Latest North Carolina state government News

Higher penalties for rioting advance in N. Carolina House

May. 06, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Punishments for rioting in North Carolina would be increased and new criminal counts created for mayhem resulting in death in legislation approved by a House judiciary committee on Thursday. The measure was pushed personally by chief sponsor House...

Most North Carolina adults have now gotten a COVID-19 shot

May. 06, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Most North Carolina adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, according to data released by the state Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday. By Wednesday night, over 50% of residents were partially vaccinated. Nearly...

House OKs doing away with purchase permits to buy handgun

May. 05, 2021 22:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's long practice of county sheriffs granting permits to local residents before they can buy a handgun would end under legislation approved by the House on Wednesday night. The North Carolina Sheriffs' Association backed the pistol...

N.C. bill banning Down syndrome abortions nears floor vote

May. 05, 2021 21:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina bill prohibiting pregnant women from seeking abortions on the basis of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome is getting fast-tracked in the House. House Bill 453 was approved in a judiciary committee Wednesday afternoon and is set...

NC bills seeking to preserve patient visitation advance

May. 05, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State lawmakers are pressing to ensure that patients at North Carolina health care facilities can receive visits from family member and clergy, especially during future emergencies. The Senate and House on Wednesday approved separate measures...

As demand drops, Cooper visits vaccine clinic to urge usage

May. 05, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — In a stop at the Mecklenburg EMS Agency COVID-19 vaccination clinic Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper praised the work of county officials and paramedics. The vaccination clinic on Wilkinson Boulevard has the capacity to administer 450 shots a day. Until...

House GOP takes different tack in NC absentee deadline bill

May. 05, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina Republicans are taking a different tack on legislative efforts to move up mail-in absentee balloting deadlines by also giving citizens more time to vote on the front end. But Democrats say the idea still treats voters unequally. ...

N.C. lawmakers advance bill barring mandatory COVID-19 shots

May. 05, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a proposal to prevent state and local governments from firing or retaliating against employees who decide not to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Rep. Jake Johnson, a Polk County Republican, hopes state...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

May. 05, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

Winston-Salem Journal. May 1, 2021. Editorial: Police video law leads to mistrust The tortuous slow drip of police video footage in the fatal police shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City has confounded national media, which have struggled to...

NC Senate committee retools state worker records bill

May. 05, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation requiring that more details about the personnel history of North Carolina state and local government employees be accessible to the media and the public was retooled on Wednesday by a Senate committee to address privacy concerns and vindictive bosses. ...