Latest North Carolina state government News

Former UNC athlete Talbott dead of cancer at 75

Jan. 20, 2020 2:51 PM EST

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) — Danny Talbott, a two-sport athlete at the University of North Carolina and member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 75. Media outlets report that Talbott died Sunday morning at his home in Rocky Mount. Talbott played varsity...

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 1999 file photo, N.C. Supreme Court Justice Henry Frye gets hugs from his granddaughters Whitney Frye, 13, left, Jordan Frye, 11, middle, and Endya,10 in Raleigh, N.C.  In North Carolina's Supreme Court chamber hangs a towering painting of Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin, a 19th century slave owner and jurist who authored a notorious opinion about the “absolute” rights of slaveholders over the enslaved. Two African American chief justices have sat on the bench beneath Ruffin's stare: Frye who served as chief justice for about a year from 1999 to 2000 after 16 years as an associate justice; and Cheri Beasley, who was an associate justice for about seven years before she was appointed as chief justice in 2019.   (Scott Sharpe/The News & Observer via AP)

Court portrait of writer of notorious slave ruling reviewed

Jan. 18, 2020 1:53 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In North Carolina's Supreme Court chamber, above the seat held by the second African American chief justice, hangs a towering painting of a 19th century slave owner and jurist who authored a notorious opinion about the “absolute” rights of slaveholders over the enslaved. ...

North Carolina teen accused of shooting at cars

Jan. 17, 2020 7:08 PM EST

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A teenager has been accused of shooting at cars on a North Carolina highway, authorities said. The Wilson County Sheriff's Office said on Friday that the unidentified 14-year-old will be charged in juvenile court with 20 counts of discharging a barreled weapon into an occupied vehicle...

NC Republicans write backing Virginia gun "sanctuary" effort

Jan. 17, 2020 4:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of North Carolina Republican state legislators are expressing solidarity with local governments in Virginia that have spoken out formally in recent months for gun rights. About 50 members of the state House Republican Caucus -- including Speaker Tim Moore — signed a...

University leaders plead for NC budget stalemate to end

Jan. 17, 2020 3:15 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — University of North Carolina campuses -- including students and employees -- could suffer if the extended state budget impasse isn't resolved soon, system President Bill Roper said Friday. A two-year budget that was supposed to take effect last July 1 has never been enacted....

Firefighter charged after truck flips while heading to fire

Jan. 17, 2020 2:35 PM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A firefighter was cited for failure to maintain lane control after his fire tanker overturned as he headed to a house fire, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. State Trooper Michael Potter said the tanker ran off a road in Pitt County as it rounded a curve on Friday, WITN...

Ex-Attorney General Lynch speaking at NC King Day service

Jan. 17, 2020 4:44 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper top the list of notables attending the annual observance by state employees of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Lynch was the scheduled keynote speaker at Friday's event at First Baptist...

NC county elections leader changes mind on meetings pledge

Jan. 16, 2020 7:19 PM EST

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. (AP) — The chairwoman of a local North Carolina elections board says the Pledge of Allegiance will be added to future meetings after all, following backlash when a majority on the board opposed it earlier this week. Louella Thompson, a Democrat who leads the five-member Bladen County...

N Carolina Medicaid expansion advocates 'mad' as bill idles

Jan. 15, 2020 6:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina remains among the dozen or so states that haven't agreed to expand Medicaid to more of the working poor amid a lingering budget stalemate and continued skepticism among top Senate Republicans about the idea. The General Assembly met Tuesday for a session in which...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jan. 15, 2020 2:08 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 12 Winston-Salem Journal on the settlement forcing an energy company to move its stores of coal ash: The dirty secret about coal is that it is neither as cheap or efficient an energy source as we once believed. Coal fouls the air, promotes climate change...