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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina actuary accused of insider trading ahead of a merger between two energy companies has been indicted on federal fraud charges. Eric Hill, 44, of Charlotte, was charged with fraud in connection with the purchase and sale of securities and seven counts of securities fraud, according to a criminal indictment unsealed Friday. He's accused of making $380,000 from illegal trading based on confidential information he obtained before and after Duke Energy announced plans to purchase Piedmont Natural Gas Co. in 2015, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina said. The $4.9 billion sale was completed in 2016. Hill received the information from an employee of a consulting firm working with...
    An attorney who testified before the Supreme Court in the Bush v. Gore Florida recount in 2000 is predicting litigation ahead in a 2020 election battle that could stretch well past Election Day in battleground states or those states with divided government. "Every day, we seem to have another federal judge that changes the election laws at the last minute in a way in which the guardrails are taken down on the vote-by-mail ballot," said Tom Spencer, a Republican elections attorney, speaking to the Washington Examiner. Spencer, who served as co-counsel for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's presidential ticket in the Florida recount of 2000, pointed to Pennsylvania and North Carolina as two states to watch as ballots...
    Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. Sandra Cosby is no stranger to the election process—or to voting by mail. In recent years, she’s cast her ballot by mail days before the election. Then, on Election Day, she takes a break from her purchasing job with the school system to help out as a Wake County poll worker, guiding voters at precincts. So when Cosby, 58, sealed up her mail-in absentee ballot in 2018, she handed...
            by Andrew Trunsky  President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee on Saturday filed suit to prevent North Carolina officials from adopting measures that would allow a greater number of absentee ballots to be counted in November. The State Board of Elections said Tuesday that it would allow November ballots with incomplete information to be fixed without requiring the voter to redo their ballot, leading Republicans to file suit arguing that the system would lead to “fraud, coercion, theft, and otherwise illegitimate voting,” the Associated Press reported. Originally, voters who returned a ballot with missing information or verification would have to request and complete a new ballot in order for their vote to be counted,...
    Loading the player... Sen. Kamala Harris was in North Carolina today, campaigning at two critical events as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee shores up support in the Black community. Harris spoke at Shaw University in Raleigh, one of the state’s historically Black colleges and universities. The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, which the late Rep. John Lewis once led, was founded 60 years ago at Shaw. Harris, a graduate of Howard University, one of the nation’s most prominent HBCU’s, hailed the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as “a giant, not only of the court, but of American life.” Read More: Trump says Kamala Harris cannot become first woman president: ‘That would rip our country apart’ WATCH LIVE: Kamala Harris...
    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kamala Harris urged voters on Monday not to be discouraged by Republican efforts to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election, charging it's the GOP's goal to make people feel like their votes don't matter. “We will not give up, and we will not give in," the Democratic vice presidential nominee said. “We will not let the infection that President Trump has injected into the presidency and into Congress, that has paralyzed our politics and pitted Americans against each other, spread to the United States Supreme Court." Her remarks, delivered in swing-state North Carolina, marked Harris' most expansive yet on the vacant court seat that was held by Justice Ruth...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kamala Harris urged voters on Monday not to be discouraged by Republican efforts to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election, charging it’s the GOP’s goal to make people feel like their votes don’t matter. “We will not give up, and we will not give in,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee said. “We will not let the infection that President Trump has injected into the presidency and into Congress, that has paralyzed our politics and pitted Americans against each other, spread to the United States Supreme Court.” Her remarks, delivered in swing-state North Carolina, marked Harris’ most expansive yet on the vacant court seat that was held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until...
    RALEIGH, N.C. – Kamala Harris urged voters on Monday not to be discouraged by Republican efforts to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election, charging it's the GOP's goal to make people feel like their votes don't matter. “We will not give up, and we will not give in," the Democratic vice presidential nominee said. “We will not let the infection that President Trump has injected into the presidency and into Congress, that has paralyzed our politics and pitted Americans against each other, spread to the United States Supreme Court." Her remarks, delivered in swing-state North Carolina, marked Harris' most expansive yet on the vacant court seat that was held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until her...
