News Articles

GOP officials in Forsyth, Winston-Salem snub party platform on incentives
Bertrand Gutierrez
Dec 19th, 2012

All six Republican members of the Winston-Salem City Council and Forsyth County Board of Commissioners broke ranks with state GOP tenets by supporting about $3.4 million in city and county tax incentives for Herbalife Ltd.

NC Supreme Court: Newby can participate in redistricting case
Anne Blythe & Lynn Bonner
Dec 18th, 2012

Democrats, the state NAACP and other groups suing over the legislature’s redistricting plans learned Monday that the state Supreme Court has rejected their request that Justice Paul Newby recuse himself from participating in the case.

NC Supreme Court Order
NC Supreme Court
Dec 18th, 2012

The following is the NC Supreme Court Order in the Recusal request for Justice Paul Newby in the redistricting case.

NC Supreme Court upholds ban on video sweepstakes
Lynn Bonner & Austin Baird
Dec 17th, 2012

The state Supreme Court on Friday upheld the state’s ban on video sweepstakes machines, overturning the state Appeals Court rulings that said regulating the games violated the constitutional right to free speech.

North Carolina now facing its own jobless benefits cliff
David Ranii
Dec 11th, 2012

More than half of the people in North Carolina who receive unemployment benefits – an estimated 100,000 people – could lose those benefits at the end of this month.

State gives Raleigh land to N.C. Museum of Art Foundation
Richard Stradling
Dec 11th, 2012

The state has agreed to give about 34 acres of prime real estate in West Raleigh to a private foundation that plans to develop much of the property to raise money for the N.C. Museum of Art.

Wake leaders to discuss school bond issue
T. Keung Hui
Dec 10th, 2012

In a sign that relations may be improving, the leaders of Wake County’s Board of Commissioners and school board will meet next week to jumpstart the process for getting a school construction bond on the ballot in fall 2013.

Surprise: New insurance fee in health overhaul law
Lynn Bonner & Jay Price
Dec 10th, 2012

Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

NC school board sidesteps virtual charter schools
Emery Dalesio
Dec 5th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. -- With a warning from budget-writing legislators in the background, the North Carolina school board on Wednesday delayed action on rules that would make it much more difficult to open a taxpayer-funded charter school offering online-only classes.

As companies seek tax deals, governments pay high price
Louise Story
Dec 1st, 2012

When local governments give business incentives to bring or keep companies, they are left with debt and unemployment when the companies leave. The author uses General Motors as an example of years of incentives from towns that were left with high unemployment and debt when GM closed their plants.