• More Federal Money Still May Not Signal Success For Union Station

    RALEIGH — In late September, the city secured an extra $15 million in federal funds, bringing to $66.25 million the amount of government funding committed to the proposed transit hub. But critics note that, if the proposal really could expand development in the way its backers imagined, Union Station would have…

  • Childhood Obesity Task Force Looks Into Home Visits

    RALEIGH — The North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s Task Force on Early Childhood Obesity Prevention, which has spent the last two years brainstorming new policy ideas to decrease obesity in children, soon may go beyond school cafeterias and private child care facilities and take its programs right through parents’ front…

  • Kentucky Censors N.C.-Based Syndicated Columnist

    RALEIGH — Gastonia's John Rosemond is licensed to practice family psychology in North Carolina. But because he does not hold a license to practice psychology in Kentucky, the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology and the state’s attorney general reason that his opinion column cannot be syndicated in their state.

  • N.C. ‘Caveman’ Blogger Wins A Round in Federal Court

    RALEIGH — In October, a U.S. District Court judge in Charlotte threw out a lawsuit by Charlotte-area blogger Steve Cooksey, which claimed the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition had violated his freedom of speech by censoring his blog about his Paleolithic or “caveman” diet.

  • Bill Allowing Concealed Carry on Campus Reaches Senate Committee

    RALEIGH — Grassroots North Carolina is lambasting UNC system President Tom Ross for opposing a bill that would allow students and faculty to “better protect themselves” from “rampant” violent crime by allowing them to keep guns locked in their cars on campus. Ross and police at all 17 UNC system…

  • Bill Blocks Cities from Regulating Home Appearance

    RALEIGH — The proposed law makes strange bedfellows, pitting Republican state lawmakers and liberal groups like the North Carolina Housing Coalition and Habitat for Humanity against liberal mayors who want to ensure that new development does not clash with the appearance of established neighborhoods.

  • Irregardless Owner’s Garden May Disregard City Regulations

    RALEIGH — Irregardless Café owner Arthur Gordon wants to convert an abandoned lot in three miles from downtown Raleigh into a community vegetable garden. City planners have rejected the plan because some of the produce would be sold for profit and the location is in the wrong part of town.

  • NCDOT Bridge-Widening Project Threatens Iconic Farm

    VALLE CRUCIS — The North Carolina Department of Transportation informed the owners of Maverick Farms Feb. 5 the department would make an offer for several acres of their land by the end of February. If they didn’t accept the offer, DOT would condemn the property and begin construction within 30 days.

  • N.C. Raw Milk Consumers Go Out of State

    RALEIGH — The growing demand from North Carolina for raw milk has been a boon to farmers in nearby states. For example, an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania has seen his raw milk sales increase 25 percent over the past two years, in part because North Carolina has become one of…

  • Rally Urges Republican Officials To Nullify Obamacare

    RALEIGH — Speakers at the Jan. 9 rally called on Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican members of the General Assembly to return $73.5 million in what they called federal “bribe” money Democratic former Gov. Bev Perdue accepted to set up a state health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable…