When WSOC Television looked into the possible merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways, the station turned to Meck Deck blogger and John Locke Foundation Policy Analyst Michael Lowrey for his aviation expertise. WSOC’s lead story at 6 p.m. Monday featured Lowrey’s analysis. Speaking of Lowrey, Manteo’s Coastland Times recently cited his work on local governments’ tax-and-fee burdens. (On that subject, policy analyst Michael Lowery of the fiscally conservative John Locke Foundation raised some state hackles earlier this year. In the most recent of his series on “What Government Costs in North Carolina,” he found that Dare County residents continued to pay “the highest amount in taxes and fees to local government,” $3,926 per capita in 2010, or 10.46% of their personal income.)

The New American and Examiner.com picked up Carolina Journal Executive Editor Don Carrington‘s report questioning whether U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s brother employs illegal immigrants at McDonald’s restaurants he owns in Wake County.

The News & Observer‘s “Wake Ed” blog noted John Hood’s recent comments on the N.C. Spin television program about the Wake County school board’s controversial decision to fire superintendent Tony Tata. Hood’s contributions to National Review Online’s primary blog, “The Corner,” include an entry honoring the late classicist and historian of liberty Rufus Fears. 

The Greensboro News & Record‘s “Mixing It Up” column cited Sam Hieb’s Piedmont Publius blog entry on a loan program involving renovation of empty big-box retail stores. The Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” promoted a recent JLF report from Patrick Michaels of the Cato Institute debunking myths about rising North Carolina sea levels.

La Conexion published a Spanish-language version of Fergus Hodgson’s recent column on economic freedom rankings.