Latest North Carolina state government News

North Carolina hearing set to consider voting machines

Aug. 23, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Elections officials are deciding which voting machines are cleared to use in North Carolina, and whether they must count ballots that can be checked by human eyes. The State Board of Elections meets Friday to decide whether the only company now selling voting machines in the state can...

North Carolina transgender inmate moved to women's prison

Aug. 15, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials have transferred a transgender inmate to a women's prison. News outlets report the state Department of Public Safety announced Thursday that Kanautica Zayre-Brown was moved to Anson Correctional Institution in Polkton. The move comes after months of review by...

North Carolina governor seeks weigh-in after remapping trial

Aug. 7, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein have formally asked North Carolina judges to quickly strike down dozens of legislative districts drawn by Republicans that are at the center of a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit. The top elected Democratic leaders on Wednesday requested...

Man with gun stopped by security at N Carolina legislature

Aug. 2, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man faces charges of carrying a concealed handgun into North Carolina's legislative building, which this year implemented airport-style security measures for people seeking to interact with lawmakers. Abraham James Zeiger, 36, of Raleigh was charged with trying to carry the gun into...

N. Carolina governor moves to block conversion therapy funds

Aug. 2, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's state health department is barred from allowing public funds to pay for conversion therapy for minors, a controversial practice aimed at changing young LGBT people's sexual orientations, under an order signed Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper. Advocacy groups praised the...

North Carolina delays mandating readable election ballots

Aug. 1, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state elections board declined Thursday to decide whether the next generation of voting machines should be required to furnish a paper printout so voters can read and confirm their ballots. One-third of North Carolina's 100 counties must replace their current touch-screen voting...

Investigators: Accumulating natural gas led to house blast

Jul. 31, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Investigators say natural gas accumulated in a house in North Carolina for several days before a fatal explosion. News outlets report the Charlotte Fire Department says the gas ignited within a few minutes of the residents entering the house on July 2, killing 58-year-old Rania...

NC Elections chairman quits over joke relating cows to women

Jul. 31, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

CARY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Board of Elections Chairman has resigned after opening a statewide meeting of elections officials with a joke about cows and women who don't want sex. Gov. Roy Cooper accepted Democrat Robert Cordle's resignation on Tuesday. WRAL reports Wake County Board of Elections...

Medicaid, budget fight test North Carolina governor's clout

Jul. 27, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper often got steamrolled by Republicans when they held comfortable legislative majorities during his first two years on the job. They could usually ignore his objections about their conservative agenda and override his vetoes. That's changed since...

North Carolina trial into partisan gerrymandering wraps up

Jul. 26, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina trial that concluded Friday leaves state judges to decide whether they can identify when politicians go too far in drawing voting districts to their advantage, a judgment the U.S. Supreme Court refused to make. A three-judge panel will likely spend weeks digesting...