News Reports (Page 685)

  • Research: Make Schools Smaller

    RALEIGH — Why has entrepreneur Bill Gates vowed to commit billions of dollars to the public education system? Gates is a committed advocate of small schools, and part of a growing chorus of voices calling for scaled down, safer, and more effective secondary education. Research shows that the cost savings…

  • College Used to Aid Campaign

    RALEIGH—Halifax Community College President Ted Gasper used state government resources to raise money for the congressional campaign of Rep. Frank Ballance of Warrenton, a transcript of telephone conversations shows. Documents also show that Gasper and others also planned to funnel corporate contributions though the Alice Eason Ballance Education and Justice…

  • Charlotte Transit Gets Green Light

    CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Area Transit System has received federal environmental approval of the first of its five transit lines, setting the stage for construction to begin soon. At the same time, a local group was protesting the proposed routing of another rail line, which might require the relocations of…

  • NC Cities Lose Air Service

    CHARLOTTE — December will mark the 100th anniversary of the world’s first airplane flight, which took place at Kitty Hawk. To commemorate the event, the state is conducting a yearlong celebration. But at the same time, several cities in North Carolina are losing scheduled airline service. Aside from the state…

  • Tourism Measure Would Cost $600M

    RALEIGH—The House Appropriations Committee endorsed a bill Thursday that would create a program to promote North Carolina and attract more visitors to the state. Under the proposal, a Travel and Tourism Grant Committee would award grants to the owners of qualified projects to create, renovate or further develop travel and…

  • Red-Light Cameras Stir Debate

    RALEIGH — When some North Carolina cities began using cameras to catch drivers running red lights, privacy advocates expressed concern that Big Brother had found a home at busy intersections around the state. But a General Assembly bill expected to become law this session authorizes the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department to…

  • UNC System Pay Ranks Well

    RALEIGH — Faculty salaries in the University of North Carolina system compare well with those of their peers, according to a study released in May by a Virginia public-policy think tank. The study, “Compensation of Campus Faculty: How Virginia Compares Within the Region,” was published by the Thomas Jefferson Inistitute…

  • NC Reading Gains in Question

    RALEIGH — Thursday’s release of 2002 reading test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress has prompted North Carolina politicians to claim significant gains since 1998 — but most or all of these gains may well have nothing to do with a real improvement in student learning, according to…

  • Speaker: Tax Cuts Spur Economy

    RALEIGH — As recently as two decades ago the federal government routinely took the lion’s share of personal income from highly productive taxpayers. Thanks to the Reagan administration, that situation has changed, a leading public policy analyst says. Four presidents — Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter…