Latest North Carolina state government News

Yuletide returns to N Carolina Capitol with tree lighting

Dec. 12, 2019 4:47 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It's time again for North Carolina's governor to light the state's Christmas tree, decorated with yuletide brilliance on the grounds of the old Capitol. Cooper and other government officials plan to attend the annual ceremony early Thursday evening. The tree will sit on the south side...

Report: NC still short offering all "sound basic education"

Dec. 10, 2019 9:02 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has made little progress providing every child “an opportunity to receive a sound basic education"since the state Supreme Court declared the constitutional mandate in 1997, according to a report released Tuesday addressing public education shortfalls and student...

Lt. Gov. Forest provides teacher pay counterpoint in letter

Dec. 10, 2019 7:35 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has offered a counterpoint to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's recent written explanation to North Carolina public school teachers as to why sizable pay raises haven't happened this year. Forest, a Republican seeking to unseat Cooper in 2020, sent by email a letter to...

UNC faculty: Leaders must condemn Confederate statue deal

Dec. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Faculty members at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill condemned the state university system for deciding to give a Confederate monument, along with $2.5 million dollars, to a Confederate heritage group. Faculty asked interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and provost Bob...

N Carolina Gov. Cooper on teacher pay: 'I am doing my part'

Dec. 6, 2019 4:21 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper is telling North Carolina public school teachers his side of the story about why the extended state budget impasse means educators haven't received meaningful raises this year. Cooper's office on Friday said it sent a letter to public school principals across the state...

North Carolina Rep. Holding won't seek 2020 reelection

Dec. 6, 2019 12:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Rep. George Holding announced on Friday he won't run for reelection — the victim of a congressional map redrawn following a court order that now makes his district lean to the left. Holding represents the Triangle-area 2nd Congressional District,...

Roadway reopens on Ocracoke Island 3 months after Dorian

Dec. 5, 2019 5:24 PM EST

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Thursday that N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island will reopen to all traffic, three months after Hurricane Dorian severely damaged the island and it's main road. The September storm destroyed the protected dune line between the...

Cooper, Forest among latest to file for top NC positions

Dec. 5, 2019 4:15 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has filed for reelection, and Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is officially on board to try to unseat him next year. Cooper and Forest are among the latest to file for statewide, federal and regional offices. Candidate filing began Monday at...

Majority on western N Carolina county commission leaves GOP

Dec. 5, 2019 11:46 AM EST

BREVARD, N.C. (AP) — The majority on an all-Republican western North Carolina county commission are now registered unaffiliateds because three have announced they've left the GOP. Transylvania County commission Chairman Mike Hawkins, Vice Chairman David Guice and member Page Lemel announced their decision...

NC lawmaker may challenge Sen. Tillis after district redrawn

Dec. 4, 2019 6:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Walker may challenge GOP Sen. Thom Tillis for the party's Senate nomination next year or might run against either of two GOP House colleagues in their primaries, a spokesman for Walker said Wednesday. Walker was faced with the decision after the North...