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USDA OKs disaster declarations for North Carolina counties

Oct. 21, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Twelve counties in western North Carolina have been granted requests for a primary county disaster designation after excessive rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Fred during the summer, according to a news release. The news release from Gov, Roy...

Former Gaston County commissioner to serve in NC House

Oct. 21, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — The ex-chairman of a local hospital board who resigned his position last year when his social media postings early during the COVID-19 pandemic got public attention will serve out the term of a North Carolina legislator who died. Gaston County...

NC speaker: Medicaid expansion not in latest budget offer

Oct. 21, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The latest budget offer that North Carolina Republicans sent to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wouldn't expand Medicaid broadly as Cooper seeks, but it does sweeten a previous proposal on worker pay raises, a top GOP legislator says. House Speaker Tim...

Redistricting options from NC senators released to public

Oct. 20, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After two weeks of mapmaking in open meeting rooms, North Carolina senators have presented some proposals to the public on how they might redraw congressional or state Senate district lines for the next decade. The Senate Redistricting Committee...

GOP bill on NC governor's emergency powers heads to his desk

Oct. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another effort by North Carolina Republicans to check the governor's broad powers during a pandemic or other emergency cleared the General Assembly on Wednesday. As with a similar measure last year, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto is likely. The...

NC GOP leaders send new budget-bargaining offer to Cooper

Oct. 19, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders sent another negotiating offer to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday as top government officials still attempt to enact a long-overdue two year budget. The offices of Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim...

Judge: No waiting on NC budget to act on school funding

Oct. 18, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge signaled Monday that he's ready to formally demand legislators carry out a funding recipe to reduce public education inequities, saying he wouldn't wait on a negotiated budget agreement between the governor and legislature before acting. ...

German plastics manufacturer bringing jobs to North Carolina

Oct. 16, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A German company which makes plastic components is bringing 133 jobs to a North Carolina county, according to the governor's office. Pöppelmann Plastics USA LLC is investing more than $19.2 million to expand its manufacturing campus in Claremont...

A day after swearing-in, new NC judge switches registration

Oct. 14, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A northeastern North Carolina judge changed her voter registration from Democrat to Republican the day after she was sworn in to the job for which Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper appointed her. District Court Judge Jennifer Karpowicz Bland...

Governor: Lt. governor's LGBTQ comments don't speak for NC

Oct. 13, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday that Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson “does not speak for North Carolina,” a reference to comments that Robinson made about sex education in public schools that critics say plainly disparaged LGBTQ people. ...