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NC’s minimum marriage age rises to 16 in bill OK’d by Senate

The state Senate has given unanimous approval to legislation raising the minimum age to get married in North Carolina from 14 to 16.

  North Carolina lawmakers to debate new abortion restrictions

NC Sen. Tillis says he feels great after cancer surgery

Governor extends order to permit delivery and to-go mixed beverages

  Ex-Justice Cheri Beasley joins North Carolina Senate race

VP Kamala Harris visits N.C. to discuss American Jobs Plan, tour electric bus facility “There isn’t only one path to success”

Lawmakers push for PPP change that would give them tax break

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Former N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory announces bid for U.S. Senate in 2022: “I’m in”

Governor Cooper signs three bills into law that address educational challenges exacerbated by the pandemic

  Bill in NC senate proposes new process for releasing law enforcement video

SC House OKs bill allowing open gun carry without permit

Senate Republicans sponsor bill to expand NC Opportunity Scholarship program

  NC Treasurer Folwell criticizes hospitals over new federal transparency rule

NC bill would halt abortions on basis of race, Down syndrome

North Carolina Republicans filed a bill this week to prohibit the procedure if the pregnant woman is seeking it due to the unborn child’s race or the detection of the presence of Down syndrome.

Sen. Michael Lee among lawmakers sponsoring bill to improve reading literacy in state’s youngest students

Senator Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) is one of the primary sponsors of a bill that aims to increase reading literacy in the state’s youngest students.

NC House members file bill on transgender students in sports

Several North Carolina Republican legislators have filed a bill, known as the Save Women’s Sports Act, that would block transgender women and girls from joining women’s high school and college athletic teams.

Millions in N.C. housing assistance still unspent as state makes changes to speed help

The North Carolina office in charge of administering a program designed to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic catch up on rent and utility bills is changing how it handles cases, as more than $60 million meant to help people sits unspent.

Cheri Beasley, former NC chief justice, to launch US Senate run

Senate confirms Michael Regan as the nation’s new top environmental watchdog

NC lawmakers finalize doling out more federal COVID-19 money

In rare move, NC Republicans working toward second veto override attempt

NC Board of Elections director says March 2022 Primary elections should be delayed

N.C. coach sounds off as legislators push to increase 100-person capacity limit at high school sporting events

Bill introduced in NC House to address growing litter problem along state roads

After local leaders raised concerns regarding increasing amounts of litter along roads and highways across southeastern North Carolina, lawmakers from the region have signed on as sponsors to House Bill 100, the Highway Cleanup Act.

NC GOP votes to censure Senator Burr after impeachment vote

The North Carolina Republican Party has voted to censure Sen. Richard Burr over his vote to convict former President Donald Trump during Trump’s second impeachment trial.

US Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announces his resignation

The resignation was in response to President Biden’s request that all Presidentially appointed United States Attorneys step down.

More than $100 million sitting unspent in program meant to help pay rent, utility bills

The N.C. HOPE Grant program has only spent $42 million of $160 million set aside to help people pay their rent and utility bills. State officials have approved a total of $120 million in grant awards but cannot explain why it's taking so long to get checks cut.

SENC lawmakers receive committee leadership positions for 2021 General Assembly session

Lawmakers from southeastern North Carolina will hold leadership positions on several committees when North Carolina’s General Assembly reconvenes on Wednesday to begin the 2021-22 session

NC Executive Mansion to be lit up in honor of lives lost to COVID-19

The North Carolina Executive Mansion will be illuminated in remembrance of the lives lost in the COVID-19 pandemic.

  North Carolina Guardsmen to assist with security for inauguration

The NC National Guard personnel will not be operating as front-line law enforcement; they will establish checkpoints and provide site security to protect critical infrastructure.

Matthews man arrested storming US Capitol. ‘I’m sure he would do it all again’ associate says.

A Matthews man was arrested in Washington, D.C. Wednesday as part of the violent group of pro-Trump supporters that stormed the United States Capitol, causing chaos and bloodshed. He's one of seven arrested on Wednesday with North Carolina ties.

NC congressional delegation reacts to supporters of President Trump storming Capitol Hill

Members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation are reacting to the events that unfolded Wednesday when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed Capitol Hill during the debate on certifying electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.

