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North Carolina

Aug 1, 2023

NC budget is month late; GOP: Deal draws near

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Republicans say they're closing in on a final state budget that was supposed to be in place a month ago. House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger said Monday that tax changes and many other differences have been worked out after fruitful negotiations late last week. More talks are ahead. Legislative leaders say the tax agreement would lower rates on ind[...]

Jul 27, 2023

If budget OK’d, Medicaid expansion could begin Oct. 1

RALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper's administration has set October 1 as the date when more of North Carolina's low-income adults can begin enrolling in Medicaid. But the expansion program won't happen then unless elected officials take one last action soon. The Democratic governor signed an expansion law in March, potentially providing health coverage to another 600,000 adults. But that law require[...]

Jul 27, 2023

State cancels incentives deal with Allstate

RALEIGH (AP) — Insurance giant Allstate won't be getting certain incentives from North Carolina that were part of a plan six years ago to add more than 2,200 workers in Charlotte. That's because the company has fallen well short of that number, which it blames on the rapid expansion of remote work. The state Economic Investment Committee agreed on Tuesday to end a 2017 incentives agreement with [...]

Jul 25, 2023

Ex-legislator enters lieutenant governor’s race

BLOWING ROCK (AP) — Another ex-legislator has thrown their hat into the ring to run for North Carolina lieutenant governor next year. This time it's former Sen. Deanna Ballard, who represented several northwestern counties for more than six years. She announced her bid for the Republican nomination on Monday. Current GOP Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is running for governor. Ballard was heavily involve[...]

Jul 24, 2023

NC jobless rate drops to 3.3% in June

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's unemployment rate fell to 3.3% for June. The state Commerce Department announced the figure on Friday. It compares to a seasonally adjusted rate of 3.4% in May. This continues a steady decline that began late last year. The last month-over-month increase based on revised figures occurred last August. The national rate was 3.6% in June. The commerce office re[...]

Jul 21, 2023

Runner-up in ’20 lieutenant governor’s primary running for governor in ’24

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former North Carolina legislator Andy Wells is running for the Republican nomination for governor next year. The real estate developer and manager from Hickory now sits on the state Board of Transportation. He announced his bid on Thursday. He finished second to Mark Robinson in a crowded 2020 Republican primary for lieutenant governor — a job Robinson eventually won. Now [...]

Jul 20, 2023

Tornado in Nash County damages Pfizer plant

RALEIGH (AP) — A tornado has heavily damaged a major Pfizer pharmaceutical plant in North Carolina — the latest in a string of extreme weather events plaguing the U.S. Pfizer reported no serious injuries but authorities said medicine was damaged after a tornado damaged the plant near Rocky Mount.

Jul 20, 2023

NC state Rep. Ben Moss won’t run for labor commissioner

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina state Rep. Ben Moss says he won't run for labor commissioner next year after all but will instead seek reelection to the General Assembly. Moss made the announcement Wednesday. He unveiled a run for commissioner last December. But the two-term Richmond County Republican now says his time "is best spent focusing on being present with my family and continuing my ser[...]

Jul 20, 2023

NC GOP activists sue for new party elections, claim rule violations

RALEIGH (AP) — Three North Carolina Republican activists have sued for new leadership elections for the state party after they say voting procedures and other rules governing last month's state GOP convention were violated. The lawsuit filed this week in Wake County court argues that a mobile voting app used for the convention wrongly allowed delegates who weren't on the floor to vote. It also a[...]

Aug 6, 2018

North Carolina city reaches settlement with beaten jaywalker

ASHEVILLE (AP) A North Carolina city has reached a $650,000 settlement with a black pedestrian whose beating by a white police officer was captured on body camera video. A settlement filed Aug. 3 in Buncombe County shows the city of Asheville will pay Johnnie Jermaine Rush for claims made against the city and its police department. […]

May 22, 2018

Teacher, ex-mayor Cochran running for lieutenant governor

MOUNT AIRY (AP) The former mayor of a North Carolina town says she’s running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2020. Deborah Cochran is a Winston-Salem high school teacher who was mayor of Mount Airy for more than five years until 2015. Cochran said that co-workers encouraged her to run. She says economic […]

May 16, 2018

Court: Back door knocking by police unconstitutional search

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina judges have decided police performed an unconstitutional search when knocking on an apartment back door from where authorities say an informant had once purchased heroin. The state Court of Appeals reversed May 15 a trial court’s refusal to suppress evidence obtained after a 2016 “knock and talk” performed by a Durham officer […]

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