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Workers in protective suits administer coronavirus tests at a COVID-19 testing site for those who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus at a wholesale food market in Beijing, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Beijing climbed in recent days following an outbreak linked to a wholesale food market, officials announced they had identified hundreds of thousands of people who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected

Jul. 10, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city’s largest wholesale market. Testing has...

N.C. senator says he's tested positive for COVID-19

Jul. 10, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state senator on Friday said he's contracted COVID-19, marking the first known public case for a General Assembly member. Sen. Danny Britt, a Robeson County Republican, told The Associated Press he received the positive test Friday morning. He's closing down his law...

N.C. Republicans try again to dislodge voter ID from courts

Jul. 10, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders are trying to reinstate the implementation of a voter photo identification requirement. Attorneys for the GOP legislators have filed a motion asking trial court judges to lift an order that blocked enforcement of a 2018 law that laid out...

Cooper: N.C. public receptive to ways to address racial bias

Jul. 10, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state panel asked to recommend how to eliminate racial disparities in North Carolina’s criminal justice and court systems must be up to the task because the public wants solutions, Gov. Roy Cooper said on Friday. Speaking at the first meeting of a task force he created in the...

N.C. Republicans holding annual convention online

Jul. 10, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans are holding their annual convention online after COVID-19 health concerns led a top state health official to recommend GOP activists not gather in person. The state convention, being held Friday, will include some 1,400 delegates participating from home or at...

Gov. Roy Cooper listens as Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services speaks during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

Cooper says reveal on N.C. schools plan to come next week

Jul. 9, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A decision on how North Carolina public schools will start the year teaching students during the COVID-19 pandemic will come next week, Gov. Roy Cooper said on Thursday as case and hospitalization rates remain stubbornly high. Cooper previously delayed the disclosure set for July 1,...

Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County applauds visitors in the gallery after the House failed to override three bills vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C.  (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

Several veto override attempts at N.C. legislature fail

Jul. 8, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican-controlled General Assembly again fell short Wednesday in overriding several of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes. The unsuccessful votes for the GOP mean directives within the governor's COVID-19 executive orders that keep many businesses closed remain intact. Four...

Farmer-Butterfield leaving N.C. House for appeals board

Jul. 8, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers confirmed on Wednesday a veteran legislator to a state panel considered the last arbiter of unemployment benefit appeals, thus creating a vacancy in the General Assembly. The state House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve Gov. Roy Cooper's nomination of...

Judge won't delay order that lets N.C. bowling alleys reopen

Jul. 8, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge refused on Wednesday to delay enforcement of his ruling allowing dozen of bowling alleys to reopen in contradiction to Gov. Roy Cooper's executive order keeping them shut to discourage COVID-19's spread. Judge James Gale denied the request from attorneys for the...

Audit: N.C. DOT didn't follow law, overspent on pay raises

Jul. 8, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation misinterpreted a 2018 state law on employee salaries, leading to $39 million in overspending for worker raises, auditors said Wednesday. State Auditor Beth Wood’s office reviewed DOT's use of a pilot program approved by the...