    President Trump and Joe Biden are essentially tied in the presidential race in the battleground state of North Carolina, according to a poll released Monday. The former vice president has a narrow edge of 45.7 percent to 45.4 percent over Trump in the Tar Heel State, with just 6 percent of voters saying they are undecided, the Meredith College poll found. Trump, who won North Carolina in 2016, has an edge with independent voters — 43.1 percent to Biden’s 39.8 percent. He also leads among white voters by 13.4 percentage points, males by 10.8 points and among rural voters by 15.6 points. Biden has a huge lead among black voters (62.1 percentage points), women (10.5 points) and urban voters...
    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A man armed with a machete smeared satanic and sadistic messages in blood on a sorority house at a North Carolina college and on a vehicle belonging to a student living there, police said Monday. East Carolina University Police Cpt. Chris Sutton told WITN that someone flagged down a department officer around 9 p.m. Sunday saying there was a man walking around with blood on his hands who seemed to be in distress. The man injured himself and then smeared what appeared to be his own blood on the front of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority house as well as a resident’s white Jeep that was parked at the house, according to Sutton. Sutton said the...
    President Trump's 2020 campaign committee and the Republican National Committee are suing the North Carolina State Board of Elections after the board's recent legal settlement making rules governing absentee ballots less restrictive. “North Carolina Democrats colluded in a backroom deal to overhaul North Carolina’s election procedures just weeks before Election Day," RNC spokesperson Mandi Merritt told Fox News in a statement. "This new system will allow absentee ballots to be cast late and without proper witness verification, which invites fraud." REPUBLICANS ON NORTH CAROLINA BOARD OF ELECTIONS RESIGN AFTER MAIL-IN BALLOT CHANGES "With an influx of mail-in voting, it is more important than ever to uphold election safeguards and confidence in the process," she said. A spokesman for the North Carolina Democratic...
    COLUMBIA, MD. (WJZ) — Police in North Carolina have arrested a Maryland man wanted in a non-fatal shooting that happened in Columbia in June. Winston Hughes, 22, is charged with attempted murder, assault and numerous firearms charges in the shooting of 23-year-old Deandre House, of Baltimore. House was in critical condition with multiple injuries but has since been released from the hospital, police said. Howard County police were called to the 7500 block of Monarch Mills Way for a report of shots fired on June 29. They found House in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. Police identified Hughes as a suspect and got a warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody over the weekend on an unrelated...
    A former White House aide is working to boost President Trump's support from mothers across the country by investing $3 million into an ad campaign targeting suburban moms. Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action for America, recently launched Moms for Safe Neighborhoods, which will air a 30-second spot on networks and shows that appeal to suburban women such as NBC's the Today show, A&E, Lifetime, and select shows on Fox News. "Moms across the country are seeing violence from protests spill into their community, putting their children and neighbors at risk," Anderson said in a statement. (MOMS) is a group of mothers horrified at violence and see President Trump as the only candidate who can keep their families safe."...
    The Donald J. Trump For Reelection Campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) sued Saturday the state of North Carolina to block a rule that would allow absentee ballots to be cast without proper witness verification. The North Carolina elections board, controlled by Democrats, issued guidance Tuesday that allows mail-in ballots partially filled out to be fixed without the voter having to restart the process, according to the Associated Press (AP). Absentee voters who submit ballots missing information regarding witnesses will not have to fill out a new ballot or locate another witness. Instead, the voter will just need to fill out an affidavit confirming they filled out the original ballot. Further, the lawsuit accused the board of overriding state...
    A new poll of North Carolina shows Democrat Joe BidenJoe BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid more income taxes than Trump' stickers Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose MORE with a razor-thin lead in the battleground state of North Carolina, which is close to a must-win state for President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE. The Meredith College poll published Monday found the former vice president holding support from 45.7 percent of likely voters in the state, barely...
    President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee on Saturday filed suit to prevent North Carolina officials from adopting measures that would allow a greater number of absentee ballots to be counted in November. The State Board of Elections said Tuesday that it would allow November ballots with incomplete information to be fixed without requiring the voter to redo their ballot, leading Republicans to file suit arguing that the system would lead to “fraud, coercion, theft, and otherwise illegitimate voting,” the Associated Press reported. Originally, voters who returned a ballot with missing information or verification would have to request and complete a new ballot in order for their vote to be counted, but the guidelines adopted by the board...
