Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

North Carolina Dem takes big financial lead in US House redo

Jul. 16, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat has a big financial lead over his Republican rival in a North Carolina U.S. House special election that was ordered after a ballot-collection scandal in the GOP-leaning district. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission late Monday showed Democrat Dan McCready...

Sports, horse betting bill for Cherokee gets final approval

Jul. 15, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the...

The Latest: Voter: Lawsuit tries 'to unrig a rigged process'

Jul. 15, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a partisan gerrymandering trial beginning in North Carolina state court (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A Democratic voter has testified that a gerrymandering lawsuit against North Carolina lawmakers is "trying to unrig a rigged process." The first day of the partisan...

North Carolina proposes smokable hemp ban as demand grows

Jul. 4, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

CLIMAX, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is the latest state considering a ban on smokable hemp, a product that's exploding along with the health craze surrounding a compound in the plant known as CBD. Besides federal regulations laid out in the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, the Food and Drug Administration has no...

Official: Gas leak preceded North Carolina house explosion

Jul. 3, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Leaking gas led to the fire and house explosion in North Carolina that killed a woman and left a man with life-threatening injuries, authorities said Wednesday. Fire Marshal Jonathan Leonard of the Charlotte Fire Department told a news conference that he couldn't provide any...

Woman found dead in North Carolina home after fire, blast

Jul. 3, 2019 2:35 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man who called 911 from a home leveled by a fire and booming explosion in North Carolina's largest city has been rescued with life-threatening injuries, authorities said Tuesday. Charlotte Fire Chief Reginald Johnson told reporters that the man, who he described as a resident,...

Files from dead mapmaker focus of NC redistricting hearing

Jul. 2, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Documents recovered from the house of a deceased Republican mapmaker that are part of a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit in North Carolina shouldn't be used in this month's scheduled trial because there's no way to authenticate them, GOP lawyers said Tuesday. The files linked to Tom...

Authorities say fire caused house to explode in N Carolina

Jul. 2, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A fire and house explosion in North Carolina's largest city left two people injured and prompted a rescue operation Tuesday in case anyone was still inside the splintered home, authorities said. Charlotte Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Westover confirmed at an afternoon news...

Gerrymandering architect's files figure in census, map cases

Jun. 28, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — During his long career drawing legislative maps designed to help Republicans, Tom Hofeller preached about the dangers of leaving digital fingerprints. As he advised in a 2011 presentation about redistricting strategies: "Make sure your computer is in a PRIVATE location," and "Don't...

Tribe's push to build casino spurs Carolinas political fight

Jun. 26, 2019 1:12 AM EDT

CATAWBA INDIAN NATION, S.C. (AP) — Two of the Carolinas' most prominent American Indian tribes are battling over geography and lucrative gambling turf. The Cherokee in North Carolina, with two casinos established in the mountains, say their opponents should stay in their own state to the south. The Catawba...