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  • Dealer agrees to return N.C. copy of Bill of Rights

    09/12/2003 8:45:14 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 15 replies · 801+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | September 12, 2003 | Holly Hickman, AP writer
    Dealer agrees to return N.C. copy of Bill of Rights By HOLLY HICKMAN, Associated Press Writer September 12, 2003   3:27 am RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's legal battle for custody of a 225-year-old original copy of the Bill of Rights is moving toward a successful end.The document, stolen from the state Capitol in 1865, is believed to be one of the 14 original copies of the Bill of Rights. The FBI recovered it in an undercover sting operation in Philadelphia earlier this year.State Attorney General Roy Cooper has argued that the document was stolen from the state Capitol...
  • [N.C.] Congressional hopeful calls illegal aliens terrorism threat

    09/12/2003 8:52:27 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 21 replies · 119+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | September 12, 2003 | The Associated Press
    Congressional hopeful calls illegal aliens terrorism threat The Associated Press September 12, 2003   8:57 am RALEIGH, N.C. -- About two dozen people marked the second anniversary of terrorist attacks on the United States by protesting outside Mexico's consular office and hearing congressional candidate Vernon Robinson describe illegal immigration as the greatest threat to national security.Robinson is a Winston-Salem city council member who is one of nine Republicans seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Richard Burr, who is running for the U.S. Senate. He said protesters targeted the consulate because of the "matricula consular," an identity card the Mexican government...
  • Universal Leaf plans grand opening [1000+ jobs - Nash County, NC]

    09/02/2003 8:42:59 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 17 replies · 380+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] ^ | August 31, 2003 | Tom Murphy
    Universal Leaf plans grand openingBy Tom Murphy, Rocky Mount Telegram Universal Leaf North American U.S. Inc. will hold a grand opening celebration Friday at its new 1.2 million square-foot leaf tobacco processing facility on N.C. 58 north of Nashville. Todd Haymore, assistant vice president of external affairs for Richmond-based Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., said, "More than two years of work on this project is coming to a culmination at 10:30 a.m. Friday, when we will have a grand opening ceremony at our facility. We're quite pleased that Gov. Mike Easley will be delivering the keynote address. Right now, we're expecting...
  • North Carolina Think Tank John Locke Foundation establishes blog on NC Public Policy Issues

    08/22/2003 4:15:06 AM PDT · by Huber · 5 replies · 210+ views
    The John Locke Foundation ^ | 8/21/03 | John Hood
    A Special Message from the Desk Of: John Hood, President August 21, 2003 Come Joins Us In The “Locker Room” New weblog to host discussion and debate on public policy issues I’m writing today to alert you and other regular visitors to the John Locke Foundation’s web sites — including,, and — about a new Internet feature we unveiled this morning: a weblog on public policy issues of interest to North Carolinians. “Blogs,” as they have come to be known, are an increasingly popular way for a variety of individuals and organizations to communicate with each other,...
  • Sen. Dole Talks About First Seven Months Serving N.C.

    08/08/2003 9:44:42 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 22 replies · 197+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | August 8, 2003 | Gerald Owens
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C. paid a visit to North Carolina State University's College of Textiles Thursday to discuss the challenges facing the state's textile industry.</p> <p>The state's first female U.S. senator said her seven months in office have been a learning process, but she is having the time of her life.</p>
  • Unique Bonus System For Teachers Turns Around Wilson [N.C.] School's Reputation

    08/07/2003 8:20:46 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 5 replies · 230+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | August 7, 2003 | John Bachman/Paul Ensslin
    <p>WILSON, N.C. -- Teachers and students have their work cut out for them as they return for the school year.</p> <p>Seven more local districts re-opened Wednesday. Recent test scores show they have some studying to do.</p> <p>More than half of the state's school systems failed to meet new federal guidelines. Unlike the ABCs Accountability Model which focuses on improvement only, the No Child Left Behind Act focuses on students meeting goals.</p>
  • Study finds that most major political contributors are white, men [East Carolina University]

    08/01/2003 6:21:26 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 9 replies · 72+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | August 1, 2003 | The Associated Press
    Study finds that most major political contributors are white, men The Associated Press August 1, 2003   5:44 am GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Nearly all of the major contributors to political campaigns in North Carolina are white, and three out of four are men, according to a study released Thursday at East Carolina University.More than one in five voters in North Carolina are minorities, and over half of registered voters are women, according to the report published by Democracy North Carolina.But 97 percent of major contributors are white and 73 percent are men, the report said.Maria Dillard, a student at...
  • Textiles' N.C. future involves high-tech, innovation

