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Former Liberian President's Conviction For War Crimes Upheld

Posted: 09/26/2013 - An international war crimes court has upheld the conviction and 50-year sentence of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for aiding rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone, saying Taylor's financial, material and tactical support made possible horrendous crimes against civilians.

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NC Democrats Newspaper Ad: Republicans Failed Teachers

Posted: 09/25/2013 - The ad says "Republican leadership has failed teachers in North Carolina" and points out spending reductions for textbooks and the end of the "back-to-school" sales tax holiday in August.

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State Agency Rejects Federal Funds For Fracking Study

Posted: 09/25/2013 - In an email dated Sept. 3, the state informed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it doesn't need a $222,595 grant for water quality monitoring in areas seen as candidates for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

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Former Army General To Lead DMV

Posted: 09/24/2013 - Another former U.S. Army general has joined the North Carolina Department of Transportation, this time as the next Division of Motor Vehicles commissioner.

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NC Lottery Proceeds No Longer Linked To Formula

Posted: 09/22/2013 - The General Assembly this year kept earmarking all North Carolina lottery proceeds for education, just as political predecessors said they would when they approved the gambling years ago.

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State Bows Out Of App State Voting Dispute

Posted: 09/20/2013 - The State Board of Elections says it will not weigh in on the decision on where students at Appalachian State University can cast ballots.

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NC DHHS Employee Got Big Check After Month On The Job

Updated: 09/20/2013 - Embattled North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos approved a $37,227 lump sum payment to her chief of staff, a former lobbyist who departed after working only one month on the job.

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GOP Controlled House Votes To De-Fund "Obamacare", Keep Government Running

Posted: 09/20/2013 - Charting a collision course with the White House, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation Friday to wipe out the three-year-old health care law that President Barack Obama has vowed to preserve — and simultaneously prevent a partial government shutdown that neither party claims to want.

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Al-Qaida Militants Capture Northern Syria Town

Posted: 09/19/2013 - The infighting — now engulfing many parts of northern Syria — threatened to further split opposition forces outgunned by President Bashar Assad's troops and strengthen his hand as he engages with world powers on relinquishing his chemical weapons.

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Climate Report Struggles With Temperature Quirks

Posted: 09/19/2013 - Scientists working on a landmark U.N. report on climate change are struggling over how to address a wrinkle in the meteorological data that has given ammunition to global-warming skeptics.

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Poll: Favorable Rating Falls For Gov. McCrory

Posted: 09/19/2013 - A survey indicates Gov. Pat McCrory has lost popularity with North Carolina registered voters since spring. President Barack Obama appears to have had a similar decline.

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Boating Fees About To Go Up In NC

Updated: 09/18/2013 - Life on the water is about to get more expensive for boat owners as boat fees are set to increase in less than two weeks.

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Local Vietnam Veterans Offer Perspective On PTSD

Updated: 09/18/2013 - There are new reports that Aaron Alexis, the suspected gunman in the Washington Navy Yard shooting, sought help from Veterans Affairs hospitals because he was hearing voices and having problems sleeping.

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