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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C. speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  With three of North Carolina’s 13 U.S. House incumbents not seeking reelection, nearly 30 congressional candidates are scrambling to win Tuesday, March 4, 2020 primaries in these districts with hopes of soon filling the rare number of open seats (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Mark Walker takes early jump into N. Carolina Senate race

Dec. 1, 2020 1:03 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Outgoing North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker announced on Tuesday his bid to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr in 2022, a path the Republican indicated a year ago he'd pursue after his House district shifted to the left during an unscheduled redistricting. The quick entry of Walker,...

Criminal record, sentence changes among new N. Carolina laws

Dec. 1, 2020 1:03 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New laws began Tuesday in North Carolina that are designed to help more people convicted of lower-level crimes and nonviolent drug trafficking get records cleared or punishments eased. The “ Second Chance Act ” and “ First Step Act ” are among nearly a dozen...

Storm, ocean waves cause closure of N. Carolina coastal road

Nov. 30, 2020 8:10 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A strong low-pressure system whipped up ocean waves that forced the closure of a flood-prone highway on the North Carolina coast, officials said Monday. A photo posted by the state Department of Transportation on its Facebook page showed that asphalt on N.C. Highway 12 was no longer...

1st female Senate majority leader elected in N. Carolina

Nov. 30, 2020 5:37 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans picked Sen. Kathy Harrington on Monday to be the next majority leader, putting a woman in that position for the first time since the chamber created it over 40 years ago. Harrington, entering her sixth term from Gaston County, was elected unanimously...

Ex-firefighter alleges discrimination, harassment in lawsuit

Nov. 27, 2020 9:35 AM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A female ex-firefighter has filed a lawsuit against a North Carolina fire department, saying the agency's chief deprived her of her duty and inflicted severe mental and emotional distress. Joy Ponder, the first woman to reach the rank of division chief in the Asheville Fire...

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2013 file photo, the Honorable Paul Newby addresses those in attendance before Susan Martin (R-Wilson) takes the oath of office for the North Carolina House of Representatives, in Wilson, N.C. Candidates in North Carolina's yet-decided races for Supreme Court chief justice and attorney general awaited final official results on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, from several counties, two of which had to adjust previous tallies due to administrative errors.  Current Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and challenger Newby, the senior associate justice, remained in an extremely close election. A statewide recount in the race was likely as hundreds of votes separated the two from nearly 5.4 million counted.  (Brad Coville/The Wilson Times via AP, File)

North Carolina Supreme Court recount extended into next week

Nov. 25, 2020 1:33 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It will take a little longer for a winner to be named in North Carolina's state Supreme Court chief justice race, the State Board of Elections announced on Wednesday. According to the board, three large counties, Forsyth, Guilford and Mecklenburg, are unable to complete their recounts...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Nov. 25, 2020 12:34 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Nov. 24 The Salisbury Post on Gov. Roy Cooper's response to the coronavirus pandemic: When Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday began a press conference, people were already preparing themselves for news that the state might be going backward into phase two restrictions....

North Carolina Senate Democrats pick leadership for session

Nov. 25, 2020 10:42 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democrats in North Carolina's state Senate have returned four lawmakers to leadership positions for the upcoming session after the GOP defended its majorities in both chambers of the legislature. The Democratic Caucus announced in a news release Tuesday that it had held a virtual...

Clorox bringing 158 new jobs to North Carolina

Nov. 25, 2020 6:04 AM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Clorox Company is going to create 158 new jobs in Durham, North Carolina, in its vitamins and supplements division, according to the governor's office. Gov. Roy Cooper's office announced Tuesday that the company will invest $7.5 million to bring the division's headquarters to Durham...

FILE - A voter waits to cast a ballot at the Graham Civic Center polling location in Graham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.  The North Carolina State Board of Elections certified the results of the November general election on Tuesday, Nov. 24, awarding the state's 15 electoral votes to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina certifies November general election results

Nov. 24, 2020 1:02 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina State Board of Elections certified the results of the November general election on Tuesday, awarding the state's 15 electoral votes to President Donald Trump. The certification does not formalize the results in the statewide race for state Supreme Court chief justice...