Print Editions

  • Volume 13, Number 1 – January 2004

    Cover • Is the appointment of an independent redistricting commission the solution to breaking North Carolina’s unrelenting conflicts over the process in the General Assembly? A look at other states with such panels doesn’t produce optimism. Page 1 North Carolina • A precedent set in July by the N.C. Supreme…

  • Volume 12, Number 12 – December 2003

    Cover • Illiteracy is still a pervasive problem in North Carolina, and new federal standards are adding pressure to improve student performance. Public schools, community colleges, and nonprofit organizations want to reduce the number of uneducated adults and to prevent the statistics from growing in the future. Page 1 North…

  • Volume 12, Number 11 – November 2003

    Cover • The John A. Hyman Memorial Youth Foundation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance, failed to account for hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funds, according to an audit released Oct. 22 by the State Auditor’s Office. Page 1 North Carolina • Last year Lenoir County’s emergency medical…

  • Volume 12, Number 10 – October 2003

    Cover • The 6,450 layoffs at Pillowtex, Inc., which included about 4,800 in North Carolina, may have been mitigated had the union representing its employees not blocked a deal to sell the company. Page 1 North Carolina • The secondary deal behind the purchase of North Carolina Natural Gas by…

  • Volume 12, Number 9 – September 2003

    Cover • What was the General Assembly’s solution to the state’s budget problems this year? Higher taxes, onetime money, more borrowing and ignoring efficiency ideas seemed to be the answers. Page 1 North Carolina • Two reports released in August conclude that North Carolina’s primary job creation program, the William…

  • Volume 12, Number 8 – August 2003

    Cover • In the just-passed budget, the legislature authorized the state to purchase what once was its only two significant private prisons from the property trust company that owns them. The budget provisions signaled that the state plans to get out of privatization and will operate prisons itself for the…

  • Volume 12, Number 7 – July 2003

    Cover • A total of $1.3 billion is needed for repair and renovation of state buildings and property. Observers say the problem stems from the setting of wrong priorities rather than lack of money. Page 1 North Carolina • A bill that has passed the state House would turn what…

  • Volume 12, Number 6 – June 2003

    Cover • A taxpayer-funded natural-gas pipeline project for eastern North Carolina, at the center of a government conspiracy alleged by a Raleigh businessman, was facilitated by State Sen. President Pro Tem Marc Basnight and steered to the control of friends under his direct influence. Page 1 North Carolina • U.S. Rep.

  • Volume 12, Number 5 – May 2003

    Cover • Tear-jerking stories about victims of cuts in the state budget are commonplace in the media these days. Now read about some real-life North Carolinians who suffer from an onerous tax burden. Page 1 North Carolina • The director of a Warren County substance abuse program that has received…

  • Volume 12, Number 4 – April 2003

    Cover • North Carolina’s county governments have submitted to the state Department of Health and Human Services the first part of their strategic plans to reform mental-health care. The actions, required by a state law passed in 2001, represent a large step forward in a process that is required to…