    A haunted house Halloween attraction in North Carolina turned into a real-life horror show — with shots fired during a wild brawl involving about 1,000 people. Officers were first called to the Reaper’s Realm Haunted house in China Grove Saturday on reports of gunfire — only to be met by the “chaotic” mass brawl in the parking lot, The Charlotte Observer said. “Deputies had to deal with multiple large and small groups of persons that were fighting each other, and there were some shots fired by persons at the event,” Rowan County Sheriff’s Office told the paper. Overwhelmed deputies called in help from “multiple agencies” including the state highway patrol and local police, the report said. Officers used “pepper...
    A haunted house Halloween attraction in North Carolina turned into a real-life horror show — with shots fired during a wild brawl involving about 1,000 people. Officers were first called to the Reaper’s Realm Haunted house in China Grove Saturday on reports of gunfire — only to be met by the “chaotic” mass brawl in the parking lot, The Charlotte Observer said. “Deputies had to deal with multiple large and small groups of persons that were fighting each other, and there were some shots fired by persons at the event,” Rowan County Sheriff’s Office told the paper. Overwhelmed deputies called in help from “multiple agencies” including the state highway patrol and local police, the report said. Officers used “pepper spray...
    BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — A 31-year-old woman was rescued after a search to find her in a patch of thick North Carolina woods spanned two days. The U.S. Coast Guard and other emergency responders launched a search-and-rescue operation at around 9 p.m. Friday after the woman became lost during a walk by the Buxton Woods Reserve near the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the park service said in a statement. The Coast Guard called in a helicopter to search for her by air in the dark, and she was briefly spotted before disappearing again, according to rangers. The search was suspended until Saturday morning when a ranger saw her walking near the National Seashore’s administrative housing at about 7:30 a.m. She...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, AP National Political Writer WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is fighting to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, howling with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and warning that violent mobs are infiltrating the suburbs. But on a recent morning along Arbor Street, a peaceful tree-lined road with stately brick Colonials and Tudors near Winston-Salem, the women who are the targets of Trump's messages were confronting much more tangible threats. As conservative activists canvassed the neighborhood, one young mother, a baby in her arms, shouted through a closed window that she was in quarantine. Across the street, another was focused on teaching her children their daily lessons at the kitchen table. And a few doors down, 49-year-old...
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is fighting to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, howling with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and warning that violent mobs are infiltrating the suburbs. But on a recent morning along Arbor Street, a peaceful tree-lined road with stately brick Colonials and Tudors near Winston-Salem, the women who are the targets of Trump’s messages were confronting much more tangible threats. As conservative activists canvassed the neighborhood, one young mother, a baby in her arms, shouted through a closed window that she was in quarantine. Across the street, another was focused on teaching her children their daily lessons at the kitchen table. And a few doors down, 49-year-old Christina Donnell, an independent who voted for...
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – WINSTON-President Donald Trump is fighting to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, howling with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and warning that violent mobs are infiltrating the suburbs. But on a recent morning along Arbor Street, a peaceful tree-lined road with stately brick Colonials and Tudors near Winston-Salem, the women who are the targets of Trump's messages were confronting much more tangible threats. As conservative activists canvassed the neighborhood, one young mother, a baby in her arms, shouted through a closed window that she was in quarantine. Across the street, another was focused on teaching her children their daily lessons at the kitchen table. And a few doors down, 49-year-old Christina Donnell, an independent who voted for Trump...
    By SCOTT SEXTON, Winston-Salem Journal WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Like she does most days, Maya Patrick walked out her front door ready for another round of classes at the UNC School of the Arts. Some days she walks to campus; others, she unlocks her white cruiser bike and pedals overs. “I live pretty close,” she said. When Patrick went out last week, she found the freshly cut remnants of her lock lying in the driveway. Her bike was gone. And she was heartbroken. Not because it was some fancy racing machine that cost as much as a reliable used car; it was a simple Target model. Nor was it because she had been ripped off. Rather, Patrick was crushed because...
