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"Screwed by the Town" - When Land Use Codes Kill Free Speech
J. David Breemer
Feb 5th, 2013

It is said that a person’s home is his castle, but it is apparently not a personal billboard, at least according to a recent decision from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. In Brown v. Town of Cary, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 1423 (4th Cir., Jan 22, 2013), that court held that a homeowner had no free speech right to put a “Screwed by the Town of Cary” message on his home to voice displeasure with local government activities.

Chinese company opening plant in Conover, creating about 80 jobs
Staff Reports/ Hickory Daily Record
Jan 25th, 2013

Folks in these parts are used to jobs connected to the textile industry moving overseas but a Chinese company is locating here and creating nearly 80 jobs. Catawba County Economic Development Corp. announced on Thursday that Wuxi Taiji Paper Industry Co. Ltd. is putting its first US manufacturing location in Conover and will hire 78 workers over the next four years. The company is buying the former Prestige Pillow 50,000-square-foot building, located at 405 Wortha Herman Road SW in Conover. It plans to invest $3 million, say EDC officials.

License plate law created ‘unanticipated expense' for county
Ashley Withers
Jan 21st, 2013

New Hanover County faced unexpected fees for county vehicles late last year after the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles introduced new permanent license plates and a new process for their issuance.

GOP leaders suggest abolishing N.C. income tax
John Frank
Jan 16th, 2013

Republican lawmakers outlined a proposal Wednesday to revamp the state’s tax system, offering a slew of reforms that would radically shift the tax burden in North Carolina.

10 issues to watch during the new legislative session
Patrick Gannon
Jan 14th, 2013

Lawmakers will return to Raleigh Jan. 30 to begin to debate legislation during the 2013 long session, which is expected to last at least four months. The following are 10 issues to watch, from a Southeastern North Carolina perspective. Of course, there are others.

Prospective Charter Schools Applications Surge Into Raleigh
Dan Way
Jan 14th, 2013

Potential charter school operators, including two that would operate online, flooded the state with 154 letters of intent to open in fall 2014, punctuating a growing appetite for alternatives to traditional public education. But some education observers worry that the State Board of Education is signaling an eagerness to impose more regulations that would defeat the innovation that makes charters an attractive option for parents.

Supreme Court case involves medical malpractice awards, Medicaid
Michael Doyle
Jan 7th, 2013

Sandra and William E. Armstrong’s 12-year-old daughter will never learn of the Supreme Court’s deliberations Tuesday, though the results could change her life. The young Taylorsville, N.C., resident is deaf and blind. She cannot sit, crawl, walk or converse. She’s the victim, her parents say, of negligence by the troubled doctor who delivered her. She’s at the center of a high-level legal case that pits state governments against the Obama administration and afflicted families. What the high court ultimately decides, after the hourlong oral argument Tuesday, could shape how states stake claims on medical malpractice awards that Medicaid beneficiaries win.

Tony Tata named N.C. Transportation Secretary
T. Keung Hui
Jan 3rd, 2013

Former Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata was named the new state Transportation Secretary by Gov.-elect Pat McCrory.

Judges look at whether charter schools are public
Valerie Strauss
Jan 2nd, 2013

Charter schools are publicly funded but increasingly people are asking whether many of them more resemble private schools. Here’s a different look at this notion from Julian Vasquez Heilig, an award-winning researcher and Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. A version of this appeared on his Education and Public Policy blog.

McCrory names Art Pope to be his chief budget writer
Craig Jarvis
Dec 20th, 2012

Gov.-elect Pat McCrory expanded his cabinet selections by three on Thursday, and named a trio of key staffers that includes controversial political financier Art Pope.