Latest North Carolina state government News

Moore: North Carolina budget action could happen next week

Oct. 26, 2021 20:40 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislative action on a final North Carolina state government budget — a plan with or without formal support from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper — could happen as soon as next week, a top Republican lawmaker said Tuesday. House Speaker Tim Moore...

NC NAACP elects Maxwell as resident, unseating incumbent

Oct. 26, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — An Army veteran and civil rights advocate is the new top leader of North Carolina’s NAACP, unseating the incumbent president. Deborah Dicks Maxwell of New Hanover County also is the first woman elected to the presidential post for the North...

NC redistricting hearing speakers criticize GOP proposals

Oct. 25, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of North Carolina residents said Monday that Republicans should shelve proposed congressional district maps that they said would likely give the GOP the most seats for the foreseeable future while needlessly fracturing the state's largest counties. ...

North Carolina's $25 reward helped boost COVID vaccinations

Oct. 25, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — What works and what doesn’t when it comes to encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19? A new study in North Carolina shows that offering $25 to people getting their first shot was an important factor, while long odds at a big lottery prize made little...

Incoming NC House member says he was at January Capitol riot

Oct. 22, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The soon-to-be successor to a North Carolina House member who died this month said on Friday he was outside the U.S. Capitol in January when the insurrection there occurred. Donnie Loftis, who was chosen by Gaston County Republican activists this...

Former Gaston County commissioner to serve in NC House

Oct. 21, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — The ex-chairman of a local hospital board who resigned his position last year when his social media postings early during the COVID-19 pandemic got public attention will serve out the term of a North Carolina legislator who died. Gaston County...

NC’s transportation dept. collects a record amount of trash

Oct. 21, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it has set an annual record for the amount of trash collected along state roads and highways — and the year isn’t over yet. More than 11 million pounds (5 million kilograms) of litter have...

NC speaker: Medicaid expansion not in latest budget offer

Oct. 21, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The latest budget offer that North Carolina Republicans sent to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wouldn't expand Medicaid broadly as Cooper seeks, but it does sweeten a previous proposal on worker pay raises, a top GOP legislator says. House Speaker Tim...

Redistricting options from NC senators released to public

Oct. 20, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After two weeks of mapmaking in open meeting rooms, North Carolina senators have presented some proposals to the public on how they might redraw congressional or state Senate district lines for the next decade. The Senate Redistricting Committee...

GOP bill on NC governor's emergency powers heads to his desk

Oct. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another effort by North Carolina Republicans to check the governor's broad powers during a pandemic or other emergency cleared the General Assembly on Wednesday. As with a similar measure last year, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto is likely. The...