Latest North Carolina News

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest speaks to members of the media during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, June 29, 2020. Forest plans to sue Gov. Roy Cooper over alleged violations of the state Emergency Management Act during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Forest abandons lawsuit challenging Cooper executive orders

Aug. 13, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest ended a testy legal battle with campaign rival and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday after a judge recently rejected Forest's demand to block Cooper from shuttering businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Forest sued the governor...

Virus claims life of mayor of eastern North Carolina city

Aug. 13, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The mayor of the eastern North Carolina city of Washington has died from complications of the coronavirus. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the city announced his death on Wednesday night. Mac Hodges had been mayor since 2013 and was described as a “legend and a...

College party with 400 people shut down in North Carolina

Aug. 13, 2020 5:30 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — About 20 parties, including one with nearly 400 people in attendance, were shut down at a university in North Carolina during the school's opening weekend, campus police said. The parties, which violate the state’s ban on large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic, were...

Qualifying medalist Wilson Furr advances in US Amateur

Aug. 12, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

BANDON, Ore. (AP) — Qualifying medalist Wilson Furr advanced to the second round of match play in the U.S. Amateur on Wednesday, beating China's Aaron Du 6 and 4 at breezy Bandon Dunes. Furr, the 22-year-old rising Alabama senior from Jackson, Mississippi, will face Vanderbilt's Harrison Ott. “The...

N.C. governor says he'll seek jobless aid that Trump offered

Aug. 12, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Wednesday that he's preparing to accept for the state extended unemployment benefits that President Donald Trump directed in an executive order, part of the continuing response to the COVID-19 economic downturn. Cooper, a Democrat, told top...

Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, answers a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, August 5, 2020.  (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

N.C. 'reporting error' fuels 200,000 COVID testing overcount

Aug. 12, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina overcounted its tally of completed coronavirus tests by 200,000 since the start of the pandemic, state officials announced Wednesday, blaming most of the error on a processing lab. The error doesn't affect key measures such as the percentage of positive test results,...

Prosecutor asks 14 years for billionaire in bribery case

Aug. 12, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal prosecutor said Wednesday that a billionaire Durham businessman should spend 14 years in prison for trying to bribe North Carolina's top insurance regulator with large political contributions. U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray laid out the prosecution's sentencing recommendation...

North Carolina woman accused of trying to poison family

Aug. 12, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A woman accused of trying to poison her husband and stepson was caught on video spiking a drink with paint thinner and cleaning products, prosecutors said Wednesday. Susan McNair, 72, was arrested by Wilmington police on Tuesday on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and...

In this undated photo made available by Stephen Smith, GOP primary candidate Madison Cawthorn participates in a debate at the Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville, N.C. Cawthorn, 24, soundly defeated the preferred candidate of President Donald Trump. He defeated Lynda Bennett by a 2-1 margin. (Stephen Smith via AP)

NC candidate defends posts; says he despises racism

Aug. 12, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A young Republican congressional candidate in North Carolina says suggestions from his rival and others that he has an affinity for white supremacist causes are ridiculous and based on a lack of historical knowledge. “I don’t run in those circles, so I don’t know...

FILE - Fans cheer as the Michigan team takes the field at Michigan Stadium for an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 13, 2018. Michigan's Big House will be sitting empty when the leaves start to change this fall. From Ann Arbor to Los Angeles to Oxford, that most American of pursuits, college football, has either given up hope of getting in a traditional season or is flinging what amounts to a Hail Mary pass in a desperate attempt to hang on in the age of COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

Rites of fall: Losing college football stings across America

Aug. 12, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

Michigan's Big House will be sitting empty when the leaves start to change this fall. Southern Cal's famed white horse, Traveler, won't be galloping triumphantly after a Trojans touchdown. No one at Ole Miss knows for sure if partying fans will be belting out a well-lubricated "Hotty Toddy” in The Grove....