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Sep 22, 2023

Conflicted Appeals Court affirms removal of Superior Court clerk 

By Rasmus S. Jorgensen  [email protected]  The Court of Appeals of North Carolina has affirmed the decision to permanently disqualify a former Franklin County Superior Court clerk as the case went before the Appeals Court for a second time.  Appointed in 2013, then elected in 2014 and 2018, Patricia Burnette Chastain was initially removed from office […]

Sep 22, 2023

NC transgender health case might go to high court

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal appeals court is considering cases out of North Carolina and West Virginia that could have significant implications on whether individual states are required to cover health care for transgender people with government-sponsored insurance. The Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in cases Thursday involving the coverage […]

Sep 20, 2023

Lawsuit faults Google Maps in deadly crash

RALEIGH — The family of a North Carolina man who died after driving his car off a collapsed bridge while following Google Maps directions is suing the technology giant for negligence, claiming it had been informed of the collapse but failed to update its navigation system. Philip Paxson, a medical device salesman and father of […]

Sep 20, 2023

Bill ties NC casinos, Medicaid expansion

RALEIGH — Republican legislative leaders moved forward Tuesday with maneuvers that could by week’s end approve a long-delayed state budget, provide Medicaid to several hundred thousand low-income adults and multiply legal gambling through video gaming machines and new casinos. But by tying gambling’s fate with Medicaid expansion, Republicans could potentially scuttle a landmark healt[...]

Sep 19, 2023

Power politics plays out in state

RALEIGH — In 2020, North Carolina seemed the model of an evenly-divided swing state. Then-President Donald Trump barely won, beating Democrat Joe Biden by just over a percentage point. Meanwhile, the state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, won reelection by a relatively comfortable 5 points. Even last year, as Republicans won two seats on the state […]

Sep 18, 2023

NC man sentenced after bomb threat at Library of Congress

WASHINGTON — A man whose bomb threat near the U.S. Capitol forced evacuations and sparked an hourslong standoff with police in 2021 was sentenced to five years of probation Friday. Floyd Ray Roseberry was experiencing a mental-health crisis at the time of the threat, and during the year that he served in jail after his […]

Sep 15, 2023

Appeals Court upholds extension for sex-abuse lawsuits

RALEIGH — A portion of a North Carolina law that gave adults with child sexual abuse claims two additional years recently to seek civil damages is constitutional, a divided state appeals court has ruled. By a 2-1 decision, a panel of Court of Appeals judges reversed on Tuesday a similarly divided ruling by trial judges […]

Sep 14, 2023

Former NC justice enters gubernatorial race

RALEIGH — A second prominent Democrat has entered the primary for North Carolina governor in 2024. Michael Morgan, a former state Supreme Court justice who stepped down early from the high court last week, announced his campaign Tuesday. He is challenging Attorney General Josh Stein to become Gov. Roy Cooper’s successor after the Democratic governor […]

Sep 13, 2023

Cooper taps Riggs to fill Supreme Court vacancy

RALEIGH (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed an appellate judge to the North Carolina Supreme Court to fill a vacancy created when a Democratic justice stepped down early. Democrat Allison Riggs will replace outgoing Justice Michael Morgan. Morgan left the court last week and has not announced his future plans. Riggs will serve out the remainder of Morgan's term through the end of nex[...]

Sep 12, 2023

Marine now at Camp Lejeune sentenced in J6 riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of three active-duty Marines who stormed the U.S. Capitol together has been sentenced to probation instead of prison time. U.S. District Judge Ana Reyes also on Monday ordered Dodge Hellonen to perform 279 hours of community service. She said that's one hour for every Marine who was killed or wounded fighting in the Civil War. The judge told Hellonen that she can't fathom w[...]

Sep 11, 2023

Cherokee tribal voters back adult marijuana use

CHEROKEE — Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have backed overwhelmingly the adult use of marijuana on their tribal land, even as they await the opening of a dispensary for those who seek it for medicinal use. Unofficial results show that 70% of voters said “yes” Thursday in a referendum that opens the […]

Sep 8, 2023

Gambling opponents rally as GOP weighs more casinos

RALEIGH, N.C. — Opponents of more casinos in North Carolina and legalized video gaming machines statewide have come to Raleigh to urge lawmakers to reject additional gambling. Tuesday's rally by social conservatives, business operators and political candidates came the same day that House Republicans met privately to gauge the level of interest in authorizing more gambling. A gambling proposal c[...]

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