Archives: Kari Travis

  • UNC Board of Governors leader: Everything is fine

    The relationship between the University of North Carolina’s president and Board of Governors is strong, not strained, the board’s leading member said after the withdrawal of UNC President Margaret Spellings’ nominee for the open chancellorship at Western Carolina University. The statement follows a July 12 board…

  • WCU chancellor search reveals rift between Spellings, BOG

    The search for a new chancellor at Western Carolina University is exposing a growing and contentious divide between the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors and UNC President Margaret Spellings. On July 12, the full board was slated to vote on a nominee for…

  • Last-minute shenanigans mark end of 2018 legislative short session 

    It’s common for the N.C. General Assembly to end legislative sessions amid a flurry of last-minute filings and maneuvering. But power grabs and political shuffling — partisan behaviors — don’t always make for transparency and rational policies, some experts say.   This session has been no exception, with several bills…

  • Incoming UNC board Chairman Smith shuffles leadership posts

    The University of North Carolina’s governing board is shuffling its leadership. UNC announced new committee appointments for the Board of Governors on June 27. Three of the board’s six standing committees will retain their current leaders. Committee appointments are for the 2018-2019 year and are…

  • Governor signs bill requiring inventory of N.C. crimes

    Gov. Roy Cooper has signed a bill into law that begins cleaning up North Carolina’s criminal code. The state has too many crimes, lawmakers and legal experts say. Hundreds of these laws are scattered across more than 140 chapters of the N.C. General Statutes. Hundreds…

  • Many property owners, trapped by Map Act, are still waiting to be paid 

    WINSTON-SALEM — Shawn and Cindy Weeks would like nothing more than to move.   They’ve outgrown their house, on a quarter acre in Winston Salem, but can’t find a buyer. It comes down, really, to one law, which removed basic property rights and left homeowners in real estate purgatory. …

  • Victims’ rights amendment has wide support amid questions about cost

    In 1983, Marsalee Nicholas, “Marsy,” a student at the University of California-Santa Barbara, was shot to death by her stalker ex-boyfriend. One week after the killing, Marsy’s mother, Marsella Leach, and her brother, Henry Nicholas, were accosted by the alleged killer in a grocery store. They had no…

  • Bill would make agencies list all crimes on N.C.’s books

    Some North Carolina lawmakers are looking to simplify the state’s complex criminal code. The criminal laws are bloated, inconsistent, and redundant, said Steven Walker, general counsel to Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. Walker and several lawmakers introduced House Bill 379, “Recodification Working Group.” The measure would require…