News Reports (Page 712)

  • Debate About Amendment One Heats Up

    CHARLOTTE — When North Carolina voters head to the polls Nov. 2, they will be asked to approve a change in the state constitution that would radically alter how localities approach economic development. The proposed Amendment One would allow for the use of tax increment financing to issue public debt…

  • Development Hearings Must Be Required

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that county commissions and city councils may not hear appeals from neighbors in land subdivision cases unless local ordinances give local residents the right to object. A Wilmington company had planned to build a new condominium complex of 427 units. After…

  • Errors Persist in NC School Textbooks

    RALEIGH — In the June/July, 1999 issue of Carolina Journal, then-Managing Editor Andrew Cline wrote an article about North Carolina’s method of selecting textbooks. The article explained how the N. C. Textbook Commission, which is responsible for determining which textbooks may be used by districts all over the state, had…

  • Next Stop, Cleveland?

    New Census Bureau information shows that Cleveland is the poorest big city in America, this despite years of "investment" in a light rail system that was supposed to help stave-off such woes.

  • Questions Linger About AG Defense

    RALEIGH — Retired lawyer Bernard Harrell has more questions about compensation for legal services provided to Roy Cooper’s campaign, even after a lawyer for the attorney general’s re-election committee seemingly explained how they were paid for. “The legal costs in this case are being paid by private insurance,” Wallace said…

  • Denominational Differences on TV

    RALEIGH — Despite frequent warnings from pastoral leadership about the dangers of moral deviancy on television, conservative Protestant teenagers watch almost as much TV as their non-religious peers, according to an ongoing study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In contrast, teens in Mormon families average 11…

  • The Impact Hammer

    Local officials need to understand that impact fees on new development have far-reaching effects beyond the quick cash they might generate for government.

  • City-Subsidized Hockey Franchise Folds

    CHARLOTTE — Greensboro’s efforts to hold on to its hockey franchise have failed. The decision by a minor league to disband the Greensboro Generals comes after the city itself ran the team at a loss while searching for permanent owners. In an attempt to keep the franchise afloat, the city…

  • UNC derecognizes Christian group

    RALEIGH—For the second time in as many years, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stands accused of discrimination against a Christian student group. In December 2002, UNC-CH threatened to withdraw official recognition and benefits from the student group InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and other Christian student organizations, based upon…

  • Cooper Campaign Replies to Charge

    RALEIGH — Retired Raleigh attorney Bernard Harrell has asked the State Board of Elections to investigate Attorney General Roy Cooper’s political campaign for not reporting in-kind contributions from nine attorneys and their law firms. According to his letter, after thoroughly researching the issue Harrell thought he should call “attention to…