After GOP eliminates funding, nascent industry wonders if it has a place in N.C.
W. Steven Burke spends his days devoted entirely to his collection of American folk art buildings -- miniature replicas of famous houses and buildings around the world. His collection -- he owns 1,200 of them, making it the largest in the country -- includes the Empire State Building and has been featured in local art exhibitions and magazine articles. A year, ago, though, Burke's life was very different. He was the president of the North Carolina Center for Biofuels, the nation's only state-funded center devoted to researching and developing advanced biofuels.