Latest North Carolina state government News

Ex-North Carolina Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan dies at 87

Feb. 16, 2020 5:44 PM EST

MOUNT GILEAD, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan, who was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1988 but lost to a Republican incumbent, died on Sunday. He was 87. An obituary posted online by a funeral home said Jordan died at his home in Mount Gilead, North Carolina, surrounded by...

Shoplifting arrest ends search for teen accused of killings

Feb. 16, 2020 3:40 PM EST

MIDLAND, Va. (AP) — A 17-year-old boy charged with fatally shooting his mother and 6-year-old brother in their Virginia home was apprehended after he tried to shoplift hair dye, clothes and a backpack from a North Carolina department store, police said Sunday. Levi Norwood was arrested Saturday after...

FILE - This undated photo provided by Robert Brown Public Relations shows Greg Lindberg. Lindberg, and two associates, accused of fraud conspiracy and bribery counts related to an alleged scheme of giving up to $2 million in campaign money to help Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey in exchange for Causey pushing aside a senior deputy, go on trial next week. (Robert Brown Public Relations/Greg Lindberg via AP, File)

Political corruption trial of big N Carolina donor to start

Feb. 15, 2020 10:26 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An insurance company magnate and two associates go on trial this week on charges they conspired to bribe an elected North Carolina regulator with up to $2 million in campaign money so scrutiny of his businesses would ease. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn will preside over the case...

Schools chief accused of sending texts for political gain

Feb. 14, 2020 11:43 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's State Schools Superintendent has been accused of using a database to send hundreds of thousands of text messages and emails for political gain. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday that multiple ethics complaints have been filed against State Schools...

Contractors to reinforce dune to protect Ocracoke roadway

Feb. 13, 2020 10:17 AM EST

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — Contractors will soon be placing sandbags along a stretch of N.C. 12 on North Carolina's Outer Banks to protect the road from getting washed out again. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday that the North Carolina Department of Transportation is using the sandbags to...

Bloomberg, surrogates for Sanders, Biden come to N Carolina

Feb. 13, 2020 4:00 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's primary elections are heating up with presidential candidates and their surrogates visiting as early in-person voting begins. Registered voters or people who want to register now can cast ballots at locations in all 100 counties starting on Thursday through Feb. 29....

FILE-In this June 23, 2016, file photo, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, R-Guilford, right, listens during a Senate session in Raleigh, N.C. A retired campaign reform group leader filed an ethics complaint on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, alleging that the powerful North Carolina legislator improperly benefited financially from the sale and purchase of a townhouse in Raleigh. The campaign of Senate leader Berger called the allegations “smears.

NC Senate leader complaint focuses on house sale, payments

Feb. 12, 2020 6:48 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A retired campaign reform group leader filed an ethics complaint on Wednesday alleging that a powerful North Carolina legislator improperly benefited financially from the sale and purchase of a townhouse in Raleigh. The campaign of Senate leader Phil Berger called the allegations...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2018 file photo, police stand guard after the confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.   Judge Allen Baddour ruled Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 that the Sons of Confederate Veterans didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit that led to the hastily arranged deal that gave them possession of the statue known as Silent Sam, along with $2.5 million to maintain it. He  vacated the deal and also dismissed the underlying lawsuit brought by the SCV.  Critics had questioned how the deal was quietly struck with the UNC Board of Governors and approved just before Thanksgiving.  
  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Judge voids deal giving UNC statue to Confederate group

Feb. 12, 2020 3:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fate of a Confederate statue torn down by protesters was thrown back into uncertainty Wednesday when a judge overturned a settlement by the University of North Carolina's governing board that gave the monument to a Confederate heritage group along with money to preserve it. Judge...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Feb. 12, 2020 12:47 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Feb. 9 The Winston-Salem Journal on NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch's accomplishments and North Carolina ties: NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch ended a lengthy tenure on the International Space Station this month when she and two colleagues returned...

Task force formed to monitor new coronavirus for N Carolina

Feb. 12, 2020 4:22 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper says a new state panel monitoring a new virus that has killed over 1,000 people in China will help keep North Carolina residents safe and informed about the disease. The new Novel Coronavirus Task Force unveiled this week will be led by State Health Director Elizabeth...