Latest North Carolina state government News

NCDOT is building highway bridges for wildlife and humans

Dec. 04, 2021 00:03 AM EST

Raleigh, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Department of Transportation is building a bridge on Interstate 40 that is one of the first in the state to take into account the needs of bears and elk. The bridge will carry I-40 over Cold Springs Creek and Harmon Den Road near the...

NC judges deny requests to block elections under new maps

Dec. 03, 2021 18:18 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's 2022 elections under new legislative and congressional maps can begin as scheduled next week after state judges on Friday rejected demands from lawsuit filers who claim the lines have to be blocked because they so egregiously favor Republicans. ...

NC Duke Energy customers see bill uptick due to storm costs

Dec. 02, 2021 18:43 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy electric customers in North Carolina will see a new line-item charge on their bills to repay $1 billion in special bonds the company issued last week to repay the company for its infrastructure repairs after 2018 and 2019 storms. ...

NC governor vetoes bill moving up absentee ballot deadline

Dec. 02, 2021 12:32 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed on Thursday legislation that would bar officials from counting mail-in absentee ballots received after Election Day, even if their envelopes were postmarked on or before that date. Cooper's veto was...

NC state legislators Davis, Edwards begin US House bids

Dec. 01, 2021 18:45 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More current North Carolina elected officials have thrown their hat into the ring to run for Congress next year, including two sitting members of the General Assembly. Democratic state Sen. Don Davis of Pitt County kicked off his campaign Wednesday...

NC Supreme Court's No. 2 justice won't seek reelection

Dec. 01, 2021 18:19 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson announced on Wednesday that she won't seek reelection next year, citing mandatory age limits that would significantly curtail her service if she won. State law requires North Carolina judges and...

NC inmate safety, juvenile justice changes begin Wednesday

Dec. 01, 2021 18:18 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina laws that took effect on Wednesday are designed to protect expectant mothers behind bars, keep more elementary school-age children accused of misdeeds out of court and force police officers to speak up about excessive force. The...

North Carolina court stops order to spend $1.7B on education

Nov. 30, 2021 20:08 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday blocked enforcement of parts of a trial judge's recent order that demanded $1.75 billion in state taxpayer funds be spent — without express legislative approval — to address public education inequities. ...

Judge won't order restart on NC legislative redistricting

Nov. 30, 2021 18:09 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge refused on Tuesday to essentially force state lawmakers to start over on this year's redistricting of General Assembly districts, saying he can't turn back the clock on the process that was used and led to new seat boundaries. ...

Head of North Carolina health department stepping down

Nov. 30, 2021 16:42 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Dr. Mandy Cohen, the head of North Carolina's health department and face of regular updates on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state for two years, is stepping down from her post, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday. “Dr. Cohen,...