Latest North Carolina state government News

Trump campaign sues to block mail-in ballot rule changes

Sep. 28, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign committee and the Republican National Committee sued Saturday to block North Carolina election officials from enforcing rule changes that could boost the number of ballots counted in the presidential battleground state. The Republicans’ lawsuit...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump stands on stage after speaking at a campaign rally at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, N.C. Senior aides describe North Carolina as a “must-win

Pandemic overwhelms Trump's message in critical N. Carolina

Sep. 28, 2020 1:42 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is fighting to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, howling with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and warning that violent mobs are infiltrating the suburbs. But on a recent morning along Arbor Street, a peaceful tree-lined road with stately brick Colonials...

North Carolina's high court orders new trial in 2015 killing

Sep. 26, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a 24-year-old man who was sentenced to life in prison for a 2015 killing. The Wilmington StarNews reports that the state's highest court ruled Friday that a judge failed to give Tyler Greenfield's proposed instructions on...

North Carolina farm adjusts, offers events amid pandemic

Sep. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MOUNT ULLA, N.C. (AP) — Being the director of fun has never been so complicated. Michelle Patterson, the “director of fun” who oversees Patterson Farm Market and Tours, has been planning and executing farm-related events for decades. While strawberry picking in the spring is popular,...

Suit challenges NC's strict liability law on felons voting

Sep. 25, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law making it a serious crime for convicted felons to vote before their right is restored, even when it's an unintentional mistake, is racially discriminatory and needs to be blocked for the November election, a federal lawsuit says. Two civil rights advocacy...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C.  Nearly 10,000 North Carolinians had their mail-in ballots accepted in the first week of voting, according to data released Friday, Sept. 11 by the State Board of Elections. North Carolina was the first state in the country to send absentee ballots to voters who requested them..  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

NC elections board, Republicans spar over absentee changes

Sep. 25, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's currently Democratic-only elections board exchanged public jabs with state Republican heavyweights on Friday over the efficacy and legality of a brokered agreement intended to ease some absentee ballot rules for the November election. The State Board of Elections this...

3 North Carolina death row inmates to serve life in prison

Sep. 25, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled on Friday that three death row inmates will have their sentences reduced to life in prison through the state's now-defunct Racial Justice Act. The 2009 law allowed death row inmates to go through an appeals process to receive life without parole...

North Carolina highway reopens after sand, water cleared

Sep. 25, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — A highway linking barrier islands on North Carolina's Outer Banks has reopened after water churned up by a tropical storm flooded the road and piled sand as high as 6 feet (2 meters) over the pavement. N.C. 12 reopened to traffic at noon Thursday after it was closed near...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, empty boxes await packages at the Wake County Board of Elections as workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing in preparation for the upcoming election, in Raleigh, N.C. In an announcement made Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, North Carolina election officials have agreed that mail-in absentee ballots returned with deficient information this fall can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

GOP elections board members in NC resign over absentee deal

Sep. 24, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The two Republican members of North Carolina's state elections board have resigned after signing off on a legal settlement to alter absentee ballot rules for this fall. Their decision further accentuates the political stakes in altering this popular form of voting during the COVID-19...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 23, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 23 The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer on the reaction of Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore to a proposed legal settlement in North Carolina: In this time of political tension, a little comic relief is welcome. So...