News Reports (Page 682)

  • Drivers License Issue Gets Attention

    RALEIGH -- The terrorists who attacked Americans in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, killed Peter Gadiel’s 23-year-old son James, among thousands of others. Since then Gadiel has waged a campaign to correct flaws in the nation’s immigration laws, and in many states’ driver license laws. He testified…

  • NAEP Test Score Trends in Doubt

    RALEIGH — As North Carolina complies with the No Child Left Behind education law, accountability experts must decide which students can legitimately be excluded from testing. What concerns the board of the National Assesment of Educational Progress is the effect that excluding disabled or limited-English students have on the integrity…

  • The Problem of Rape Statistics

    RALEIGH — A news article in The Daily Tar Heel April 24 contained a shocking lead: “A woman is raped every two minutes. Almost one in every four women between the ages of 18 and 24 is a survivor of sexual assault.” No sources for this information are given —…

  • Tolls Considered for I-95 in NC

    CHARLOTTE — N.C. Department of Transportation officials are examining the possibility of rebuilding Interstate 95 through toll collections under a never-before-used federal pilot program. It will be several years, however, before anyone pays their nickel (or dollar) to drive on the interstate. I-95 is something of an oddity, a major…

  • Hurdles Remain for School Choice

    RALEIGH — The school-choice decision in Zelman vs. Simmons-Harris gave the U.S. Supreme Court's blessing to well-designed programs. The success of Zelman for voucher advocates hinged in large part on the legal concept of “true private choice.” Parents needed market-type options, both within and without the public schools, voucher advocates…

  • A New ‘Rain Tax’ May Fall

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s rainfall is a source of the lush landscape and natural beauty that attracts thousands of tourists each year. But for residents, rain and the ensuing runoff have become yet another excuse used by cities and towns to raise taxes. Municipalities call them stormwater utility fees, but…

  • Localities Debate Growth, Panhandling

    CHARLOTTE — Local governments have been debating growth controls, panhandling, and other issues this spring. After experiencing lower than anticipated growth, for example, Cary is reconsidering the amount it charges in water, sewer, and transportation impact fees. Cary adopted the impact fees in an attempt to control the rapid growth…

  • Nation Still At Risk in Education

    RALEIGH — The National Commission on Excellence in Education reported in 1983 in A Nation at Risk that the “intellectual, moral and spiritual strengths of our people” were in trouble. A follow-up study, “Our Schools and Our Future: are we still at risk?” examines the changes that have taken place…

  • Taxes and Vanishing Dreams

    RALEIGH — Many North Carolina communities are raising taxes with little apparent regard for the economic consequences, say taxpayers. “The people who pile these taxes on us have little or no regard for people who are aged,” one said. “How far can it go in this country before people realize…

  • New Data on Transportation Trends

    RALEIGH — As Charlotte, the Triangle, the Triad, and other communities debate the addition of light rail to their transit systems, it may be worthwhile to consider its success where systems are already in place. With the release of the 2000 Census data, an analysis of light-rail trends that prove…