Latest North Carolina state government News

N Carolina lawmakers wrap up initial Congress map drawings

Nov. 12, 2019 4:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators have wrapped up several days of map drawing while looking for replacement boundaries for the state's 13 U.S. House districts following a recent court order. A joint House-Senate committee met on Tuesday as lawmakers and staff worked on mapmaking computers for...

N Carolina senator has latched on to Trump. Will he hold on?

Nov. 9, 2019 11:42 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sen. Thom Tillis is following a simple formula for reelection in closely divided North Carolina: Stand with Donald Trump. It seems far less complicated than his winning approach in 2014. Back then, he pleased the Republican base when he advanced tax cuts and a gay marriage ban...

North Carolina no longer an outlier on sex and consent

Nov. 7, 2019 5:12 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor has signed a sexual assault bill that says women can revoke consent during sex. Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news release Thursday that he had signed the bill, which undoes a 1979 court decision that made North Carolina the only state where women can't revoke...

North Carolina lawmakers begin considering new Congress map

Nov. 5, 2019 6:14 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Pressed by a court ruling last week over partisan gerrymandering, North Carolina legislators began on Tuesday to produce a new state congressional map that could make it more difficult for national Republicans to retake control of the U.S. House. A special House-Senate committee met...

Blackbeard's ship case about images returns to trial court

Nov. 4, 2019 1:15 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A treasure hunter who accuses the state of North Carolina of misusing his images from Blackbeard's flagship says he'll ask for 10 times the damages he originally sought, now that a court ruling has come down in his favor. John Masters of Florida-based Intersal Inc. says he plans to...

Funeral held in North Carolina for former US Sen. Kay Hagan

Nov. 3, 2019 6:27 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Family and friends paid tribute Sunday to former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, eulogizing her as a "humble and kind" public servant who used hard work and good manners to get things done. Hagan, who won election in 2008 as the state's first female Democratic senator, died...

North Carolina redistricting cases could offer map to others

Nov. 2, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court this year declared federal judges had no business deciding cases about political gerrymandering, it also said state courts had every right to address the issue — and have they ever in North Carolina. Within four months, state judges hearing two...

NC legislators pass bill to close sexual assault loopholes

Oct. 31, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators are putting new legal power behind the notion that "no means no" — even if a woman first said yes. A 40-year-old North Carolina court ruling that says women can't revoke consent once a sex act has begun could be a thing of the past after the state...

Court considers voiding N. Carolina constitutional changes

Oct. 31, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court is considering whether to void changes to the state constitution that voters approved last year because they were placed on the ballot by lawmakers elected in racially gerrymandered districts, lawyers said Thursday. The state Court of Appeals will decide...

North Carolina absentee ballot rule changes get final OKs

Oct. 29, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators finalized changes on Tuesday to beef up mail-in absentee ballot rules and punishments for violations after a voting fraud investigation of a congressional race led to a new election this year. The bipartisan measure, which got unanimous support in the Senate...