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Report: North Carolina ranks among the top 25 in the world for worst coronavirus outbreaks

According to a report, North Carolina is ranked among the top 25 in the entire world for the worst COVID-19 outbreaks.

N.C. sees 1,000+ COVID-19 hospitalizations for second day, nearly 2,000 more cases

ACC Olympic sports to delay start until Sept. 1

Gov. Cooper’s vetos stand as override attempts fail in General Assembly

NCDOT overspent on salary increases by $39M, audit says

  Justice Department warns of fake mask ‘exemption’ cards

COVID-19 clusters confirmed at Union Co. graduation ceremony and among middle school staff

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Man with North Carolina connections wanted in association with Horry County drug trafficking operation

NCDHHS warns of methanol-contaminated hand sanitizers that can cause blindness, death

  N.C. again sees record number of hospitalizations as COVID-19 cases top 75,000

  Dr. Mandy Cohen: She is a mom, a wife and the face of North Carolina’s effort against COVID-19 (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Gov. Cooper vetoes bill that would make death records secret

‘His recovery will take months or even years': Trooper struck by car on I-485 remains in critical condition

Friends remember woman killed by ‘celebratory gunfire’ in Durham

Durham police say 74-year-old Paulette Thorpe died after she was struck by celebratory gunfire at a July 4th celebration Saturday night.

Unemployment benefit payments approach $5 billion; first wave of claims resolved

The North Carolina Department of Commerce DES announced Thursday unemployment benefits paid out since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic were approaching $5 billion.

  NC Wildlife Resources Commission reminds boaters to be safe during the holiday weekend

Boating law compliance on North Carolina’s waterways will be a major focus for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s law enforcement division throughout the holiday weekend

POLICE: Greenville man dies in waters off Kitty Hawk after getting caught in rip current

Police on the Outer Banks say that a man lost his life while swimming early Friday morning.

Federal authorities seize more than $80,000 tied to COVID-19 unemployment scheme in N.C.

Poll shows NC residents divided over plans to reopen schools

Governor Cooper vetoes bills addressing the reopening of leisure facilities and entertainment venues

Major healthcare company bringing thousands of jobs to Charlotte

  U.S. Attorney: 23 arrested, 3 at large in connection to drug trafficking operation in Horry County

DMV fees to increase

Police: Man shot at N.C. restaurant after argument related to face masks

A man was shot outside of a restaurant after an argument that was at least partly about Governor Roy Cooper’s face covering requirement, according to the Forest City Police.

  Strengths, areas of growth identified in external review of 2019 UNC Charlotte shooting response

An external review of the response to the 2019 tragic deadly shooting at UNC Charlotte identifies strengths and areas of needed growth at the university.

Man dies when tree falls on Chapel Hill home as storms hit region

As storms moved through central North Carolina Sunday afternoon, a tree fell on a Chapel Hill home, killing a person inside, officials said.

  Lt. Gov. Dan Forest addresses plans to sue Gov. Cooper’s administration

Forest, a Republican running against Cooper for governor in the November election, said the lawsuit is not a political move.

  Cooper signs teacher pay, criminal justice reform bills

Gov. Roy Cooper signed one bill into law Friday that will give teachers a small bonus this year and another that gives judges more leeway to decide drug trafficking sentences.

NC child dies at hospital after being shot in head; 26-year-old man charged

A child has died at an Upstate hospital after being shot in the head, according to Forest City Police.

  Bellamy Mansion losing $25,000 a month during COVID-19 shutdown

Bellamy Mansion Museum is using COVID-19 downtime to make much needed improvements. The pandemic is costing the museum roughly $25,000 in lost revenue

  NC Bar and Tavern Association calls governor’s Phase 2 extension ‘death warrant’ for local bars

Many North Carolina bars have been closed more than 100 days because of COVID-19 restrictions. Many owners believe their businesses should have been included in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening. Now that phase is extended, and bars will be closed at least three more weeks.

  Lt. Gov. Forest says he’s suing Gov. Cooper for violating Emergency Management Act

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest plans to sue Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration for violating the Emergency Management Act, according to a Thursday statement from Forest.

Several local departments join growing list of sheriffs who won’t enforce N.C. mask mandate

Multiple North Carolina sheriffs say they won’t be enforcing a mask mandate that was announced by Gov. Roy Cooper Wednesday afternoon.

