NC hires hundreds of professionals every year on personal services contracts, sometimes at seemingly excessive rates to fill what are supposed to be temporary needs for more doctors, attorneys, engineers and the like. A legislative review has found that the contracts, which cost the state an average of $22 million a year over the past five years, have been so misused that they should be eliminated.
Quarries provide the raw materials for buildings and roads in the Carolinas. But they are also dangerous: A rise in fatal accidents at such mines across the country has federal regulators stepping up enforcement.
This off-season has seen more than the usual share of odd shuffles of the coaching deck. Chris Mullin and Avery Johnson, former NBA players with no college coaching experience, were hired to run major college programs.