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Shelley Luther, owner of Salon Á la Mode in Dallas speaks to the crowd during the Set Texas Free Rally at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, on Saturday, May 9, 2020. (Vernon Bryant /The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Lockdowns are fading, but GOP outrage isn't in campaigns

Sep. 27, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic slammed the U.S. economy this spring, Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther became an overnight symbol of rebellion against lockdown measures, spending two days in a Texas jail for refusing to close her doors. Nearly $500,000 poured into a donation fund set...

North Carolina farm adjusts, offers events amid pandemic

Sep. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MOUNT ULLA, N.C. (AP) — Being the director of fun has never been so complicated. Michelle Patterson, the “director of fun” who oversees Patterson Farm Market and Tours, has been planning and executing farm-related events for decades. While strawberry picking in the spring is popular,...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C.  Nearly 10,000 North Carolinians had their mail-in ballots accepted in the first week of voting, according to data released Friday, Sept. 11 by the State Board of Elections. North Carolina was the first state in the country to send absentee ballots to voters who requested them..  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

NC elections board, Republicans spar over absentee changes

Sep. 25, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's currently Democratic-only elections board exchanged public jabs with state Republican heavyweights on Friday over the efficacy and legality of a brokered agreement intended to ease some absentee ballot rules for the November election. The State Board of Elections this...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, empty boxes await packages at the Wake County Board of Elections as workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing in preparation for the upcoming election, in Raleigh, N.C. In an announcement made Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, North Carolina election officials have agreed that mail-in absentee ballots returned with deficient information this fall can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

GOP elections board members in NC resign over absentee deal

Sep. 24, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The two Republican members of North Carolina's state elections board have resigned after signing off on a legal settlement to alter absentee ballot rules for this fall. Their decision further accentuates the political stakes in altering this popular form of voting during the COVID-19...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 23, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 23 The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer on the reaction of Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore to a proposed legal settlement in North Carolina: In this time of political tension, a little comic relief is welcome. So...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, empty boxes await packages at the Wake County Board of Elections as workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing in preparation for the upcoming election, in Raleigh, N.C. In an announcement made Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, North Carolina election officials have agreed that mail-in absentee ballots returned with deficient information this fall can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

North Carolina board agrees to more absentee ballot changes

Sep. 22, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina election officials agreed Tuesday that mail-in absentee ballots returned this fall with deficient information can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. The change, if it stands, would likely yield an upward tick in the number of counted...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper walks the field before the NFL football team's game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C. Tepper expressed frustration with government officials over not allowing fans in the stadium for the team’s Sept. 13 home opener against the Las Vegas Raiders. Tepper said he’ll continue to have conversations with government officials, including North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, about allowing the team to bring in a limited number of fans into Bank of America Stadium for future home games this season. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

NC governor: Outdoor venues could reopen at reduced capacity

Sep. 22, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — College and professional sports teams in North Carolina may soon be allowed to host a few thousand fans in outdoor stadiums, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday. If the state's coronavirus numbers continue to improve or remain flat, Cooper said he plans to ease the...

Sen. Tillis: Trump to extend offshore drilling pause to NC

Sep. 21, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters won't be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday. Earlier this month, Trump signed a memorandum instructing his interior secretary to prohibit...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, North Carolina State's Devin Leary (13) passes the ball against Louisville during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack will try to regroup after winning just four games last season. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File)

N.C. State parents OK'd to attend Saturday football game

Sep. 18, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State University said Friday it has received permission from the state to allow up to 350 fans to attend its Saturday home football game against Wake Forest University. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the gathering limit to The...