Under the Dome Blog

  • Bikers' group wants legislature to fund driver's ed

    Posted by Lynn Bonner on January 30, 2015

    N.C. Concerned Biker Association members will be in Raleigh on Wednesday to try to convince legislators to continue state funding for driver's education. These bikers are worried that without the courses, young drivers will be a danger to motorcyclists. There's a general concern that the legislature will no longer fund driver's education after July 1.


  • National business and education leaders want annual student tests

    Posted by Lynn Bonner on January 30, 2015

    National business and education groups sent a letter to key U.S. senators Thursday in support of the annual testing requirements established under the federal law No Child Left Behind. Congress is again taking a shot at reauthorizing the sweeping education law. One of the leaders of the Senate committee considering changes, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, has presented "grade-span testing" as an option. That means students would be required to take end-of-year tests once in their grade school years and once in their middle school years rather than every year from third through eighth grades. North Carolina parents who want less testing are encouraging Congress to take that path. The letter from the national groups threw cold water on grade-span testing, saying the annual tests are needed for accountability and for information they provide on student performance.


  • Paul Lowe and George Robinson to fill NC General Assembly vacancies

    Posted by Colin Campbell on January 30, 2015

    County-level political parties named replacements for two departing state legislators Thursday night, filling the only vacant seats in the General Assembly.


  • NC schools dealing with how to report new school letter grades

    Posted by T. Keung Hui on January 30, 2015

    With many North Carolina public schools expected to receive low marks next week, school officials are worrying about how to meet state requirements that they publicize the new A through F performance grades.


  • NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata calls for Bowe Bergdahl court-martial on Fox News

    Posted by Colin Campbell on January 29, 2015

    Bowe Bergdahl

    NC Transportation Secretary Tony Tata appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox News show Wednesday night to discuss whether Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should be charged with desertion.


  • Burr campaign says it brought in $1 million in one night

    Posted by Renee Schoof on January 29, 2015

    Sen. Richard Burr kicked off fundraising for his 2016 re-election campaign with an event in Washington Wednesday night that brought in more than $1 million. That's a record for a Burr fundraising event, said Paul Shumaker, the campaign general counsel. He said the final figure, after pledges are counted, would exceed $1 million.


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