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Terry Crabtree finishes boarding up the entrance to Downeast Marine in Otway, N.C. as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)

Shops closed, beaches deserted as Isaias nears the Carolinas

Aug. 3, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Coastal shops and restaurants closed early, power began to flicker at oceanfront hotels and even the most adventurous of beachgoers abandoned the sand Monday night as newly restrengthened Hurricane Isaias sped toward the Carolinas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned...

North Carolina officials caution residents about Isaias

Aug. 2, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper cautioned residents on Sunday not to overlook the potential threats of Tropical Storm Isaias, which has weakened from a hurricane. Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to begin in North Carolina after dark Monday and into Tuesday morning, the governor...

With more autonomy, NC private schools plan reopenings

Aug. 2, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — This fall, Grace Christian Academy will look fairly normal. The Cleveland County private school will welcome full classes of students, pre-K through 12th grade, to in-person instruction. Neither teachers nor students will have to wear face coverings and no virtual academy will be...

North Carolina prepares for Isaias

Aug. 1, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged state residents on Saturday to be prepared for Isaias, which weakened to a tropical storm but was expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Florida. “As we learned with Hurricane Florence, even a category one storm can bring severe...

N.C. Director of Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry answers a question during an update on North Carolina's preparations for Hurricane Isaias at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, July 31, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

N.C. governor: Hurricane brings "double trouble" with virus

Jul. 31, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Friday to help prepare for Hurricane Isaias, which he said will bring atypical challenges given the longstanding COVID-19 crisis. The emergency declaration, running concurrently with the one for the coronavirus in place...

Forest lawyer: Cooper must 'follow the law' on virus orders

Jul. 31, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest wants Gov. Roy Cooper to “simply follow the law" and get formal support of his COVID-19 executive orders from other elected officials, Forest's attorney wrote Friday in a legal challenge. Forest, a Republican, responded to arguments that...

DOT: Top executive's departure unrelated to treasurer's call

Jul. 30, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A top executive's departure from the North Carolina Department of Transportation has nothing to do with state Treasurer Dale Folwell's call earlier this month to replace him, a DOT spokesperson said Thursday. Chief Operating Officer Bobby Lewis' last day on the job will be Friday,...

Big N. Carolina utilities told to stop disconnections longer

Jul. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators have told the state's big for-profit electric, natural gas and water utilities to keep delaying disconnections through August as customers still struggle financially from COVID-19. The state Utilities Commission issued an order late Wednesday, the same day a...

N.C. State Fair canceled in 2020 due to coronavirus

Jul. 29, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina State Fair has been canceled for this year due to safety, financial and attendance challenges from COVID-19, State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced Wednesday. The fair, which was first held in 1853, is one of the state's largest annual attractions,...

Lawyers: Cooper didn't need group's consent for virus orders

Jul. 29, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper didn't need the consent of other statewide elected leaders to issue COVID-19 orders shuttering businesses, limiting assemblies and mandating face coverings, state attorneys wrote on Wednesday. Responding to a legal challenge by Republican Lt....