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House passes bill to bar Cooper from mandating COVID shot

May. 10, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House members on Monday approved a plan to curb the governor's ability to mandate COVID-19 vaccines through executive action — a power Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has shown no desire to exercise. The measure put forward by Rep....

NC House OK's bill to prohibit shackling of pregnant inmates

May. 10, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House lawmakers unanimously approved on Monday a bill that would prohibit physical restraints being used on pregnant incarcerated women before, during and after they give birth. The proposal also requires women to be provided...

Attorneys: DA should step aside from deputy shooting probe

May. 10, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for the family of a Black man who was fatally shot by sheriff's deputies in North Carolina have asked the local prosecutor to recuse himself from the investigation because they say he's too close to the men who fired their weapons. ...

N.C. Zoo ready for expansion if lawmakers OK funding

May. 09, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Zoo expects to move forward with work on a new Asia exhibit this fall, if lawmakers pass a budget with the necessary funding. “We’re ready,” Reid Wilson, secretary of the state Department of Cultural and Natural Resources...

NC budget dance slowed as GOP leaders differ on bottom line

May. 07, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A big question within North Carolina state government at the start of the year was whether Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders could agree on a state budget after reaching a negotiating impasse two years ago. But right now...

As vaccinations drop, N. Carolina may offer financial perks

May. 07, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — At a time when fewer and fewer North Carolinians are coming in for a COVID-19 vaccine, state health officials are examining ideas from other states to see what incentives might work to boost participation. Among the proposals being actively...

NC budget dance slowed as GOP leaders differ on bottom line

May. 07, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A big question within North Carolina state government at the start of the year was whether Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders could agree on a state budget after reaching a negotiating impasse two years ago. But right now...

NC House votes to bar abortions based on race, Down syndrome

May. 06, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina abortion providers would be barred from performing the procedure if a woman's decision centered on the unborn child's race or a Down syndrome diagnosis, under legislation approved Thursday by the House. The measure, which passed...

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...