WRAL Investigates Public Servants
WRAL Investigates Public Servants
Politicians' practice of putting earmarks in the budget with names attached for pet projects was banned in 2010, but many watchdog groups say earmarks aren't really gone, just redefined and sometimes underground.
WRAL Investigates: A state government watchdog and a Lee County resident are calling for an appointee to a new board that oversees natural gas exploration in North Carolina to be replaced.
North Carolina's Division of Emergency Management announced Friday that it has fired three employees whose children got unadvertised, high-paying jobs to work on disaster relief last year.
The WRAL Investigates team obtained records that show the sons and daughters of two high-ranking and four lower-level employees in North Carolina's Emergency Management division got unadvertised, high-paying jobs to work on disaster relief last year.
As Congress wrangles over a budget and a possible halt to most federal government operations, members of congressional staffs not only don't face a potential furlough, they also can look forward to a hefty bonus in a few months.
After losing her 46-year-old husband to a heart attack, Amanda Barringer got a phone call she never expected. A woman on the other end of the phone explained that the state had accidentally overpaid Barringer $50,000 in benefits for her husband's death, and the money had to be returned.
A state worker who claimed that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wasted millions in taxpayer dollars on electricity said he is standing by his assertion, even though school leaders disagree.
A former employee of the Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department was arrested Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of nearly $400,000 from the department, authorities said.
The State Personnel Commission held a hearing Thursday to decide whether a fired Cherry Hospital worker should get his job back following an altercation with a patient last March.
A surveillance video showed the scene that ultimately cost O'Tonious Raynor his job at Cherry Hospital, but his work history might get him his job back.
A bad driving record didn't keep the state Department of Correction from hiring a repeat speeder to drive one of its vans. That employee continued the streak and was pulled over several times while driving the department’s vehicle.
The state Highway Patrol said Tuesday that trooper Michael Potts was on administrative duty but would not say what prompted the disciplinary action.
A police officer accused of using excessive force on a patient at the VA Medical Center in Durham almost two years ago said Friday that the hospital wrongly fired him after the incident.
From restructuring to hiring a new leader, the North Carolina Highway Patrol is in for change. High profile cases of troopers getting in trouble have plagued the patrol for the past few years. So how often are troopers getting in trouble?
State lawmakers get paid from several different pots. There's a base salary, a monthly expense budget, travel reimbursement and a per diem when they're in session – a per diem they collect even on the weekends.
The head of North Carolina's revenue department said Friday that the agency's travel expenses have been re-examined following a WRAL News investigation in May.
Trooper Larry B. Lovick resigned Monday, the same day that Highway Patrol Col. Randy Glover requested a state investigation into Lovick's conduct.
The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a budget amendment that would require state agencies to use vehicles from the State Motor Fleet for employees who rack up high travel expenses.
Death threats, spying and vote-buying accusations are all included in the nearly 1,600 pages of just-released FBI documents into the life of the late Jesse Helms.
State officials are reconsidering the appointment of a mental health advocate to a key position at the Department of Health and Human Services, one day after WRAL News uncovered tax issues at his current job.
The vast majority of the nearly 1,400 state revenue employees pay their own way to commute to work. However, internal records show taxpayers cover much of the commute costs for two top managers.
For 10 years, Gerald Hege was arguably one of the most well-known sheriffs in the country. In 2004, Hege pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice. The plea deal kept him out of jail, but cost him his job.