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A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

Early in-person voting is starting for two special congressional elections in North Carolina.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

North Carolina Republicans have given final legislative approval to a bill requiring all sheriffs to comply with requests by federal immigration agents to jail inmates they believe are in the country unlawfully.

A Confederate soldiers monument outside the Old Chatham County Courthouse. in Pittsboro, N.C.
Hilary Perez / NC Department of Natural Resources

Commissioners in North Carolina say the United Daughters of the Confederacy must soon come up with a plan for removing a Confederate monument from a county courthouse's grounds.

LaMonte Armstrong

A North Carolina man who was released from prison after serving 17 years for a murder he didn't commit has died.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, looks at his daughter, Isla, and his wife Amy on pit row prior to an Xfinity Series NASCAR auto race at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va., Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
Steve Helber / AP

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is safe and in a hospital for evaluation after his plane crashed in east Tennessee, the NASCAR television analyst and retired driver's sister tweeted.

Richard Myers

President Donald Trump has nominated a black law professor who previously worked as a prosecutor, defense attorney and journalist to fill the nation's longest federal judiciary vacancy.

Richard Shotwell/Invision / AP

The trial is getting underway in a lawsuit that accuses novelist Nicholas Sparks of defaming the former headmaster of a private Christian school he founded in North Carolina.

Xerox Corp. will open a North Carolina technology center employing about 600 people, passing up its current headquarters in Connecticut and former headquarters in Upstate New York for a growing Southern tech cluster.

 Damon Circosta
Courtesy of the NC State Board of Elections

Updated at 2:04 p.m.

The North Carolina elections board has a new leader ahead of a decision on what kind of voting machines are secure against efforts to alter ballots.

Cpl. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera / U.S. Military

U.S. military officials have identified a Marine who died Saturday in Iraq as 35-year-old Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer of Mancos, Colorado.

A copy of historical records held by the North Carolina Archives
State Archives of North Carolina

Thousands of old North Carolina court documents — some going back 350 years — could soon be more accessible to the public thanks in part to a federal grant.

Gun Free Zone

A Back to School Safety Summit in North Carolina will focus on topics that include school resource officer training, student resources for preventing violence and a new State Bureau of Investigation unit focused on threat analysis.

Residents of an apartment complex in Fayetteville, look at a flooded car in a parking lot on Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

Christy Saunders swung open the door of an enclosed trailer revealing folded animal crates, food bowls, leashes, pooper scoopers and massive rolls of plastic sheeting.

The rubble after an explosion destroyed the downtown Durham building.
City of Durham

North Carolina fire investigators have determined that a deadly natural gas explosion in a busy shopping district earlier this year was accidental.

Asheville Police Department
Asheville Police Department / Twitter

A white former North Carolina police officer pleaded guilty Friday to beating a black pedestrian in a case that sparked outrage after graphic video of the violent 2017 encounter surfaced.

North Carolina State Legislature
Dave Crosby / Flickr

Six weeks into a budget stalemate, Republican House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday he won't stop trying to cobble together enough votes to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto, even as the governor's fellow Democrats insist the votes to uphold it are solid.

Moore told reporters he'll keep working to persuade the Democrats necessary to approve the legislature's two-year spending plan over Cooper's objections.

"We all have our jobs to do, and I'm going to keep doing mine," he said.

Gov. Roy Cooper has picked a nonprofit's executive to rejoin North Carolina's Board of Elections days after the chairman resigned following criticism about a sex joke he made at a training conference for election officials.

Indian Beach, N.C.

A North Carolina ocean rescue official says more than 40 people had to be saved from dangerous rip currents at a single beach in one day.

North Carolina's largest health insurer says it's figured out how to make money after six years of selling subsidized policies under the Affordable Care Act and wants to cut average premiums by more than 5% for individuals and 3% for small businesses.

Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

North Carolina's Board of Elections Chairman has resigned after opening a statewide meeting of elections officials with a joke about cows and women who don't want sex.

One of the three voting systems being considered for certification by the State Board of Elections.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

North Carolina's elections board indicated Tuesday that it could certify suppliers of new voting machines this week while scrapping a tentative plan to require "human-readable" paper ballot records.

Drone in flight
Don McCullough / Flickr Creative Commons

The state Transportation Department wants to hear from North Carolina residents about what they think of drones.

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

Updated at 2:45 p.m. | July 26, 2019

A three-judge North Carolina panel was considering Friday whether politicians can be too extreme in drawing legislative voting districts to their advantage, a judgment the U.S. Supreme Court refused to make about congressional elections.

North Carolina state Rep. Cody Henson

A North Carolina state lawmaker is resigning his position a day after pleading guilty to cyberstalking his estranged wife.

Joaquín Carcaño is one of four plaintiffs in a lawsuit against House Bill 2, the controversial law that limits protections for LGBT people. He spoke at a press conference on March 30, 2017 in opposition of an HB2 compromise bill, saying it favors basketba
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

A federal judge approved a legal settlement Tuesday affirming transgender people's right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings.

North Carolina Zoo
North Carolina Zoo

North Carolina Zoo officials have identified the worker who died in a training exercise fall, and have announced a fund to support his young daughter.

Atlantic Coast Conference / ESPN

The Atlantic Coast Conference is roughly a month away from launching its new ESPN-partnered TV channel and still awaiting key deals with several cable providers to carry it.

Tom Augspurger (l), USFWS, taking core sample during February 8th reconnaissance of Dan River coal ash spill.
Steve Alexander / USFWS

The federal, North Carolina and Virginia governments asked a court Thursday to declare the country's largest electricity company liable for environmental damage from a leak five years ago that left miles of a river shared by the two states coated in hazardous coal ash.

North Carolina Zoo
North Carolina Zoo

A worker died at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro Thursday morning.

In an announcement, the zoo said the fall happened during a workplace accident that did not involve animals.

President Donald Trump at a campaign event in Greenville.
The White House / Twitter

President Donald Trump said Thursday he was unhappy with his supporters chanting "send her back" after he assailed a young Democratic congresswoman who he's suggested should leave the U.S.