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North Carolina

Sep 25, 2023

Cooper allows budget to become law; Medicaid will expand

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has announced he would let the state budget bill that’s now reached his desk become law without his signature, opening the way for Medicaid coverage for 600,000 low-income adults, with some receiving the government health insurance soon. The Democratic governor unveiled his decision on the two-year spending plan minutes after […]

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 21, 2023

NC Republicans end bid to expand gambling

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders ditched efforts this year to dramatically multiply legal gambling in the state, announcing Tuesday that they will instead pass a final budget without it that also will trigger Medicaid coverage to begin for hundreds of thousands of adults. “We think this is the best, most prudent way for […]

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 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 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 […]

Aug 17, 2023

Wide-ranging elections bill advancing in legislature

RALEIGH (AP) — Republican state legislators are advancing again a wide-ranging North Carolina voting bill that includes a handful of provisions that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed successfully in previous years. The House elections committee on Tuesday recommended a retooled version of a Senate bill that was approved by that chamber in June. One key provision would move up the deadline by whi[...]

Aug 16, 2023

Father charged in slaying of driver who fatally struck son

TIMBERLAKE (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff says a father has been charged after fatally shooting a driver who hit and killed his teenage son along a road. Person County Sheriff Jason Wilborn told news outlets that the 17-year-old boy died as the family of three walked home after running out of gas around 6:30 Monday morning. The driver stopped and called 911. The sheriff's office says the teen's[...]

Aug 15, 2023

Education leaders: Budget delay hurts teacher hiring

RALEIGH (AP) — Public education leaders and North Carolina Democrats are criticizing Republicans for their slow progress negotiating a state budget. School administrators who spoke Monday at the state Legislative Building said the absence of a new budget has made it difficult to fill staffing vacancies. House and Senate Republicans are debating dozens of outstanding spending and policy issues wi[...]

Aug 11, 2023

State inspection clears roller coaster to reopen

CHARLOTTE — A towering North Carolina roller coaster that shut down in June due to a large crack in its support column has reopened after a month of repairs and testing. Carowinds amusement park announced Thursday that it reopened Fury 325 after replacing the broken column and completing a rigorous testing process. The park came under investigation after a video surfaced online of an operational[...]

Aug 10, 2023

Settlement means average NC auto insurance rates will rise

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina insurance regulators and the industry have reached an agreement so that average automobile rates will go up by 4.5% both later this year and next. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced on Tuesday the settlement between his department and what's called the North Carolina Rate Bureau. The bureau had requested earlier this year an overall statewide increase of 2[...]

Aug 8, 2023

Moore: State budget won’t become law until September

RALEIGH (AP) — The top leader in the North Carolina House warns that a final state budget won't be enacted until September. House and Senate Republicans are whittling down dozens of outstanding spending and policy issues within a spending plan that was supposed to take effect July 1. GOP legislators are still aiming for a budget agreement in August, but House Speaker Tim Moore said Monday that t[...]

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