The Successor to North Carolina Auditor Beth Wood Is Ex-County Commission Head Jessica Holmes

[ad_1] North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday named a former Wake County commissioner and previous statewide candidate to serve out the remainder of State Auditor Beth Wood’s term in office after she resigns in two weeks. Jessica Holmes, an attorney who works at the North Carolina Industrial Commission, was introduced by Cooper as Wood’s … Read more

North Carolina Trial Judges Block Election Board Changes Made by Republican Legislature

[ad_1] RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina trial judges on Thursday blocked portions of a new law that would transfer Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s authority to pick election board members to the Republican-dominated General Assembly. Following a 90-minute hearing, the three state judges agreed unanimously to issue a preliminary injunction sought by Cooper. His lawyers … Read more

Hundreds of Thousands in North Carolina Will Be Added to Medicaid Rolls This Week

[ad_1] RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A decade after the federal government began offering expanded Medicaid coverage in states that opted to accept it, hundreds of thousands of adults in North Carolina are set to receive benefits, a development that boosters say will aid hospitals and local economies in addition to the long-term uninsured. North Carolina … Read more

University of North Carolina Shooting Suspect Found Unfit for Trial, Sent to Mental Health Facility

[ad_1] Tailei Qi, 34, is accused of killing associate professor Zijie Yan in a science building at the state’s flagship public university on Aug. 28. He is being held without bond on charges of first-degree murder and misdemeanor possession of a firearm on educational property. Orange County Superior Court Judge Alyson Grine said Monday that … Read more

Police Identify North Carolina Man Fatally Shot by Officer During Thanksgiving Traffic Stop

[ad_1] FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Fayetteville police on Friday identified a man shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day. DeMarcus Brodie, 49, of Fayetteville, died of a gunshot wound Thursday after he reportedly resisted arrest and began assaulting officers, leading one to deploy his firearm, Police Chief Kemberle … Read more

Sea Turtle Nests Break Records on US Beaches, but Global Warming Threatens Their Survival

[ad_1] INDIAN ROCKS BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Just as they have for millions of years, sea turtles by the thousands made their labored crawl from the ocean to U.S. beaches to lay their eggs over the past several months. This year, record nesting was found in Florida and elsewhere despite growing concern about threats from … Read more

Rain Helps Ease Wildfires in North Carolina, but Reprieve May Be Short

[ad_1] PINNACLE, N.C. (AP) — Heavy rain and lower temperatures helped slow down some wildfires in North Carolina on Tuesday, including blazes that had prompted evacuations of homes and campgrounds, forestry officials said. But the reprieve for crews will likely only last through the Thanksgiving weekend, since rain isn’t expected again for another 10 days, … Read more

Black Voters File Federal Lawsuit Challenging North Carolina Senate Map

[ad_1] RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Monday in North Carolina alleges newly adopted district boundaries for the state Senate divide a cluster of predominantly Black counties in the northeast corner of the state in a way that unfairly dilutes the voting power of Black residents. Two Black voters drawn into a majority-white district … Read more

Biden Is Spending His 81st Birthday Honoring White House Tradition of Pardoning Thanksgiving Turkeys

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberty and Bell are ready for their presidential pardons. The two Thanksgiving turkeys were due at the White House on Monday to play their part in what has become an annual holiday tradition: a president sparing them from becoming someone’s dinner. “We think that’s a great way to kick off the … Read more

Maine and Massachusetts Are the Last States to Keep Bans on Sunday Hunting. That Might Soon Change

[ad_1] PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some states are steadily chipping away at longstanding bans on Sunday hunting, and there’s a push to overturn the laws in Maine and Massachusetts, the final two states with full bans. Maine’s highest court is considering a lawsuit asking whether the state’s 19th century law, which prevents hunting big game … Read more