NC Sen. Tillis says he will not object Electoral College votes

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) said he will not object the Electoral vote, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Charles Miller takes oath of office to become District 19 representative

Charles Miller has taken the oath of office to become the newest legislator representing southeastern North Carolina in the General Assembly

Sen. Tillis’ lack of public comment on Electoral College objection is ‘silent complicity,’ NCDP chair says

North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin says Tillis choosing to not comment is “silent complicity.”

‘North Carolina lost a giant today’ Longtime state political leader Marc Basnight dies at 73

Political leaders are mourning the loss of former North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight, who passed away at age 73 Monday.

North Carolina AG opposes Texas election lawsuit

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein on Thursday said he opposes the election complaint Texas has brought before the U.S. Supreme Court.

  Susi Hamilton will leave position on Governor Cooper’s administration to pursue other opportunities

Hamilton will be leaving her position as Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources at the end of the year to pursue other interests.

Cheri Beasley requests hand-to-eye recount of random sample, Brunswick precinct first local county to schedule recount

Cheri Beasley requested a hand-to-eye recount of a random sample of precincts Wednesday night.

  Newby still leads the race after counties complete recount in NC Supreme Court race

After the recount, the margin is now 401 votes, favoring Newby.

  The State Board of Elections certifies historic 2020 election results

The official election results are finalized by canvass, the process that determines all votes have been counted and tabulated correctly.

  North Carolina’s State Treasurer Dale Folwell talks about priorities for a second term

As Dale Folwell prepares to begin a second term as North Carolina State Treasurer, he has laid out several priorities he would like the office to tackle in the next four years.

Speaker Moore nominated for fourth term leading N.C. House, would tie state record

The incoming House Republican Majority nominated Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) to a fourth term as presiding officer of the North Carolina House of Representatives

  Cal Cunningham concedes U.S. Senate race to Thom Tillis

Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham conceded the U.S. Senate race to incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis, according to a statement from Cunningham.

  NC State Board of Elections updates outstanding absentee-by-mail and provisional ballot numbers

The North Carolina State Board of Elections now says there are approximately 94,900 outstanding absentee-by-mail ballots statewide that could be accepted and added to the general election results during the pre-canvassing process.

  The State Board of Elections reassures people their votes are counted

Registered voters can use the Voter Search tool to confirm their vote; however, it may take a few weeks before voter history is updated

  State Board of Elections releases details on outstanding absentee-by-mail ballots

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has released details of the approximately 116,00 outstanding absentee-by-mail ballots that could still be counted in 2020 General Election races

Tillis claims victory, Cunningham waits for vote count as U.S. Senate race in N.C. remains too close to call

An important and closely-watched race for United States Senate in North Carolina pits incumbent Republican Senator Thom Tillis against Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham.

Roy Cooper wins re-election as North Carolina governor

The race between Cooper and Forest has attracted attention from outside groups, which have spent millions to shape voter attitudes.

Mark Robinson wins race for lieutenant governor of North Carolina, AP reports

Political newcomer Republican Mark Robinson won the race for lieutenant governor of North Carolina, according to the Associated Press. He will be the state’s first ever African-American lieutenant governor.

  Check the location of your polling place for election day

Unlike with early voting where people can choose where to vote, Election Day ballots must be cast at the polling place assigned to each registered voter.

At least 97 percent of votes cast in NC to be tallied on election night, officials say

The N.C. State Board of Elections says it anticipates that the results reported by the end of election night will include 97 percent or more of all ballots cast in North Carolina

President Trump postpones Fayetteville rally over windy conditions

President Donald Trump has postponed his Thursday evening rally in Fayetteville over windy conditions

Supreme Court allowing NC absentee ballots to be received and counted up to 9 days after election

The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day

More than half of registered NC voters have cast their ballots

More than 3.6 million ballots were cast by Wednesday afternoon, data showed

  One-stop early voting dates, times and locations in southeastern North Carolina counties for 2020 General Elections

One-stop early voting runs from Thursday, October 15 to Saturday, October 31, in counties across North Carolina. Local Boards of Elections have set up several locations where voters can cast ballots ahead of Election Day, November 3.

Two locals among AG Josh Stein’s Dogwood Award recipients

District Attorney Ben David and Rep. Carson Smith received the Dogwood Award Wednesday from Attorney General Josh Stein.

NC Senate race shatters record for money spent on advertising

The North Carolina Senate race is so important to both Democrats and Republicans that it set a record for the most money spent on a single Senate race.

