News Reports (Page 708)

  • Greensboro Has Private Art Revival

    GREENSBORO — North Carolina was recently home to an exhibition of more than 80 works of art by Chinese watercolor artist Guan Weixing. Guan’s work has been described as “inconceivable” and “watercolor magic.” His work has won several international awards and a book of his paintings, “Memories of Peking: South…

  • Voters Decide College Bond Issues

    CHAPEL HILL — Voters in two North Carolina counties voted on bond referendums May 10 that would support building initiatives for community colleges. While funding for Johnston Community College was approved, voters in New Hanover County voted against a bond package for Cape Fear Community College. Each bond package was…

  • Basnight Construction Pays Up

    RALEIGH — Elizabeth City plumbing contractor James Morris said he expects to be paid this week almost $50,000 owed to him by Basnight Construction for subcontracting work he completed in July 2002. Morris has said he thinks that the political influence of Marc Basnight, president pro tempore of the N.C.

  • Schools Consider Steroid Testing

    RALEIGH — When former Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco alleged in his book, Juiced, that big-name sluggers used steroids to crush the ball and catapult their careers into the record books, Congress wasn’t the only group to take his charges seriously. Canseco’s allegations, combined with previous news of steroid…

  • Reparations Bills Could Hurt Dems Most

    RALEIGH—The eyes of the nation are watching North Carolina, where state Reps. Larry Womble, D-Forsyth, and Earl Jones, D-Guilford, are sponsoring the first bill in any state that would require companies seeking government contracts to examine their records for evidence of participation in or profiting from slavery. The bill, H1006,…

  • Eminent Domain Cases Decided

    RALEIGH — In early May, North Carolina’s second highest court issued rulings in two cases involving government attempts to acquire property via eminent domain. The Court of Appeals rulings highlight both the power of eminent domain and the nuisances of state law regarding both compensation and interlocal agreements when it…

  • Light-Rail Projections Disappoint Feds

    RALEIGH — Even while North Carolina’s three largest metro areas try to boost their “world class city” credentials with new light-rail transit systems, ridership trends suggest that such prestige projects will only aggravate already-spiraling costs. Nowhere is this more evident than in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, where the Triangle Transit Authority is…

  • Village Ploy Stops Goldmine

    STANLY COUNTY — On June 26, 2003, Senate Bill 76 created the incorporated Village of Misenheimer. But the incorporation of 1.58 square miles and 739 residents is far removed from the typical incorporation” in both property rights issues, special interests, and history. Two primary players in the campaign to incorporate…