerships, Basnight Questioned

    RALEIGH — Fragmentation of leadership and responsibilities has diminished the effectiveness of North Carolina’s publicly funded economic development agencies, says a private developer who once had dealings in the northeast area of the state. The developer said "that region is controlled by [Senate President Pro Tem Marc] Basnight and by…

  • Biotech Failure Blamed on State

    RALEIGH — State officials botched the recruitment of a biotechnology company because of a power struggle between the Department of Commerce and an economic development agency in northeast North Carolina, officials of the company say. Documents also show that rather than helping the company in negotiations, North Carolina’s Northeast Partnership…

  • Teacher Quality Gains, Still Short of Goal

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently released its update on federal teacher quality measures. Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, teaching professionals must meet specific criteria for their credentials. North Carolina hasn’t met its own targets for 2003-04 yet, but it has made substantial progress…

  • Hyping the Super Bowl

    With the Carolina Panthers headed to the 2004 Super Bowl, Charlotte-area leaders and businesses are hyping the potential economic impact far beyond the constraints of reality.

  • Students Get Reimported Textbooks

    RALEIGH — College textbooks published in the US but exported to booksellers overseas are in many cases cheaper for students to “reimport” than it is for them to buy from domestic booksellers. With textbook prices skyrocketing, college bookstores in NC and elsewhere are discussing ways to exploit those cheaper overseas…

  • Politics Found at Tax-Funded Group

    RALEIGH — Three former students of the state-funded Wilson Opportunities Industrialization Center claim they helped OIC staff members prepare a 10,000 piece mailing for the Wilson County Democratic Party for the 2002 general election, according to a Jan. 26 story in the Wilson Daily Times. The Wilson OIC, a tax-exempt…

  • Appeals Court Upholds Regulation

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals has overturned a lower-court ruling finding state regulations on pre-need (before death) casket sales to be unconstitutional. At trial, the unregulated cemetery had argued regulations limiting the sales to licensed funeral establishments were not rationally related to the state's interest in protecting its…

  • SAT Changes Fuel Policy Debate

    RALEIGH — 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 generally applaud this move, but removing the asterisk from the scores that appear on student transcripts may compromise the ability of admissions officers…

  • Iowa Offers Redistricting Lessons

    RALEIGH — If any redistricting procedure could be viewed as exemplary, it would be Iowa’s . After a court loss in the 1970s, the Iowa legislature turned redistricting responsibilities over to staff. It is required to disregard political affiliations and incumbency when designing new districts. The bureau must draw districts…