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Reward in case of kidnapped N. Carolina teen rises to $20K

Nov. 12, 2018 5:04 AM EST

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A total reward of $20,000 is being offered in the case of a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park. News outlets report Lumberton police announced Friday that Gov. Roy Cooper's office is offering $5,000 for information that leads to Hania Noelia Aguilar....

Democratic state gains may mean tighter gun, looser pot laws

Nov. 11, 2018 3:13 PM EST

From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy. While...

Wisconsin Republicans mull limiting governor-elect's power

Nov. 8, 2018 5:28 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican lawmakers on Thursday privately discussed ways they could limit the incoming Democratic governor before he takes office, which the governor-elect described as a "desperate attempt to cling to power." Tony Evers, who narrowly defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker,...

Democrats knock holes in Republican wall of state control

Nov. 7, 2018 5:43 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Republican wall that has stood in state capitols for much of the past decade now has a few holes in it. Democrats flipped control of seven gubernatorial offices, marking their greatest gains in several decades, and picked up hundreds of state legislative seats in Tuesday's...

Officials: Damage from Florence in North Carolina at $17B

Oct. 31, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State officials now say the damage in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence has approached $17 billion, an increase from a previous estimate. The Office of State Budget and Management said in a news release the latest figure is based on new data from the N.C. Department of Insurance....

North Carolina amendments could cement GOP agenda in place

Oct. 30, 2018 1:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democrats hope to win enough state legislative seats to strip Republicans of their veto-proof majorities and give Gov. Roy Cooper leverage to block the GOP's right-leaning agenda. But that agenda could be imprinted on the state for decades, if voters next week also...

Governor aims for cut in North Carolina greenhouse gases

Oct. 29, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

CARY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor says he's trying to lessen the force of erratic and powerful storms like Hurricane Florence by ordering state agencies to work at cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday he wants state agencies that he controls to prioritize electric...

Flush North Carolina Democrats hope to reverse GOP control

Oct. 27, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

MEBANE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's energized and financially flush Democratic Party is casting its get-out-the-vote net this year into areas once ceded to rivals as it strives to wrest the legislature from Republicans and end a long-running battle between lawmakers and the executive branch. The party has...

NC universities head Margaret Spellings quits amid turmoil

Oct. 26, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Margaret Spellings — a former education secretary to President George W. Bush — resigned Friday as president of North Carolina's public university system, ending a tenure marked by cultural controversies and a hard-edged governing board that didn't choose her. The...

Judges rule North Carolina elections board unconstitutional

Oct. 16, 2018 8:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Changes made to North Carolina's elections board over the last year were unconstitutional, but the board can remain in place through the November elections, a three-judge panel ruled Tuesday. The 2-1 decision agrees with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's argument that the...