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FILE - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper talks with Charlie Hale, vice president of Operations & Programs of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, during the governor's tour of the Raleigh, N.C., branch of the food bank, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.   Four years after he narrowly won the politically divided state carried by then-candidate Donald Trump,  Cooper now has a double-digit lead over his Republican challenger, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. Cooper's reelection path offers clues to what will work for Southern Democrats in an election cycle that also will determine control of the White House and Congress.  (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, File)

NC governor's race sets pace for Democrats in the South

Sep. 2, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Joe Biden may have one of his best chances for a Southern victory in North Carolina, where he stands to benefit from a mild-mannered Democratic governor praised for his balanced approach to controlling the coronavirus. Four years after he narrowly won the politically divided state...

Cooper sues to alter powerful NC government rules panel

Aug. 28, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper sued legislative leaders again on Friday, this time challenging the composition of a powerful commission that scrutinizes regulations agencies create to carry out state law. Cooper, a Democrat, contends the makeup of the Rules Review Commission violates...

N.C. education board won't expand virtual charter enrollment

Aug. 15, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A closely divided North Carolina Board of Education has refused to let two statewide virtual charter schools expand their enrollment this year to meet higher demand for online instruction with the COVID-19 pandemic. A majority of board members voted on Friday against the proposal,...

FILE - Gov. Roy Cooper listens to a question during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, July 14, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 1 million families in North Carolina have fallen behind on their electric, water and sewage bills, threatening residents and their cities with severe financial hardship unless federal lawmakers act to approve more emergency aid. Last week Cooper urged Congress to act swiftly and adopt a wide array of new federal spending, stressing in a letter that the “actions you take in the next few weeks are vital to our ability to emerge from this crisis.” (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, file)

Unpaid bills drive N. Carolina families to financial brink

Jul. 27, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As many as 1 million families in North Carolina have fallen behind on their electric, water and sewage bills, threatening residents and their cities with severe financial hardship unless federal lawmakers act to approve more emergency aid. The trouble stems from the widespread economic...