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.
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’s budget proposal provides money to support a plan that he couldn’t get through the legislature last year – one that would change how patient care is managed under Medicaid, the government insurance program for poor children, some of their parents, the elderly and the disabled.
The day after NC Chief Justice Mark Martin gave a rare address to the General Assembly imploring legislators to invest more in the financially struggling court system, Gov. Pat McCrory issued a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that would provide far less than Martin requested.
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.
The Delaware Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday it will not pursue criminal charges against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch for an alleged act of domestic violence committed last year against his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll.
The John M. Belk Foundation, based in Charlotte, has had as a long-term mission helping students, particularly those such as veterans and minorities, finish their higher educations. Many of those who have been helped had their educations interrupted for different reasons.
Kroger, the biggest grocery store chain in the country, reported better-than expected fourth-quarter earnings Thursday as it snatched up customers from competitors and built on existing business from Harris Teeter and Vitacost.com.
They only lasted minutes, but the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, permanently seared the inhumanity of Southern segregation onto the American conscience. The images were televised and captured in photographs: Police tear-gassed kneeling protesters, clubbed them and attacked them on horseback behind a civilian posse on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. Five decades later, many were struck by the resemblance as police lobbed tear gas at protesters last year in Ferguson, Missouri. President Barack Obama, congressional leaders and civil rights activists will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the events in Selma this weekend.