News Reports (Page 713)

  • School Deconsolidation Issue Heats Up

    RALEIGH — Consolidate or deconsolidate? That’s the question. Few would dispute that the trend in public education over the last 30 years has been toward the consolidation of county and city school systems. And it’s clear a good many power brokers in Raleigh want that trend to continue.

  • Court Defines “Item of Evidence”

    RALEIGH — What is an ”item of evidence?” While seemingly a simple question, the answer is critical in determining whether criminals in North Carolina are eligible for longer sentences. To get a definitive answer required a ruling from the N.C Supreme Court. North Carolina law provides for three sentencing ranges…

  • Global Warming Threat Said Overblown

    RALEIGH — Lawmakers at the national, state and international level should avoid drastic measures to deal with global warming because of the huge economic costs for virtually no benefit, Dr. S. Fred Singer told a group of media and legislators Tuesday. The Kyoto Treaty calls for a 35 percent decrease…

  • Algae in Lakes Foul Drinking Water

    RALEIGH — Blue-green algae in Lakes Hickory and Rhodhiss are causing unpleasant taste and odor in public drinking water in Hickory, Longview, Lenoir, Valdese, and Granite Falls. Also affected are drinking water systems that purchase water from these municipalities, including the towns of Conover, Claremont, Maiden, Catawba, Hudson and Sawmills,…

  • Court Clarifies Probation Rules

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court has clarified the rules covering when probation begins for a misdemeanor conviction. The case involves a Buncombe County man who initially sought to have his case retried before a jury but dropped his appeal before the new trial. Preston Smith was convicted in District…

  • Expansion Release May Be Premature

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley might have prematurely announced on June 13 an expansion by Colony Tire Corp., which was, according to the governor's press release, “made possible in part by a $50,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.” The total cost of the expansion was $800,000, Easley said.

  • FAA Disputes Legislator’s Claims

    RALEIGH — A Federal Aviation Administration official disputes a recent Triangle Business Journal story about the Global TransPark that said the General Assembly must continue providing $1.6 million in annual funding or pay back $21.6 million in federal grants. The story attributed the legislature’s position to comments made by Senate…

  • High Court Rules Against Sex Offender

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court has overturned a lower-court ruling and reinstated the conviction of a South Carolina sex offender who had moved to North Carolina and failed to register with the local sheriff as required by law. The Supreme Court held that the man had adequate notice to…

  • Hearing Held on Piedmont Merger

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Utilities Commission heard testimony late last month about Piedmont Natural Gas Co.'s desire to merge a money-losing gas operation into its overall rate base, which turned into a discussion over who should pay for the unsustainable economic development project in the northeast part of the…

  • Auditor Reports on Slush Funds

    RALEIGH — In a report released late yesterday, State Auditor Les Merritt explained the handling of special discretionary monies controlled by the leaders of the General Assembly, and suggested that Attorney General Roy Cooper examine legal and constitutional issues related to the special funds. Merritt also raised questions about separation…