    07/30/2003 10:38:39 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 17 replies · 139+ views
    Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, N.C.] ^ | July 30, 2003 | Tim Whitmire, Associated Press Writer
    Textiles' N.C. future involves high-tech, innovation By TIM WHITMIRE, Associated Press Writer July 30, 2003   1:51 am CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's an oft-told tale in North Carolina in recent years -- another textile plant shuts down, more jobs are shipped overseas, another Piedmont mill town loses its heart.This month, the story has appeared to reach critical mass with longtime industry giants Burlington Industries and Pillowtex both in crisis.But industry observers and other experts say there is a future for textiles in the state, if only companies can figure out how to harness technology and innovation in a way...
  • Author Claims Raleigh [N.C.] A Breeding Ground For Terrorists

    07/25/2003 10:16:30 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 56 replies · 571+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | July 25, 2003 | Paul LaGrone
    <p>RALEIGH,N.C. -- Raleigh is frequently named as one of top 10 places to live and work in the country. A well-known terrorism consultant and federal authorities believe it could also be a breeding ground for terrorists.</p> <p>Inside the Brownstone Hotel in Raleigh, terrorists and their money were topics of the day Thursday.</p>
  • N.C. Supreme Court Rejects Legislative District Maps Again

    07/16/2003 8:47:53 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 25 replies · 179+ views
    WRAL-TV [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | July 16, 2003 | Associated Press
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- Maps outlining North Carolina's state House and Senate districts are unconstitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.</p> <p>In a 4-1 ruling, the justices ruled that Judge Knox Jenkins was right to rule that revised boundaries drawn in 2002 violated the North Carolina constitution in several instances.</p>
  • Protecting without restricting [Environmental regulation on North Carolina's Swift Creek]

    07/14/2003 12:18:40 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 17 replies · 89+ views
    The News and Observer [Raleigh, N.C.] ^ | July 14, 2003 | Wade Rawlins
    Monday, July 14, 2003 11:16AM EDTProtecting without restricting The Carolina madtom, top, and Neuse River waterdog live in the exceptionally clean waters of Swift and Sandy creeks. Builders have asked for fewer restrictions on building near the creeks, but biologists fear more building could nudge the species toward extinction. Photos Courtesy of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Jack Dermit By WADE RAWLINS, Staff Writer One of North Carolina's cleanest and least spoiled waterways is a shady stream northeast of Raleigh that goes by two names -- Sandy Creek and Swift Creek -- as it meanders through rural parts...
  • John Edwards, Erskine Bowles Are Mum [After NC Senate Meeting]

    07/10/2003 6:59:42 AM PDT · by ewing · 58 replies · 497+ views
    Charlotte News and Observer ^ | Thursday July 10, 2003 | John Wagner and Rob Christenson
    US Senator [and 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate] John Edwards met behind closed doors Wednesday with Erskine Bowles, a Democrat very interested in pursing his Senate seat if Edwards continues running for President of the United States. Both emerged from their meeting in Raleigh tight lipped about their political futures.'What they discussed is private between them,' said Jennifer Palmieri, Edwards Presidential Campaign Press Secretary.Neither Edwards or Bowles, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate last year, would comment directly. While Edwards could legally appear on the ballot for both offices in 2004, most political observers believe that scenario is unlikely.He [Sen. Edwards]...
  • Democrat Meg Scott Phipps NC Ag Commissioner Indicted By Grand Jury

    07/08/2003 3:20:36 PM PDT · by jern · 21 replies · 255+ views
    WRAL ^ | July 8, 2003 | WRAL
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Wake County grand jury has indicted former state Ag commissioner Meg Scott Phipps.</p> <p>The former state Ag commissioner has been charged with five counts stemming from her 2000 election campaign.</p> <p>Three of her former aides have already been indicted on federal charges.</p>
  • Edwards blocks GIs' loan break

    06/30/2003 9:55:39 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 46 replies · 1,661+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, July 1, 2003 | By Charles Hurt
    <p>Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, is single-handedly blocking Senate action on legislation all but unanimously supported by the House to ease the student-loan burden for soldiers fighting overseas.</p> <p>In April, the House voted 421-1 to pass the HEROES Act, which essentially would defer student loans for soldiers called into action. The only dissenting vote was cast accidentally by one of the bill's sponsors.</p>
  • Support for N.C. lottery building up

