Three stories from last week had a common theme: public agencies that tried to keep information bottled up. When reporters know the law is on their side, they do not go away. They persist in their investigations.
Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants to penalize companies that knowingly treat workers as independent contractors when they should be treated as hourly employees. Absent from our coverage has been any comment from Cherie Berry, the state labor commissioner who, like McCrory, is a Republican. Berry has declined to be interviewed by The N&O, saying she would respond only to written questions.
North Carolina's political leaders vowed to tackle a labor scam, following an N&O and Charlotte Observer investigation that shows the state and federal governments are losing $467 million a year in revenue from North Carolina scofflaws. Honest business owners are fed up.
The Trump administration’s decision to resume letting US hunters bring home elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia will do little to solve the problem of wildlife poaching and trafficking, the N.C. Zoo says.
NC Zoo says allowing hunting of African elephants does little to halt poaching and trafficking
Miami celebrates turnovers with the 'turnover chain'
Hobgood and Northeast Academies cooperate to win state title