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Tax Reform Not on Menu for New State Leadership

December 16, 2010 – 12:43 pm
Tax Reform Not on Menu for New State Leadership

By Brian Balfour | Civitas Institute
The new GOP leadership in North Carolina’s General Assembly will be facing many challenges this upcoming legislative session, the projected $3.2 billion budget gap being foremost among them. …

Icy roads making for dangerous driving in South

December 16, 2010 – 8:49 am

Ice-slicked roads causing dangerous driving conditions, school closings across the South
Ice-slicked roads prompted warnings of treacherous driving conditions Thursday and delayed school openings across a swath of the country, mainly in the South, while the …

Over 2,200 NC Teachers Achieve National Certification

December 15, 2010 – 5:02 pm

RALEIGH, NC – North Carolina has 2,277 newly-certified National Board teachers currently working in its public school classrooms according to the 2010 certification results just released by the National Board of Professional …

Appeals Court Says Local Governments Can Evade Constitutional Challenges

December 15, 2010 – 8:37 am

Delaying enforcement of new laws can let unconstitutional ordinances stay on books
By Michael Lowrey | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — When can a landowner challenge the constitutionality of a local ordinance? Not often, if a recent …

Universities, Businesses Try To Spur Economic Growth

December 14, 2010 – 8:49 am

Yet it’s unclear how much the ivory tower boosts entrepreneurship
By Jane S. Shaw |Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — In 2007, the University of North Carolina issued its “UNC Tomorrow” report, designed as a blueprint for …

NC teen found dead in Mass. afraid of heights

December 14, 2010 – 8:27 am

Mother of NC teen found dead in Mass. says her son had never flown, was afraid of heights
The mother of a North Carolina teenager authorities think may have stowed away in the wheel well of …

McHenry Says Virginia Judge is right to strike down ObamaCare

December 13, 2010 – 5:39 pm
McHenry Says Virginia Judge is right to strike down ObamaCare

By Blake Sawyer | Lincoln Tribune WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal judge in Virginia ruled earlier today that President Obama’s health care law, which lawmakers rushed to pass earlier this year, many admittedly not even reading the bill, is unconstitutional and cannot force Americans to purchase insurance. North Carolina’s 10th District Congressman, Patrick McHenry, agreed […]

Stream Reclassification Proposal Irks Transylvania County Residents

December 13, 2010 – 3:44 pm

County officials at odds with state regulators
By Karen Welsh | Carolina Journal
BREVARD — Approximately 200 residents owning property bordering 5,800 acres of the Boylston Creek watershed in Brevard are upset about the impending …

N.C. Economy to End Year with Slight Growth, Connaughton Reports

December 12, 2010 – 10:41 am

Recovery in Gross State Product underway, job growth likely to lag
CHARLOTTE – The North Carolina economy is expected to end 2010 with a modest expansion, UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton reported today in …

NC Electric Membership Corporation Receives Elite A- Credit Rating

December 10, 2010 – 12:44 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. – In a challenging economic market, NC Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) has been assigned an initial credit rating of A- according to a recent announcement from Fitch Ratings, Inc. An …

New Legislative Majority Lists K-12 Education Priorities

December 9, 2010 – 3:07 pm
New Legislative Majority Lists K-12 Education Priorities

Charter schools, merit pay, supporting tech schools on GOP’s agenda
By Jim Stegall | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — The new Republican majorities in the General Assembly plan some big changes in K-12 public education law and …

Sugar Creek Charter School Hits the Sweet Spot with Students

December 8, 2010 – 8:58 am

Campus in converted K-Mart location delivers stellar results
By Karen Welsh| Carolina Journal
CHARLOTTE — At first glance it’s hard to tell Sugar Creek Charter School in Charlotte is in session or that it exists at …

Hagan Speaks to Farm Bureau Convention

December 7, 2010 – 3:00 pm

GREENSBORO, N.C. – United States Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) yesterday delivered remarks at the 75th annual convention of the North Carolina Farm Bureau in Greensboro, N.C. Hagan discussed the importance of North Carolina’s agriculture …

Few Details Available on Cuts to UNC System Budget

December 7, 2010 – 12:00 pm
Few Details Available on Cuts to UNC System Budget

Increasing tuition, linking enrollment to student retention on the table
By Amanda Vuke | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — Is the University of North Carolina system really going to shut down one of its 16 campuses? …

Youth Giving Network Pushes Charity of the Corporate Variety

December 7, 2010 – 11:58 am

Rather than promote individual service, network seeks money from foundations and governments
By Hal Young | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — Like many programs aimed at high schoolers, the conference at Raleigh’s Crabtree Marriott featured loud music, …

GOP-Led Wake Commission Bares Its Teeth in First Meeting

December 7, 2010 – 11:55 am

Taxpayer-funded abortion, education issues on agenda
By David N. Bass | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — The Wake County Board of Commissioners’ new Republican majority got off to a controversial start Dec. 6 by voting to …

NCDOT Responds to Winter Weather

December 5, 2010 – 6:00 am

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is responding to snow, ice and freezing across the state.
The counties hardest hit by the winter weather are located in the mountains of western North Carolina. Allegany, Ashe, …

‘Secret Santas’ dole out $100 handshakes in NC

December 5, 2010 – 5:56 am

Anonymous ‘Secret Santas’ hand out hundred-dollar handshakes to those in need in NC
“Secret Santas” are roaming the streets of North Carolina, handing out $100 handshakes.

Wake County to Drop Elective Abortion Coverage

December 3, 2010 – 6:02 pm
Wake County to Drop Elective Abortion Coverage

With new majority, GOP seeks to reverse Democrats’ vote
By David N. Bass | Carolina Journal
RALEIGH — Invigorated by a new 4-3 majority, Republicans on the Wake County Board of Commissioners plan to vote Monday …

Wake County Schools Having No Luck Selling Jim Black Property

December 2, 2010 – 8:34 am

A year-and-a-half after settlement, parcels in Matthews remain unsold
By David N. Bass | Carolina Journal

RALEIGH — A year-and-a-half after prosecutors and lawyers for Jim Black agreed to use two parcels of Mecklenburg County …

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