Associated Press

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.

Christmas imagry
Andrew Malone / Flickr

A second North Carolina town has canceled its Christmas parade over concerns about possible protests of a float celebrating the Confederacy.

Picture of a flooded street in Swansboro, N.C.
Tom Copeland / AP Photo

Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis.

Photo of handgun and ammunition
Creative Commons / Max Pixel

A U.S. Marine caught smuggling guns into Haiti told investigators he wanted to help the country’s military learn marksmanship and defeat “thugs” causing instability there, according to a criminal complaint.

In this July 26, 2017 photo, a member of the gallery tries to display her sign while lawmakers convene during a joint select committee meeting on redistricting in Raleigh, N.C.
Gerry Broome / AP

Updated at 4:26 p.m.

North Carolina judges ordered a new U.S. House district map that Republican state legislators drew last month be used in the 2020 elections, deciding on Monday there wasn't the time to scrutinize the boundaries for extreme partisan bias.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

North Carolina officially kicks off the 2020 campaign with the opening of candidate filing for hundreds of elected positions such as governor and U.S. senator, in the state legislature and on the courts.

Vote Here sign
Erik Hersman / Creative Commons https://bit.ly/1ezRl1S

Students and employees at all University of North Carolina system campuses will be able to use their school identification cards for the state's voter ID mandate that begins in 2020 with the March primary.

NC legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his Republican rivals fought to a draw as the North Carolina legislature adjourned its longest annual session in nearly 20 years this month, still with no conventional state budget in place and many favored GOP items blocked.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The Trump administration's leaders on immigration enforcement said Monday that several North Carolina sheriffs care more about politics than public safety by refusing to cooperate with federal agents looking for immigrants believed to be in the country unlawfully.

The final Congressional District map approved by the North Carolina General Assembly on Nov. 15, 2019.
N.C. General Assembly

Updated at 2:45 p.m.

North Carolina judges have officially delayed candidate filing for the state's congressional seats while they sort out whether replacement districts approved by Republicans who lost another political gerrymandering case should be used for next year's elections.

Leoneda Inge / WUNC

A North Carolina county removed a Confederate statue from a historic courthouse early Wednesday, joining the handful of places around the state where such monuments have come down in recent years despite a law protecting them.

view of flooded I-95 after Hurricane Matthew
Jay Price / WUNC

Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law bills designed to help his cash-strapped Department of Transportation and the continued recovery from hurricanes Florence, Matthew and Dorian.

The final Congressional District map approved by the North Carolina General Assembly on Nov. 15.
N.C. General Assembly

A replacement map for North Carolina's congressional districts was finalized Friday, with its lines redrawn to address alleged extreme partisan bias and endangering reelection prospects for two Republicans next year.

The Supreme Court elections are coming and things are getting interesting (gavel on tabletop).
flickr.com/photos/leviphotos

North Carolina’s highest court won’t hasten an appeal by an advocacy group and state Democrats who say the Republican-controlled General Assembly didn’t do a good enough job redrawing legislative districts for the 2020 elections.

United States Representatives George Holding, left, and Mark Walker could have their seats threatened based on proposed Congressional maps.
U.S. House

The political future of two GOP incumbents could be endangered as North Carolina Republican legislators advanced a new congressional district map Thursday in response to a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit.

Census 2020
Census Bureau

House Democrats investigating the origins of a proposed citizenship question for the 2020 Census said Tuesday they've found previously undisclosed communications between a Trump administration adviser and a redistricting guru who favored excluding noncitizens from population counts to help Republicans.

State Superintendent of Public Schools Mark Johnson
NC Public Schools

North Carolina's Republican state schools superintendent announced on Tuesday he'll run for lieutenant governor instead of his current job, shaking up races for two statewide elections just three weeks before candidate filing begins.

A massive pile of debris sits outside of town on Ocracoke Island as cleanup efforts continue a month after Hurricane Dorian. All of the waste must be collected and then loaded into trucks before being transported off the island by boat.
Madeline Gray / For WUNC

County commissioners on the North Carolina coast have moved to reopen an island ravaged by Hurricane Dorian.

Chuck Burton / AP

North Carolina carries a little-understood risk of flooding as climate change makes rainstorms more intense — the state has the country's second-largest collection of dams in poor or unsatisfactory condition built in places where a failure could kill people.

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed bills that increase teacher pay, saying the state can do better, on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

North Carolina's governor has vetoed bills that increase teacher pay, saying the state can do better.

Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference Friday that he vetoed two bills that increase teacher pay and pay for non-instructional staff, saying the raises are "paltry."  He vetoed two other bills that cut corporate taxes.

Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed one bill on Wednesday that addressed potential unlawful voting in North Carolina by non-citizens but signed another that strengthens mail-in absentee balloting rules following evidence of fraud in a congressional race last year.

A cannon raised from Blackbeard's Queen Anne Revenge on Friday, August 16, 2013.
NC Dept. of Cultural Resources

The Supreme Court is wrestling with a modern-day dispute involving the pirate Blackbeard's ship that went down off North Carolina's coast more than 300 years ago.

CSPAN via AP, File

A North Carolina judge ruled on Monday that more than 100,000 computer documents generated by a recently deceased Republican redistricting guru that address political work in several states are no longer under the court's confidentiality order.

A cannon excavated from Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge.
Karen K Browning / N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

A treasure hunter who accuses the state of North Carolina of misusing his images from Blackbeard's flagship says he'll ask for 10 times the damages he originally sought, now that a court ruling has come down in his favor.

Kay Hagan
Gerry Broome / AP

Family and friends paid tribute Sunday to former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, eulogizing her as a "humble and kind" public servant who used hard work and good manners to get things done.

North Carolina legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

The North Carolina General Assembly went home on Thursday for a brief respite from Raleigh, still without the Republicans' original two-year budget bill enacted and an uncertain path forward on Medicaid after nine months of legislating this year.

North Carolina legislative building
Wikimedia Commons

North Carolina Republican legislators offered fresh carrots Wednesday for Democrats to join them in ending a four-month budget stalemate through even higher raises for public educators and staff should Gov. Roy Cooper's budget bill veto get overridden.

Rising flood waters brought on by Hurricane Florence threaten a building off highway 70 in Goldsboro, N.C., Sunday, Sep. 16, 2018.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

North Carolina legislators are aiming to locate more funds to help with the recovery from three recent hurricanes, with an emphasis on lessening damages in future storms.

Kay Hagan
Gerry Broome / AP

A service to remember former North Carolina U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will be held this weekend in the city where she lived for decades.

A districts map is shown as a three-judge panel of the Wake County Superior Court presides over the trial of Common Cause, et al. v. Lewis, et al at the Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, July 15, 2019.
Gerry Broome / AP

North Carolina state judges who rejected state legislative district maps over what they called GOP bias upheld on Monday all the remapping that they ordered Republicans last month to perform.

In this July 26, 2017 photo, a member of the gallery tries to display her sign while lawmakers convene during a joint select committee meeting on redistricting in Raleigh, N.C.
Gerry Broome / AP

Updated at 8:50 p.m.

North Carolina judges on Monday blocked the state's congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections, ruling that voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain.

Pages