Latest North Carolina state government News

NC governor signs bill that keeps hemp industry lawful

Jun. 30, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed legislation on Thursday that keeps the state's burgeoning hemp industry operating lawfully. The General Assembly had given final approval Wednesday to language that would make hemp products for industrial use and others...

NC board, citing fraud probe, rejects Green Party for ballot

Jun. 30, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina State Board of Elections rejected the Green Party’s petition for their candidates to appear on November ballots Thursday, citing its ongoing fraud investigation that questions the validity of more than 2,000 signatures that party officials turned in to...

Veto likely again ahead for bill making NC sheriffs aid ICE

Jun. 30, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation requiring North Carolina’s sheriffs to assist federal agents who are seeking a jail inmate whom they believe is in the country unlawfully neared final General Assembly approval Thursday with House backing. The Senate bill is a response by...

NC legislature advances budget agreement closer to governor

Jun. 30, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature advanced its proposed state budget adjustments in bipartisan fashion Thursday, each chamber voting separately by comfortable margins for a plan that would spend or salt away billions more without added tax cuts. ...

NC, Colonial Pipeline reach agreement on handling fuel spill

Jun. 30, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Colonial Pipeline has agreed to a consent order which says it should be held accountable for a gasoline spill in a North Carolina nature preserve that was found to be far worse than what the company initially said, a state agency said Thursday. The N.C....

Elevator improvements in NC vacation rentals go to governor

Jun. 29, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Safety improvement requirements to prevent injury or death from elevators inside North Carolina vacation cottages and short-term rentals received final legislative approval on Wednesday. The House voted unanimously to accept a version of legislation passed in...

NC hemp industry gets reprieve, as legislation gets final OK

Jun. 29, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s hemp industry appears to have avoided a shutdown, as the General Assembly gave its final approval Wednesday to legislation that would make its products permanently exempt from the state’s controlled substances law. The Senate voted 41-2 for...

Health, public safety secretaries confirmed by NC Senate

Jun. 29, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's most recent Cabinet replacements were confirmed unanimously by the state Senate on Wednesday. The chamber voted separately to confirm Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody Kinsley — the first openly gay...

Republicans pitch taking gov's power from NC education board

Jun. 29, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House Republicans pushed Wednesday for a constitutional amendment that would have voters elect members of the State Board of Education from each congressional district, a move that would erode dramatically the governor’s appointment authority to the panel. ...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jun. 29, 2022 07:30 AM EDT

Charlotte Observer/Raleigh News & Observer. June 21, 2022. Editorial: Jan. 6 hearings show the threat to election workers. NC bill would confront that Donald Trump’s slogan for 2016 and 2020 – Make America Great Again – has changed as he weighs running again...