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North Carolina county to vote on Juneteenth holiday

Jul. 6, 2020 6:52 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina county's board of commissioners will vote Monday to make Juneteenth a county holiday. Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Ford made the announcement on Twitter Saturday, saying all commissioners on the board are planning to vote in favor of the declaration...

The statue of a Confederate soldier and plinth sit on a flatbed truck at the Old Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, June 21, 2020. After protesters pulled down two smaller statues on the same monument Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the removal of several other monuments to the Confederacy, citing public safety concerns. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

Lee button found in time capsule under Confederate monument

Jul. 2, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A button that experts believe was from Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s dress coat and a strand of hair from his horse are among the items found inside a time capsule discovered when workers removed the base of a Confederate monument from the grounds of the North Carolina state...

Money for N.C. "Freedom Park" signed into law by Cooper

Jul. 2, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another two dozen bills were signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper, including one with money to help build a long-planned park to honor the contributions of African Americans in North Carolina. The $1.5 million in matching funds for a “North Carolina Freedom Park” in...

Police response to Raleigh protests has cost at least $2.2M

Jul. 2, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies have spent at least $2.2 million responding to protests that occurred in Raleigh, North Carolina, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. WRAL reported Wednesday that it obtained cost figures from agencies that include the Raleigh Police...

St. Augustine's University fires longtime track coach

Jul. 1, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — George Williams, longtime track and field coach at St. Augustine’s College and a former coach with the U.S. Olympic team, has been fired, his attorney said Wednesday. Nicholas Sanservino Jr., the attorney representing Williams, released a statement confirming that the...

11 more people arrested outside N.C. governor's mansion

Jul. 1, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina's capital city arrested 11 more people Wednesday during demonstrations outside the Executive Mansion focused on urging Gov. Roy Cooper to veto a measure addressing death investigation records. Dozens of people have protested or camped out across the street from...

N.C. legislator: Public records provision will be addressed

Jun. 30, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators will take another look at a provision within a bill on Gov. Roy Cooper's desk that keeps certain police investigative records secret when they are forwarded to the state medical examiner, a top Republican said Tuesday. A broad health measure approved last...

Confederate cannons removed from Raleigh now at Fort Fisher

Jun. 29, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Two Civil War cannons that were at a Confederate monument in Raleigh are now at Fort Fisher. The Wilmington Star News reports that the naval cannons arrived Sunday after they were removed with the 1895 monument on the orders of Gov. Roy Cooper last week after they were vandalized. ...

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...