Archives: Kari Travis

  • BOG member Long: Roper, Smith pushed ECU’s Staton out

    University of North Carolina Interim President Dr. Bill Roper acted unilaterally, at the direction of Board of Governors Chairman Harry Smith, to reach a termination agreement with East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton’s employment, one BOG member says. The BOG had no chance to weigh…

  • ECU’s Staton resigning; BOT member cites Smith’s involvement

    Update: The story has been updated since it’s original publication at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17. East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton announced his resignation Monday, March 18. Carolina Journal had learned Sunday about Staton’s plans to leave the job May 3. He’ll stay…

  • House Judiciary Committee approves anti-trafficking bill

    A new bill to fight human trafficking has begun moving through House committees of the General Assembly. The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 13, unanimously approved House Bill 198, “Human Trafficking Commission Recommendations.” The bill’s primary sponsors are…

  • A cloudy state of transparency  

    “Chapel Hill professors question group’s public records requests.” “Governor and NC media settle dispute over McCrory’s records.”   “Public records lawsuit filed against state Rep. Beverly Boswell.”   All real headlines. All spanning North Carolina’s news cycles…

  • Bill setting daily webcasts of legislature moves ahead

    The North Carolina General Assembly lags behind most other states as one of seven state governments that doesn’t offer video of any legislative sessions or committees. Reps. Destin Hall, R-Caldwell; Jason Saine, R-Lincoln; and Brendan Jones, R-Columbus, are behind a new bill which would turn…

  • Western Governors University, USO to offer scholarships to military members

    Western Governors University has partnered with the USO of North Carolina to offer eight $2,500 scholarships to members of the state’s military community. WGU is a fast-growing online college providing degrees for nontraditional and adult students. A nonprofit with affiliates in nine states, the college…

  • Collins’ decision on amendments called unusual, dubious, ‘sticky’

    A decision by Wake County Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins to invalidate two constitutional amendments isn’t necessarily tarnished by partisanship or judicial activism, former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr says. In some ways, Orr told Carolina Journal, Collins’ ruling poses critical…