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North Carolina no longer an outlier on sex and consent

Nov. 7, 2019 5:12 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor has signed a sexual assault bill that says women can revoke consent during sex. Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news release Thursday that he had signed the bill, which undoes a 1979 court decision that made North Carolina the only state where women can't revoke...

Funeral held in North Carolina for former US Sen. Kay Hagan

Nov. 3, 2019 6:27 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Family and friends paid tribute Sunday to former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, eulogizing her as a "humble and kind" public servant who used hard work and good manners to get things done. Hagan, who won election in 2008 as the state's first female Democratic senator, died...

North Carolina redistricting cases could offer map to others

Nov. 2, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court this year declared federal judges had no business deciding cases about political gerrymandering, it also said state courts had every right to address the issue — and have they ever in North Carolina. Within four months, state judges hearing two...

NC legislators pass bill to close sexual assault loopholes

Oct. 31, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators are putting new legal power behind the notion that "no means no" — even if a woman first said yes. A 40-year-old North Carolina court ruling that says women can't revoke consent once a sex act has begun could be a thing of the past after the state...

North Carolina absentee ballot rule changes get final OKs

Oct. 29, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators finalized changes on Tuesday to beef up mail-in absentee ballot rules and punishments for violations after a voting fraud investigation of a congressional race led to a new election this year. The bipartisan measure, which got unanimous support in the Senate...

Former North Carolina US Sen. Kay Hagan dies at age 66

Oct. 28, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, who stepped away from a banking career to be a stay-at-home mom and then ventured into politics, died Monday after a prolonged illness. She was 66. Hagan died at her home in Greensboro of encephalitis, or brain inflammation, caused by a rare virus spread...

The Latest: Obama says Hagan was 'terrific public servant'

Oct. 28, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the death of former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan: (all times local): 4 p.m. Former President Barack Obama says former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan was "a terrific public servant" who worked to find common ground. Hagan died Monday morning at her home in Greensboro after a prolonged...

Frustrated Democratic governors find ways to sidestep GOP

Oct. 27, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried for months to get the Republican-controlled Legislature to take up a pair of gun control bills, holding news conferences and touting polls showing strong public support. When Republicans wouldn't budge, Evers turned up the heat by turning to...

Some states celebrate indigenous people instead of Columbus

Oct. 14, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus. New Mexico, Vermont and Maine are among the latest to pass measures doing away with Columbus Day celebrations in deference to...

Hurricanes rally to beat Lightning in overtime

Oct. 6, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes fall behind in the first two periods, then figure out a way to win after regulation. The unconventional formula worked again Sunday night, with Jaccob Slavin scoring at 1:53 of overtime to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The...