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Kay Hagan
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Updated at 9:11 p.m.

Kay Hagan, a former bank executive who rose from a budget writer in the North Carolina Legislature to a seat in the U.S. Senate, died Monday. She was 66.

North Carolina legislative building
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A four-month stalemate over the North Carolina state budget may end if Senate Republicans get a little help from Democrats this week to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the bill.

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Updated at 4 p.m. | Oct. 24, 2019

Evidence is so strong that Republicans carved North Carolina's congressional districts for a specific — and illegal — partisan advantage that those lines must be barred now from use, a lawyer representing voters told judges on Thursday.

North Carolina legislative building
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Skepticism grew on Wednesday that a massive change in administering North Carolina Medicaid's program will start as scheduled early next year as a state budget stalemate continues and doctors and hospitals worry whether details are ready.

Photo: Death row inmates are housed at Central Prison in Raleigh. No executions have been carried out in North Carolina since 2006.
North Carolina Department of Public Safety

As one of the killers behind North Carolina's bloodiest prison breakout attempt two years ago faces the possibility of execution, state officials are warning that conditions in dozens of lockups are as dire as they've ever been.

People playing a game at the state fair
Brianna Ladd / WUNC

A North Carolina city has voted to change the name of its annual Dixie Classic Fair.

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Updated at 4:33 p.m.

Officials at a North Carolina airport have identified the two people killed in the crash of a small plane.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport said in a news release that Dr. Harvey Partridge, a veterinarian with an office in St. Petersburg, Florida, and his wife, Patricia, both 72, were killed when their plane went down Sunday night near a trail at William B. Umstead State Park. The park is adjacent to the airport property.

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The world's first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network.

A block of North Duke Street remains closed more than two weeks after a gas leak sparked an explosion that killed two and damaged 15 buildings.
Elizabeth Friend / WUNC

The North Carolina Department of Labor has issued more than $21,000 in fines to three companies involved in a deadly natural gas explosion.

The National Park Service says a copper bust of aviation pioneer Orville Wright has been stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
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The National Park Service says a bust of Orville Wright that was stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial on the North Carolina coast has been found.

gavel at courtroom
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Republican legislative leaders are trying to move from state court to federal court a lawsuit challenging the North Carolina congressional map drawn in 2016.

Legionella pneumophila bacteria at a very high magnification of 90,000X.
CDC/ Dr. Francis Chandler

North Carolina health officials say a third person has died from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease linked to a hot tub display at a fair.

North Carolina legislative building
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed into law two more bills that mimic portions of the state budget bill he vetoed in June.

The National Park Service says a copper bust of aviation pioneer Orville Wright has been stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Courtesy of the National Parks Service

The National Park Service says a copper bust of aviation pioneer Orville Wright has been stolen from the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Ocean water covers Hwy. 12 in Frisco, N.C., as portions of the Outer Banks flooded on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
John Francioni / WUNC

Two storms have merged off the coast of North Carolina, causing ocean water and sand to rush across lanes on the only highway connecting the barrier islands of the Outer Banks.

Legionella pneumophila bacteria at a very high magnification of 90,000X.
CDC/Dr. Francis Chandler

North Carolina health officials have confirmed a second death from Legionnaires' disease linked to a hot tub display at a fair.

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Three more spending measures gleaned from the vetoed North Carolina state budget bill have cleared the General Assembly and next go to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk.

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Voters in North Carolina's capital city are expected to get another chance to choose their next mayor in a runoff.

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

Updated at 2:18 p.m.

The federal government has denied individual assistance for residents in four North Carolina counties hit hard by Hurricane Dorian just days after approving other funds to help local governments repair infrastructure, North Carolina's governor said Wednesday.

BCBS President and CEO Dr. Patrick Conway
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The former CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina was found guilty Tuesday of charges stemming from a car crash on an interstate while his two daughters were in the vehicle.

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More targeted spending proposals could soon be headed to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk as Republican legislators keep pitching portions of their vetoed state budget bill.

A sign sits along Irvin Garrish Highway a month after Hurricane Dorian hit the island.
Madeline Gray / For WUNC

Class is back in session on a North Carolina island which was severely damaged by Hurricane Dorian.

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

President Donald Trump has approved a request from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper for public assistance for 14 counties affected by Hurricane Dorian.

People playing a game at the state fair
Brianna Ladd / WUNC

A North Carolina fair is banning the use of hand-held mist fans to guard against an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease like the one that happened at another fair last month.

North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes addresses delegates on the first day of the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C., Friday, June 2, 2017.
Mike Spencer / AP

Updated at 1:24 p.m.

The former chairman of North Carolina’s Republican Party admitted Wednesday that he broke the law by lying to federal agents about his role in an alleged effort to bribe the state’s top insurance regulator to help a major GOP donor.

North Carolina legislative building
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North Carolina Democrats at the legislature are trying to build momentum to expand Medicaid to more low-income residents now that some House Republicans recently revived the idea.

Police say an Uber driver kidnapped and sexually assaulted a female passenger in North Carolina.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports Kernersville police arrested 39-year-old Tarik Aitouali of Greensboro on Friday.

North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes addresses delegates on the first day of the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C., Friday, June 2, 2017.
Mike Spencer / AP

Updated 5:45 p.m.

A former North Carolina GOP chairman will admit in court that he lied to federal agents conducting a bribery investigation of a major political donor, according to court documents filed Friday.

The federal court docket shows that Robin Hayes is scheduled to enter a guilty plea next Wednesday. Hayes has agreed to plead guilty to making a false statement to the FBI, said U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lia Bantavani.

The gerrymandered North Carolina Congressional district map
North Carolina General Assembly

Buoyed by a favorable ruling this month involving legislative districts, North Carolina voters sued again on Friday to overturn the state's congressional map, alleging Republican state lawmakers manipulated lines to maximize GOP seats.

Jazmyne Childs, a former youth and college director for the NC NAACP, speaks to reporters about her allegations that a longtime chapter member sexually assaulted her.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Updated at 8:53 a.m.

The national NAACP said Thursday that it has suspended a candidate for president of the North Carolina chapter over sexual harassment claims made against him by a former employee.

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