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North Carolina lawmakers should take aim at the state's current system of depreciation, as they look for more ways to improve the tax code
Digital devices dominate hopes and headlines in education today. They're heralded as a way to boost learning outcomes, sharpen 21st-century skills, and narrow achievement gaps
Altha Cravey, a geography professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, issues a series of demands at Friday's meeting of the UNC Board of Governors before being removed by security.
Saying the current plan is antiquated, a legislative agency on Monday recommended that the state scrap its three-tiered system for awarding economic development grants.
According to the latest federal statistics, North Carolina's economy is surging and has become one of the nation's pacesetters
Two recent media reports have cast a spotlight on the potential "pay to play" problem with government contractors who are also donors to political campaigns.
Casting himself as an outsider who came to Raleigh to right a listing ship of state, Gov. Pat McCrory formally announced his re-election bid Wednesday with a heavy emphasis on job creation and income growth that are part of what he calls the Carolina Comeback
A year ago, the sky was falling in North Carolina - fiscally speaking, I mean.
"We have become so politically correct ... we don't know what the hell we're doing," Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said during a Friday night campaign rally at Raleigh's Dorton Arena
As the 2016 election cycle approaches, North Carolina voters will witness a spirited political debate about how best to promote economic growth
Some political pundits talk about a monolithic group called the Christian Right, social conservatives who march in lockstep behind a standard set of socially conservative political views
Medical providers will tell you that about 75 percent of health care can be provided in a primary care setting
The UNC Board of Governors rightly recognizes gaps in its knowledge of the law - and admits its need for coaching on the subject, said Jonathan Jones, director of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition and Sunshine Center at Elon University.
Commentators and academic analysts trying to make sense of North Carolina's fascinating and ever-changing politics have been arguing lately that the state is becoming increasingly urbanized - and that this trend portends significant shifts in voting behavior and electoral outcomes
Recent historic tax reforms have helped North Carolina jump from No. 44 to No. 15 in the Tax Foundation's annual ranking of state business climates
No steel girders have been raised on the site of Greensboro's new downtown performing arts center, even though the cost of it already has.
Over the next 12 months, expect to hear a great deal about the "Carolina Comeback." It will be the reelection theme for Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders.
Gov. Pat McCrory, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, and 2nd District U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers are among high-profile Republican incumbents who have drawn Republican primary opponents, but 54 other candidates were, in effect, elected to the General Assembly on Monday because nobody chose to run against...
Pat McCrory, Roy Cooper, Richard Burr, and many other confirmed or potential candidates for statewide office in North Carolina have plans. They have strategies. They have backers, and staffers, and plenty of ideas for how best to win their elections in November of 2016.
Pulitzer Prize winner Gaul examines elite programs in recent book... It's no secret that the world of college football involves huge amounts of money.
A recent edition of the Raleigh News and Observer featured a front-page lead story by Justin Catanoso, a Wake Forest University journalism professor.
The U.S. Census Bureau just confirmed what everyone already suspected: North Carolina now has more than 10 million residents. We've been adding an average of 281 people each day. That's one of the fastest growth rates in the United States.
It's fair to say that America has not had a true majority party since about 1968
If you're thinking North Carolina is getting a bit more crowded, then you're right. State ranks ninth in population and is adding almost 300 new residents daily.
During the 1787-89 debates over ratifying the U.S. Constitution, for example, North Carolina's population was divided over the necessity of a new constitution and what became known as the Bill of Rights.
In 1972, at the University of Georgia, our college newspaper staff opposed the proposal to change the name of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism to the Henry W. Grady School of Mass Communications
In March, the National Education Association released its latest Rankings and Estimates report. Last school year, North Carolina's average teacher salary ranked 42nd in the nation and trailed No. 41-ranked Louisiana by just over $100. The new edition of the report should be...
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