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Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler looks at this cellphone outside the Nevada Legislature before the Assembly gaveled in for the fourth day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nevada lawmakers suspend session over virus case

Jul. 11, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada lawmakers have pumped the brakes on their emergency special session because someone in the legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus. Gov. Steve Sisolak has convened the session so lawmakers can balance the state budget amid a projected $1.2 billion shortfall...

Workers in protective suits administer coronavirus tests at a COVID-19 testing site for those who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus at a wholesale food market in Beijing, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Beijing climbed in recent days following an outbreak linked to a wholesale food market, officials announced they had identified hundreds of thousands of people who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected

Jul. 10, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city’s largest wholesale market. Testing has...

N.C. senator says he's tested positive for COVID-19

Jul. 10, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state senator on Friday said he's contracted COVID-19, marking the first known public case for a General Assembly member. Sen. Danny Britt, a Robeson County Republican, told The Associated Press he received the positive test Friday morning. He's closing down his law...

Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County applauds visitors in the gallery after the House failed to override three bills vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C.  (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

Several veto override attempts at N.C. legislature fail

Jul. 8, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican-controlled General Assembly again fell short Wednesday in overriding several of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes. The unsuccessful votes for the GOP mean directives within the governor's COVID-19 executive orders that keep many businesses closed remain intact. Four...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 19, 2020 file photo, a mask lies on a lawn in Willowbrook, Ill. On Friday, June 26, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that wearing face masks can cause fungal and bacterial pneumonia. There’s no evidence that normal use of face masks can cause fungal or bacterial infections. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 26, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Wearing face masks can cause fungal and bacterial pneumonia. THE FACTS:...

Virus response, reopen fights mark N.C. legislative session

Jun. 26, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers finished most of their work for the year early Friday, setting another Medicaid overhaul date, funding a monument to honor African Americans and attempting to reopen businesses shuttered by Gov. Roy Cooper due to COVID-19. House and Senate members negotiated...

North Carolina legislative work nearing an end, for now

Jun. 25, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators worked Thursday toward completing the bulk of their work this year during a session dominated by COVID-19-related funding and policy measures, including Republican challenges of Gov. Roy Cooper’s orders shuttering businesses. The state House and...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 30, 2017, file photo, Sen. Jerry Tillman, right, speaks on a tax cut bill during a Senate Rules Committee vote at the North Carolina General Assembly, in Raleigh, N.C. On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Tillman, a long-serving member in the North Carolina Senate, announced his resignation, effective Tuesday, June 30. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Tillman, 2nd on N.C. Senate seniority list, to step down

Jun. 25, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A long-serving member in the North Carolina Senate announced Thursday that he'll resign next week. Sen. Jerry Tillman, a Randolph County Republican, disclosed his decision to step down during a brief speech on the Senate floor. The General Assembly worked late Thursday toward...

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper arrives for a press briefing on the COVID-19 virus at the Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Raleigh, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

North Carolina requires face coverings statewide

Jun. 24, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

North Carolina’s governor announced Wednesday that people across the state must wear masks or other face coverings in public as he extended other business restrictions by three weeks amid a surge in cases of COVID-19. Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings in...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jun. 24, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ June 23 The Fayetteville Observer on the need for a statewide mask requirement: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper should make wearing masks a statewide requirement to help in the fight against COVID-19. It is the right thing to do to protect the health and lives...