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DNA as crime prevention tool has risks, benefits (News & Record)

BURLINGTON — In a warehouse complex that used to be a fabric finishing plant, a man who once copied VHS tapes for a living may be presiding over the next big thing in crime fighting.

DNA:SI Labs is finalizing contracts with police and sheriff’s departments across the Piedmont Triad on a new DNA database. It’s the […]

2017-05-24T08:56:09+00:00February 25th, 2013|

WNC crime lab moves ahead (Citizen Times)

ASHEVILLE — Lawmakers have taken a step in expanding crime lab operations in Western North Carolina, and a report from the Department of Justice details a multimillion-dollar proposal for a new facility that would appease law enforcement and judicial officials in the region.

State Sen. Tom Apodaca introduced a bill Wednesday that would supply millions of […]

2017-05-24T08:56:09+00:00February 8th, 2013|

Sen. Rucho pushing regional airport authority (Charlotte Observer )

RALEIGH- A state senator from Mecklenburg County acknowledged Wednesday that he’s one of the lawmakers pushing a bill to transfer control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the city of Charlotte to a regional authority.

Sen. Bob Rucho said he’ll push the change along with Rep. Bill Brawley. Both are Matthews Republicans.

“It is a huge economic […]

2013-02-06T14:22:36+00:00February 6th, 2013|

Everyone wants change in transportation system, but most don’t want to pay for it (The Washington Post)

With both Maryland and Virginia puzzling over how to come up with billions of dollars for transportation, local transportation planners have found little public support for an alternative to the gasoline tax that could raise a lot of money.

Although neither state nor federal gas taxes are bringing in enough money to pay to restore worn-out […]

2017-05-24T08:56:09+00:00February 5th, 2013|

Gas Tax Loses Favor as Governors Look for New Transportation Money (Stateline)

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appears at a gas station in May 2011. This year, the Republican governor wants to eliminate Virginia’s gasoline tax, while raising other taxes and fees to increase transportation spending. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)In the search for more transportation money, governors and state lawmakers are largely avoiding one of the most obvious and […]

2017-05-24T08:56:10+00:00February 4th, 2013|

Senate bill would tap N.C. Railroad for millions (The News and Observer)

RALEIGH — The state-owned N.C. Railroad would be required to sell off some real estate, pay millions of dollars in dividends to the state, and submit to more thorough state oversight under legislation filed Thursday in the General Assembly.

A legislative staff report last year concluded that the N.C. Railroad has benefited since the state […]

2013-02-04T11:31:32+00:00February 4th, 2013|

NC Republicans get big chance in 2013 legislature(News & Observer)

RALEIGH, N.C. By one measure, the to-do list for Republican legislative leaders this year at the General Assembly is very similar to what they wrote down in 2011, when they took new majorities in the House and Senate.

“We are focused on continuing a number of the things we initiated last time – making sure that […]

2017-05-24T08:56:10+00:00January 29th, 2013|

New pro-business tax study outlines four big proposals(News & Observer)

New pro-business tax study outlines four big proposals(News & Observer)

A pro-business group is releasing a study Monday that outlines four options for overhauling taxes in North Carolina — the latest proposal in the mix ahead of the legislative session.

The Tax Foundation study was commissioned by the Carolina Business Coalition — a limited government, low-taxation […]

2017-05-24T08:56:10+00:00January 29th, 2013|

Next North Carolina state budget will be tight, authors say (News & Observer)

It’s usually a slow, predictable walk from the beginning of the budget-writing season to the release of state budget proposals in late winter and early spring. But budget surprises got off to an early start this year with Gov. Pat McCrory picking Art Pope, former legislator, multimillionaire and conservative foundation financier to be his budget […]

2017-05-24T08:56:10+00:00January 29th, 2013|