Latest North Carolina state government News

2 more North Carolina gov't funding bills signed by Cooper

Oct. 14, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law two more bills that mimic portions of the state budget bill he vetoed in June. The Democratic governor announced Monday that he signed a measure increasing access to grant money for rural broadband projects. The other bill locates...

Cooper rejects lawmakers' interview requests on pipeline

Oct. 12, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and staff members have rejected interview requests from investigators being used by a legislative oversight committee to examine a 2018 agreement between Cooper and utilities building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Friday's refusal through Cooper Chief of...

Cooper says NC will create program to help Dorian victims

Oct. 11, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper aims to create a state-funded program to help residents in four North Carolina counties recover from Hurricane Dorian after the federal government declined a request for assistance targeting them. The Federal Emergency Management Agency this week told Cooper there...

Former North Carolina Secretary of State Faulkner dies at 87

Oct. 11, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Funeral services are being held this weekend for the first woman to serve as North Carolina's secretary of state. Janice Faulkner died on Tuesday at a retirement community in Greenville at age 87. Sister-in-law Joyce Hardison said on Friday that Faulkner had been in declining health...

N Carolina voters want challenged Congress map blocked now

Oct. 10, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state judges soon will hear arguments on whether congressional districts challenged by voters who say the lines are tainted by excessive partisan bias shouldn't be used in the 2020 elections A three-judge panel on Thursday set an Oct. 24 hearing date on a request by the...

Less prison time for some drug offenders in First Step bill

Oct. 10, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some drug offenders in North Carolina could get lower prison sentences and fines in narrow circumstances in legislation slated to be heard soon by the full Senate. Senators had scheduled floor debate on the "First Step Act" for Thursday, one day after a committee recommended the bill....

North Carolina seeks input on pedestrian safety

Oct. 10, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state agency in North Carolina wants to find ways to improve pedestrian safety across the state, beginning with downtown Raleigh. The Office of State Human Resources began the "WalkSmartNC" initiative on Thursday with the help of the Governor's Highway Safety Program and other...

Bill named for North Carolina trooper killed is now law

Oct. 9, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation which raises criminal penalties against those who assault on-duty officers with a gun and is named for a slain state trooper. Cooper signed on Wednesday the measure named for Trooper Kevin Conner after it was approved last week by the General...

3 more stand-alone spending measures head to NC governor

Oct. 9, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three more spending measures gleaned from the vetoed North Carolina state budget bill have cleared the General Assembly and next go to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk. The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday for legislation that funds transportation projects and the community college...

Powerful NC lawmaker borrowed money from man later indicted

Oct. 9, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An influential North Carolina Republican lawmaker says a man now facing federal charges in an alleged bribery scheme loaned him $500,000 last year, but never asked for anything from the General Assembly in return. Citing documents and an interview, WRAL-TV reported on Wednesday that...