Public money for private schools: Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of vouchers

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State Supreme Court justices refused to let a surprise snowstorm force yet another rescheduling of arguments in the private school voucher case, opening the courtroom on time Tuesday morning to a less-than-full gallery. Determined to resolve challenges to the state’s recently enacted “Opportunity Scholarship Program” long before the next school year begins, the [Continue Reading…]


Death to the Map Act

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Court of Appeals says DOT must pay owners for land taken for proposed road projects Michael Hendrix had a contract to sell eight of his 24 acres of land at Old Hollow and Germanton Roads in Winston-Salem for more than a million dollars in early 1998. But because the state Department of Transportation [Continue Reading…]


Suing for support? Cash-strapped courts ponder next move

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The legislative session may be young, but already some state lawmakers are talking about making state court funding a priority. Certainly that’s news, given how the judicial branch has been passed over during budget negotiations in recent years. Perhaps that’s because they’re listening to their like-minded conservative Chief Justice, Mark Martin. The court [Continue Reading…]


At the Supreme Court: Alabama redistricting case with implications for North Carolina

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The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday wrestled with a thorny redistricting issue, the outcome of which may bear directly upon a similar case pending in North Carolina’s highest court. In Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama (consolidated with Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama), the justices considered whether a state plan that packed African-American voters [Continue Reading…]