Latest North Carolina state government News

Cooper vetoes North Carolina billboard relocation bill

Aug. 22, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation to let billboard companies relocate their signs more easily when the land on which they stand is condemned for a highway or other project has been vetoed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. The measure got final legislative approval earlier this month, after some...

Tax refund measure advanced by North Carolina Senate panel

Aug. 22, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican proposal to give millions of North Carolina taxpayers refunds from a larger-than-anticipated revenue surplus is advancing in the state Senate. The Senate Finance Committee voted on Thursday for the measure to send $663 million through checks of up to $125 or $250. Amounts...

North Carolina Republicans unveil taxpayer refund bill

Aug. 21, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans on Wednesday pitched broad refunds to everyone who pays state income tax, a proposal that would transfer most of last year's large revenue surplus and signals a new GOP tack in the summer budget stalemate with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. House Speaker Tim...

North Carolina governor quickly vetoes immigration bill

Aug. 21, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday vetoed legislation requiring North Carolina sheriffs to recognize requests by federal immigration agents to hold jail inmates believed to be in the country illegally, calling the bill unconstitutional and politically motivated. The veto came a...

NC farm bill containing smokable hemp ban OK'd by House

Aug. 21, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that prohibits North Carolina production and possession of smokable hemp next year while laying regulatory groundwork to expand the state's industrial and medicinal hemp industry has cleared a second legislative chamber. The House voted 63-48 on Wednesday for the General...

Seeking to end NC budget impasse, Cooper talks to educators

Aug. 20, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Republican lawmakers need to meet with him to end a budget stalemate and give North Carolina public school teachers and staff better raises than what the GOP offered in the spending bill he vetoed. Cooper talked to some teachers and other education...

Immigration bill focusing on sheriffs heading to governor

Aug. 20, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans gave final legislative approval on Tuesday to a measure directing all sheriffs comply with requests by federal immigration agents to hold inmates they believe are in the country unlawfully. The measure responds to a handful of dissenting sheriffs —...

Duke Energy push to set NC prices for multiple years stalls

Aug. 20, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The country's largest electric company faces a setback as it pushes North Carolina for the chance to line up profitable infrastructure projects years into the future and bypass lengthy regulatory battles. The state House amended legislation Tuesday that represents one of Duke Energy...

Higher NC fishing, hunting fees inside bill getting final OK

Aug. 19, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An omnibus wildlife regulation bill now heading to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk would create new fees and raise others — some for the first time in over 30 years — for activities related to hunting and fishing. The House gave final legislative approval to the wildlife resources...

Forest aims focus on opportunity, dignity if next governor

Aug. 17, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest intensified his campaign for governor on Saturday, pledging at a rally to pursue a vision for the state that includes economic and educational opportunity, human dignity and social unity if elected next year. Holding a kickoff event geared with both an...