Latest North Carolina state government News

N Carolina Gov. Cooper on teacher pay: "I am doing my part"

Dec. 6, 2019 3:33 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper is telling North Carolina public school teachers his side of the story about why the extended state budget impasse means educators haven't received meaningful raises this year. Cooper's office said on Friday it sent the letter to public school principals across the...

North Carolina Rep. Holding won't seek 2020 reelection

Dec. 6, 2019 12:23 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Rep. George Holding announced on Friday he won't run for reelection — the victim of a congressional map redrawn following a court order that now makes his district lean to the left. Holding represents the Triangle-area 2nd Congressional District,...

Roadway reopens on Ocracoke Island 3 months after Dorian

Dec. 5, 2019 5:24 PM EST

OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Thursday that N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island will reopen to all traffic, three months after Hurricane Dorian severely damaged the island and it's main road. The September storm destroyed the protected dune line between the...

Cooper, Forest among latest to file for top NC positions

Dec. 5, 2019 4:15 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has filed for reelection, and Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is officially on board to try to unseat him next year. Cooper and Forest are among the latest to file for statewide, federal and regional offices. Candidate filing began Monday at...

Majority on western N Carolina county commission leaves GOP

Dec. 5, 2019 11:46 AM EST

BREVARD, N.C. (AP) — The majority on an all-Republican western North Carolina county commission are now registered unaffiliateds because three have announced they've left the GOP. Transylvania County commission Chairman Mike Hawkins, Vice Chairman David Guice and member Page Lemel announced their decision...

NC lawmaker may challenge Sen. Tillis after district redrawn

Dec. 4, 2019 6:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Walker may challenge GOP Sen. Thom Tillis for the party's Senate nomination next year or might run against either of two GOP House colleagues in their primaries, a spokesman for Walker said Wednesday. Walker was faced with the decision after the North...

North Carolina parties offer 30-plus presidential candidates

Dec. 4, 2019 6:56 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's official political parties want more than 30 presidential candidates on the March primary ballots. The five qualifying parties had until Wednesday to submit to the State Board of Elections their lists of candidates for the presidential preference primary. State law...

North Carolina lottery takes step toward more online sales

Dec. 3, 2019 6:18 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lottery leaders took a key step Tuesday toward expanding online sales, but left themselves a way out if they aren’t satisfied with the details or face opposition from brick-and-mortar retailers or politicians. The state lottery commission voted for the idea of...

Ex-North Carolina Sen. Rand leaves lottery commission

Dec. 3, 2019 6:09 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the North Carolina lottery commission has resigned from the panel in a move that appears health-related. Tony Rand submitted his resignation to Gov. Roy Cooper the day before Tuesday’s commission meeting. Cooper named current member Courtney Crowder the next...

Court: N Carolina lawmakers can decide block-grant spending

Dec. 3, 2019 5:27 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court has agreed the General Assembly can decide how federal block grant money is spent, even when the governor wants to use it differently. A three-judge Court of Appeals panel upheld unanimously on Tuesday a trial-court decision favoring Republican...