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Departing N.C. Rep. McGrady is transportation board choice

Jul. 31, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another North Carolina legislator is resigning before the two-year General Assembly term ends. Republican Rep. Chuck McGrady of Henderson County is one of House Speaker Tim Moore's appointments to a reconfigured state Board of Transportation. Moore announced on Friday that he was...

DOT: Top executive's departure unrelated to treasurer's call

Jul. 30, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A top executive's departure from the North Carolina Department of Transportation has nothing to do with state Treasurer Dale Folwell's call earlier this month to replace him, a DOT spokesperson said Thursday. Chief Operating Officer Bobby Lewis' last day on the job will be Friday,...

Craven appointed to fill out Tillman's term in N.C. Senate

Jul. 17, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A banking executive was appointed on Friday to the North Carolina Senate, succeeding the retired Sen. Jerry Tillman. Gov. Roy Cooper formally named Dave Craven to fill out the seat that Tillman vacated on June 30. He'll serve out the remainder of Tillman's term through Dec. 31. State...

Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler looks at this cellphone outside the Nevada Legislature before the Assembly gaveled in for the fourth day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nevada lawmakers suspend session over virus case

Jul. 11, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada lawmakers have pumped the brakes on their emergency special session because someone in the legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus. Gov. Steve Sisolak has convened the session so lawmakers can balance the state budget amid a projected $1.2 billion shortfall...

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...

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...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 19, 2020 file photo, a mask lies on a lawn in Willowbrook, Ill. On Friday, June 26, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that wearing face masks can cause fungal and bacterial pneumonia. There’s no evidence that normal use of face masks can cause fungal or bacterial infections. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 26, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Wearing face masks can cause fungal and bacterial pneumonia. THE FACTS:...

Virus response, reopen fights mark N.C. legislative session

Jun. 26, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers finished most of their work for the year early Friday, setting another Medicaid overhaul date, funding a monument to honor African Americans and attempting to reopen businesses shuttered by Gov. Roy Cooper due to COVID-19. House and Senate members negotiated...

North Carolina legislative work nearing an end, for now

Jun. 25, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators worked Thursday toward completing the bulk of their work this year during a session dominated by COVID-19-related funding and policy measures, including Republican challenges of Gov. Roy Cooper’s orders shuttering businesses. The state House and...