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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 12:24 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...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 23, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 23 The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer on the reaction of Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore to a proposed legal settlement in North Carolina: In this time of political tension, a little comic relief is welcome. So...

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., left, and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham greet each other prior to a televised debate at WNCN-TV in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Supreme Court vacancy looms large in 2nd NC Senate debate

Sep. 22, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Questions about the potential successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg hung heavy over Tuesday night’s second debate in a U.S. Senate race in North Carolina whose outcome could decide the chamber’s control. While Republican incumbent Thom Tillis embraced a swift process toward...

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)

North Carolina board agrees to more absentee ballot changes

Sep. 22, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina election officials agreed Tuesday that mail-in absentee ballots returned this fall with deficient information can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. The change, if it stands, would likely yield an upward tick in the number of counted...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper walks the field before the NFL football team's game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C. Tepper expressed frustration with government officials over not allowing fans in the stadium for the team’s Sept. 13 home opener against the Las Vegas Raiders. Tepper said he’ll continue to have conversations with government officials, including North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, about allowing the team to bring in a limited number of fans into Bank of America Stadium for future home games this season. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

NC governor: Outdoor venues could reopen at reduced capacity

Sep. 22, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — College and professional sports teams in North Carolina may soon be allowed to host a few thousand fans in outdoor stadiums, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday. If the state's coronavirus numbers continue to improve or remain flat, Cooper said he plans to ease the...

Sen. Tillis: Trump to extend offshore drilling pause to NC

Sep. 21, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters won't be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday. Earlier this month, Trump signed a memorandum instructing his interior secretary to prohibit...

Engineers are using lasers to test new Outer Banks bridge

Sep. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — Engineers are shooting trillions of laser beams at a new bridge on North Carolina's Outer Banks to make sure it will withstand the harsh elements of the Atlantic coast. The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that the tests are being done on the $252 million Marc Basnight Bridge. It...

Grant to help North Carolina buy rail for high-speed service

Sep. 21, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina will use a $47.5 million federal grant to purchase a rail line needed to advance planned high-speed passenger train service between Raleigh and Richmond, Virginia. The money, announced on Friday by four North Carolina members of Congress, will let the state...

NC unemployment rate falls to nearly half of lockdown's peak

Sep. 19, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped markedly in August, according to state figures, falling to nearly half the record rate during the spring at the height of business and movement restrictions issued during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 6.5% jobless rate is 2 percentage points...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, North Carolina State's Devin Leary (13) passes the ball against Louisville during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack will try to regroup after winning just four games last season. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File)

N.C. State parents OK'd to attend Saturday football game

Sep. 18, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State University said Friday it has received permission from the state to allow up to 350 fans to attend its Saturday home football game against Wake Forest University. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the gathering limit to The...