News Articles

Jeanette Doran: Anti-secession rule
Jeanette Doran
Nov 20th, 2012

In recent weeks, thousands of North Carolinians have signed a petition asking that North Carolina secede from the United States. Secession efforts overlook a mandate of our state constitution which explicitly prohibits secession.


State audit finds $80 million in lawmaker earmarks not properly monitored
John Frank
Nov 15th, 2012

An audit released Thursday discovered that state officials failed to adequately monitor $80 million that lawmakers earmarked in the fiscal year 2011 budget for economic development projects.


Wal-Mart employees to pay more for health care plans
Jessica Wohl
Nov 12th, 2012

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's U.S. employees will pay between 8 and 36 percent more in premiums for its medical coverage in 2013, prompting some of the 1.4 million workers at the nation's largest private employer to say they will forego coverage altogether.


NC insurance head defers homeowner's rate issue
Emery Dalesio
Oct 23rd, 2012

Two weeks ahead of an election deciding whether he keeps his job, North Carolina's insurance commissioner told companies on Tuesday they'll have to prove they should be allowed to increase homeowner's premiums by a statewide average of 17.7 percent.


Crew offers governor chance to see filming's economic impact up close
Cassie Foss
Oct 18th, 2012

N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue got a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of NBC's "Revolution" on Thursday, October 18. Perdue met with local film industry leaders, crews and producers of the series at a set on North Fourth Street in Wilmington.


Special-use permit process could deter industry, skeptics say
Kevin Maurer
Oct 14th, 2012

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners passed an amendment to the county industrial zoning districts that requires new companies to file for a special-use permit. The biggest change is for heavy-industrial purposes.


Anti stadium group to hold Saturday rally
Julian March
Oct 11th, 2012

Opponents of a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium in Wilmington will hold a rally from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hugh MacRae Park.


State looks to railroad for money to improve Morehead City port
Bruce Siceloff
Sep 27th, 2012

State officials are prodding the N.C. Railroad Co. to quickly pledge to contribute $70 million over the next decade for a new storage facility at the Morehead City port that could start shipping wood pellets to European electric utilities by January 2014. Advocates say the port project could give North Carolina a healthy share of a burgeoning market for biomass fuel, creating at least 200 jobs and quadrupling the yearly freight rail traffic into Morehead City.


Supreme Court candidates trade jabs on experience as money waits in the wings
Mark Binker
Sep 26th, 2012

The local chapter of the Federalist Society sponsored a debate for the judicial candidates running in the November election.


Climate In Tar Heel State For School Choice Improving
Barry Smith
Sep 19th, 2012

A new political climate in the state capital could result in a number of school choice reforms enacted into law next year, a panel of legislators said Tuesday during a luncheon on school choice.