Three area sheriffs opt not to enforce Gov. Cooper’s mask mandate

At least two sheriffs in southeastern North Carolina do not plan to enforce Gov. Roy Cooper’s new executive order instituting a statewide mask mandate to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Duke University scholars weigh in on challenges of validating, manufacturing a vaccine quickly

Scholars with Duke University and Duke-NUS weighed in on the challenges of validating, manufacturing, and distributing a vaccine for widespread use quickly.

Charlotte mayor asks Gov. Cooper to make face masks mandatory in public

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles is asking North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to make face masks mandatory statewide.

North Carolina families and DSS benefit from improved Medicaid, Food and Nutrition Services apps

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) released improved online applications Tuesday to help applicants maintain social distancing when applying for these programs.

Fish for free in North Carolina’s public waters on Independence Day

Anyone in North Carolina can fish without having to purchase a license on July 4 from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.

  Protesters pull down Confederate monuments at State Capitol

A group of protesters pulled down two Confederate statues in downtown Raleigh Friday evening.

  Members of the NC Bar and law school professors call upon elected officials to immediately take down Confederate monuments

Lawyer Gary Shipman announced on Facebook Wednesday he had joined 60 other legal professionals to rally elected officials for the removal of Confederate monuments across North Carolina.

Marine stabbed last weekend at Camp Lejeune has died

A Marine who was stabbed early Saturday morning at Camp Lejeune has died.

Board votes to rename Raleigh middle school named after white supremacist with ties to Wilmington massacre

The Wake County Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to rename a middle school that was named after a known white supremacist.

  Mecklenburg County Commissioners declare racism a public health crisis

Mecklenburg County Commissioners have unanimously passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis.

  Raleigh City Council OKs mask requirement; timeline not announced

The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to require masks to be worn although no timeline for implementation was announced.

  Wilmington among ten sites nationwide chosen for second phase of COVID-19 vaccine trial

Moderna has chosen Wilmington as one of ten sites nationwide to conduct phase two of its clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine.

  New application period opens for the ReBuild NC storm recovery program

Governor Cooper announced Monday the opening of a new application period for homeowners requiring assistance to repair homes damaged by Hurricanes Florence and/or Matthew.

  Mandatory face coverings? NC health leaders discuss possibility

Dr. Mandy Cohen, with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, said the trajectory of cases, along with the metrics and data, is troubling.

Tanker crashes into dorm at Gardner Webb University

The wreck happened after 8 a.m. at Spangler Hall, which is on Huggins Street on the Shelby campus.

Families connected through organ donor meet for first time

A teenager’s decision to become an organ donor several years ago saved a man’s life.

  Student reacts to UNCW Chancellor’s ‘All lives matter’ comment

Some students still aren’t convinced that UNCW’s Chancellor understands the Black Lives Matter movement, after his response to the African-American student population.

North Carolina Zoo set to reopen on Monday

The North Carolina Zoo will open to the public on Monday, June 15.

  ‘John Boy’ Isley: Decades of making morning radio laughter with partner Billy James (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Few partnerships in radio or television have lasted as long as the one forged by John Isley and Bill James. They met in 1980 and are still together today on the wildly successful “John Boy & Billy Big Show”, waking people up with laughter on radio stations across the country.

Novant Health physicians say convalescent plasma therapy is showing promising results in COVID-19 fight

Charlotte doctors are finding an investigative treatment for COVID-19 is showing promising results in helping patients recover.

  Judge orders North Carolina track with large crowds to stop races

A North Carolina judge has ordered a small stock-car track halt races after state health officials declared it was violating Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 executive order with recent large weekend crowds.

NASCAR bans display of Confederate flag from all events, properties

NASCAR is prohibiting the display of the Confederate flag at all events and properties.

Carolina Panthers remove Jerry Richardson statue from Bank of America Stadium

Crews are removing the Jerry Richardson statue from the front of Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon.

NCDHHS secretary: Anyone who has attended a protest should get tested for COVID-19

North Carolina heath leaders are urging those who have attended a protest recently to get tested for COVID-19.

White House concerned by NC’s lack of COVID-19 testing

Officials with the White House Coronavirus Task Force are concerned with North Carolina’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically the state’s inability to quickly marshal testing resources, multiple people familiar with the matter say.

  BIG ROCK: Michael Jordan’s boat brings in 442.3-pound marlin

Michael Jordan’s boat brought in a 442.3-pound big blue, one of four that have landed blue marlins this morning.

