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FILE - In this Friday, May 15, 2020, file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wears a mask with the Maryland state flag on it following a tour of Coastal Sunbelt Produce in Laurel, Md. A federal judge on Wednesday, May 20, rejected a request to issue a temporary restraining order sought by people challenging Hogan's stay-at-home order in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Request for injunction on Maryland stay-at-home order denied

May. 20, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a request to issue a temporary restraining order sought by people challenging Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake issued the order in response to a lawsuit filed by a group...

FILE - In this July 2, 2012, file photo, Rep. Larry Womble, D- Forsyth, asks his fellow legislators to not override Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto of the bill rewriting the 2009 Racial Justice Act during a legislative session in the House of Representatives in Raleigh, N.C., Womble, a North Carolina state legislator who championed the cause of compensating North Carolina’s sterilization victims from the 20th century has died of natural causes, on Thursday, May 14,2020. He was 78. (Shawn Rocco/The News & Observer via AP)

N.C. Rep. Womble, champion for sterilization victims, dies

May. 15, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former state Rep. Larry Womble, an educator who championed the cause of compensating North Carolina's sterilization victims from the 20th century, has died at age 78. Womble died at his home in Winston-Salem on Thursday of natural causes, according to Carmen Russell Bonham, director at...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II for actions in Afghanistan, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Shurer has died at age 41. Miranda Shurer said her husband, who was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, died Thursday, May 14, 2020, in a Washington, D.C., hospital. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Medal of Honor recipient dies; saved lives in Afghanistan

May. 14, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Former Army Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer II, who received the Medal of Honor in 2018 for braving heavy gunfire to save lives in Afghanistan, has died of cancer. He was 41. Miranda Shurer said her husband died Thursday in Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. She said he was...

In this image made from a video chat, Monica Shepard responds to questions from a reporter in her home in the Rocky Point area of Pender County, N.C., Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Shepard said she and her son were confronted with an angry group, some of whom were armed, who came to their house in a case of mistaken identity looking for another person whom they believed was involved in a crime. (Cody Jackson/Zoom via AP)

North Carolina mother leaned on faith to rebuff crowd

May. 12, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — There were no weapons for Monica Shepard to use to keep a group of armed people out of her home as they sought her son in connection with a missing girl. All there was, she said, was faith to resist and determination to protect him. “I was vulnerable. They had the crowd....

This undated photo provided by Janine Iamunno and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, shows a stack of notecards ready to be passed out to members of the Class of 2020 at the university. The cards are part of a campaign by school officials to help graduating seniors celebrate despite missing out on commencement exercises because of the new coronavirus pandemic. (Janine Iamunno/UNCW via AP)

North Carolina college asks community to cheer graduates

May. 8, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — With college commencements canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, one North Carolina university is going all out to celebrate the Class of 2020, enlisting help on campus and in the community. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is in the midst of a multi-faceted...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, file photo provided by DroneBase, waves crash along Avon, N.C., in Dare County, in the Outer Banks. Three counties on North Carolina’s tourist-reliant Outer Banks, including Dare County, announced plans Wednesday, May 6, 2020, to lift coronavirus-related visitor restrictions, although they warned of the need to continue to practice social distancing amid the ongoing pandemic. (DroneBase via AP, File)

Outer Banks counties announce date for reopening to visitors

May. 6, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Three counties on North Carolina’s tourist-reliant Outer Banks announced plans Wednesday to lift coronavirus-related visitor restrictions, although they warned of the need to continue to practice social distancing amid the ongoing pandemic. In a joint statement, officials...

North Carolina governor signs $1.6 billion COVID-19 bills

May. 4, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a pair of bills on Monday which will provide a $1.6 billion infusion for schools, hospitals, local governments and researchers battling the coronavirus pandemic. While the Republican-dominated General Assembly and Democratic governor have been at odds since Cooper took office...

This 2018 photo provided by Tom Fuldner shows Elizabeth Peeler. Peeler, an events planner, is concerned that large gatherings may not resume for more than a year due to the new coronavirus. (Tom Fuldner via AP)

North Carolina business owners anxious in midst of pandemic

Apr. 30, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

As North Carolina businesses sit idle during the COVID-19 pandemic, business owners sit anxiously and wonder when — or if — they'll get back to work. In Raleigh, an events planner is concerned that large gatherings may not resume for more than a year. To the west in Gastonia, a salon owner is...

Charlotte diocese faces 2 suits over alleged priest abuse

Apr. 15, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two lawsuits have been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte claiming two boys were sexually abused in separate instances by the two priests they sought out for help with personal problems decades ago. One of the lawsuits filed Monday in Mecklenburg County Superior Court...

Black doctor jailed over $100 bill sues Charlotte, police

Apr. 7, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

A doctor who was jailed overnight in North Carolina after being accused of paying for a beer at a concert with a counterfeit $100 bill is suing, saying she was singled out for malicious prosecution because she's African American. Dr. Cordula Lutz says she was discriminated against because of her race, falsely...