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  • Efforts to ‘ban the box’ don’t require government mandate

    From Carolina Journal Program No. 697: A movement dubbed “ban the box” targets questions on employment application forms that ask an applicant to indicate whether he has a criminal record. Some employers have decided to drop those questions, and advocates want government agencies to step in force other employers…

  • Blue-ribbon group studies prospects for N.C. infrastructure fund

    From Carolina Journal Program No. 697: It doesn’t attract as many headlines as taxes or education, but North Carolina’s infrastructure is attracting attention from state legislators. A blue-ribbon commission is looking into the state’s infrastructure needs. One idea involves a state infrastructure fund. You’ll hear highlights from the commission’s…

  • State budget director assesses ‘Carolina Comeback’ claims

    From Carolina Journal Program No. 697: Much discussion on the campaign trail this fall involves the “Carolina Comeback.” Republican Gov. Pat McCrory uses that name to describe the state’s economic growth during his term in office. Meanwhile, McCrory’s Democratic opponent, Attorney General Roy Cooper, disputes the notion of a…

  • Latest N.C. standardized test scores offer mixed results

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 696: As public school students across North Carolina deal with the opening weeks of a new school year, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction has unveiled the latest data on 2015-16 student standardized test scores. Terry Stoops, the John Locke Foundation’s director of…

  • Bipartisan group of judges takes stab at drawing N.C. election maps

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 696: The latest twist in North Carolina’s long-running debate over the process of drawing election maps involves the work of a bipartisan group of retired state judges. Led by former UNC system president and current Duke University scholar Tom Ross, the judges drafted…

  • Free speech on campus faces numerous threats

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 696: Students have returned to college campuses across the country, but many of them have not returned to places interested in the free flow of often-controversial ideas. Robert Shibley, the N.C.-based executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, documents disturbing…

  • CSX hub subsidy amounts to $700K per job

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 696: North Carolina officials have been celebrating the recent announcement that CSX will build a new transportation hub in Edgecombe County. But a Carolina Journal examination shows that government agencies have promised $700,000 in subsidies for every new job promised in connection with…

  • CSX transportation hub subsidies attract scrutiny

    North Carolina officials have been celebrating the recent announcement that CSX will build a new transportation hub in Edgecombe County. But a Carolina Journal examination shows that government agencies have promised $700,000 in subsidies for every new job promised in connection with the project. CJ Editor-in-Chief Rick Henderson analyzes the…