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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 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. ...

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,...

NC General Assembly wraps up most of its 2021 work

Nov. 29, 2021 22:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up late Monday nearly all of its work for the calendar year, although vetoes, redistricting rulings or other items could bring lawmakers back to Raleigh for more activity within weeks. The...

NC state controller wants education spending order halted

Nov. 29, 2021 16:59 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chief bookkeeper for North Carolina state government's finances has asked an appeals court to block a trial judge's recent decision that ordered her and other officials to allocate $1.75 billion to address education inequities. An attorney for...

Cooper approves bill formalizing NC prep sports oversight

Nov. 23, 2021 15:15 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper approved a measure Tuesday for a new governing structure for high school sports. The new law allows the State Board of Education to create a formal agreement with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association,...

Expanded grants gives more students money to attend college

Nov. 21, 2021 00:12 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Additional recent high school graduates will be able to pursue a degree from any North Carolina community college thanks to a newly expanded grant program. The Longleaf Commitment Grants can cover the cost of tuition and fees for up to two years...

Virus researchers, integration leader among NC Award winners

Nov. 19, 2021 12:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Developers of COVID-19 treatments, a champion of public school integration, a folk musician and authors are among the nine latest recipients of North Carolina's highest civilian honor. Gov. Roy Cooper emceed Thursday night's formal presentation of...

Earlier NC absentee vote receipt deadline goes to Cooper

Nov. 18, 2021 22:32 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans pushed a bill through the legislature on Thursday that would prohibit officials from counting mail-in absentee ballots received after Election Day. Gov. Roy Cooper is likely to veto the proposal, which fellow Democrats and allies say...