    An illegal alien has been charged with raping a child in Cherokee County, North Carolina, local law enforcement officials confirm. Benito Morales Mendez, a 39-year-old illegal alien, was arrested by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on statutory rape charges after allegedly fleeing to Texas in an attempt to evade arrest. In January, a complaint was filed alleging that Mendez had sexually assaulted a child. Officials also alleged he violated a domestic violence protective order before issuing a warrant for his arrest. Mendez, officials allege, fled North Carolina for Texas. In cooperation with the United States Marshals Service and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), officials were able to locate Mendez in Texas months after the arrest warrant was issued. Since...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in Michigan and Wisconsin, two battleground states that Trump won in 2016, by eight and 10 points, respectively, according to an NBC News/Marist poll. In Michigan, Biden leads Trump 52%-44%, while he leads in Wisconsin 54%-44%, the poll shows. The margins reflect a gap between the two that has remained relatively consistent. Biden’s average lead is 6.8 points in Michigan and 6.9 points in Wisconsin, according to FiveThirtyEight, compared to 7.6 points and 5.9 points one month ago. Trump’s approval rating among Michigan likely voters is 43%, compared to 42% in Wisconsin, the survey shows, trailing each state’s Democratic governor. In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has an approval rating of 56%,...
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Law-enforcement officers in North Carolina shot at a man who attacked sheriff's deputies with a machete and drove his car at a police officer in separate encounters, authorities said. The Times-News reports that the suspect, Benjamin Michael Morley, was treated for a wound on his left leg after police apprehended him on Friday night. Police started chasing Morley, 39, of Mooresville, after he allegedly struck a student with his car on the University of North Carolina's flagship Chapel Hill campus and then drove away, UNC Police Chief David Perry said in a statement. The student didn't report any injuries. A UNC officer who tried to stop Morley fired at him as he was backing up...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins MORE are neck-and-neck in Georgia and North Carolina, while Trump holds a 10-point lead in South Carolina, according to a CBS/YouGov poll released Sunday. Biden and Trump are statistically tied in Georgia, where 47 percent of likely voters support Trump, versus 46 percent for Biden. In North Carolina, 48...
    Voters say the Supreme Court vacancy has added to the already high stakes of the presidential election.  In the battlegrounds of Georgia and North Carolina, most say it makes the election feel even more important — it's one more factor in an election in which most voters from both parties think their culture and way of life are at stake.  President Trump's voters here think the Democrats want society to change too fast, and Joe Biden's voters think Republicans want to go back to the past. The court fight may not be changing votes, since most were already locked in, but many describe it as adding even more motivation to the race. Both sides are about equally likely to say they'll...
    FRANKLIN Graham is a pro-Trump pastor, and president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He recently led a National prayer March in Washinton DC, praying for the country and showing support for Donald Trump. But who is Franklin's wife, Jane? 3Franklin and Jane have been married since 1974 Who is Franklin Graham's wife Jane? Franklin Graham's wife Jane was born on Christmas Eve in 1950, making her 69 years old. She is two years older than her husband. Jane grew up in Smithfield, North Carolina and had a brother, Phil, and a sister, Delle. According to her daughter Cissie, she said that Jane instilled the love for the Bible into her children. She said: "Most importantly, my...
            by Andrew Trunsky  Some Democrats in critical battlegrounds worry that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is not campaigning vigorously enough in their states. While Biden has taken a low-key approach to campaign across the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Democratic figures in Texas and North Carolina remarked that his method may not be enough to get him 270 electoral votes. Gilberto Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party, called Biden’s limited campaigning due to the pandemic a “pretty lame excuse,” the Associated Press reported, arguing that campaigning in Hispanic-heavy states like Texas and Arizona could increase his chances of victory in November. “I thought he had his own plane. He doesn’t have to...
