GOP lawmakers say they’re ready to OK $800M in Florence aid

NC lawmakers will reconvene Monday to vote on a Florence aid package

  Redistricting, school safety, funding are top issues at school board candidates’ forum

Redistricting, school safety and funding were some of the issues discussed at a forum featuring candidates running for seats on the New Hanover County Board of Education

Hurricane recovery, school safety, GenX among issues discussed at candidates’ forum

Four candidates running for two seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners met at a forum held at the Senior Resource Center.

NHC commissioner, school board candidates to meet in forum tonight

Candidates running for New Hanover County Board of Education and Board of Commissioners will attend a forum Thursday, October 4, at 6:30p.m. at the Senior Services Center in Wilmington.

Trump orders ‘limited’ new FBI probe after judiciary committee sends Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to Senate for vote

President Trump said the supplemental FBI probe into Brett Kavanaugh must be limited in scope, and last no longer than a week.

The Latest: Trump postpones meeting with Rosenstein

President Donald Trump has postponed his highly anticipated meeting with embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until next week

Here’s what to expect at the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify separately about her allegation of sexual assault at a high school party in the early 1980s.

White House postpones meeting between Trump, Rosenstein

President Donald Trump says his would prefer to keep Rod Rosenstein and not fire the deputy attorney general

Still employed, Rod Rosenstein to meet with Trump Thursday

As deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein had been in charge of the Russia investigation.

‘Unbelievable’: Bald eagle lands on fire truck during 9/11 tribute

Many Facebook users expressed their belief the event was “a sign from above honoring those who gave all for others.”

Columbus County Board of Elections closes early voting sites

Early voting doesn't start for another month, but it's already causing controversy in Columbus County.

President Trump visiting Charlotte today to raise money for House candidates

President Donald Trump is stopping in North Carolina to raise money for two U.S. House candidates amid uncertainty about the future of the state's existing congressional districts.

Rouzer responds to criticism of recent opioid symposium

The symposium happened July 30 at the Coastline Convention Center and featured people recovering from opioid addiction, followed by a panel of experts who deal with patients suffering from addiction.

N.C. election investigators looking into registration drives in New Hanover County

North Carolina election investigators are looking into alleged misconduct involving voter registration drives in several counties, including New Hanover.

NC Board of Elections approves Sunday voting in Brunswick, Pender counties

The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement approved a proposal allowing voters in Brunswick County to cast their ballots Oct. 28 from noon-4 p.m. at satellite locations.

Lt. Governor: 'The ball was dropped' on federal hurricane relief

During a stop in Columbus County not far from Fair Bluff — one of the communities hardest hit by the October 2016 storm — Forest was asked about the delay in the state dispersing federal money designed to help Hurricane Matthew victims.

Disaster relief committee to meet over funds for Hurricane Matthew victims

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) has reauthorized the state House Select Committee on Disaster Relief to address funding earmarked to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) is a co-chair of the committee and represents Fair Bluff, one of the areas hardest hit by the October 2016 storm.

NHC commission, school board, and sheriff candidates take part in forum

Republican candidates running for New Hanover County Commission, School Board and Sheriff will be part of a candidates forum Thursday night at the Northeast Public Library on Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington. The forum begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be streamed live online and at the top of the free WECT News App.

NHC commissioner: Charlotte shows 'wisdom and inclusion' in RNC decision

Hours after the Republican National Committee unanimously voted to make Charlotte the host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention, New Hanover County Commissioner Skip Watkins said he was happy to hear the news.

Most area judges to run unopposed in November

Nearly all Superior and District Court Judges from counties in southeastern North Carolina are running for re-election in 2018. The filing period for judicial offices ended Friday at Noon, with only one current member of the local bench not on the ballot for the November General Election.

Rep. Butler pushes for companion bill to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

Deb Butler was entering the fifth grade when the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972. Forty-five years later, she's pushing to rewrite history while making history at the same time.

Constitution Party candidate on Pender County ballot

According to a news release, Peggy Lanier is on the list of candidates for the Board of Commissioners District 3 along with George Brown, who edged David Fallin in May's Republican primary race.

