News Reports (Page 712)

  • 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…

  • Dropouts Up 1.7 Percent Over 2003

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has announced some discouraging news for schools, parents, and students. According to DPI, the dropout rate for grades nine to 12 is up from 4.78 percent in 2002-03, to 4.86 percent in 2003-04. The rate represents 20,035 students, a 1.7 percent…

  • Indigent-Defense Costs Increase

    RALEIGH -- Spend a few minutes talking to Pete Clary and it’s easy to picture this criminal defense attorney who calls the constitution “a pretty neat thing” using his legal knowledge, charm, and wit to persuade a jury to see a case from his client’s point of view. Clary is…

  • ‘Confusion’ Led to Possible Conflict

    RALEIGH — Rep. Bill Owens says confusion on the part of House Speaker Jim Black about where to spend state discretionary funds created what appears to be a conflict of interest for the Pasquotank County Democrat. Last fall, Owens helped secure state grants that would benefit his downtown Elizabeth City…

  • Military Bases Face Encroachment

    WASHINGTON — The nation’s military bases face an ever-encroaching threat — suburban development. The need to protect base land for military training has the brass forming an unlikely alliance with conservation groups. Albeit for different reasons, the military and conservation groups share the same goal: to preserve open space. Conservationists…

  • Decision Ramps Up Impact-Fee Dispute

    DURHAM — A recent decision by a local trial court that Durham County’s impact fee on new housing, levied for the support of the public schools, is illegal has revived the dispute over the controversial revenue-raising method. Meanwhile, the county is appealing the trial court’s decision to the N.C. Court…

  • CLI Director Talks to Hit Host

    Matt Mittan has risen quickly through the ranks of the radio world in the Asheville area and host the #1 rated "Take A Stand" show from 3pm-7pm every weekday afternoon on AM570. For the uninitiated, Mittan's show is a mix of grass roots activism and public debate on issues or…