  Turnout tops 330,000 on first day of One-Stop early voting across North Carolina

According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, more than 330,000 people showed up to cast ballots in-person on the first day of One-Stop early voting Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Innocent men were sent to prison and released decades later. Now Gov. Cooper won’t pardon them

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has refused to meet with or take any action to pardon four men who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. As a result, those men cannot get any compensation from the state.

Cooper, Forest clash on coronavirus, economy and schools in N.C. governor debate

The 2020 North Carolina governor’s race is hotly-contested and features two candidates already in office - Democratic Governor Roy Cooper and Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest.

Vice President Pence visiting Selma on Friday

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Selma on Friday

  Sen. Danny Earl Britt is the republican incumbent running for a third term in the NC Senate District 13 race

Sen. Danny Earl Britt is the republican incumbent running for reelection to a third term representing District 13 in the North Carolina Senate, which includes all of Columbus counties.

Poll: Supreme Court process more important in NC’s Senate race than Cunningham’s affair

Cunningham now holds a 49-39 percent lead over Tillis, who is seeking a second six-year term.

Race for attorney general in North Carolina remains too close to call

The 2020 race for North Carolina Attorney General pits incumbent Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein against Republican challenger Jim O’Neill.

The Port of Wilmington receives $16 million grant for improvements

A grant just over $16 million has been awarded to the Port of Wilmington by the Department of Transportation Port Infrastructure Development Program

Cal Cunningham asked repeatedly about more possible affair allegations, doesn’t fully answer

In total, Cunningham was asked four times about whether more allegations could surface in the future.

Cal Cunningham under investigation by US Army Reserve

US Senate Candidate Cal Cunningham is under investigation by the US Army Reserve following revelations he had an extramarital affair, according to a spokesman for the US Army Reserve.

New Cal Cunningham texts revealed as personal scandal roils critical N.C. Senate race

Previously undisclosed text messages obtained by The Associated Press and additional interviews show that the relationship extended beyond suggestive texts to an intimate encounter as recently as July.

NC Senate race unaffected by recent developments, new voter poll finds

Amid Tillis testing positive for COVID-19 and Cunningham being involved in a sexting scandal, a new poll by Public Policy Polling says the news produced no significant changes on who is leading the race.

Sen. Thom Tillis tests positive for COVID-19

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement issued Friday night.

  Adam Ericson is the democratic nominee running for the District 20 seat in the NC House of Representatives

Adam Ericson is the democratic nominee running for the District 20 seat in the NC House of Representatives. The district stretches from the northeastern portion of New Hanover County to the Myrtle Grove area, and includes Wrightsville Beach.

  Tom Simmons is democratic nominee running in the NC House District 17 race

Tom Simmons is the democratic nominee running for the District 17 seat in the NC House of Representatives, which includes most of Brunswick County from the southern-most beaches inland to the Leland area.

  Marcia Morgan is the democratic candidate for NC House in District 19

Marcia Morgan is the democratic nominee running for the seat in the newly re-drawn state House District 19, which covers parts of New Hanover and Brunswick counties.

  Charlie Miller is the republican candidate for NC House in District 19

Charlie Miller is the Republican nominee running for the District 19 seat the state House of Representatives, which represents parts of Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

Black voters’ mail-in ballots in NC rejected twice as often as whites. Why?

The most common flaw with those ballots is having incomplete witness information, with 824 ballots turned down for that reason. Of those, 55 percent were cast by Black voters.

North Carolina surpasses 1 million mark for absentee ballots requested

In NC, over a million absentee ballots have been requested as of Sept. 23. The state was the first in the country to have them mailed out to voters beginning on Sept. 4.

Both Republican members of N.C. State Board of Elections announce resignation

Both Republican members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections have resigned from the board Wednesday night.

Tillis and Cunningham spar police reform, Supreme Court pick

Sen. Thom Tillis (R) and challenger Cal Cunningham (D) were at CBS 17 in Raleigh, taking part in their second debate amid the North Carolina Senate race.

Candidates for local NC House and NC Senate seats take part in virtual forum

A virtual forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear (LWVLCF), YWCA Lower Cape Fear and the North Carolina Coastal Federation was held Thursday evening to hear about key issues from candidates running for NC House District 18, 19, 20 and NC Senate 8 and 9 seats.

NC: Trump rally exceeded pandemic limits, but not illegal

A spokeswoman for North Carolina’s governor says President Donald Trump’s rally in Winston-Salem this week violated state health and safety protocols but was not illegal.