News Reports (Page 684)

  • 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…

  • Internet Authority Stays Alive

    RALEIGH—The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation creating a new agency that will provide high-speed broadband Internet access for rural counties and “distressed” urban areas in North Carolina. The Senate approved the measure establishing the E-NC Authority by a 41-6 vote. The E-NC Authority will continue and expand the work of…

  • Teacher of the Year Speaks Out

    WINSTON-SALEM — Winston-Salem played host to more than 8,500 North Carolina home schoolers in May who were attending the 19th annual North Carolinians for Home Education conference and book fair. Retired teacher John Taylor Gatto was featured in three conference lectures. Gatto is a 26-year veteran of the New York…

  • Espionage Experts Coming to NC

    RALEIGH—Magazine publisher and espionage enthusiast Bernie Reeves urged attendees at a luncheon Monday to visit an upcoming International Spy Conference in Raleigh. The conference, “Spies, Lies, and Treason: The KGB in America,” will feature speakers from the CIA, Britain’s MI6, and a former KGB major general. Reeves, publisher of Metro…

  • Bill Would Delay Annexations

    RALEIGH—In an effort to add businesses to its township and expand its tax base, Clayton has set its sights on annexing the area occupied by three major pharmaceutical companies. Opponents of the plan, including state Rep. Billy Creech, fear that new taxes could drive away the companies and deprive Johnston…

  • State Gives Company $1.2 Million

    RALEIGH – Gov. Mike Easley said June 24 that Greensboro-based RF Micro Devices is the most recent beneficiary of the state’s One North Carolina Fund economic incentive. Easley’s statement in a press release didn’t mention that the circuit maker received incentives, but the Department of Commerce confirmed the company will…

  • Policymakers Mull UNC Changes

    RALEIGH — Two ideas under discussion in North Carolina would significantly affect the makeup of the undergraduate student body — and who would pay the cost of student education. The first is a bill before the state Senate to extend in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants and other noncitizens. The…

  • Reviewing the 2003 Budget Battle

    RALEIGH—Gov. Mike Easley signed a $14.8 billion budget Monday that will fund state government through June 2005. Approved just before the deadline, the measure has been hailed by some as a compromise that protects public services and adequately funds the ever-increasing cost of public education. Other lawmakers contended it continues…

  • Bureaucracy May Last Forever

    RALEIGH—A bill that has passed the state House would turn what was intended to be a temporary state authority into a permanent bureaucracy, with expanded responsibilities. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Joe Tolson, D-Edgecombe, preserves the Rural Internet Access Authority, created in 2000 through a bill that was sponsored by…