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Major winter storm: South braces for big blast of snow, ice

Jan. 15, 2022 19:17 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasts of snow and ice as far south as Georgia have put a big part of the Southeast on an emergency preparedness footing as shoppers scoured store shelves for storm supplies and crews raced to treat highways and roads as a major winter storm approached from the Midwest. ...

South prepares for weekend threat of debilitating snow, ice

Jan. 14, 2022 21:03 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Weather forecasters' predictions of debilitating snow and ice as far south as Georgia sent parts of the region into a tizzy Friday with shoppers scouring store shelves for storm supplies and road crews trying to prevent a repeat of past wintertime debacles. In...

Eased leave rules seek to get more NC employees in schools

Jan. 12, 2022 17:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state employees can fill in as paid substitute teachers to address K-12 school staff shortages exacerbated by COVID-19's surge while using special time off otherwise used for volunteering, Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday. Full-time state...

NC governor backs Beasley as Senate primary field clears

Jan. 12, 2022 10:41 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper gave former North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley his full-throated endorsement for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, attempting to secure a smoother path for her to become the Democrats' nominee to wrest a seat held by a Republican since 2005. ...

NC governor expands emission goals, seeks environment equity

Jan. 07, 2022 16:01 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper took executive action on Friday to set more aggressive goals for greenhouse gas reductions and zero-emission vehicles in North Carolina compared to those he set in 2018. The executive order, signed on the campus of North Carolina A&T...

In omicron outbreak, US governors lose appetite for mandates

Jan. 07, 2022 10:03 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Governors took sweeping actions during earlier surges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many closed schools and ordered businesses shut down. They issued mask mandates, vaccine requirements and even quarantines in some places for people who had traveled to out-of-state hot spots. ...

Longtime N. Carolina Gov. Cooper senior aide Eudy retires

Jan. 06, 2022 16:02 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's senior adviser during his first five years in the office has retired from the administration. Ken Eudy's last day was Dec. 31, Cooper spokesperson Ford Porter said. A former newspaper reporter, state Democratic...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jan. 06, 2022 14:02 PM EST

Charlotte Observer. January 4, 2021. Editorial: Is Roy Cooper reluctant to travel outside NC? Can you blame him? Roy Cooper’s trip to New Orleans last month for the Democratic Governors Association was notable for two reasons. He was elected chair of the...

Cooper urges boosters, plans NC worker mandate extension

Jan. 04, 2022 18:11 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With COVID-19-related hospitalizations surging amid the spread of the extremely contagious omicron variant, Gov. Roy Cooper urged North Carolina residents on Tuesday to get up to date on vaccinations for protection against the virus. The latest state health...

Flooding closes part of road on North Carolina's Outer Banks

Jan. 04, 2022 17:52 PM EST

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — A portion of the only highway along North Carolina’s Outer Banks is closed because of ocean overwash. The N.C. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that N.C. Highway 12 between the Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe is closed until further notice, WITN...