News Reports (Page 707)

  • Grants for Nonprofits Questioned

    RALEIGH — A Wilson-area taxpayer group is calling for a review of a controversial city grant program that has distributed about $6 million in utility bill late fees to nonprofit cultural and social service groups during its 14-year history. Critics say the money should be used to fund key city…

  • Legislative Session in Review

    RALEIGH — The General Assembly is scheduled to wrap up its 2003 session soon. The session provided some notable action, although legislators avoided several controversial issues. For the first time in state history, the House elected cospeakers after Rep. Michael Decker switched parties and cost Republicans a majority in the…

  • Public Health Reforms May Get OK

    RALEIGH—A bill aimed at strengthening the public health infrastructure in North Carolina is moving through the legislature toward likely passage this year. The measure calls for every county, through its public health agency, to develop local priorities that will serve as a basis for greater collaboration with the state. Sponsored…

  • North Carolina’s State of Disrepair

    RALEIGH — Because the state’s Repairs and Renovation Reserve has been drastically underfunded for at least three years, universities and other state institutions are patching their buildings with operating funds — or in some instances, are closing buildings. In Raleigh, even the State Capitol building proved no match for neglect.

  • 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…