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North Carolina Supreme Court hears felony voting rights case

Feb. 02, 2023 17:28 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s newly seated Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on whether people convicted of felonies — tens of thousands statewide — should be permitted to vote if they aren’t in prison but still are serving probation or parole or have yet to pay fines. ...

North Carolina Medicaid director Dave Richard to retire

Feb. 02, 2023 16:49 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The official who oversaw the conversion of North Carolina’s Medicaid agency to managed care will retire from state government at the end of the month, the state health department said on Thursday. Dave Richard, the deputy secretary for Medicaid for the last...

20 attorneys general warn Walgreens, CVS over abortion pills

Feb. 01, 2023 12:40 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys general in 20 conservative-led states warned CVS and Walgreens on Wednesday that they could face legal consequences if they sell abortion pills by mail in those states. A letter from Republican Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey to the nation's...

Group: N.C. request for redistricting rehearing 'frivolous'

Jan. 30, 2023 19:01 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An advocacy group that sued over redistricting lines in North Carolina told state Supreme Court justices Monday that previous rulings that blocked legislative and congressional district maps as illegal partisan gerrymanders should be left intact. Common Cause...

N. Carolina reporter and spokesperson Dick Ellis dies at 78

Jan. 30, 2023 11:44 AM EST

RALEIGH. N.C. (AP) — Dick Ellis, a former North Carolina television news reporter and spokesperson for political campaigns and the state courts system, has died at age 78. Ellis died on Saturday from cancer at the VA Medical Center in Durham, his daughter, Annette Rogers, said...

North Carolina lawmakers back to work for 2023, filing bills

Jan. 25, 2023 18:11 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly returned to Raleigh on Wednesday after its usual two-week January break and turned to the business of legislating — filing bills on several topics familiar to veteran lawmakers. The House and Senate held midday floor...

New lawsuits target state restrictions on abortion pills

Jan. 25, 2023 16:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of abortion rights filed separate lawsuits Wednesday challenging two states' abortion pill restrictions, the opening salvo in what’s expected to be a protracted legal battle over access to the medications. The lawsuits argue that limits on the drugs...

Leftover issues aplenty expected in North Carolina session

Jan. 24, 2023 18:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's legislative ledger gets cleared every two years when the next set of 170 lawmakers are sworn in. The General Assembly starts from scratch filing and advancing bills. But the legislative session that begins in earnest Wednesday should be chock...

State auditor: I made 'serious mistake' leaving accident

Jan. 23, 2023 23:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's elected state auditor apologized Monday for leaving the scene of an accident last month after she drove her state-issued vehicle into a parked car, calling it a “serious mistake” and adding she would continue at her job. In a statement...

State lawmakers propose power grid protections after attacks

Jan. 22, 2023 07:36 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When gunshots at two electrical substations cut power to thousands of central North Carolina homes for several days in early December, Republican state Rep. Ben Moss watched his vibrant district full of family farms, small businesses and sprawling golf courses become “a...