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Chris Brook
ACLU

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that he has chosen the top lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union in North Carolina and the Democratic governor's chief prison administrator to fill two vacancies on the state Court of Appeals.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence.
White House

Melania Trump and Karen Pence will get an up-close look at the military's special operations capabilities when they visit Fort Bragg Monday.

Crews worked to clear rubble on Thursday afternoon as fire personnel conducted an investigation into the causes of the explosion.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

The gas explosion that killed one person and injured 25 others in downtown Durham also damaged a building that houses a rarely seen but world famous collection of Porsches.

UNC Police chief Jeff B. McCracken
UNC

The police chief at North Carolina's flagship public university is retiring after an investigation found campus police were unprepared for demonstrators who tore down a Confederate memorial last summer.

Durham is celebrating its 150th anniversary while honoring the victims of a fatal explosion that happened on its birthday.

A North Carolina prosecutor is scrapping the death penalty in hopes of scheduling a trial in July for a man charged with killing three young Muslims four years ago.

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

The coffee shop owner killed in a North Carolina gas line explosion was last seen in the doorway of his business after firefighters evacuated his customers and told him to leave, as well, the fire chief said Thursday.

A thin film of coal ash coats trees and vegetation in an inactive ash basin at the HF Lee plant. As expected, the area was flooded by Hurricane Florence.
c/o Duke Energy

The country's largest electric company says it's challenging an order by North Carolina's environmental agency to excavate coal ash from all of its power plant sites in the state.

Anti-Abortion License Plate
ncchoose-life.org

North Carolina legislators re-entered the highly charged fight over abortion on Wednesday, as Senate Republicans advanced a bill requiring physicians and nurses to care for children born alive after the procedure.

The Belltower at N.C. State University.
NC State

Bipartisan legislation would ease some standards that identification cards for North Carolina colleges, universities and other institutions had to meet before they could be used as photo voter ID in next year's elections.

Bank of America
Bank of America

Bank of America plans to raise its starting pay to $20 an hour over a two-year period, the bank said Tuesday, starting with a hike next month.

The Carolina Hurricanes will play in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Carolina Hurricanes

They traded punches with Evander Holyfield. They dunked a basketball on ice. They flopped around like beached whales.

The Carolina Hurricanes have done plenty of unusual things this season, and here is one more: They are preparing for their first playoff series in a decade.

The fired FBI acting director promoting a new book highly critical of President Donald Trump will discuss the threats facing the United States during an appearance in North Carolina.

Medicaid expansion states show larger declines in the uninsured, 2013-2017
Kaiser Family Foundation

Some North Carolina House Republicans are expected to pitch again their idea to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of uninsured people through the 2010 federal health care law.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Resort in western North Carolina.
Harrah's Cherokee River Valley Casino and Hotel

Native American tribes have emerged as key players in the legislative debates over whether states should legalize sports betting, with some opposing the idea because it could threaten their casinos and others supporting legalization but only if they retain a monopoly.

Elon University
Elon University

A North Carolina university is launching a fundraising campaign it hopes will expand access to education on its campus.

A photo of the dunes on North Carolina's barrier islands one month after Hurricane Florence
Photo by Katya Jay

More money is heading to North Carolina commercial fishermen whose landings were harmed by Hurricane Florence.

North Carolina's former top insurance regulator said Friday he never performed favors for a big-money donor and he relied on staff experts when his agency approved changes benefiting the businessman now charged with trying to bribe the state's current insurance commissioner.

Carissa Rogers / Flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/goodncrazy/14262072596/

When a Vietnam War veteran died Christmas Eve with no family nearby, a community of veterans, a friend and military supporters in North Carolina stepped up to make sure he was finally laid to rest with military honors.

Creative Commons / Wikimedia Commons

A small Russian bank owned by former U.S. congressman Charles Taylor was stripped of its license Friday after allegedly breaking anti-money laundering rules.

Creative Commons / pxhere

North Carolina House Republicans pushed legislation through their chamber Wednesday requiring all county sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration agents, particularly by complying with written requests to hold criminal defendants.

But the party-line 63-51 vote to force sheriffs to fulfill Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests signals that GOP lawmakers could find themselves short in overcoming any potential veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The measure now goes to the Senate.

Mike Spencer / AP Photo

Updated April 3 at 1:48 p.m.

North Carolina's Republican Party chairman is giving up party control as he faces criminal charges that he and a major donor tried to bribe the state's top insurance regulator.

North Carolina Department of Labor

North Carolina's "elevator lady" will soon punch the last buttons on her career as state labor commissioner.

Republican Commissioner Cherie Berry announced Tuesday that she would not seek reelection in 2020, or 20 years after she first won the job. Her colleagues on the Council of State — composed of Gov. Roy Cooper and other statewide elected leaders — gave her a standing ovation after her announcement at the council's monthly meeting.

A Duke Energy power plant and coal ash ponds outside Asheville.
Zen Sutherland / Flickr / www.flickr.com/photos/zen/1796555301/

Updated at 4:50 p.m.

Duke Energy Corp. has been ordered to excavate coal ash from all of its North Carolina power plant sites, slashing the risk of toxic chemicals leaking into water supplies but potentially adding billions of dollars to the costs consumers pay.

Mark Harris fights back tears at the conclusion of his son John Harris's testimony during the third day of a public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District voting irregularities investigation Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.
Travis Long / The News & Observer via AP, Pool

The new election in a North Carolina congressional district required after last year's contest was deemed tainted by a Republican political operative's ballot collection efforts is expected to cost taxpayers more than $1.2 million, the state elections board said Friday.

Charter Day Shool
Charter Day Shool

A North Carolina charter school promoting traditional values engaged in unconstitutional sex discrimination by requiring girls to wear skirts, a federal judge has ruled.

red wolf and pup
Brooke Gilley, US Forest Service / Flickr - Creative Commons - https://flic.kr/p/rT5zJf

A panel of top scientists concluded Thursday that the endangered red wolf of the southeastern U.S. is a species unto itself, giving the beleaguered canine a scientific and political boost as its numbers plummet in the wild.

Wind turbines
Martin Pettitt / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina could permanently ban big wind-power projects from the most energy intensive parts of the state's Atlantic coast; a state senator said Wednesday the move is necessary to prevent hindering military training flights.

The paddle Robbinsville High School principal David Matheson, and previous principals, have used to discipline students.
Jess Clark / WUNC

Corporal punishment would be permanently prohibited in North Carolina's public schools in legislation advancing a year after the last two school districts gave up that option.

Harrah's Cherokee River Valley Casino and Hotel
Harrah's Cherokee River Valley Casino and Hotel

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could offer sports and horse betting at its western North Carolina casinos in legislation that appears ready to advance in the state Senate.

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