    06/27/2003 6:07:44 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 30 replies · 99+ views
    Rocky Mount Telegram [Rocky Mount, N.C.] ^ | June 26, 2003 | Ned B. Hunter
    Support for N.C. lottery building upBy NED B. HUNTER, Rocky Mount Telegram Support for a lottery seems to be gaining momentum as support for other various ways to raise state revenue begins to wane. The N.C. Senate attempted to raise nearly $330 million in new revenue in fiscal year 2003-04, and $326 million in 2004-05 in its latest budget proposal by increasing taxes on tobacco and alcohol products. However, the House has staunchly refused to raise any more taxes this year, leaving many questioning how the state can get needed revenue. "We've got to have some new revenue in this...
  • Vernon Robinson for Congress (Black conservative Candidate!!)

    06/26/2003 1:10:34 PM PDT · by ibheath · 16 replies · 268+ views
    My Email ^ | 6/26/*03 |
    Meet the next J.C. Watts for Congress! Dear John McGuire, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton don't want you to read this letter! If you share my opinion of those two race-hustling poverty pimps, that fact alone should motivate you to read every word. I'm the black conservative United Press International recently called "the early favorite" to win the open seat in the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina. As the liberal media so often remind us, there has been no black Republican in Congress since J.C. Watts retired. The Wall Street Journal called me "the next black Republican Congressman" and...
  • Gun bill approved by House

    06/26/2003 10:54:26 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 51 replies · 267+ views
    News Observer ^ | 6/25/03 | LYNN BONNER
    Some defendants facing domestic violence charges would have to turn over their guns to the sheriff under a proposal that will likely soon be state law. The bill's supporters said it would help protect victims in serious domestic violence cases. "It's one of the most important bills this body has considered this session because it's one bill I think will save lives in the state of North Carolina in years to come," said Rep. Don Munford, a Raleigh Republican. The state House on Tuesday approved the bill, which has already passed the Senate, by a 116-1 vote. The House must...
  • States seeking speedier rail route through N.C., Virginia [Amtrak]

    06/23/2003 12:02:58 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 12 replies · 253+ views
    The Durham Herald-Sun [Durham, NC] ^ | June 23, 2003 | Associated Press
    States seeking speedier rail route through N.C., Virginia The Associated Press June 23, 2003   12:20 pm RALEIGH, N.C. -- State officials this week begin answering questions about a project to rebuild a largely abandoned rail corridor north of Raleigh needed for interstate high-speed passenger rail service.The rail corridor between Raleigh and Petersburg, Va., is essential to a $2.6 billion plan to make train travel from Charlotte to Washington a viable alternative to driving or flying.Amtrak trains now take a roundabout route from Petersburg to Raleigh via Rocky Mount, Wilson and Selma at speeds of up to 79 mph....
  • Congressman Billybob Sez: Bits and Pieces

    06/19/2003 4:01:10 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 24 replies · 364+ views
    Congressman Billybob's website ^ | 18 June 2003 | Congressman Billybob (J. Armor, Esq.)
    Bits and PiecesLawyers on Parade: Max Factor heir Andrew Luster was captured in Mexico this week, after jumping bail during his trial for assault, rape and drug charges. He was convicted in absentia, and sentenced to 124 years in jail. Now his sleazoid lawyers have suggested that they will appeal his conviction on the grounds that the judge wrongly instructed the jurors that "fleeing can be taken as evidence of guilt." What chutzpah. These same lawyers got the judge to lower the bail on this criminal, so he could get out on bail with "electronic surveillance." That allowed him to...
  • Wake County, NC Commissioners Approve 4-Cent Property Tax Hike

    06/16/2003 6:48:17 PM PDT · by jern · 11 replies · 1,581+ views ^ | June 16, 2003 |
    <p>WAKE COUNTY, N.C. -- Wake County commissioners voted 5-2 Monday to raise the property tax rate by 4 cents to give schools and other groups the budget hikes they want.</p> <p>"There is a $2 million in long-overdue teacher salary increase, a modest increase, to help keep highly qualified teachers in the classroom," said Bill McNeal, superintendent of Wake County schools.</p>