Voter ID constitutional amendment clears NC House

A proposed constitutional amendment requiring that North Carolina citizens show photo identification to vote in person has cleared one chamber of the General Assembly.      The House gave final approval Tuesday to the amendment, which voters will decide in November if it also clears the Senate.      Seventy-four House members voted to put the amendment referendum on the ballot. Seventy-two votes were needed.      House members debated the m...

NC lawmakers closer to changing voter ID laws

The North Carolina General Assembly continued to debate proposed constitutional amendments on Monday night, including a mandate that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Judge Lewis to run for re-election as judicial filing period begins

Judge Ola Lewis plans to file for re-election on Tuesday as the filing period for judicial candidates in North Carolina gets underway ahead of the 2018 General Election. Lewis, who is the senior resident superior court judge in the 13th district, has been undergoing treatment for liver cancer at the Mayo Clinic.

Bill to change early voting passes NC House

The General Assembly is nearing final approval of changes to North Carolina's early in-person voting laws that Republicans say promote election uniformity but Democrats argue again discourage black residents from voting.

UPDATE: Amended rape kits bill headed to governor's desk

A bill amended by the state Senate to address the backlog of untested rape kits sitting in evidence rooms across North Carolina is headed to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk for his signature.

Azalea Festival bill clears NC House with new language

Lawmakers in Raleigh have changed the language inside a bill originally designed to proclaim the North Carolina Azalea Festival as the official celebration of spring in the state. An amendment approved Thursday included the substitution. The amended bill, which went on to pass by a vote of 104-1, now makes the "Azalea Festival in Wilmington the official azalea festival in the state of North Carolina".

Azalea Festival bill moves forward in General Assembly

The bill would allocate $10,000 from the state's general fund to help promote the festival. If enacted, the bill would become law on July 1.

Democrats upset over GOP moves for 2018 state budget plan

Democrats in the General Assembly are upset over GOP leaders putting the 2018 budget proposal inside a conference report, cutting out any opportunity the opposing party members would have to offer amendments to the spending plan.  "The North Carolina GOP super-majority is invoking an unprecedented move to cut every democrat out of the budget process," Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) said in a video post on her Facebook page Tuesday morning.

GOP leaders release details of 2018 state budget plan

Republican leaders in the General Assembly released details of the compromise budget proposal that will be introduced this week in Raleigh.   In a news release, GOP leaders Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) say adjustments bring the budget to $23.917 billion, constituting an increase of almost four percent over the plan approved in 2017.

Beach nourishment efforts get a boost in Congress

Beach renourishment efforts in Carolina Beach got some help from Congress Wednesday when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018.

Rep. Jones frustrated at slow pace of relief for Hurricane Matthew victims

After walking out of a committee meeting Monday discussing funds for victims of Hurricane Matthew, Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) says he did not get the answers to his questions. "To be honest with you, we saw a lot of pretty charts and a lot of pretty graphs, but we still have no answers," Rep Jones said about the meeting of the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief.

Former WECT reporter lands a seat on Whiteville City Council

Political newcomer and former WECT reporter Justin Smith made big strides during the municipal elections.

League of Women Voters to host series of candidate forums

The Municipal Elections are just around the corner, so the League of Women Voters of the Cape Fear is sponsoring a series of candidate forums in Brunswick County next month.

Leland police identify bicyclist killed on US 17

The Leland Police Department has identified the bicyclist who was struck and killed during a wreck on the Fourth of July.

Cooper declares victory but governor's race may be too close to call

It's a tight race for NC Governor Tuesday night as vote totals are tallied for Republican Incumbent Pat McCrory and Democratic Challenger Roy Cooper.

Andrew Barnhill concedes, Senator Michael Lee re-elected to District 9 seat

NC Senator Michael Lee will keep his seat in District 9 after challenger Andrew Barnhill conceded Tuesday night.

US Sen. Richard Burr defeats Democrat Deborah Ross to retain North Carolina seat

Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr had an early lead over challenger Deborah Ross Tuesday night.

Polls closed: Where to find election results

The polls are officially closed to voters in North Carolina for the 2016 General Election. Stick with WECT for full coverage as the results are tallied throughout the night.

Find your polling location

More than 45 percent of the nearly 7 million registered voters in North Carolina have already cast ballots for the 2016 general elections. The polls will officially be open Tuesday, November 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.