The little taste of spring the Triangle enjoyed Wednesday was pushed aside by another blast of cold air Thursday, but precipitation ended before turning to freezing rain and sleet that had been feared.
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.
Duke’s office of student conduct opened an investigation into claims against former men’s basketball player Rasheed Sulamion last year and closed it when the claims could not be substantiated, Bob Ekstrand, Sulaimon’s lawyer, confirmed Thursday night.
Gas tax collections in North Carolina are expected to fall by several hundred million dollars over the next two years, under a statutory formula that pegs the tax rate to plunging oil prices. But in his transportation budget NC Gov. Pat McCrory avoids drastic cuts in state spending for road construction and bridge repairs. McCrory assumes the legislature will set the gas tax at 35 cents a gallon.
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.
Gov. Pat McCrory proposed his budget for the coming fiscal year, outlining a $21.5 billion spending plan that touches on every facet of state government. Here is a guide to the News & Observer’s coverage. Click on the headlines to read more.
Iraqi forces pressed their offensive against the Islamic State group Friday, expecting to reach the outskirts of the militant-held city of Tikrit within hours, a day after the extremists reportedly “bulldozed” a famed archaeological site in the area.
The head of the U.N. agency promoting equality for women is lamenting that a girl born today will be an 81-year-old grandmother before she has the same chance as a man to be CEO of a company – and she will have to wait until she’s 50 years old to have an equal chance to lead a country.