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Gov. Roy Cooper and members of North Carolina's Coronavirus Task Force will hold a press briefing Tuesday to share an update on COVID-19.

Governor Roy Cooper is easing COVID-19 restrictions, following pressure from the legislature, small business owners and parents. Meanwhile, under a proposed settlement with civil rights groups, 3,500 people who are incarcerated will be released in the next six months. And, the new chancellor of Fayetteville State is not being welcomed by all. Rob Schofield and Becki Gray review some of the stories from this week in North Carolina Politics.


Governor Roy Cooper and members of North Carolina's Coronavirus Task Force are scheduled to hold a media briefing to discuss COVID-19 as well as the winter storm hitting the state today.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper surveys the damage to homes at the Ocean Ridge Plantation in Brunswick County, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, after a tornado hit the area Monday night.
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Wednesday that the state must learn from the surprise tornado that struck Ocean Isle Beach with little or no warning, leaving three people dead and 10 injured.

Dionne Delli-Gatti served most recently at EDF as director of Southeast Climate and Energy.
Environmental Defense Fund

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has again picked a veteran leader from the Environmental Defense Fund to become his environment secretary.

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North Carolina is in a stronger financial position than budget analysts anticipated last year at the start of the pandemic, according to a report from a group of economists.

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The North Carolina State House has now passed a bill proposed in the Senate that would require each school district to offer in-person learning to students amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Roy Cooper and members of North Carolina's Coronavirus Task Force are scheduled to hold a media briefing on Wednesday.

Governor Roy Cooper in a candid photo wearing his black face mask where he gives coronavirus briefings.
File Photo, Courtesy Governor Roy Cooper Twitter

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a coronavirus relief bill Wednesday that will dole out money the state received as part of stimulus bill Congress passed in December.

Governor Roy Cooper, North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen and State Budget Director Charlie Perusse hold a media briefing Thursday at 3 p.m. regarding the latest COVID-19 strategy and for an update on coronavirus-related budget recommendations. 

Gov. Roy Cooper, left, speaks with Misty Drake, Chief Operating Officer at Piedmont Health Senior Care, a federally qualified health center where PACE patients (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) and underserved populations can receive the COV
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday visited Piedmont Health SeniorCare in Pittsboro to gather ideas about how to help overcome the reluctance of some to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Counties, Hospitals Point To State Software As Vaccine Choke Point

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Spc. Larry Diaz assigned to Headquarters Company, 113th Sustainment Brigade, North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) prepares to inoculate NCNG members with COVID-19 vaccine at Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh, Jan. 8, 2021. These inoculations will help t
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Early this week, simmering frustrations boiled over with a multi-million-dollar system that the state of North Carolina bought to track vaccine administration.

"The COVID Vaccine Management System (CVMS) is burdensome and ineffective, creating an unnecessary bottleneck in the delivery of vaccines," the state's hospital association said in a letter to Gov. Roy Cooper. "Speed to improvement has been slow."

Governor Roy Cooper and members of North Carolina’s Coronavirus Task Force will hold a media briefing Wednesday at 2 p.m. regarding the latest COVID-19 updates in the state.

In this May 1, 2018, file photo, from left, Senate leader Phil Berger, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and House Speaker Tim Moore pause prior to a news conference in Raleigh, N.C.
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The North Carolina General Assembly session begins in earnest Wednesday with Republican majorities still in place after the November election. And reelected Gov. Roy Cooper still has enough Democratic allies there to uphold his vetoes when they're united.

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NC General Assembly

A recently defeated state legislator and a small-town mayor were formally appointed on Monday to fill vacancies at the North Carolina General Assembly just before the new session convenes this week.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper takes the oath of office to be sworn in for his second term on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. The ceremony had limited in-person attendance due to COVID-19.
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Starting his second term, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Saturday called on residents to learn from the state's recent triumphs and trials and to commit to shared goals for education, health care and racial equality, and to "cherish our democracy."

In this file photo dated Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, a bottle of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on a table before being utilized in Topeka, Kansas.
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North Carolina prison officials are considering offering rewards to inmates who accept a coronavirus vaccine that will soon become available to them.

Charles Mandelin and Katie Overbey prepare the first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for administering at Duke University Hospital in Durham on Monday, December 14, 2020.
Shawn Rocco / Duke Health

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced a three-week extension of a 10 p.m. curfew aimed at helping slow the spread of the coronavirus as some counties experienced a bumpy rollout of vaccines for residents over age 75.

Governor Roy Cooper and members of North Carolina's Coronavirus Task Force are scheduled to hold a media briefing on Wednesday.

Darren Jackson has served two terms as the House Minority Leader and has been practicing law for 24 years.
NC General Assembly

A top Democrat in the North Carolina House of Representatives has been appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals by Gov. Roy Cooper.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported Wednesday that Darren Jackson will resign his seat. Jackson has served as House Minority Leader and represents parts of Wake County.

Liquor, Whiskey
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Monday making it easier for businesses to sell alcohol without customers having to show up in person for their purchase.


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This story was updated at 3:23 p.m. on Dec. 21, 2020.

While the Confederacy lasted just a bit longer than four years, its memory has lived on for lifetimes in the form of historical markers, the names of streets, counties and towns, its flag and monuments.

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Five wrongfully convicted Black men pardoned by Governor Roy Cooper on Thursday are now eligible for up to $750,000 each for compensation for their years behind bars.

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When I announced North Carolina had its first known COVID case on March 3rd, most of us didn’t expect to be living like this in December. Instead of preparing for beloved holiday traditions, we’re making virtual gathering plans and mourning the loss of more than 290,000 Americans from COVID-19.

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North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders said on Thursday they've found a solution to address the potential loss of $30 million in federal coronavirus relief funds that lawmakers earmarked for rural broadband projects.

A tube filled with blue liquid with the words "COVID-19 Vaccine" on it. There is a syringe with a needle going into the tube.
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With more than 2,000 hospitalizations in North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper has announced a tentative plan to make Pfizer’s vaccine available to state residents, regardless of health insurance status. While this long-term plan may mitigate future spread, residents are still struggling with how to protect themselves from contracting COVID-19.

A 3 1/2-year ban on local ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT rights in North Carolina expired Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, prompting gay rights groups to urge the passage of such measures.
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A three-and-a-half-year ban on new local ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT rights in North Carolina expired Tuesday, prompting gay rights groups to urge the passage of such measures now.

Picture of marijuana plant
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A task force that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper created to address and eliminate racial disparities in North Carolina's criminal justice and court systems recommended on Wednesday that legislators decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

North Carolina Lt. Gov-elect Mark Robinson is shown at his home in Colfax, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Robinson will serve as North Carolina's first Black lieutenant governor. He hopes he can work with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and state lawmakers on v
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Republican Mark Robinson opposes the statewide mask mandate, doesn’t believe President Donald Trump has sowed chaos in the country and has published a barrage of divisive Facebook posts in recent years that are often critical of fellow Black people.

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen.
N.C. Department of Public Safety

Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Tuesday that lowers the limit on indoor gatherings in North Carolina.

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