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NC road-building costs could scale back long-term projects

Sep. 22, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government would need billions of dollars in additional road-building funds if it wants to carry out currently planned projects for the next decade, according to recent cost reassessments. The gap between the costs for committed...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 22, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

Charlotte Observer. Sept. 19, 2021. Editorial: What happens if NC Republicans defy the courts on schools funding? Superior Court Judge David Lee has set a mid-October deadline for state lawmakers to comply with rulings in the decades-long Leandro...

NC Senate maneuvers again to keep public records bill alive

Sep. 22, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans have used another parliamentary maneuver to try to get legislation to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk that would increase public access to the personnel history of government employees. The Senate voted Wednesday...

Late NC political giant Basnight remembered by ex-colleagues

Sep. 21, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former colleagues of the late Senate leader Marc Basnight gathered Tuesday to remember his lasting contributions to North Carolina and to view a portrait of the Outer Banks Democrat that will hang in the chamber. Gov. Roy Cooper, former Lt. Gov....

Head of North Carolina alcohol board resigns, cites stress

Sep. 20, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has resigned from the board, citing anxiety over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the agency’s recent challenges with liquor distribution. A.D. “Zander” Guy submitted...

Union Co. to comply with COVID protocols amid lawsuit threat

Sep. 20, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Union County's school board voted Monday to modify the district's quarantine protocols to comply with state law and let the county health department lead contact-tracing efforts. The move comes after the North Carolina Department of Health and Human...

North Carolina judges strike down state’s voter ID law

Sep. 17, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina judges struck down the state’s latest photo voter identification law on Friday, agreeing with minority voters that Republicans rammed through rules tainted by racial bias as a way to remain in power. Two of...

Judge blocks NC law provision aimed at farm workers' union

Sep. 16, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's only farm worker union is pleased despite mixed decisions so far from federal courts about a 2017 law it says obstructs mostly Latino field hands organizing for better benefits and conditions. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs...

NC House speaker: Budget, new maps are goals for October

Sep. 15, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders are aiming to finalize a North Carolina state government budget and complete redistricting by the end of October, House Speaker Tim Moore said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters after a House floor session, Moore...

Angry over 2020 ballot deal, NC Republicans vote to limit AG

Sep. 15, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The flap over absentee ballots in North Carolina's 2020 election resurfaced Wednesday at the General Assembly as Republicans gave final approval to legislation that would limit Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein's ability to enter future legal settlements. ...