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Virus pandemic continues to hammer universities' finances

Sep. 25, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to cause economic hardship for some of North Carolina's universities. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday that N.C. State has announced new employee furloughs and salary cuts. And administrators at the University of North Carolina...

Workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. North Carolina is scheduled to begin sending out more than 600,000 requested absentee ballots to voters on Friday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Witness mandate vex some new mail-in voters in key states

Sep. 25, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As the pandemic prompts a surge in voting by mail, voters in a handful of states, including the presidential battlegrounds of North Carolina and Wisconsin, are facing a requirement that already is tripping up thousands — the need to have a witness sign their ballot envelope. A...

Initial unemployment claims slightly drop in North Carolina

Sep. 25, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's initial unemployment-insurance benefit claims showed a slight downward trend last week. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Thursday that the state had 12,591 claims for the week that ended Sept. 19. The number is slightly down from a revised 13,437 the previous...

North Carolina highway reopens after sand, water cleared

Sep. 25, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — A highway linking barrier islands on North Carolina's Outer Banks has reopened after water churned up by a tropical storm flooded the road and piled sand as high as 6 feet (2 meters) over the pavement. N.C. 12 reopened to traffic at noon Thursday after it was closed near...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Biden for President Black economic summit at Camp North End in Charlotte, N.C. The final stretch of a presidential campaign is typically a nonstop mix of travel, caffeine and adrenaline. But as the worst pandemic in a century bears down on the United States, Joe Biden is taking a lower key approach. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Biden's low-key campaign style worries some Democrats

Sep. 25, 2020 2:53 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The final stretch of a presidential campaign is typically a nonstop mix of travel, caffeine and adrenaline. But as the worst pandemic in a century bears down on the United States, Joe Biden is taking a lower key approach. Since his Aug. 11 selection of California Sen. Kamala Harris...

North Carolina State running back Ricky Person Jr. (8) throws a 2-yard touchdown pass during the second half of the team's 45-42 victory over Wake Forest in an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

No. 20 Hokies finally getting started vs. the Wolfpack

Sep. 24, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

North Carolina State (1-0, 1-0 ACC) at No. 20 Virginia Tech (0-0, 0-0), Saturday at 8 p.m. ET (ACCN). Line: Virginia Tech by 7. Series record: Virginia Tech leads 27-18-4 WHAT’S AT STAKE? The Hokies and Wolfpack finally meet two weeks after they were originally scheduled to before a coronavirus outbreak...

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on healthcare at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump promotes health care 'vision' but gaps remain

Sep. 24, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More than three-and-a-half years into his presidency and 40 days from an election, President Donald Trump on Thursday launched what aides termed a “vision” for health care heavy on unfulfilled aspirations. “This is affirmed, signed, and done, so we can put that...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, empty boxes await packages at the Wake County Board of Elections as workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing in preparation for the upcoming election, in Raleigh, N.C. In an announcement made Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, North Carolina election officials have agreed that mail-in absentee ballots returned with deficient information this fall can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

GOP elections board members in NC resign over absentee deal

Sep. 24, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The two Republican members of North Carolina's state elections board have resigned after signing off on a legal settlement to alter absentee ballot rules for this fall. Their decision further accentuates the political stakes in altering this popular form of voting during the COVID-19...

NASCAR fines Hendrick $100,000 for too much wind tunnel time

Sep. 24, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports was fined $100,000 on Thursday for exceeding the amount of wind tunnel testing allowed in a year. NASCAR also docked the organization 10 hours of wind tunnel time for next year. An organization is allowed a maximum of 70 hours in 2020 and 90 hours in 2021. The...

The Latest: Sports staff salary cuts at North Carolina State

Sep. 24, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ North Carolina State has announced temporary salary cuts or furloughs for coaches and staff members because of financial concerns amid the pandemic. The school announced the measures Thursday, citing expected losses of $25...