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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.

An image of Republican Renee Ellmers
Public Domain

Former U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina is running again for elected office, this time to become the next lieutenant governor.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

North Carolina Republican lawmakers unhappy with recent decisions by newly elected sheriffs to stop assisting federal immigration agents are now pushing legislation that would force them to hold defendants if requested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

UNC's Coby White stretches before a game.
J.D. Lyon Jr. / GoHeels

The Atlantic Coast Conference saw five member institutions advance to the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA men's basketball tournament. That's good for fans of those teams, of course, but it's also good financially for ACC universities that didn't advance, or didn't even make the tournament at all.

Photo of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Ken Thomas / Wikipedia

It's pronounced "app-uh-latch-uh," not "app-uh-lay-sha."

Lawmakers give the pronunciation lesson in a resolution calling for an official state manual called the Tennessee Blue Book to discuss how people in Appalachia talk. A Senate panel advanced the proposal Tuesday.

Mark Harris at hearings into allegations that his campaign committed election fraud.
Rusty Jacobs, WUNC

The ballot-rigging investigation that voided a congressional election and forced one of the country's few do-over races simply followed the money, top North Carolina elections officials said Tuesday.

Dave Doeren is the N.C. State University head football coach.
NC State

North Carolina State has signed coach Dave Doeren to a five-year contract through the 2023 season.

UNC Carolina AirCare helicopter lands to pick up a pediatric team from UNC Hospitals. The crew will then pick up a neonatal patient from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, where the Cape Fear River flooded.
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Some North Carolina legislators agreed Tuesday to derail pending pricing changes for the state employee health insurance plan that hospital leaders argue won't solve the problems that State Treasurer Dale Folwell seeks to address.

A woman advocates for abortion and reproductive rights at a Moral Mondays protest rally at the capitol.
Matthew Lenard

A federal judge has declared unconstitutional a North Carolina law banning women from having abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy except in an urgent medical emergency.

United States Supreme Court
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

The Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed wary Tuesday of getting federal judges involved in determining when electoral district maps are too partisan.

The drone pilot makes the first ever delivery to Matternet CEO Andreas Raptopoulos in front of WakeMed Health and Hospitals on March 26, 2019.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

A pioneering use of drones to fly blood samples across a North Carolina hospital campus launched Tuesday in the latest move to expand their roles in business and health care.

The gerrymandered North Carolina Congressional district map
North Carolina General Assembly

The Supreme Court is returning to arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overly partisan.

The United States Supreme Court. Justices will hear arguments in a political gerrymandering case on Tuesday.
AP

Last year, proponents of limiting partisan politics in the creation of electoral districts needed to win over Justice Anthony Kennedy. They couldn't.

Delven Mearis of Durham Public Schools rallied as small crowd waited for busloads of teachers to arrive ahead of the march.
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

North Carolina's largest teacher-lobbying group will organize another march and rally this spring to seek higher school salaries and funding from the General Assembly.

In this June 27, 2006, file photo, a Michael Jordan logo reflects off of Niketown in Portland, Ore. A photographer has accused Nike of violating the copyright of his 1984 image of a soaring Michael Jordan.
Rick Bowmer / AP

The Supreme Court said Monday it won't step in to referee a copyright dispute between Nike and a photographer who took a well-known image of basketball great Michael Jordan. That means lower court rulings for the athletic apparel maker will stand.

Nell Redmond / AP Photo

The spotlight of the NCAA Tournament shifts to Zion Williamson and No. 1 overall seed Duke.

Along with the other 31 teams playing in first-round games Friday.

Laurel Street
Allen G. Breed / AP Photo

Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party.

Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans.

That's because they may have benefited from a built-in advantage in some states, based on how political districts were drawn, that prevented deeper losses or helped them hold on to power, according to a mathematical analysis by The Associated Press.

Carol Folt
unc.edu

The new president of the University of Southern California said she wants to be a part of "fixing" the school following a series of high-profile scandals including the massive college admissions bribery case that broke last week.

A view of the Wake Forest University campus
Ken Bennett / Wake Forest University

In the wake of a massive college bribery scheme, the schools caught in the middle have been left facing a thorny question: What to do about the students who may have been admitted through fraud?

In this May 2, 2006, file photo, attorney Freda Black announces she will wait for all her results for Durham County District Attorney to be tallied during a gathering at the University Towers in Durham, N.C. An autopsy released Monday, March 18, 2019.
Sara D. Davis / AP

An autopsy says natural causes claimed the life of a North Carolina prosecutor found dead at home last year amid attention over "The Staircase" documentary series.

Duke University and freshman sensation Zion Williamson are 2019 ACC Tournament champions.
Nell Redmond / AP

The Atlantic Coast Conference comes into the NCAA Tournament with three No. 1 seeds. Putting three teams in the Final Four is a different matter.

Chuck Burton / AP Photo

Just about everything at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Thursday night was about Zion Williamson.

The Duke freshman's nearly flawless performance returning from injury had the college basketball world buzzing.

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Small North Carolina brewers and alcohol wholesalers raised glasses on Thursday to what they call a legislative compromise that allows the breweries to keep control of their products longer as they grow.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

 

Changing his vote from the public stance he took last month, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis voted Thursday to support President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to pay for his border wall.

Tom Foreman Jr. / AP Photo

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Workers in North Carolina have removed a statue of a Confederate soldier by lifting it off its base with a crane.

Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Mark Davis was appointed to the state Supreme Court on Monday afternoon, filling the void left by Cheri Beasley who was elevated to chief justice last month. She occupied the vacancy of Mark Martin, who retired abruptly to be dean at Regent Law School in Virginia.

Jonathan Drew / AP Photo

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is being sued again over its treatment of transgender people, as state employees argue that their health plan violated federal law by dropping coverage of medically necessary procedures.

 In this May 3, 1994, photo, Naomi Judd pinches the cheeks of Luke Perry after asking him about the title of his new movie, "8 Seconds," during the 29th Academy of Country Music Awards in Universal City, Calif.
Mark Terrill / AP

When actor Luke Perry died earlier this week, most of the world lost a popular actor and former teenage heartthrob, but Jerome Davis lost a friend.

A sample of the ballot envelope, with spaces for two witness signatures.
N.C. State Board of Elections

The last of five people charged with illegally collecting mail-in ballots in North Carolina's undecided congressional election has turned herself in.

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