Latest North Carolina state government News

Election delays in 3 dozen NC cities gets final lawmaker OK

Jun. 14, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 30 North Carolina towns and cities — Charlotte, Greensboro and Fayetteville among them — would have their local elections moved from the fall to early next year because of delays in census data in legislation given final General Assembly approval on Monday...

Bill expanding access to NC gov't worker info clears Senate

Jun. 14, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Short explanations of why a North Carolina state or local government employee was transferred, demoted or suspended would be accessible by the public or media in legislation approved by the Senate on Monday night. The measure, backed by the North...

N. Carolina rights groups say GOP bills impede voting access

Jun. 14, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Civil and voting rights groups Monday blasted election bills written by North Carolina Republicans and expected on the Senate floor this week, calling them another GOP attempt at voter suppression, especially of minority groups. Senate GOP leaders...

NC Green, Constitution parties fall short in signatures

Jun. 14, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Constitution Party of North Carolina and North Carolina Green Party have failed to garner enough signatures to remain official political parties in the state for now, an election official said Monday. The State Board of Elections determined...

NC court: Students can use constitution to fight bullying

Jun. 11, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The constitutional right of North Carolina's children to have access to a good public school education also applies to individual students who aren't getting help to stop classroom bullying and harassment against them, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. ...

Ex-NC state judge censured for sexual misconduct on the job

Jun. 11, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A now-retired state judge was censured Friday by the North Carolina Supreme Court for sexual misconduct, including attempts to meet women online and in person while at court. The court agreed with the Judicial Standards Commission that former...

Cooper keeps mask mandate for risky settings through July 30

Jun. 11, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolinians in airports, buses and train stations will need to remain masked at all times until at least July 30 under a new executive order issued on Friday. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper extended the state of emergency, which the state has been...

NC Supreme Court upholds murder charge in child abuse case

Jun. 11, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court's decision finding a man guilty of first-degree murder by starvation and neglect of his 4-year-old stepson in Gaston County. The child, Malachi Golden, died in May 2015 weighing 19...

NC judge orders education improvements to get carried out

Jun. 11, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A trial judge has backed a plan from Gov. Roy Cooper and the State Board of Education on how to comply with North Carolina constitutional requirements in public education, which could cost several billion dollars to carry out. Superior Court Judge...

North Carolina Senate gives final OK to $2B tax-cut plan

Jun. 10, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that includes more than $2 billion in tax reductions over the next two years and the phaseout of North Carolina's corporate income tax by 2028 received bipartisan approval again in the Senate on Thursday. The Republican-authored...