    By ZACK PLAIR, The Dispatch MORGANTOWN, Miss. (AP) — In the middle of the woods on his parents’ property in the Morgantown community, Mark Henry sits on a stack of freshly cut oak columns for a water break. To his right are the tools of his side hustle -- a Wood-Mizer LT 40 commercial grade sawmill and the tractor he uses to move the logs to the saw and the 9-by-9-inch, 10-foot long columns aside to dry. To his left sits his son-in-law, Cameron Scott, conscripted for stacking duty while visiting from North Carolina. Behind Henry, stacked neatly, are oak boards that will one day make up the home he and his wife plan to build in northeast Tennessee. The...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Shirley Dixon-Mosley had never sent a ballot through the mail. She always treasured casting her ballot in person. But for November’s election, she voted early and by mail because she didn’t want to take any chances. “I want to make sure my vote got in and it counted,” said the 75-year-old retired teacher’s aide in Charlotte, North Carolina. Black voters are among the least likely to vote by mail nationally, but there are early signs they are changing their behavior as the shadow of the coronavirus hangs over the presidential race. The evidence is clearest in North Carolina, the first state in the nation to send out mail-in ballots and where voting has been underway for...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign committee and the Republican National Committee sued Saturday to block North Carolina election officials from enforcing rule changes that could boost the number of ballots counted in the presidential battleground state. The Republicans’ lawsuit claims a new system adopted by the state Board of Elections will allow for absentee ballots to be cast late and without proper witness verification “which invites fraud, coercion, theft, and otherwise illegitimate voting.” The state elections board on Tuesday issued new guidance allowing mail-in absentee ballots with deficient information to be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot for November's general election. The change means absentee voters who don’t provide complete information...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a 24-year-old man who was sentenced to life in prison for a 2015 killing. The Wilmington StarNews reports that the state's highest court ruled Friday that a judge failed to give Tyler Greenfield's proposed instructions on self-defense to jurors before they convicted him of first- and second-degree murder charges in 2017. The state Supreme Court transferred the case back to New Hanover County Superior Court for a new trial. Greenfield was convicted of killing a man and wounding his girlfriend at an apartment where he went to buy marijuana. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or...
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been charged with misusing confidential information to make $380,000 in fraudulent securities transactions related to Duke Energy’s proposed purchase of Piedmont Natural Gas Co. The Charlotte Observer reports that Eric Hill's insider trading indictment was unsealed Friday after he made his initial appearance in federal court. The newspaper said Hill, 44, of Charlotte, declined to be interviewed on Saturday. Prosecutors said Hill used confidential information in October 2015 that he received from an employee of a consulting firm that provided services to Piedmont. The $4.9 billion corporate merger occurred the following year. “Stealing material, nonpublic inside information allows a trader to cheat and earn substantial profits by trading before such news...
    By BRYAN ANDERSON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press/Report for America RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Shirley Dixon-Mosley had never sent a ballot through the mail. She always treasured casting her ballot in person. But for November's election, she voted early and by mail because she didn't want to take any chances. “I want to make sure my vote got in and it counted,” said the 75-year-old retired teacher's aide in Charlotte, North Carolina. Black voters are among the least likely to vote by mail nationally, but there are early signs they are changing their behavior as the shadow of the coronavirus hangs over the presidential race. The evidence is clearest in North Carolina, the first state in the nation to send...
    Reuters September 26, 2020 0 Comments U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he had extended a ban until 2032 on oil drilling off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia, weeks after a similar extension affecting offshore drilling in the waters off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. “I’m extending the moratorium to North Carolina and Virginia,” Trump said to applause at a campaign rally in Newport News, Virginia. The Trump administration, which has worked to expand U.S. oil and gas drilling and roll back Obama-era rules on pollution from fossil fuels, originally wanted to expand offshore drilling off many of America’s coasts, including Florida. But proposals for drilling off Florida prompted fierce opposition from tourism, real estate, and...
    Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., this week warned he has “grave concerns” over North Carolina’s mail-in voting process after several tentative changes were made, including allowing more time for ballots to arrive after Election Day in November. “I have said in the last two debates that I trusted the absentee ballot system in North Carolina, until yesterday,” Tillis said on a radio show, according to the News & Observer of Raleigh. “And now, I have grave concerns about North Carolina Board of Elections, non-legislators." Tillis said the board of elections has “undermined the integrity of the process in North Carolina. It’s a sad day.” NORTH CAROLINA BOARD OF ELECTIONS MEMBERS RESIGN OVER 'CHANGES' TO MAIL-IN BALLOT LAW JUST BEFORE ELECTION  U.S....
