News Reports (Page 711)

  • Racing Against the Tide

    It is no surprise, but a NASCAR hall of fame in uptown is now a top priority of civic leaders. Public money and/or land for the project seems to be a done-deal already. It should not be.

  • Bill Would Expand Toll Road Scope

    CHARLOTTE — Many years before it will collect a single dime in revenue, the N.C. Turnpike Authority might expand its scope, thanks to legislation pending in the General Assembly. The proposed changes would allow the authority to build and operate six, instead of three, toll roads in the state and…

  • Catholic Schools On a Roll in Triangle

    RALEIGH — Running parallel to the public school system in the Triangle is a group of Roman Catholic parochial schools, virtually all run by the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. The education offered to the largely, but not exclusively Catholic student body, about 20 percent of which is non-Catholic, may serve…

  • Firm Paid Despite Producing No Jobs

    RALEIGH — A fingerprint technology company promoted by State Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight received $307,575 from the state’s Tobacco Trust Fund, ostensibly in exchange for relocating significant operations to North Carolina, which the company never fulfilled. After Privaris, Inc. completed a pilot project for the state Division of…

  • Federal Pork Spending Grows in N.C.

    RALEIGH — Federal spending for pork-barrel projects in North Carolina increased by almost one-third in the last year, but the state remains near the bottom for per capita pork, according to a Washington, D.C.-based government watchdog group. Citizens Against Government Waste released its 2005 Congressional Pig Book last week, in…

  • CIS Proves Effective For Dropouts

    RALEIGH — Dropping out of school is a hot topic again at the national, state, and local levels. President Bush, in his State of the Union address, asked the First Lady to lead a $150 million effort to help at-risk youths, with a particular focus on boys, stay in school…

  • UNC-P Optometry School Questioned

    CHAPEL HILL — UNC-Pembroke leaders are in the development stages of a proposed School of Optometry — a school some say is unneeded given the prospect for a surplus of optometrists in the country. Already, $10 million in state funding has been appropriated for UNC-Pembroke to plan and develop the…

  • Brave New Charlotte

    An academic dust-up over cost-overruns for transit projects is just one sign that the old planning model Charlotte follows is breaking down.

  • Court: Parking Lot Not A Building

    RALEIGH — Local zoning decisions are often contentious. This is especially true when they pit different local government authorities against each other. In a case decided April 5, the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled on whether the city of Rocky Mount had the authority to impose zoning restrictions on a…

  • House Passes State Lottery Bill

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina House of Representatives yesterday approved a state-run lottery that would fund various facets of public education. Some observers consider passage in the Senate and approval by Gov. Mike Easley to be easier to accomplish. The bill soared through a smoothly run special committee meeting in…