News Reports (Page 680)

  • Obesity Costs NC Taxpayers $1.1 Billion

    RALEIGH — In a paper published Wednesday, researchers at the North Carolina-based RTI International and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta provide the first state-by-state estimates of obesity-attributable medical expenditures. The paper also provides rough estimates of the cost burden that falls on taxpayers in each state…

  • AG Cooper Enforces “No Call” Rules

    RALEIGH — Four telemarketers that repeatedly violated North Carolina’s Do Not Call Registry have entered into a settlement with the state in which they will pay a total of $66,000. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office on Tuesday announced court orders and settlements resolving enforcement actions against the companies, including Warrior…

  • State Reclassifies Counties Under Lee Act

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Commerce on Friday changed tier designations, which determine access to state economic-development funding, for 19 counties. Burke, Caldwell, Caswell, Catawba, Cleveland, Harnett, Pender, Stokes, Surry, and Yancey counties moved down one tier level to a more-distressed designation. Beaufort, Cumberland, Duplin, Lenoir, Martin, Onslow, Vance…

  • Carolina North Faces Early Hurdles

    RALEIGH — In early December, officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill unveiled their plans for “Carolina North,” a satellite research campus on the university-owned Horace Williams tract off Airport Road in Chapel Hill. It will be somewhat similar to the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University,…

  • Redistricting Panel Not Silver Bullet

    RALEIGH — Two years ago, Rep. Russell Capps complained that his newly redrawn, Democrat-leaning district resembled the main course at a holiday dinner — sort of. “If you hold it upside-down,” Capps said at the time, “it looks like a turkey.” Trying to avoid the tussle for power, some NC…

  • Power-Line Study Finds Staggering Cost

    CHARLOTTE — In December 2002, an ice storm struck North Carolina and knocked out power for about 2 million customers across the state. Some homes were without power for more than a week. In the wake of the storm, numerous officials at both the state and local levels called for…

  • Decision Confirms Courts

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Court of Appeals for the first time has examined how much power courts have to review North Carolina regulatory agency decisions in certain circumstances under a law the General Assembly adopted in 2000. In upholding a lower court ruling, the appeals court held that courts…

  • NC Ports Get Security Overhaul

    RALEIGH — Accessing North Carolina’s seaports in Wilmington and Morehead City will get more complicated over the next few months, but the short-term inconveniences will lead to physical and technological improvements state and local officials believe are necessary for long-term security from terrorists. One security analyst said it would be…

  • Timely Media Boost for Edwards

    RALEIGH — The Des Moines Register’s endorsement Sunday of North Carolina Sen. John Edwards for the Democratic presidential nomination was widely reported Monday. But independent of that boon to Edwards’s campaign were other positive developments, mainly in the national media.One week before the Iowa caucuses, the New York Times published…

  • Charlotte, Mecklenburg High in Taxes

    RALEIGH — A new Center for Local Innovation report highlights the increasing burden local governments in North Carolina place upon taxpayers through increased local taxes and fees — and shows Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to be the highest-cost jurisdictions among large cities and urban counties, respectively. The report, “By the…