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BCBS President and CEO Dr. Patrick Conway
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Updated Sept. 26 at 9:23 a.m.

The chief executive officer of Blue Cross North Carolina has resigned amid pressure from the state's top insurance regulator after the executive's DWI charge.

Prison Bars
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A North Carolina agency says it will temporarily suspend operations at three minimum custody facilities and move correctional officers and other staff to neighboring prisons to address what it calls staffing challenges.

In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos listens during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.
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The University of North Carolina is disputing the Trump administration's accusations of bias in a Middle East studies program that the school operates with Duke University.

North Carolina legislative building
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The Democratic leader in the North Carolina House says it's plainly clear Republican counterparts have misled him and the public on how an unexpected override vote on Gov. Roy Cooper's budget bill veto came about.

Rape kit supplies
Robert C. Reed / Hickory Daily Record

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says a new law to fund testing for sexual assault kits sitting in law enforcement evidence closets will put rapists in prison and ensure a backlog never happens again.

U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.
Liam James Doyle / NPR

Two Republicans who triumphed in North Carolina special elections are set to join the House on Tuesday, including one whose narrow win showed anew that suburban voters are deserting the GOP while rural residents are embracing the party.

North Carolina legislative building
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Updated 9:10 a.m.

Facing a deadline this week, the North Carolina legislature stayed on track to enact replacement districts for dozens of its seats on time, even as citizens critiqued the maps in a public meeting.

Nathaniel Persily
Stanford Law School

North Carolina judges who ruled the state's legislative district maps were drawn to unconstitutionally favor Republicans are hiring a familiar expert to review how state lawmakers fix the problem.

North Carolina State Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. speaks on the phone in his office, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006 in Raleigh, N.C.,
Karen Tam / AP

The conservative North Carolina chief justice who led the way for the state's unique innocence process has died at age 85.

North Carolina legislative building
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Updated at 12:16 p.m.

Republicans dominating a nearly half-empty North Carolina House chamber held an unexpected vote Wednesday and managed to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state's two-year budget.

North Carolina 9th district Republican congressional candidate Dan Bishop waits to speak by phone with President Trump at his victory party in Monroe, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.
Nell Redmond / AP

Conservative Republican Dan Bishop won a special election Tuesday for an open House seat in North Carolina, averting a demoralizing Democratic capture of a district the GOP has held for nearly six decades.

The State Emergency Response Team worked with Hyde County officials to push supplies to Ocracoke to recover from Dorian Items include such as generators, food, water, fuel, and portable shower, potties and laundry facilities.
N.C. Emergency Management / Twitter

North Carolina will get some much-needed money to help with mounting repair costs the state has incurred in response to devastating hurricanes and other storms.

The Federal Highway Administration said in a statement Tuesday that North Carolina would get $51 million for the cost of repairing roads and bridges.

Photo from Ocracoke Friday morning
Courtesy of Theresa Ray

Hurricane Dorian churned off the North Carolina coast, but by Friday evening had headed further into the Atlantic Ocean, prompting forecasters to lift hurricane and tropical storm warnings south of the Virginia-North Carolina border.

Republican Dan Bishop is running for the 9th Congressional District seat.
Dan Bishop for Congress

A tossup special election in North Carolina is shaping up as a pre-2020 test of President Donald Trump's pull on voters and whether the suburbs are continuing the flight from Republicans that fueled the party's 2018 congressional election debacle.

Voter stickers
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Hurricane Dorian has created new challenges in the final days of campaigning for a North Carolina congressional seat that was already getting scant attention.

A photo taken on Ocracoke Island.
National Weather Service / Morehead City

Ocracoke Island resident Leslie Lanier says some residents on the thin strip of land on North Carolina's coast have had to climb into their attics because of high water from Hurricane Dorian.

Justin Williams, former captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced he would take a break from NHL hockey.
Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes once again are looking for leadership — and maybe another captain.

Veteran forward Justin Williams' decision to step away from the sport leaves them with questions about their captaincy heading into a season in which they will try to build upon their run to the Eastern Conference final.

National Weather Service / Hurricane Center

Updated 12:45 p.m.

Pope Francis is urging prayers for victims of Hurricane Dorian , saying they're suffering from the loss of their homes and their lives.

Activists at the Supreme Court opposed to partisan gerrymandering hold up representations of congressional districts from North Carolina, left, and Maryland, right.
Carolyn Kaster / AP

A North Carolina judicial panel on Tuesday rejected state legislative district maps, saying legislators took extreme advantage from drawing voting districts to help elect a maximum number of Republican lawmakers. The judges gave lawmakers two weeks to try again.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services headquarters at Dorothea Dix in Raleigh.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

A portion of North Carolina's Medicaid population won't shift to managed care coverage this fall due to the extended state budget stalemate, the Department of Health and Human Services announced on Tuesday.

RALEIGH — North Carolina election officials are encouraging voters to cast ballots during an early-voting period to avoid possible disruptions from Hurricane Dorian.

The flash flood threat will increase today and tonight along the Florida peninsula, then spread up the southeast and mid-Atlantic coast during the middle and latter part of the week.
National Weather Service / Hurricane Center

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper issued a mandatory state evacuation order for vulnerable coastal areas.

The evacuation order, effective at 8 am on Wednesday, applies to barrier islands along the entire coast, from the Virginia line to the South Carolina line. 

Woman vaping holding a Juul podmod.
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E-cigarette giant Juul Labs is facing mounting scrutiny from state law enforcement officials, with the attorneys general in Illinois and the District of Columbia investigating how the company's blockbuster vaping device became so popular with underage teens, The Associated Press has learned.

In this Thursday, March 21, 2019, photo, Jordan Demartino climbs towards the top of a power pole in a bucket truck as she works to install a new backyard light for a Duke Energy customer in Simpsonville, S.C.
Sarah Blake Morgan / AP

On a cool South Carolina morning, Duke Energy electrical linemen shift their gaze toward the sky as their colleague rises above them in a bucket truck.

Jordan Demartino's blonde ponytail peeks out from underneath her white safety helmet. She's quiet as she reaches the top and gets to work connecting a line from a transformer along a rural road to a new light she's installing in a customer's backyard.

North Carolina Department of Transportation employees, and others, could be in line for pay raises.
N.C. Department of Transportation / Twitter

The North Carolina General Assembly has sent four state employee and law enforcement pay bills to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's desk.

The measures finalized on Wednesday with House votes are part of a Republican strategy to move portions of the two-year state budget Cooper vetoed in June that are likely to receive broad stand-alone support. Those bills cleared the Senate and the House unanimously.

A picture of a man using an e-cigarette. / Vaping3650/Flickr

North Carolina's top prosecutor expanded his efforts to halt e-cigarette sales to teens on Monday by suing eight more manufacturers of vaping products.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

North Carolina Republicans are attempting to take away bargaining chips from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper in their two-month budget stalemate with narrowed tax and spending legislation they're advancing.

Photo: North Carolina Supreme Court
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Four death row prisoners will argue to North Carolina's highest court that racial bias so infected their trials that they should be resentenced to life in prison as attorneys revive arguments about a repealed law on race and capital punishment.

a doctor
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North Carolina's Democratic governor said Sunday that a bipartisan health insurance measure will become law without his signature.

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North Carolina legislators have reached a compromise on doing away with more standardized testing in public schools.