State Politics

McCrory pitches a stay-the-course budget

Gov. Pat McCrory unveiled his proposed $21.5 billion budget Thursday, describing it as a conservative approach that makes cuts where needed in order to put money where it will have the most impact. The governor tried to keep the spotlight on education, emphasizing that more than $1 billion will have been spent on teacher pay during his first term in office, if the budget is adopted by the General Assembly. He said 56 percent of the budget would go to education.

North Carolina

Former UNC football player Ryan Hoffman struggles on streets in Florida

Nearly 20 years and more than 100 pounds ago, this panhandler in the yellow knit cap, Ryan Hoffman, was a hulking offensive lineman for a North Carolina Tar Heels football team ranked in the top 10, a starting player renowned for his toughness and durability. Now his old Levis are so big that even a belt on its ninth notch can’t keep them from sagging below his hips.

Blogs & Columns

Editorials

Martin’s plea

In another time, with another General Assembly, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin would have what’s known in his profession as an open and shut case. North Carolina’s courts are woefully underfunded and have been for a long time. In a rare address to the General Assembly this week, Martin pleaded for substantially more funding, not just on behalf of the court system’s infrastructure but for justice.

Wake County

Raleigh Catholic church expands to fit growing membership

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and School will celebrate being part of an increase in Catholics around the state and its 60th birthday with the official dedication this weekend of its new St. Bernadette Center, which features a new gym and rooms for music classes and adult faith studies.

National

CIA director announces overhaul of spy agency

Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable and close espionage gaps amid widespread concerns about the spy agency’s limited insights into a series of major global developments.

College Sports

Recap: UNC Greensboro vs. Samford

Diante Baldwin netted 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists as the eighth-seeded UNC Greensboro Spartans outlasted the ninth-seeded Samford Bulldogs in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament, 81-76, at U.S. Cellular Center.

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