Blog: State News

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

Candidate wants curbs on county fire-service moves

A candidate for a N.C. House seat representing northern Orange and Durham counties wants to restrict the ability of county governments to force changes to the staffing of volunteer fire departments.

Oct. 21, 2013 @ 03:53 PM

McCrory names two Durhamites to state boards

Durham residents will serve on the N.C. Biotechnology Center board and the N.C. Real Estate Commission.

Oct. 17, 2013 @ 03:05 PM

Protzman ends gubernatorial campaign

Former Chapel Hill Town Councilman Jim Protzman is shutting down his 2016 run for governor.

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 02:03 PM

Woman reappointed to child-fatality task force

Sarah Veribest will continue on the N.C. Child Fatality Task Force.

Sep. 18, 2013 @ 01:45 PM

Duke Energy stops insuring retirees, joining trend

Duke Energy Corp. is joining a growing list of corporations scrapping long-held practices of providing retirees with health insurance and giving former workers a fixed amount to buy their own supplement to Medicare coverage.

Sep. 18, 2013 @ 01:44 PM

Anti-abortion activist hired for NC health job

An anti-abortion activist has been hired as a senior policy adviser at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the latest in a string of politically charged hiring decisions made at the embattled state agency.

Margaret "Mardy" Peal began work last month at an annual salary of $95,000.

Sep. 10, 2013 @ 04:15 PM

DOT clamping down on "local" input?

The state is putting limits on the local input that will go into future spending decisions for new roads, transit lines and other transportation projects.

Aug. 13, 2013 @ 01:05 PM

AP: Sturm Ruger to open new gun factory in N.C.

A North Carolina town already home to America's largest gun manufacturer is welcoming another famous name in the business.

Jul. 23, 2013 @ 02:34 PM

AP: NC, Raleigh to negotiate over hospital land deal

After months of grumbling by Republican legislators, a lease deal between former Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue and the city of Raleigh over 325 acres where a mental hospital once stood has been shelved until next year.

Jul. 09, 2013 @ 06:03 PM

AP: ACLU to seek challenge of NC gay marriage ban

The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday it was gearing up to attack North Carolina's year-old constitutional prohibition against same-sex marriage.

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 05:35 PM

AP: Small, green voracious bug threatens NC ash trees

It's a small, metallic green bug with a voracious appetite for the wood of the ash tree. And after killing tens of millions of trees in nearly two dozen states, the emerald ash borer has been discovered for the first time in North Carolina.

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 05:33 PM

AP: Ministers end quiet talks with NC legislators

Ministers active in the weekly "Moral Monday" protests at the Legislature have called off talks with Republican legislators, saying one lawmaker broke the ground rules when he disclosed the discussions.

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 12:23 PM

AP: NC redistricting judges don't need more briefs

Judges considering arguments in North Carolina's redistricting litigation have refused a request by attorneys who sued over legislative and congressional district boundaries to file more briefs after the U.S. Supreme Court decisions this week.

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 12:21 PM

AP: NC prosecutors oppose prisoner home releases

North Carolina prosecutors are asking Gov. Pat McCrory's administration to scrap a program that allows some minimum-security inmates to make home visits as their release date nears.

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 07:46 PM

AP: NC House off next week, will keep negotiating

North Carolina legislative leaders said Thursday they were going separate ways next week, when the new fiscal year begins, but still want tax and budget talks to continue.