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  • N.C. Distilleries Seek Beverage Equality

    RALEIGH — Distilleries across North Carolina are hoping to follow in the footsteps of the state’s growing winery and craft beer industries, but the law places distilleries at a competitive disadvantage — and they’re asking the General Assembly to pass legislation allowing them to sell small quantities of spirits to…

  • Supreme Court Hears Voucher Appeal

    RALEIGH — Attorneys on both sides of the voucher issue made their case on Tuesday to the state’s highest court, with Supreme Court justices considering a challenge to a Superior Court decision stating that the Opportunity Scholarship Program, offering tuition vouchers to low-income parents who removed their children from public…

  • Legislature Pushing Crowdfunding Solutions

    RALEIGH — After a measure introduced in last year’s legislative session allowing more investors to get in at the early stages of startup companies failed to become law, competing bills have been filed in the current session encouraging entrepreneurs to seek capital through options resembling kickstarter.com, gofundme.com, and other “crowdfunding”…

  • Opportunity Scholarship Review Reaches Supreme Court

    RALEIGH — Whether Delicia Hare’s son and about 1,200 other children in North Carolina can continue to use vouchers from the Opportunity Scholarship Program will come before the N.C. Supreme Court in the coming days. The state’s highest court is scheduled to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling…

  • Chief Justice Seeks To Modernize State Courts

    RALEIGH – North Carolina’s new Chief Justice Mark Martin wants to modernize the state’s judicial system technologically as he seeks more stable funding for the courts. Court and judicial fees have accounted for an increasing share of the judicial system’s budget over the past couple of decades. “The higher you…

  • Courts To Decide Limits of Map Act

    RALEIGH — Hundreds of North Carolinians who own property in swaths of land that the N.C. Department of Transportation has staked out for highways are awaiting action in state courts. Their parcels of land have been in limbo, some for more than a decade, at least partly because of the…

  • House Committee Passes Eminent Domain Limits

    RALEIGH — A House Judiciary committee on Wednesday endorsed the latest proposal to protect property owners from what supporters consider eminent domain abuse. The measure could go before the full House chamber Thursday. The committee unanimously approved a proposed amendment to the N.C. Constitution that would allow the taking of…

  • Audit: State Has No Idea If IT Investments Pay Off

    RALEIGH – The state doesn’t know if its investment in information technology is paying dividends because state agencies aren’t tracking benefits, a new report from State Auditor Beth Wood says. Agencies are not required to track the benefits once IT projects are started, and many do not. “The few that…

  • Wake Seeks Charter-Like Flexibility for District Schools

    RALEIGH — Some members of the Wake County Board of Education have joined the list of education policymakers hoping to find the same flexibility for traditional public schools that charter schools enjoy, though some school choice supporters are suspicious of the board members’ motives.

  • Eminent Domain Amendment Gets Another Chance

    RALEIGH — Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, has filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit condemnation of private property for any reason other than a public use. It also would require just compensation when condemnation procedures are used, and would allow sides in condemnation lawsuits to demand a jury trial.