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Governor presents North Carolina Award to 6 honorees

Nov. 17, 2019 3:12 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has presented the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest honor, to six people for their accomplishments in fine arts, literature, science and public service. The list of honorees included The Rev. William Barber, a civil rights activist, and longtime museum...

North Carolina lawmakers redraw state’s congressional map

Nov. 15, 2019 7:19 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A replacement map for North Carolina’s congressional districts was finalized Friday, with its lines redrawn to address alleged extreme partisan bias and endangering reelection prospects for two Republicans next year. The GOP-controlled General Assembly enacted boundaries for...

North Carolina lawmakers go home, next return in January

Nov. 15, 2019 4:14 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly has ended its brief return visit to Raleigh. The Senate and House adjourned on Friday, two days after reconvening. The Senate finalized a replacement map for the state’s congressional districts and elected Greensboro construction firm owner...

Another $180M approved for North Carolina disaster aid, prep

Nov. 14, 2019 7:11 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another $180 million in state funds are going to help with disaster recovery following hurricanes Matthew, Florence and Dorian and to prepare for North Carolina’s next storm. The state House and Senate voted on Thursday for a negotiated package that also included another $20...

North Carolina redistricting proposal threatens 2 incumbents

Nov. 14, 2019 6:20 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The political future of two GOP incumbents could be endangered as North Carolina Republican legislators advanced a new congressional district map Thursday in response to a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit. The reconfigured districts have become necessary since state judges blocked use...

N Carolina transportation cash bailout OK’d by legislature

Nov. 14, 2019 4:41 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina legislature has agreed how to help the Department of Transportation overcome a recent cash crunch that’s already resulted in layoffs of temporary workers and paused construction. The House and Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for a bailout package that...

Congressional remap tops reconvened NC legislative session

Nov. 13, 2019 6:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators returned to Raleigh on Wednesday to redraw a new congressional district map for the 2020 elections after state judges determined the current U.S. House lines can’t be used because they’re likely unlawful partisan gerrymanders. Settling on a new...

North Carolina schools chief running for lieutenant governor

Nov. 12, 2019 2:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Republican state schools superintendent announced on Tuesday he'll run for lieutenant governor instead of his current job, shaking up races for two statewide elections just three weeks before candidate filing begins. Mark Johnson was narrowly elected superintendent of...

Credit agency concerned about North Carolina budget impasse

Nov. 11, 2019 1:01 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's lengthy budget impasse is getting attention from a leading credit-rating agency, whose top score for the state allows it to borrow very cheaply. Moody's Investors Service writes the lack of a final two-year budget agreement between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the...

Bill retooling North Carolina school takeover path now law

Nov. 11, 2019 12:54 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that retools the process by which repeatedly academic low-performing North Carolina public schools can be taken over by outside operators has become law. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper provided neither his signature nor veto stamp to the bill by late Sunday, so the state...