Latest Roy A. Cooper News

Cooper OK's bill offering K-12 students summer school option

Apr. 09, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed three education bills on Friday to help address learning loss incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic and expand access to in-state tuition for military dependents whose parents were reassigned to another location. ...

Man who was wrongly imprisoned for 44 years gets $750,000

Apr. 08, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A man who served nearly 44 years in prison for a crime he says he didn't commit has received compensation from the state of North Carolina. Ronnie Long told The Charlotte Observer that it's not nearly enough. Long received...

N.C. bill would ban treatment for trans people under 21

Apr. 05, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three North Carolina Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would prevent doctors from performing gender reassignment surgery for transgender people younger than 21. The legislation follows a nationwide trend of GOP-controlled state...

Many still hesitate to get vaccine, but reluctance is easing

Apr. 02, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

So few people came for COVID-19 vaccinations in one county in North Carolina that hospitals there now allow anyone 16 or older to get a shot, regardless of where they live. Get a shot, get a free doughnut, the governor said. Alabama, which has the nation's lowest...

Summer school, reading improvement bills pass NC legislature

Apr. 01, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly finalized on Thursday a pair of public education measures designed to get more intensive help to children learning to read and to those who have fallen behind during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before going home for a...

Robinhood to build customer service center in North Carolina

Apr. 01, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Robinhood, the stock-trading app company, will build a customer service center in North Carolina, creating nearly 400 jobs by 2025, officials announced on Tuesday. The California-based company will hire analysts, customer service staff and...

Retooling of NC student literacy efforts on fast track

Mar. 31, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An overhaul of North Carolina's efforts to improve reading proficiency for early-grade students in the public schools is advancing quickly through the legislature, clearing the Senate on Wednesday by a unanimous vote. A House education committee...

NC House votes for guardrails on governor's emergency powers

Mar. 31, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor would have to get formal support from other elected leaders to carry out long-term emergency orders in a measure approved Wednesday by the state House. The 69-50 party-line result favored Republicans, who've chafed under...

Cashwell named by Cooper as NC administration secretary

Mar. 31, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Pamela Cashwell, a veteran North Carolina state agency administrator and former federal prosecutor, was appointed on Wednesday by Gov. Roy Cooper as the Department of Administration secretary. Cashwell, a chief deputy secretary and senior policy...

In Gastonia, Cooper tells vaccine recipients to spread word

Mar. 31, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — As North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper toured vaccine clinics Wednesday in Gastonia, he repeated one phrase to people getting COVID-19 shots: “Go tell all your friends!” And to 16-year-old Ava Guerrero, who was getting a vaccine, he added: “Tell...