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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, file photo, people remove belongings on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., amid the coronavirus pandemic. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill announced it has identified two clusters of the coronavirus on campus in its first week of fall classes. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

UNC-Chapel Hill sees two COVID outbreaks in reopened dorms

Aug. 14, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — School is back in session this week at many North Carolina college campuses, and so is the coronavirus. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced on Friday it had two separate clusters of COVID-19 occur among residents of Ehringhaus Community and Granville Towers. At...

FILE - In this April 20, 2012 file photo,  Marcus Robinson, an inmate on N.C.'s death row, listens as Cumberland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks found that racial bias played a role in Robinson's trial and sentencing and he should be removed from death row and serve a life sentence.  North Carolina's Supreme Court will let Robinson, a death row inmate serve out a lifetime prison sentence he was previously granted. The narrow 4-3 ruling, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, may also allow three other inmates facing the death penalty to get similar relief under the now-defunct Racial Justice Act. (Shawn Rocco/The News & Observer via AP)

NC death row inmate to serve life in prison, court rules

Aug. 14, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A man on death row in North Carolina will soon have his sentence reduced to life without parole, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday. Marcus Robinson is one of four inmates to initially get death penalty sentences reduced using the legal process outlined in the now-defunct Racial...

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest speaks to members of the media during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, June 29, 2020. Forest plans to sue Gov. Roy Cooper over alleged violations of the state Emergency Management Act during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Forest abandons lawsuit challenging Cooper executive orders

Aug. 13, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest ended a testy legal battle with campaign rival and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday after a judge recently rejected Forest's demand to block Cooper from shuttering businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Forest sued the governor...

Virus claims life of mayor of eastern North Carolina city

Aug. 13, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The mayor of the eastern North Carolina city of Washington has died from complications of the coronavirus. The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the city announced his death on Wednesday night. Mac Hodges had been mayor since 2013 and was described as a “legend and a...

N.C. governor says he'll seek jobless aid that Trump offered

Aug. 12, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Wednesday that he's preparing to accept for the state extended unemployment benefits that President Donald Trump directed in an executive order, part of the continuing response to the COVID-19 economic downturn. Cooper, a Democrat, told top...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Aug. 12, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 Winston-Salem Journal on challenges the University of North Carolina System system faces as it assesses the new academic year: As the University of North Carolina System faces the challenges of COVID-19, university and state leaders should have their...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride an escalator past a sign of a nail salon at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — China’s newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi...

New N.C. campaign spending rule ends practice Berger used

Aug. 11, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators can no longer spend campaign committee dollars toward buying or renting homes or condos that they or family members own -- a practice that powerful state Senate leader Phil Berger used for years. An administrative rule from the State Board of Elections that...

Aftershock rattles North Carolina town as governor visits

Aug. 11, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

SPARTA, N.C. (AP) — A magnitude 2.9 aftershock on Tuesday rattled the North Carolina town where a 5.1 earthquake on Sunday shook items from grocery store shelves and caused damage to homes and businesses, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The USGS website showed the aftershock occurred around 4:45 p.m....

NC lawmakers want Cooper to seek Trump's extended benefits

Aug. 11, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders asked Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday to get on board with extending unemployment benefits for workers displaced by the coronavirus pandemic that President Donald Trump has offered in an executive order. House Speaker Tim Moore and...