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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, empty boxes await packages at the Wake County Board of Elections as workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing in preparation for the upcoming election, in Raleigh, N.C. In an announcement made Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, North Carolina election officials have agreed that mail-in absentee ballots returned with deficient information this fall can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

GOP elections board members in NC resign over absentee deal

Sep. 24, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The two Republican members of North Carolina's state elections board have resigned after signing off on a legal settlement to alter absentee ballot rules for this fall. Their decision further accentuates the political stakes in altering this popular form of voting during the COVID-19...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, empty boxes await packages at the Wake County Board of Elections as workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing in preparation for the upcoming election, in Raleigh, N.C. In an announcement made Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, North Carolina election officials have agreed that mail-in absentee ballots returned with deficient information this fall can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

North Carolina board agrees to more absentee ballot changes

Sep. 22, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina election officials agreed Tuesday that mail-in absentee ballots returned this fall with deficient information can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. The change, if it stands, would likely yield an upward tick in the number of counted...

Sen. Tillis: Trump to extend offshore drilling pause to NC

Sep. 21, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters won't be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday. Earlier this month, Trump signed a memorandum instructing his interior secretary to prohibit...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, North Carolina State's Devin Leary (13) passes the ball against Louisville during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack will try to regroup after winning just four games last season. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File)

N.C. State parents OK'd to attend Saturday football game

Sep. 18, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State University said Friday it has received permission from the state to allow up to 350 fans to attend its Saturday home football game against Wake Forest University. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the gathering limit to The...

Split North Carolina appeals court retains 2 amendments

Sep. 15, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court panel overturned on Tuesday a court ruling that voided alterations to the state constitution because legislators who put referendums on the ballot were elected from racially biased districts. The challenge to actions by the Republican-dominated General...

FILE - The clubhouse at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C., is shown April 3, 2002. The United States Golf Association announced Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, it will move its equipment testing center and other offices to North Carolina as part of a $36 million investment within the iconic golfing village of Pinehurst. (AP Photo/Randy Bergmann, File)

USGA to create campus at Pinehurst; No. 2 gets 4 more Opens

Sep. 10, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The United States Golf Association announced Wednesday it will move its equipment testing center and other offices to North Carolina as part of a $36 million investment within the iconic golfing village of Pinehurst. The USGA Research & Testing Center, along with the association's...

Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Smith Reynolds Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

NC: Trump rally exceeded pandemic limits, but not illegal

Sep. 9, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A crowed political rally hosted by President Donald Trump put people’s health at risk but was legal under state pandemic rules that exempt certain gatherings where people exercise free speech, a spokeswoman for North Carolina's governor said Wednesday. Trump spoke at Smith...

Stacks of ballot envelopes waiting to be mailed are seen at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. North Carolina is scheduled to begin sending out more than 600,000 requested absentee ballots to voters on Friday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Court: Money owed can't block voting rights for NC felons

Sep. 4, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

A North Carolina court ruled Friday that outstanding restitution, fees or other court-imposed monetary obligations can't prevent convicted felons from voting if they've completed all other portions of their sentence. The ruling, which may face appeals, could pave the way for an influx of thousands of felons to...

President Donald Trump talks to the crowd at Wilmington International Airport in Wilmington, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Trump was visiting Wilmington to declare it the first World War II Heritage City and to meet with World War II veterans in a private, invitation only event at the Battleship North Carolina. (Matt Born/The Star-News via AP)

Trump suggests polling place double-check for mail-in voters

Sep. 3, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that people who vote early by mail should show up at their local polling places on Election Day and vote again if their ballots haven’t been counted, a suggestion that experts said would lead to chaos, long lines and more work for election...

FILE - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper talks with Charlie Hale, vice president of Operations & Programs of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, during the governor's tour of the Raleigh, N.C., branch of the food bank, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.   Four years after he narrowly won the politically divided state carried by then-candidate Donald Trump,  Cooper now has a double-digit lead over his Republican challenger, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. Cooper's reelection path offers clues to what will work for Southern Democrats in an election cycle that also will determine control of the White House and Congress.  (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, File)

NC governor's race sets pace for Democrats in the South

Sep. 2, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Joe Biden may have one of his best chances for a Southern victory in North Carolina, where he stands to benefit from a mild-mannered Democratic governor praised for his balanced approach to controlling the coronavirus. Four years after he narrowly won the politically divided state...