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Carter-Finley Stadium, where the North Carolina State University Wolfpack play home football games.
N.C. State Athletics

Eight of the 14 football-playing members of the Atlantic Coast Conference are making plans for reopening campuses this fall while four others have publicly said they are exploring scenarios for a return following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The North Carolina Republican Party has delayed its convention by two months because of the continuing COVID-19 outbreak.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper hold a press conference on Monday, May 4, 2020.
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a pair of bills on Monday which will provide a $1.6 billion infusion for schools, hospitals, local governments and researchers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Legislators look out the window to see packed protestors.
Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

The General Assembly on Saturday finalized a relief package to address the new coronavirus pandemic  in North Carolina, agreeing to send money to schools, hospitals, local governments and researchers.

Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, waves papers around Thursday March 11, 1999 before the start of the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting in Raleigh, N.C. where they considered a bill that could make DNA testing as common as fingerprinting.
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Former Democratic state Sen. Tony Rand, a longtime power broker in North Carolina state politics whose legislative acumen helped elevate careers of politicians from both parties, died Friday at age 80.

Rand died about 1 a.m. at a family home in Blowing Rock, according to his son, Ripley, a former U.S. attorney. Rand had battled thyroid cancer and hypopharyngeal squamous cell cancer for several years, he said.

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For many people, travel insurance has been little more than a box that pops up on a booking site to offer some cheap peace of mind.

An illustration created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the structure of coronavirus. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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Four North Carolina nursing homes have each had at least 10 deaths of residents diagnosed with COVID-19, according to data released on Monday by state health officials.

The Department of Health and Human Services agreed to specifically identify more than 70 long-term facilities, rehabilitation centers or adult care homes where outbreaks have occurred and give updates on them twice weekly.

A view of the North Carolina legislature building through the Bicentennial Plaza in downtown Raleigh.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

A North Carolina legislative session anticipated months ago to repeat the acrimony from last year's budget impasse between Republicans and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper begins Tuesday with expectations of consensus to address  COVID-19.

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Maj. Brian Minietta's eyes are locked down the barrel of a camera lens. He sways gently back and forth in silence, then his gruff voice belts out, in singsong: "A little patience ... yeah, yeah!"

Photo: Senate Leader Phil Berger, a Republican from Rockingham County
Jorge Valencia / WUNC

North Carolina Senate Republicans won't try any more to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto from last summer, the chamber's leader says, citing state government's precarious fiscal situation due to COVID-19.

The GOP-controlled legislature had attempted for months to cull together enough votes to complete the override and approve its two-year spending plan despite Cooper's objections. But without veto-proof majorities, GOP leaders have needed help from Democrats.

A hallway with a row of red lockers at a public school in Durham.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

North Carolina's public school buildings, already shuttered for the past month due to COVID-19, won't reopen this school year, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday.

The decision was largely expected. Cooper originally closed K-12 schools in all 115 districts in mid-March for two weeks, then extended his executive order through May 15.

Speedway Children's Charities, a nonprofit founded by Speedway Motorsports owner and chief executive Bruton Smith, receives more National Rifle Association funding than any other school or charity in the nation.
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The governor of North Carolina said Thursday that NASCAR teams can work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing guidelines, clearing a potential hurdle to resuming the season in coming weeks.

Vidant Health James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital.
Vidant Health

A North Carolina-based health system is enacting furloughs, reducing salaries and cutting employee benefits at its hospitals because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Vidant Health said in a news release on Wednesday that it's faced with challenges which have been intensified by the coronavirus pandemic, including a traditionally underserved population with a high burden of disease and a growing number of patients relying on Medicare and Medicaid. Those issues have combined to impact the system's revenue, the news release said.

The Nash Printing Plant produced posters for the prisons from the CDC.
N.C. Department of Public Safety

A large COVID-19  outbreak at an eastern North Carolina prison has led officials to shutter a nearby facility and transfer its offenders elsewhere so guards can help relieve staff at the beleaguered Neuse Correctional Institution.

