Barbara Barrett

House Republicans: Failing mortgage-aid programs should go

A handful of foreclosure prevention measures run by the Obama administration are so ineffectual, inefficient and complicated that, according to Republicans in the House of Representatives, the programs should be killed outright | 03/08/11 17:28:00 By - Barbara Barrett

Film about Camp Lejeune's toxic water to debut at N.Y. festival

A documentary about the historic water contamination at the Marines' Camp Lejeune, N.C., will have its world premiere this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. | 03/07/11 14:54:00 By - Barbara Barrett

Lawmakers outline plan for reworking No Child Left Behind

Saying the current education policies are failing kids, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and a group of mostly Democratic senators plan to introduce a set of revisions that would move away from rigid testing and toward flexibility for local school districts. | 03/02/11 09:56:24 By - Barbara Barrett

Something GOP doesn't want to cut: Funding for NASCAR

The Minnesota Democrat who's out to get rid of the Pentagon's sponsorships for NASCAR teams says she won't back away from her efforts and, despite GOP resistance, will broaden her fight to repeal tax breaks for track owners, too. | 02/25/11 19:30:00 By - Barbara Barrett

Business owners say health law buries them in paperwork

A Clinton, N.C., business owner and supporter of U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers testified Wednesday before the House Small Business Committee at her invitation, saying the health care overhaul that passed last year threatens small companies such as his. | 02/10/11 06:50:53 By - Barbara Barrett

Program to aid displaced workers might expire Saturday

A program that could help thousands of laid-off workers get re-educated — at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to taxpayers — will expire Saturday without action this week from Congress and President Barack Obama. | 02/08/11 18:33:00 By - Barbara Barrett

Democrats picked Charlotte for convention with eye on Southern gains

For all of Charlotte's charms - a glittery skyline, a hip uptown, nice hotels and good restaurants -Democrats say they put their 2012 national convention in the Queen City to send a broader message: Republicans had best watch their backs down South. | 02/04/11 06:36:49 By - Barbara Barrett

Hagan, Burr push anew to help Camp Lejeune water victims

North Carolina's two senators are pushing ahead on efforts to win health care for up to 750,000 Marine veterans and their families who might have suffered from water contamination at Marines Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., from the 1950s to the mid-1980s. | 02/03/11 18:32:00 By - Barbara Barrett

North Carolina's illegal immigrant numbers hold steady

North Carolina's illegal immigrant population remained steady last year at about 325,000 people, after taking a slight dip the year before. As the national recession levels off and economic recovery begins slowly to take hold, illegal immigrant levels remained the same through much of the United States, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington. | 02/02/11 07:23:52 By - Barbara Barrett

Military, health agency in PR war over base's tainted water

Congressional investigators will meet with Navy officials as soon as next week to pressure the military to reconsider a public relations booklet on past water contamination at Marines Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., that they say is misleading. | 01/31/11 17:53:00 By - Barbara Barrett

Former Marine sues over Camp Lejeune water contamination

A man who served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for nearly two years in the 1950s has sued the federal government for $16 million, saying poisonous water at the base caused his cancer. | 01/24/11 16:58:00 By - Barbara Barrett

Arizona shootings prompt N.C. Reps. Shuler, Ellmers to carry guns

In the wake of the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., two members of the N.C. congressional delegation — Reps. Heath Shuler and Renee Ellmers — plan to carry concealed weapons more often in their home districts, while a third is considering getting a permit to do so. | 01/20/11 07:24:55 By - Barbara Barrett

Still voting 'no:' 2 'Blue Dogs' explain why they oppose repeal

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, co-chairman of the Blue Dog coalition of conservative Democrats, voted "no" last year when President Barack Obama's health care reform proposal came before the House. So did U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell. But when the Republicans vote today on repealing the health care law, both Shuler and Kissell, Democrats from North Carolina, will side with their fellow Democrats to keep the law. | 01/19/11 07:14:02 By - Barbara Barrett

N.C. Rep. McHenry will lead TARP probe

Republicans on the top congressional investigations panel will launch hundreds of hearings on the Obama administration in the coming year — and one of the chief oversight agents will be U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry. With Republicans now in charge of the House, McHenry will take the lead role on the Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs. | 01/17/11 07:27:46 By - Barbara Barrett

North Carolina military bases face few cuts in Gates' plan

North Carolina leaders exhaled Thursday as Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced sweeping cuts to Pentagon programs for the coming years - but left the Tar Heel state largely unscathed. | 01/07/11 07:32:21 By - Barbara Barrett and Nancy Youssef

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