Sunday sampler

Charlotte: It’s hard enough to get federal assistance for housing. Couple that with landlords’ refusing to take anyone with housing vouchers and you’ve got a problem that today’s Observer details. “The practice that housing activists call “source of income discrimination” undercuts the government’s goal of helping families escape poverty and move to the neighborhoods with good schools, jobs and transportation, they said.”

Raleigh: It’s difficult to say which government agency is the incompetent one in this story about double-digit raises given to N.C. Department of Transportation employees, but at least one of them is. For context, the News & Observer reports: “Legislative leaders didn’t give anyone much time to scrutinize the state budget before passing it. The Republicans ruled the House and Senate with supermajorities last year, and instead of each chamber producing its own version of a budget, the leaders rolled out a single budget bill in the form of a conference report that did not allow for amendments.”

Greensboro: The News & Record published the first of a six-part series coordinated by Carolina Public Press about how sexual assault victims are treated. It’s a tough, important, read. The Independent Tribune in Cabarrus County published the third day.