    President Trump on Friday announced a ban on oil drilling off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia — expanding an Atlantic moratorium he established this month. Trump announced the surprise restrictions at a large campaign rally in Newport News, Virginia. He had earlier this month banned drilling off the coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. “You’re gonna be so happy Virginia and North Carolina,” Trump said at the rally. “Come on, North Carolina, you’re going to be so happy, you’re going to be cheering like crazy,” he said, as rally attendees indeed cheered. Trump recounted his surprise Atlantic ban for the other states, announced Sept. 8, before telling the crowd he was stretching the 10-year moratorium northward. “Because...
    By BEN STANSELL, Salisbury Post MOUNT ULLA, N.C. (AP) — Being the director of fun has never been so complicated. Michelle Patterson, the “director of fun” who oversees Patterson Farm Market and Tours, has been planning and executing farm-related events for decades. While strawberry picking in the spring is popular, Patterson Farm’s agritourism business flourishes in the fall, when families and school kids flood its acres to enjoy pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes. Organizing those events is something Patterson loves, but this year, the job comes with more complications and challenges. “It’s been a little more stressful being the director of fun because you want to follow all of the guidelines,” Patterson said. "We are having to really evaluate...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday extended a ban until 2032 on offshore oil drilling off the coast of North Carolina, weeks after a similar extension affecting drilling in the waters off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The Republican president ordered the extension in a memo to his interior secretary that did not exempt any of the Northeastern, Democratic-majority states that also have asked to be removed from the next five-year offshore oil and gas drilling leasing plan. The Trump administration, which has worked to expand U.S. oil and gas drilling and roll back Obama-era rules on pollution from fossil fuels, originally wanted to expand offshore drilling off many of America's coasts, including Florida. But proposals for...
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law making it a serious crime for convicted felons to vote before their right is restored, even when it's an unintentional mistake, is racially discriminatory and needs to be blocked for the November election, a federal lawsuit says. Two civil rights advocacy groups suing the State Board of Elections and the attorney general contend the 1931 law also is unconstitutionally vague and requires a broad review of state law to determine when an ex-offender is allowed to vote again. Although violations of the law are almost always unintentional, district attorneys in some counties are still prosecuting these residents, the groups' attorneys say. Evidence of someone deliberately trying to break the law isn’t a...
    Black North Carolina voters are seeing their ballots rejected at twice the rate of white residents in North Carolina, a study by a University of Florida (UF) elections expert reported. Black voters in the state are seeing around four percent of ballots rejected. Voter advocates say this is because a higher proportion of Black voters are voting by mail for the first time, leading to minor mistakes that nullify votes. The data was collected by the U.S. Elections Project and managed by Michael McDonald, a UF professor who specializes in American elections. The race of voters is disclosed in the data because voters can list their race when registering in North Carolina. Elections officials report the three most common mistakes...
    A pair of state elections board members in North Carolina resigned this week after a lawsuit settlement pushed by the Democratic-controlled board that would tweak absentee ballot law to make ballot harvesting easier. Ballot harvesting, or the practice of allowing political operatives and others to collect voters’ ballots and turn them in en masse to polling stations, has drawn bipartisan concerns of fraud from election watchers. Ken Raymond and David Black were the only two Republican members on the board that has been split 3-2. Notice of their resignations was submitted Wednesday night. REPUBLICAN NC LAWMAKER VOWS TO PENALIZE CITIES THAT REALLOCATE POLICE FUNDS  Raymond in his resignation letter said state Attorney General Josh Stein’s office kept him in the dark...
    By BRYAN ANDERSON, Associated Press/Report for America RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled on Friday that three death row inmates will have their sentences reduced to life in prison through the state's now-defunct Racial Justice Act. The 2009 law allowed death row inmates to go through an appeals process to receive life without parole if they could prove racial bias was the reason or a significant factor in their original death sentence. North Carolina Republican state lawmakers amended the law in 2012 and then repealed it a year later. The state Supreme Court decided in June that the repeal could not be applied retroactively, which paved the way for more than 100 prisoners awaiting execution to...
