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North Carolina AG opposes expanded online lottery sales

Jan. 28, 2020 5:31 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general has come out against expanding online sales by the state lottery, suggesting such "digital instants" could run afoul of state laws prohibiting video sweepstakes machines. Word about Democrat Josh Stein's opposition spread as North Carolina State...

New temporary contract for NC school reading tests OK'd

Jan. 27, 2020 3:43 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government's information technology chief has signed off on a new short-term contract for a vendor to carry out public school reading tests. State Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette agreed to the $929,000 contract between Istation and the Department of Public...

Governor orders flags lowered for NC soldier killed in Syria

Jan. 26, 2020 3:01 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has ordered that all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities be lowered to half-staff in honor of a 22-year-old soldier who died in Syria. Cooper ordered the flags be flown at half-staff starting Monday in honor of Spc. Antonio Moore of Wilmington. He died...

Governor's panel produces NC school funding improvements

Jan. 23, 2020 6:59 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A panel created to help North Carolina comply with legal rulings on public school funding backed actions Thursday that align with recent recommendations from an outside consultant. The Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education, in approving its final report,...

NC teachers want info before responding to pay impasse

Jan. 23, 2020 2:37 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's chief lobbying group for teachers is seeking additional input from members before determining a response to the extended state budget stalemate, with a walkout among potential options, the group's president said Thursday. A caucus within the North Carolina...

Judge agrees with consultant on N Carolina public education

Jan. 21, 2020 6:22 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina isn't doing enough to ensure public school students can obtain a sound basic education, a state judge said Tuesday, agreeing with the findings of an outside consultant. Superior Court Judge David Lee signed an order accepting conclusions of California-based WestEd, The...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper responds during an interview at the Governor's mansion in Raleigh, N.C. Many of North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's lasting achievements in 2019 stem from keeping Republican policies from ever getting implemented. During a year-end interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 Cooper cited successes in recruiting companies and jobs to the state, reducing the number of opioid deaths and moving the state toward cleaner energy during the third year of his term. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

N Carolina appeals court upholds lawfulness of 2016 session

Jan. 21, 2020 4:22 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday upheld the legality of a legislative session Republicans quickly called in December 2016 to push through laws that weakened the power of incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The unanimous decision of three judges on the intermediate-level...

Lilly to build North Carolina plant, create over 460 jobs

Jan. 21, 2020 2:58 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. will build a new manufacturing facility in North Carolina, generating over 460 new jobs, officials announced on Tuesday. Gov. Roy Cooper and company CEO David Ricks spoke at a news conference to unveil the $470 million investment in the Durham...

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...

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....