Archives: Kari Travis

  • 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…

  • Students in neighboring states could get break at N.C. community colleges

    Lawmakers may give students from neighboring Georgia and Tennessee in-state tuition rates at one of North Carolina’s two-year institutions. House Bill 519, “Neighbor State In-State Tuition,” would allow the Cherokee County-based Tri County Community College to give people in border states a break on costs. The…

  • New UNC innovation labs hope to boost graduation rates

    CARY — The University of North Carolina system is welcoming new ideas on ways to keep students in school. UNC is launching Student Success Innovation Labs, which allow researchers to test programs that will raise graduation rates across the 16-campus system, UNC President Margaret Spellings said…

  • Foundation president picked to lead UNC-Asheville

    CHAPEL HILL — After months of searching, UNC-Asheville has a new chancellor. Nancy Cable, president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations — an organization that funds private higher education, health care, and religious causes, among others — was elected to lead the university Friday, June 1,…

  • Universities, community colleges vie for larger slice of fixed budget pie

    Editor’s note: This story was modified after original publication to include comments from UNC President Margaret Spellings. As the N.C. General Assembly drops its state budget for 2018-19, North Carolina’s public colleges and universities vie for money to back career and technical education, employee raises, and system upgrades.

  • Bissette hands reins of UNC Board of Governors to businessman Smith

    CHAPEL HILL — Stay in your lanes and keep pushing forward, the outgoing chairman of the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors said during an unusually emotional meeting to elect new board officers. Lou Bissette, an Asheville attorney and the BOG’s current leader, delivered a…

  • Blue Cross, Blue Shield of N.C. removes Stokes hospital from its network

    Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect statements provided by LifeBrite Community Hospital after the article was published.   The state’s largest health insurance company is removing a community hospital in Stokes County from its network after an alleged scheme to score millions in insurance revenue. The…

  • Twiddy, backed by GOP leaders, faces Rep. Steinburg in open SD1

    Republican primary, state Senate District 1, (Dare, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Gates, Hertford, Chowan, Washington, Tyrrell, and Hyde counties) Bob Steinburg. Education: Associate degree in Retail Business Management from Corning Community College. Bachelors in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University. Occupation: Retired, former businessman and newspaper columnist. Career…