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Voters to address school construction
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Voters to address school construction

BY Adrienne Lu

At Meadow Elementary School in southern Johnston County, plaster falls off the walls in large flakes. Teachers and students walk up and down stairs to get to classrooms and restrooms on the first and second floors. The third floor of the 76-year-old building is cordoned off. At the other end of the Triangle, the smell of mildew permeates the halls of Hillsborough Elementary School, where about 150 fourth- and fifth-graders share a bathroom. And in Durham, some students at Rogers-Herr Middle School spend every period except lunch inside trailers.

10/15/2001
Tax burden shifts to workers
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Tax burden shifts to workers

BY Amy Gardner

As the General Assembly argues over the equity of different tax plans, one tax reality is not in dispute: The burden in North Carolina has been shifting steadily over the past decade to the paychecks of working people. That trend could continue this year, depending on which tax plan lawmakers ultimately choose.

09/09/2001
No-Tax Pledge Overrun by State's Troubles, Some Legislators Say
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No-Tax Pledge Overrun by State's Troubles, Some Legislators Say

BY Wade Rawlins

Overheard: 'I put the Republicans on record as voting to reduce taxes, but for sin at the same time. I had the best of both worlds.' - Rep. Bob Hensley, a Raleigh Democrat, speaking of his amendment to reduce the state excise tax on liquor, which Republicans supported ### Political Scorecard: UP: Nonpartisan judges. District Court judges would run for office without identifying as Republicans or Democrats under legislation passed by the General Assembly to help take partisan politics out of judicial elections.

09/03/2001
Final Push From Allies of Tax Plan
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Final Push From Allies of Tax Plan

BY Amy Gardner

Gov. Mike Easley stepped up his effort to end the state's budget crisis Friday, throwing himself behind a tax package that goes to the House floor next week and urging his supporters to do the same. Opponents of a tax increase, meanwhile, launched their own campaign to defeat the proposal, sending out e-mail messages and saying that Easley and other Democrats do not have enough votes in the House.

08/25/2001
A Message of Thanks for Helms
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A Message of Thanks for Helms

BY John Wagner

A national advocacy group is collecting signatures for a thank-you card it plans to present to retiring U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina. The group, Citizens for a Sound Economy, started circulating an e-mail message about the effort this week. In it, Helms' former Republican colleague, Lauch Faircloth, encourages recipients to send in their names and forward the message to friends and family. Chuck Fuller, the group's vice president for public affairs, said his organization champions lower taxes, less government and more freedom.

08/25/2001
Johnston's Sheriff Pours Himself Into His Work
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Johnston's Sheriff Pours Himself Into His Work

BY Adrienne Lu

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell never had to look far to find the difference between right and wrong. His father, a Pentecostal Holiness preacher, grew vegetables for a living but never planted tobacco because it was harmful to the body. And his grandfather, who founded the church where his father preached, made his living busting liquor stills all over the county. The stories about his grandfather inspired the young Bizzell to be a law enforcement officer.

08/19/2001
Dismissal of Ad Suit Upheld
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Dismissal of Ad Suit Upheld

BY Wade Rawlins

The state Appeals Court has upheld a Wake judge's decision to throw out a lawsuit filed by Chuck Fuller of Citizens for a Sound Economy against Gov. Mike Easley when he was attorney general. The case dates back to 1999 and charges that public service ads that Easley ran using money the state won in consumer lawsuit settlements were just campaign ads in disguise. The next year, Easley ran for and was elected governor.

08/08/2001
State Giving 278 Workers Layoff Notice
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State Giving 278 Workers Layoff Notice

BY Lynn Bonner

Gov. Easley directed his top managers on Monday to lay off 278 state employees whose jobs have been targeted for elimination in spending plans under negotiation in the General Assembly. Most of the employees to be laid off work in the university system or in the Department of Health and Human Services. All are aware that their jobs have been recommended for elimination, Easley said. They will receive 30 days' notice today so agencies can begin saving money more quickly than if they waited for lawmakers to pass a final budget, he said.

08/01/2001
Business Chiefs Skip Tea Party
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Business Chiefs Skip Tea Party

BY Rob Christensen

Guess who didn't attend Tuesday's anti-tax "tea party" at the General Assembly? Big bidness. It's not that big bidness is anti-social or that its people didn't learn the correct way to drink a cup of tea - pinkie extended - at the country club. No, big bidness is on the opposite side of the issue from the big tea bags of the anti-tax movement: The Citizens for a Sound Economy, the John Locke Foundation, the state Republican Party, and the conservative talk-radio announcers.

08/01/2001
Protesters' Squall Hits Budget Stall
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Protesters' Squall Hits Budget Stall

BY Wade Rawlins

The two sides of North Carolina's tax debate weighed in loudly Tuesday, when a spirited group of 600 anti-tax demonstrators waved posters and chanted slogans behind the Legislative Building, and Gov. Mike Easley pledged not to sign a budget that jeopardizes the state's financial health.

08/01/2001

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