• Missouri Playgrounds Caught Up in Church-State Debate

    by The Bismarck Tribune April 2017

    Missouri's Department of Natural Resources runs the Scrap Tire Program. It enables playgrounds to replace gravel and dirt with a rubber protective surface that is kinder to the knees of the devout and heathens alike. The department refused the church's request for a $20,000 grant, citing this from the state constitution: "No money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion." Trinity Lutheran says the state is abridging its First Amendment right to the "free exercise" of religion and denying the 14th Amendment guarantee of "equal protection of the laws."

  • Opinion: Publicly Funded Ballparks Hurt Economy

    by A. Barton Hinkle April 2017

    Talk of a new ballpark for Richmond has all but disappeared in the past few months. Former Mayor Dwight Jones' plans for one imploded, and his successor, Levar Stoney, has trained his focus on the nuts and bolts of local government.

  • District May Begin Charging Athletic Participation Fee

    by Jessie Pounds April 2017

    Guilford County Schools Superintendent Sharon Contreras is proposing the district charge students a fee to play sports if they do not qualify for free or reduced lunch. It 's one of several budget-balancing proposals listed, but not elaborated on, in a news release the district sent out last week. In that release, officials said the district is facing tough budget choices this year due to a K-3 class-size reduction mandate from the state and anticipated increases in pay and benefits, after eight years of budget cuts.

  • New Mexico's Coach Search Could Be Hampered by State

    by Geoff Grammar April 2017

    On Friday, Gov. Susana Martinez used her line-item veto power to remove state funding for New Mexico colleges and universities from a Legislature-approved spending package.

  • North Dakota's D-I Sports Losing Money

    by Jeff Kolpack April 2017

    Every sport in 2016 at UND and North Dakota State University spent more money than they brought in.

  • Opinion: Amid Cuts, Does Buffalo Football Bring Value?

    by The Buffalo News April 2017

    Monday was a dark day for UB. It felt the way it had two years earlier, when basketball star Justin Moss was tossed out of school for stealing from other athletes. Now and then, you're reminded of the potential dangers that come with competing in the murky world of big-time college sports.

  • University of Buffalo Cuts Four Sports

    by Mark Gaughan April 2017

    The university paid a price for competing at the top level of college athletics by concluding it had to eliminate four sports teams — men's soccer, baseball, men's swimming and diving and women's rowing.

  • Financial Impact of New Mexico's Basketball Coach Buyout

    by Albuquerque Journal April 2017

    While it's easy to grouse about "the $1 million buyout" the University of New Mexico will pay to sever ties with head basketball coach Craig Neal, it could have been more expensive in the long run to keep him at the helm.

  • University of North Dakota Braces for Athletics Cuts

    by Brad Schlossman March 2017

    University of North Dakota coaches and athletes are quietly fretting this week about the future of their programs. UND is expected to announce cuts to athletics teams this week.

  • Commission Weighing Millions for Recreation Upgrades

    by Greg Stanley March 2017

    The slew of upgrades to Collier County's park system is set to continue Tuesday. Collier County commissioners will be asked to approve a $10 million deal to build swimming pools at Eagle Lakes Community Park in East Naples. The same day, they'll be asked to: Spend $2 million to convert two grass soccer fields in North Naples to artificial turf.