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Sports, horse betting bill for Cherokee gets final approval

Jul. 15, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the...

NC trial looks at partisan bias after US justices won't

Jul. 15, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in the kind of political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts. Lawyers for...

Cooper campaign says it raised $4.5M so far in 2019

Jul. 15, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's re-election campaign says it took in more than $4.5 million during the first six months of this year. Cooper's campaign said Monday the total is more than twice than what his campaign raised during the same period four years ago, when he was attorney...

Cooper seeks formal say opposing constitutional amendments

Jul. 12, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wants to formally urge a North Carolina appeals court to uphold a ruling that struck down two state constitutional amendments approved by voters last year. Cooper's attorney asked the state Court of Appeals on Friday to accept his legal brief arguing why the...

Teacher shortages, assaults on police addressed in new laws

Jul. 12, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation that helps public schools rehire retired teachers in hard-to-fill classrooms and increases prison time for someone who uses a gun to assault a law enforcement officer. Cooper has announced he's enacted another dozen bills with his...

Despite budget impasse, House unanimously OKs stopgap plan

Jul. 10, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Debate over a narrow spending package to help North Carolina's government operate in the new fiscal year turned into finger-pointing over a broader budget impasse. The House unanimously approved on Wednesday what Republican budget-writers call a "stopgap" spending bill and sent it to...

Swiss manufacturer to bring over 400 jobs to Orange County

Jul. 10, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State officials say a Swiss manufacturer is bringing more than 400 jobs to a North Carolina county. Gov. Roy Cooper's office announced on Wednesday that ABB, whose North American headquarters is in Cary, plans to consolidate its distribution and manufacturing hub in Mebane, about 46...

Tougher penalty for some 'move-over' violations finalized

Jul. 10, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly is increasing the criminal penalty for motorists who violate North Carolina's "move-over" law and a first responder dies or is seriously injured. The Senate agreed on Wednesday to House changes to the bill, which responds to the December death of a Lumberton...

Forest to kick off NC gubernatorial campaign next month

Jul. 10, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will formally begin his 2020 campaign for governor next month at a weekend rally. Forest's campaign committee says the Aug. 17 event will be held at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Forest is a Raleigh architect who was first elected...

As Cooper makes offer, efforts to advance NC budget stall

Jul. 9, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The drive to enact a new North Carolina state budget idled Tuesday even as Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper made a counteroffer to the two-year plan he's already vetoed, and Republicans failed again to locate enough votes to override him. House GOP leaders tried unsuccessfully on Monday and...