Latest North Carolina state government News

North Carolina court stops order to spend $1.7B on education

Nov. 30, 2021 20:08 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday blocked enforcement of parts of a trial judge's recent order that demanded $1.75 billion in state taxpayer funds be spent — without express legislative approval — to address public education inequities. ...

Judge won't order restart on NC legislative redistricting

Nov. 30, 2021 18:09 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge refused on Tuesday to essentially force state lawmakers to start over on this year's redistricting of General Assembly districts, saying he can't turn back the clock on the process that was used and led to new seat boundaries. ...

Head of North Carolina health department stepping down

Nov. 30, 2021 16:42 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Dr. Mandy Cohen, the head of North Carolina's health department and face of regular updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state for two years, is stepping down from her post, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday. “Dr. Cohen,...

NC General Assembly wraps up most of its 2021 work

Nov. 29, 2021 22:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up late Monday nearly all of its work for the calendar year, although vetoes, redistricting rulings or other items could bring lawmakers back to Raleigh for more activity within weeks. The...

Western NC Reps. Fisher, Turner leaving their House seats

Nov. 29, 2021 20:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two Buncombe County Democrats in the North Carolina state House are planning to leave the legislature. Veteran Rep. Susan Fisher announced Monday on the House floor that she will step down from her seat on Dec. 31. And...

NC state controller wants education spending order halted

Nov. 29, 2021 16:59 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chief bookkeeper for North Carolina state government's finances has asked an appeals court to block a trial judge's recent decision that ordered her and other officials to allocate $1.75 billion to address education inequities. An attorney for...

Statewide database on police use of force won't be public

Nov. 28, 2021 15:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Incidents in which police officers kill or injure someone in North Carolina are going to be recorded statewide for the first time in a database. But the information will not be made available to the public. WRAL reported Sunday that the General...

3 N. Carolina prison officers resign after inmate overdose

Nov. 24, 2021 17:29 PM EST

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A state agency has initiated an investigation after an inmate at a North Carolina correctional institute died of a suspected overdose amid allegations that officers smuggled drugs into the facility. Authorities said Tabor Correctional...

1 in 6 North Carolina adults have gotten COVID-19 booster

Nov. 24, 2021 15:50 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New state data shows more than 1.3 million of the roughly 8.2 million North Carolina adults who qualify for a COVID-19 booster shot — or one in six eligible residents — have gotten the extra protection against a virus that has killed about 775,000 Americans. ...

High court to consider if GOP leaders can join voter ID suit

Nov. 24, 2021 14:21 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday it will consider whether North Carolina Republican legislative leaders can intervene in a federal court battle over a 2018 state voter ID mandate. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger want to...