Latest North Carolina state government News

Successful drone trial delivers supplies to Ocracoke Island

Jul. 24, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina transportation officials say successful drone flights this week to Ocracoke have them hopeful that it may soon get easier to deliver vital supplies to the remote Outer Banks island amid bad weather. The North Carolina Department of...

Major North Carolina hospitals to order staff to get vaccine

Jul. 22, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Healthcare Association announced on Thursday that several of the state's largest hospital systems will require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to continue working at their facilities. The sites that will soon mandate...

NC high school sports oversight revamp clears another panel

Jul. 22, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation to replace the North Carolina High School Athletic Association with a new commission to administer interscholastic sports advanced through another Senate committee on Thursday. The Senate Finance Committee recommended the measure, which...

McCrory pushes for 3 GOP primary debates in Senate race

Jul. 22, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said on Thursday that he wants to participate in three televised debates ahead of the 2022 primaries, including one in late fall and two early next year. He is competing against U.S. Rep. Ted Budd and former...

AG Stein: NC's share of opioid settlement could be $750M

Jul. 21, 2021 20:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state of North Carolina and scores of local governments could receive $750 million combined from a $26 billion proposed national settlement with several opioid producers, Attorney General Josh Stein's office said. Stein, one of several...

Former N. Carolina Rep. Goodwin remembered as a trailblazer

Jul. 21, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C (AP) — Colleagues of the late North Carolina Rep. Melanie Wade Goodwin remembered her Wednesday as a trailblazer for women in public service who accomplished much during a life cut short by cancer. The House and Senate approved a resolution remembering...

Bill changing NC high school sports oversight OK'd by panel

Jul. 21, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that would end the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's century-long role overseeing interscholastic sports cleared a Senate committee Wednesday, despite calls by some to keep the nonprofit in charge, with adjustments. The...

Cooper moves to end North Carolina's statewide mask mandate

Jul. 21, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health officials and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced that they will eliminate the statewide mask mandate and ease masking requirements in schools. The new recommendations urge K-8 schools to require masks for...

NC medical marijuana bill approved by another Senate panel

Jul. 21, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation to legalize marijuana for medical use in North Carolina advanced through another Senate panel on Wednesday. Members of the Senate Finance Committee, which voted for the legislation, narrowed their review to fees and revenues collected...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jul. 21, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

Charlotte Observer. July 15, 2021. Editorial: NC Senate leader says he wants Critical Race Theory debate. What does his bill say? The North Carolina Senate’s new bill on Critical Race Theory in schools makes an important and welcome distinction that...