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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,...

Former detention officers, nurse charged in suspect's death

Jul. 8, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Five former detention officers and a nurse at a North Carolina jail have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after a man died last December, a district attorney said Wednesday. Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill announced the charges at a news conference,...

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...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...