North Carolina Zoo wants help naming baby rhino.
N.C. Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is asking the the public to help name a baby rhino.

Zoo officials said in a statement Friday that the female rhino was born Feb. 24 to mom Linda and dad Stormy. The baby weighed about 80 to 90 pounds at birth. The zoo is asking the public to visit an online poll and rank four suggested names.

Concertina wire surrounding a prison
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A COVID-19 outbreak at a North Carolina state prison has spread to approximately 150 inmates, health officials said Friday.

A rendering of the ExpressVote machine manufactured by Election Systems and Software.
Election Systems and Software

The threat of hand-to-hand contamination from the new coronavirus while voting entered arguments in a lawsuit seeking to stop the use of touch-screen ballot-marking machines in North Carolina.

Cape Hatteras
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Two years after a newly formed North Carolina island was lost to storm surge, a new one appears to be rising in its place on the Outer Banks, park officials said.

In Charlotte federal court, Washington-based Judicial Watch filed  a lawsuit against the state, state election administrators and those in Guilford and Mecklenburg counties
Judicial Watch

A conservative-leaning group sued North Carolina election officials on Thursday, accusing them of not doing enough to thin out voter registration rolls as federal law directs.

Empty public space in downtown Raleigh.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

North Carolina's elected officials on Tuesday pledged cooperation and prepared for prolonged social distancing restrictions as COVID-19- related deaths jumped by a third statewide. Worries also deepened about the growing number of infections behind prison and jail bars.

"We will get through this, particularly we will get through this if everyone does his or her part," Gov. Roy Cooper said during the regular monthly meeting of the Council of State, composed of the 10 statewide executive branch leaders.

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Smithfield Foods

North Carolina's attorney general can keep distributing millions of dollars paid by the world's largest pork producer as environmental grants after a state Supreme Court decision that leaves the two-decade-old agreement intact.

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Three residents of a central North Carolina nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19, public health officials announced on Saturday as overall cases statewide exceeded 2,400.

Cheri Beasley became North Carolina's first African-American female chief justice.
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North Carolina's chief justice has pushed most court proceedings back to at least June in order to promote social distancing to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced on Friday that she had issued an order that state superior and district court proceedings be rescheduled until June 1 or later unless they meet certain exceptions. Beasley had previously postponed most court proceedings until mid-April.

Dale Folwell, Assistant Commerce Secretary for Employment Security, wants job seekers to verify more work searches per week.
NC Commerce

North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell has been released from the hospital after what his office said was five days of treatment for symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus.

A statement from Folwell's office on Friday said he will continue his recovery from home, following protocols described in his discharge as well as those required by local and state health officials.

A sign directs customers to remain in their cars at Trophy Brewing on Morgan Street in Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

North Carolina's restaurant and hotel operators pleaded Tuesday for state financial aid and tax relief as closings and travel restrictions from the new coronavirus have thrown more than 370,000 of their employees out of work.

Speaking to a state House committee on the virus-induced economic contraction, hospitality industry leaders said expanded unemployment benefits and assistance approved in Washington won't come soon enough.

Carrboro United
Carrboro United

Restaurants and farmers in a North Carolina town known for arts and cuisine are joining forces to offer residents safe and healthy dishes while also supporting food-service jobs threatened by COVID-19.

Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr
Kara Lynne Wiley / WUNC

The FBI has reached out to Sen. Richard Burr about his sale of stocks before the coronavirus caused markets to plummet, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

The outreach suggests federal law enforcement officials may be looking to determine whether the North Carolina Republican exploited advance information when he dumped as much as $1.7 million in stocks in the days before the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the economy.

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North Carolina's governor says that the first coronavirus-related unemployment payments will be paid starting next week as the state is flooded with tens of thousands of claims.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday that a statewide stay-at-home order will start next week, saying more movement restrictions are needed to blunt the new coronavirus and prevent hospitals from being overrun by cases.

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The North Carolina Republican Party's state convention is being delayed by three weeks due to the new coronavirus emergency.

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