Latest North Carolina state government News

Town charter suspended to address sewer, financial problems

Jun. 15, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

EUREKA, N.C. (AP) — Lawmakers have suspended the charter of a tiny North Carolina town so that the state can step in and help with sewer system upgrades. The Goldsboro News-Argus reports that the General Assembly voted Thursday to suspend the town charter for Eureka. That means all money and assets held by...

Supreme Court won't put amendments challenge in fast lane

Jun. 14, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Litigation challenging whether two constitutional amendments should be voided despite voter approval won't take the express lane to North Carolina's highest court. Justices on the North Carolina Supreme Court said this week that they won't hear the state NAACP's lawsuit before the...

Court: Compensation on land takings for beach upkeep allowed

Jun. 14, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court has agreed with another appeals court that oceanfront property owners can get compensated when a municipality takes their land temporarily for upkeep of public beaches. The state Supreme Court sided on Friday with the majority on a Court of Appeals panel...

Gaming commission advances without fantasy sports regulation

Jun. 13, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A measure creating a new state commission to oversee the state lottery, bingo and raffles and boxing in North Carolina has now cleared a House committee, minus any language to regulate fantasy sports games. The House Judiciary Committee voted for the North Carolina Gaming Commission...

SBI: 3 charged with fraudulent voting in 2018 NC primary

Jun. 12, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — State investigators say three people from eastern North Carolina have been charged with fraudulent voting during last year's primary elections. The State Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday's arrests of two Goldsboro residents and one New Bern resident. All three were charged...

Retooled immigration directive wins over NC sheriffs' group

Jun. 12, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans have retooled legislation intended to counter decisions by some new sheriffs who refuse to comply with written requests by federal immigration agents to hold criminal defendants. The amended measure eases somewhat a directive in the version that the House...

Lawmaker wants unlimited handgun purchases on single permit

Jun. 12, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state Senate Republican has proposed that North Carolina sheriffs be able to issue handgun permits that allow for unlimited purchases rather than requiring a permit for each firearm. Sen. Danny Britt of Robeson County says his bill that was before the Senate Judiciary Committee on...

North Carolina House approves county's redrawn districts

Jun. 12, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Several North Carolina House districts in and around Raleigh will have new boundaries soon after rare bipartisan votes to support a redistricting plan. The House voted 110-6 on Wednesday for a map of districts for Wake County's House seats that would be used for 2020 elections only....

Another OK given on sale of alcohol at public campus games

Jun. 12, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's public universities are another step closer to having the option to sell beer and wine during campus athletic events with a bill that's cleared another General Assembly committee. The measure passed by the Senate commerce committee on Wednesday gives university trustee...

Child abuse victims get more time for civil cases in bill

Jun. 12, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Child sexual abuse victims would have until they are nearly 40 years old to sue for civil damages in North Carolina in legislation advancing Wednesday in the state House. While felony child abuse crimes have no statute of limitations, young adults victimized when they were under age 18...