News Articles

Port foes lobby to block funds, Brunswick legislators disagree on budget proposal
Patrick Gannon
May 21st, 2012

A group opposed to a new seaport in Brunswick County is pushing to have language inserted into the state budget to prohibit any additional state spending toward that end.

The good news for DOT: It won court ruling
Sharon McCloskey
May 21st, 2012

It might have looked like a victory for the Department of Transportation last week when the Court of Appeals let the air out of the tires of a group of Forsyth County property owners looking for some recompense as a class. It is uncertain how many of the affected landowners who might file individual suits. But Jeanette Doran of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law thinks there will be plenty: “We are likely to see a lot of litigation from this, and it will be very fact-specific,” she said. She also noted that those owners who successfully prove a taking of their property by the state are entitled to recover attorneys’ fees and costs, in addition to compensation for their property.

Judge agrees NC matching funds provision unlawful
Gary D. Robertson
May 21st, 2012

A federal judge has struck down portions of North Carolina's voluntary public financing program for appellate court candidates. The program was designed to provide extra funds to participants when they're outspent by candidates who opt not to abide by limits in favor of private financing.

Republicans move major issues in legislature’s opening day
John Frank, Lynn Bonner & Rosella Age
May 17th, 2012

A short session and a long to-do list pushed state lawmakers to act quickly upon their return to Raleigh on Wednesday, moving forward with a divisive gambling compact with the Cherokee Indians and a measure to scrape together money to pay the state’s Medicaid bills.

Resolving to reconvene the legislature
Jeanette Doran
May 10th, 2012

The General Assembly reconvened to consider overriding a veto by the governor. During the reconvened session, legislators amended their adjournment resolution so they could take up matters not identified in a previous adjournment resolution.

NC to add marriage amendment to its constitution
Lynn Bonner & Jay Price
May 9th, 2012

North Carolina has become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments.

What Amendment One means for North Carolinians
Andrea Blandford
May 9th, 2012

Now that Amendment One has passed, we're taking a closer look at what it means for all North Carolinians. We talked with people in the legal field who say the true impact of this amendment depends on how it's interpreted in the courts. But North Carolina law had already banned same-sex marriage, so some experts say it's nothing more than maintaining the status quo.

NC voters go to polls
Shawn Rocco
May 8th, 2012

There are slightly more than 6.2 million registered voters in the state; 507,655 have already voted. Now it’s everyone else’s chance. Here’s what you need to know:

Residents take NC DOT to court over stalled NC 540 project
Sloan Heffernan
Apr 30th, 2012

Dozens of Wake County property owners were in court Monday supporting a civil lawsuit against the North Carolina Department of Transportation over stalled plans to extend the N.C. Highway 540 loop around Wake County.

On Arizona immigration law, Justice Scalia and street protesters make same case
Dana Milbank
Apr 25th, 2012

As the Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about an Arizona immigration law, supporters of the crackdown set up an amp on the sidewalk in front of the court and belted out a tune. The melody was weak and the lyrics weaker. But the protest anthem was noteworthy in one respect: In tone and substance, it was nearly identical to the argument Justice Antonin Scalia made inside the court.