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Holly Grange says she is a big supporter of President Donald Trump.
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A North Carolina state legislator has entered the 2020 gubernatorial race, providing a rival in the Republican primary for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who's been preparing for years to seek the party's nomination.

State Rep. Holly Grange of Wilmington announced her candidacy on Thursday in a campaign video. Grange called herself a "pro-business law-and-order, Trump-supporting conservative."

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The North Carolina Department of Revenue says it's arrested two businessmen on felony embezzlement charges.

A news release from the department says 47-year-old Charles Burgess and 51-year-old Peter Mark-Anthony Ellison are each charged with embezzlement of state property and embezzlement of Wake County property.

President Donald Trump
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President Donald Trump is returning to North Carolina for a campaign rally in a likely presidential battleground state that he won in 2016.

Trump was scheduled to address thousands inside Smith-Williams Arena at East Carolina University on Wednesday. He'll arrive while still taking criticism for his tweet urging four Democratic congresswomen of color to return to their countries.

Dan McCready at a campaign event in Wadesboro.
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The Democrat in a North Carolina U.S. House special election ordered after a ballot-collection scandal has a big financial lead over his Republican rival in the race to represent a GOP-leaning district.

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper
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Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's re-election campaign says it took in more than $4.5 million during the first six months of this year.

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

North Carolina's only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos.

The General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the additional types of betting. The House voted 90-27 for the measure that had already cleared the Senate three months ago.

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.
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Election advocacy groups and Democrats are arguing in state court that North Carolina Republicans unlawfully discriminated against voters based on political leanings when they drew legislative maps to preserve GOP majorities.

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North Carolina legislators took an initial step Tuesday toward expanding Medicaid coverage to more working families after nearly a decade of Republican opposition when a GOP-designed plan easily passed a committee with bipartisan support.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
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Updated 8:52 p.m.

A state legislator aided by hardline conservatives on Capitol Hill won the Republican nomination Tuesday for the North Carolina congressional district seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Walter Jones Jr.

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Republicans leading the North Carolina House have delayed a vote to attempt to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the GOP's state budget bill.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper won't get to influence a final state budget unless enough fellow Democrats uphold his veto of a spending plan penned by General Assembly Republicans.

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President Donald Trump will be holding a campaign rally in North Carolina on July 17 — the day that former special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to testify before Congress.

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A lawsuit challenging North Carolina's legislative districts for having excessively political boundaries is going to trial, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court declared it has no authority to rule on partisan gerrymandering claims.

Activists at the Supreme Court opposed to partisan gerrymandering hold up representations of congressional districts from North Carolina, left, and Maryland, right.
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The battle for political advantage in state capitols is poised to become more intense after the U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering.

A sign welcomes people to the Catawba Indian Nation's reservation near Rock Hill, S.C.
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Two of the Carolinas' most prominent American Indian tribes are battling over geography and lucrative gambling turf.

A bill seeks to protect air space for military exercises by prohibiting wind farms.
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Legislation designed to prevent wind turbine projects from interfering with North Carolina military training operations — threatening the future of installations — no longer contains outright bans on their construction.

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The Republican-controlled General Assembly headed for a showdown with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper as a bill that would strong-arm North Carolina sheriffs refusing to cooperate with federal immigration agents neared final passage.

Alternative fuels include gaseous fuels such as hydrogen, natural gas, and propane; alcohols such as ethanol, methanol, and butanol; vegetable and waste-derived oils; and electricity. These fuels may be used in a dedicated system that burns a single fuel.
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Federal agents say they've mopped up a theft ring involving 21 co-conspirators, responsible for stealing a precious commodity: $3.9 million worth of used cooking oil known as "yellow grease."

Duke's Zion Williamson, right, poses for photographs with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the New Orleans Pelicans as the first pick during the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York.
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Zion Williamson plays with force and ferocity, a Hulk in hightops who looks as though he'd never show a soft side.

Photo: 'Vote Here' sign in English and Spanish
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The widow of U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr. is providing support to a pediatrician in a Republican runoff seeking to succeed him in his eastern North Carolina seat.

The Old Well and flowers on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a conference on the Middle East held at the University of North Carolina after a legislator raised complaints that participants were biased against Israel.

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Legislation designed to further develop North Carolina's fast-growing hemp industry, increase agritourism and make overhauling open-air waste storage systems easier for industrial-scale hog farms passed the state Senate on Monday.

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A shark bit an 8-year-old boy in the third shark attack this season along the North Carolina coast, according to state officials.

Skin of a person after 3 days of measles infection.
Dr. Heinz F. Eichenwald / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health officials warn that people who visited a coffee shop in Durham, North Carolina, last week may have been exposed to measles.

A picture of people in voting booths
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North Carolina won't clear voting-machine makers to sell their systems to county elections boards until it learns more about who owns them, the state's elections board chairman said Friday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

North Carolina Republicans have retooled legislation intended to counter decisions by some new sheriffs who refuse to comply with written requests by federal immigration agents to hold criminal defendants.

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Child sexual abuse victims would have until they are nearly 40 years old to sue for civil damages in North Carolina in legislation advancing in the state House.

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Updated at 1:30 p.m.

Moments after a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to gunning down three Muslim university students, a prosecutor played a cellphone video of the slayings in the courtroom Wednesday as victims' relatives wept openly and a man hurled an expletive at the confessed killer.

Fayetteville Police Department Captain Lars Paul shows a naloxone injectable kit and a naloxone nose spray Fayetteville police use to reverse opioid overdose.
Raul Rubiera / For WUNC

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein are among featured speakers at a two-day in-state gathering of experts in the fight against opioid addiction and abuse.

a flooded road after Hurricane Matthew
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety broke the law and didn't follow legislative directives when distributing $9 million of state money after Hurricane Matthew hit in 2016, according to a report Monday from the General Assembly's government watchdog agency.

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