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 billlion 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.
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.
The Wake County school system reported a sharp drop in the number of student suspensions from the previous year, continuing a trend that has seen suspensions fall 45 percent in the past five years. But Wake reported increases this past school year in the number of reported acts of school crime and in the number of high school dropouts.
Bank of America, BB&T Corp. and Wells Fargo once again met minimum capital requirements under the Federal Reserve’s annual exams that are supposed to measure the resiliency of the nation’s biggest banks against another major economic downturn.
Wake County school officials are delaying an announcement about which two Saturdays will be used as school makeup days until after they know for sure if classes will be held Friday. The new wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet could cause schools to close Friday.
What are you going to do when you get home from a long day at work and there’s a bulldozer tearing up the lot next door to erect a 120-foot cell phone tower without your ever having been notified and never having had an opportunity to voice your opinion about it?
Aetna sold health insurance policies without approval to an estimated several hundred people this year. The N.C. Department of Insurance approved the policies Wednesday and is reviewing whether to penalize the health insurer.
Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a stern defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who presided over the Archdiocese of New York for nine years in an era of troubled finances, changing demographics and a priesthood of dwindling, aging ranks shaken by sexual-abuse scandals, died Thursday in Manhattan. He was 82.
A look at this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series race, the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Also, Who’s Hot/Who’s Not features Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Roush Fenway Racing and the NASCAR inspection process.
The State Board of Education on Thursday began the process to revoke the charter for Dynamic Community Charter School, the only charter school in the state focused exclusively on students with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Snow blanketed the Northeast on Thursday after a storm zipped across much of the South, leaving hundreds of drivers and their passengers stranded on highways in Kentucky and thousands without power in West Virginia.
Gas tax collections 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 Gov. McCrory avoids drastic cuts in state spending for road construction and bridge repairs. McCrory assumes the legislature will raise the gas tax.
A week ago, defenseman Jack Hillen was playing against the Carolina Hurricanes and in a foul mood after his Washington Capitals lost to the Canes. Traded to Carolina the next day, he’s now trying to come to grips with his new surroundings, new team.