Rocky Mount, N.C. approves removal of Confederate monument

The North Carolina city of Rocky Mount has approved the removal of a Confederate statue that has stood for more than a century.

  N.C. health officials order closure of speedway after large crowds attended recent races

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has issued an abatement order that requires ACE Speedway in Alamance County to immediately close its facility and halt operations after a series of races brought in crowds that surpass the state’s health guidelines.

Sheriff won’t cite N.C. speedway for crowd despite order

A North Carolina sheriff says he won’t cite a local stock car speedway for violating the state’s prohibition against mass gatherings due to COVID-19 after another large crowd gathered there for races.

$15K reward offered after remains identified as missing N.C. soldier

Army CID is offering a reward of up to $15,000 to anyone with information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person responsible for the soldier's death.

  NC high school sports allowed to resume June 15, NCHSAA says

High Schools in North Carolina will be allowed to resume athletics again on June 15, according to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

  Gov. Cooper vetoes bill that would have allowed N.C. bars to reopen

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill state legislators passed to allow bars to reopen in the state during the coronavirus pandemic.

RNC: Trump celebration to be held in another city, ‘official business’ may still be held in Charlotte

On May 26, President Trump gave Gov. Cooper one week to make a decision about allowing full attendance at the Republican National Convention before considering other locations for the convention.

Retired Statesville PD K-9 passes away after years on the force

Retired Statesville Police Department K-9 Officer Czar passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday after years of service to the community.

  President Trump says GOP will look for a new state for the Republican National Convention

Governor Roy Cooper said that Republican plans for a full-scale national convention in Charlotte in August “is very unlikely.”

16-year-old missing Salisbury girl found in GA with sex offender

A missing 16-year-old Salisbury girl was found in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this week with a registered sex offender, deputies say.

Couple indicted for bilking $13 million from North Carolina Medicaid to pay for lavish lifestyle

Federal authorities in North Carolina say a man and woman from Las Vegas have been arrested and accused of using obituary postings siphon $13 million in fraudulent charges from the North Carolina Medicaid Program.

Raleigh mayor issues 8 p.m. curfew following 2 nights of violence, destruction in downtown

Raleigh’s mayor has issued a curfew following two nights of violence and destruction in downtown.

RNC responds to N.C. health leaders over safety conditions for 2020 convention

North Carolina health leaders responded Friday to a letter sent to Governor Roy Cooper by the Republican National Committee detailing safety conditions for an August convention in Charlotte.

NC responds to RNC letter detailing safety conditions for 2020 convention

North Carolina health leaders responded Friday to a letter sent to Governor Roy Cooper by the Republican National Committee detailing safety conditions for an August convention in Charlotte.

As more COVID-19 testing leads to prison workers being out, DPS asks other law enforcement if they’d work at prisons

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is asking law enforcement officers from other state agencies whether they would be willing to work at state prisons in the event the agency has a major shortage of correctional officers due to COVID-19, according to documents obtained by WBTV.

House passes bill to allow N.C. bars to reopen despite executive order, bill now headed to Gov. Cooper.

The state House joined with the Senate and approved legislation to allow “safe”outdoor seating for dining and beverage service in North Carolina at half of each bar’s total maximum occupancy.

N.C. House approves ballot access rule changes due to pandemic

Changes to mail-in absentee ballot rules in North Carolina and funds to improve safety at in-person voting sites during the COVID-19 pandemic have received overwhelmingly approval in the state House.

NCDOT looking to improve oversight after agency overspent $742 million in 2019

Leaders of the North Carolina Department of Transportation said Wednesday they’re making some changes following an audit that outlined how the agency overspent by about $742 million last year, with lawmakers saying they’re drafting legislation to improve oversight.

Senate votes to reopen NC bars

Lawmakers voted 42-6 in favor of House Bill 536, which would allow some bars to reopen outdoor areas -- either permanent patios or temporary spaces -- and serve customers at 50% capacity.

Two officers shot, one flown to hospital after shootout in Anson County, three suspects at-large

The vehicle came to a stop in the Myrtlewood Apartments complex off Myrtlewood Drive. There, the officers and the suspects exchanged gunfire.

  Head of N.C. Division of Employment Security replaced

Governor Roy Cooper’s Office on Wednesday announced that he has appointed a new head of the Division of Employment Security.

  President Trump giving N.C. governor a week to make decision on RNC before considering other options

President Donald Trump is giving Governor Roy Cooper a week to make a decision about allowing full attendance at the Republican National Convention before considering other locations for the convention.