Latest North Carolina state government News

North Carolina officials caution residents about Isaias

Aug. 2, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper cautioned residents on Sunday not to overlook the potential threats of Tropical Storm Isaias, which has weakened from a hurricane. Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to begin in North Carolina after dark Monday and into Tuesday morning, the governor...

With more autonomy, NC private schools plan reopenings

Aug. 2, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — This fall, Grace Christian Academy will look fairly normal. The Cleveland County private school will welcome full classes of students, pre-K through 12th grade, to in-person instruction. Neither teachers nor students will have to wear face coverings and no virtual academy will be...

North Carolina prepares for Isaias

Aug. 1, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged state residents on Saturday to be prepared for Isaias, which weakened to a tropical storm but was expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Florida. “As we learned with Hurricane Florence, even a category one storm can bring severe...

TV stations pull attack ad in North Carolina Senate race

Aug. 1, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina television stations have pulled a Republican attack ad against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham off the air after his campaign said the ad wasn't truthful. The Charlotte Observer reports the National Republican Senatorial Committee paid for the ad. It...

N.C. Director of Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry answers a question during an update on North Carolina's preparations for Hurricane Isaias at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, July 31, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

N.C. governor: Hurricane brings "double trouble" with virus

Jul. 31, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Friday to help prepare for Hurricane Isaias, which he said will bring atypical challenges given the longstanding COVID-19 crisis. The emergency declaration, running concurrently with the one for the coronavirus in place...

Departing N.C. Rep. McGrady is transportation board choice

Jul. 31, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another North Carolina legislator is resigning before the two-year General Assembly term ends. Republican Rep. Chuck McGrady of Henderson County is one of House Speaker Tim Moore's appointments to a reconfigured state Board of Transportation. Moore announced on Friday that he was...

Forest lawyer: Cooper must 'follow the law' on virus orders

Jul. 31, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest wants Gov. Roy Cooper to “simply follow the law" and get formal support of his COVID-19 executive orders from other elected officials, Forest's attorney wrote Friday in a legal challenge. Forest, a Republican, responded to arguments that...

DOT: Top executive's departure unrelated to treasurer's call

Jul. 30, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A top executive's departure from the North Carolina Department of Transportation has nothing to do with state Treasurer Dale Folwell's call earlier this month to replace him, a DOT spokesperson said Thursday. Chief Operating Officer Bobby Lewis' last day on the job will be Friday,...

Big N. Carolina utilities told to stop disconnections longer

Jul. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators have told the state's big for-profit electric, natural gas and water utilities to keep delaying disconnections through August as customers still struggle financially from COVID-19. The state Utilities Commission issued an order late Wednesday, the same day a...

FILE - The Rev. Billy Graham speaks during the Mission Metroplex at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, in a Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002 file photo. A North Carolina legislative committee on Wednesday, July 30, 2020 approved a model of a statue honoring the late Rev. Billy Graham to represent the state in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Panel approves model of Billy Graham statue for US Capitol

Jul. 30, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina legislative committee has approved a model of a statue honoring the late Rev. Billy Graham to replace one of a former governor and white supremacist who currently represents the state in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall. The Legislature’s Statuary Hall...