Archives: Paul Chesser

  • Once-Terminal Agency Thriving

    RALEIGH — Four years ago, in the dire time of revenue shortfalls for North Carolina's budget, the state's Agency for Public Telecommunications was barely alive. Positions funded in the budget were whittled from 18 to 12, and by October 2002 only six of the jobs remained filled. Executive Director Leila…

  • Does Gov. School Have an Agenda?

    RALEIGH — The Governor's School of North Carolina fosters an atmosphere in which students have minimal supervision and are engaged in a learning environment that emphasizes a liberal world view, some students and parents allege. But most alumni of the program, and officials who work at Governor's School, deny there…

  • Delinquent Nonprofits on Web

    RALEIGH — The State Auditor’s Office has begun using a new Web-based tool to increase nonprofit organizations’ compliance with state reporting standards. The auditor’s office now posts on its Web site a list of all nonprofit organizations receiving state grants that are not in compliance with reporting requirements.

  • Bill Ups Scrutiny of Agencies

    RALEIGH — The General Assembly in the waning days of the short session last week passed legislation that purports to hold the state's seven regional economic development agencies more accountable.

  • NC 11th Race One to Watch

    RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor, N.C. 11, has faced well-financed challengers and been considered vulnerable before in his eight previous House campaigns, but a confluence of events and a high-profile candidate might make 2006 especially challenging for him.

  • Gov.’s School Makes Movie Switch

    RALEIGH — The Governor's School West, now in session at Salem College in Winston-Salem, decided last week not to show the sexually explicit and graphically violent film "American History X," which may have been in response to the threat of legal action from the Alliance Defense Fund.

  • Gay-Teen Seminar Promise Broken

    RALEIGH — An official with the Department of Public Instruction told a parent in 2004 that "homosexuality would not be a topic of instruction" at the Governor's School of North Carolina, yet despite that assurance, the onsite director at the Winston-Salem program allowed a seminar last year entitled "The New…

  • Board Dismisses Easley Complaint

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Board of Ethics yesterday decided against further investigation of a complaint against Gov. Mike Easley over his relationship with Southport Marina leaseholders, who also happen to be his campaign contributors. Related Easley/Southport Marina Articles: CJ: Easley didn't disclose before vote CJ: Easley got pricey lot…

  • e-NC Seeks to Avoid Sunsetting

    RALEIGH — A state agency to promote high-speed Internet connectivity in rural areas — intended when it was created in 2000 to last only a few years — would become a permanent bureaucracy under legislation that will be considered by a House committee today.