Just six months ago, the director of the National Institutes of Health warned that a decade of budget stresses was causing the NIH to reject half the worthwhile research proposals it received. Scientific progress was in jeopardy, Francis Collins told the USA Today editorial board. Researchers were considering leaving the U.S. for careers overseas.
For a few months, it appeared that the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources had gotten tough with Duke Energy and its coal-ash dumps
It's been a bad stretch for Uber, the ride-sharing company that would like to convince cities and states across the country that it doesn't need much regulating.
Gov. Pat McCrory said it with a smile, but there was a sharp edge to his explanation for not calling legislators back to Raleigh: "After a lengthy session, they need a break. And frankly, I need a break from them," he said in a videotaped statement.
The Republican governor's relations with Republican legislators can be illustrated by two incidents, one before and one after the session.
It looks like one of our state legislature's new policies is going to lead to a significant increase in an important and creative industry.
No, not in North Carolina, but in Georgia and Louisiana.
Here's an unreasonable solution to unreasonably bad legislation: If an N.C. lawmaker votes for a bill that is subsequently rejected by the courts, that lawmaker must help pay for resources that went into defending the flawed law.
Absurd? Well, yes. But no more so than the latest legislative gem from N.C. Republicans.
Tourism in North Carolina is a $20 billion-a-year industry, and that's only counting what visitors -- traveling for recreation or on business -- actually spend here. That total does not take into account the total impact as employees and businesses that make a living in tourism pump the money back into the economy.
The N.C. legislature, in a budget Gov. Pat McCrory signed, has delayed until after Jan.15 the issuance of new report cards with A-F grades for academic quality at each public school in the state. Instead of a delay, lawmakers should take this pause in implementation as an opportunity to ditch the idea entirely. It's unwise and problematic.
A provision in the N.C. Farm Act of 2014 passed by the legislature will shield complaints made against farming operations from public view, effectively exempting them from state open records laws. This is wrong.
The recent Republican U.S. Senate primary in Mississippi should spur creative thinking about North Carolina's election system. Other states offer models in which election results more clearly reflect the will of all the voters.
A state bureaucracy making big decisions about vulnerable North Carolinians without letting them, or the public at large, know much about its work.
The death penalty's flaws have been well-documented. But a new report from the Justice Department's Inspector General reveals some of the most troubling evidence yet, and provides a fresh reminder of why North Carolina and other states will forever be on shaky ground until they abolish it.
Some residents have expressed relief that they won't be getting so many political phone calls and mailings now that the Republican 6th District congressional primary is finally over. Their bubble won't take long to burst. The coming election season will generate even more sound and fury.
This is what happens when politics and ideology overrule common sense. In their zeal to "reform" the voting system in North Carolina, Republican lawmakers pushed through a change that has created confusion, more work and wasted money.
There's a chance your phone holds as much critical information about you as your home does. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court wisely acknowledged that digital reality in ruling unanimously that police need warrants to search the cell phones of people they arrest.