Latest North Carolina state government News

After Supreme Court ruling, NC gerrymandering case begins

Jul. 15, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A partisan gerrymandering trial began Monday in North Carolina, where election advocacy groups and Democrats hope state courts will favor them in a political mapmaking dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court just declared is not the business of the federal courts. Lawyers for Common Cause,...

Court: GOP mapmaker's files allowed in gerrymandering trial

Jul. 12, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A few dozen computer files recovered from the home of a deceased Republican redistricting consultant can be offered as evidence in next week's partisan gerrymandering trial in North Carolina, state judges ruled on Friday. The three-judge panel presiding over the trial that starts...

Murphy wins North Carolina GOP congressional primary runoff

Jul. 9, 2019 10:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state legislator aided by hardline conservatives on Capitol Hill won the Republican nomination Tuesday for the North Carolina congressional district seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Walter Jones Jr. Voters in the 3rd District GOP primary runoff chose state Rep. Greg Murphy of...

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...

NC redistricting fight turns to state courts after ruling

Jun. 29, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled federal courts aren't the place to settle partisan gerrymandering disputes, opponents of North Carolina's district maps are putting their hopes in state courts. An election reform group, the state Democratic Party and voters will go to court in...

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...