    The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) has awarded $47.3 million in grants and loans to local governments for disaster recovery since last year, officials announced Thursday. NCORR’s program gives up to $1 million grants and $2 million in interest free loans to financially distressed local and tribal governments. Pollocksville, a small town in Jones County, is using its grant to reduce its debt service, retain full-time employees for disaster mitigation and pay for additional accounting and financial services. “The grant has been a financial lifesaver for our town,” Pollocksville Mayor James Bender Jr. said. The state-funded program helps local communities offset the recovery cost from hurricanes Florence and Dorian, which struck the state...
    Contact tracing, when effective, may help interrupt the chain of coronavirus transmission. However, noncooperation from infected individuals and failure to reach close contacts feeds into ongoing transmission. In North Carolina, for example, nearly half of coronavirus patients in a given county did not report contacts and when contacts were given, a quarter of them were unreachable, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Despite aggressive efforts by health departments, many COVID-19 patients do not report contacts and many contacts cannot be reached,” said the CDC report. “Improved timeliness of contact tracing, community engagement and community-wide mitigation are needed to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission.” The CDC published an analysis of data from two North Carolina...
    Some Democrats in critical battlegrounds worry that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is not campaigning vigorously enough in their states. While Biden has taken a low-key approach to campaign across the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Democratic figures in Texas and North Carolina remarked that his method may not be enough to get him 270 electoral votes. Gilberto Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party, called Biden’s limited campaigning due to the pandemic a “pretty lame excuse,” the Associated Press reported, arguing that campaigning in Hispanic-heavy states like Texas and Arizona could increase his chances of victory in November. (RELATED: Poll Shows Tight Races In Texas, Iowa, Georgia) “I thought he had his own plane. He doesn’t have to...
    By GARY D. ROBERTSON and SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As the pandemic prompts a surge in voting by mail, voters in a handful of states, including the presidential battlegrounds of North Carolina and Wisconsin, are facing a requirement that already is tripping up thousands — the need to have a witness sign their ballot envelope. A lack of a witness signature or other witness information has emerged as the leading cause of ballots being set aside before being counted in North Carolina, with problems disproportionately affecting Black voters in the state, according to an Associated Press analysis of state election data. While there is a process for fixing the omissions, voting rights advocates say the numbers...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As the pandemic prompts a surge in voting by mail, voters in a handful of states, including the presidential battlegrounds of North Carolina and Wisconsin, are facing a requirement that already is tripping up thousands — the need to have a witness sign their ballot envelope. A lack of a witness signature or other witness information has emerged as the leading cause of ballots being set aside before being counted in North Carolina, with problems disproportionately affecting Black voters in the state, according to an Associated Press analysis of state election data. While there is a process for fixing the omissions, voting rights advocates say the numbers are an early warning sign that the extra step...
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's initial unemployment-insurance benefit claims showed a slight downward trend last week. The Winston-Salem Journal reported Thursday that the state had 12,591 claims for the week that ended Sept. 19. The number is slightly down from a revised 13,437 the previous week. Since the pandemic began, the highest weekly total for unemployment insurance claims in North Carolina has been 172,745. That was for the week that ended March 28. Across the nation, there were 870,000 initial claims filed last week. For comparison, the national weekly peak was the 6.87 million claims for the week that ended March 28. The numbers were released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor. Gus Faucher, chief economist for PNC...
    Five-year-old Cannon Hinnant, who was killed execution-style on August 9, 2020, was reportedly shot in front of his two siblings. WSOCTV reports that 25-year-old Darius Sessoms was arrested the day after the shooting and charged with murder. It is believed he allegedly “walked up to Cannon while the boy was playing outside with his siblings and shot him in the head.” The Blaze reports that the killing occurred in front of “Cannon’s 7-year-old and 8-year-old siblings.” ABC 11 reports that Sessoms is being held in jail without bond, and that 21-year-old Aolani Takemi Pettit was arrested Tuesday of this week and charged with “felony accessory after the fact.” The Blaze reported that Pettit “allegedly helped Sessoms flee from police before...
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ North Carolina State has announced temporary salary cuts or furloughs for coaches and staff members because of financial concerns amid the pandemic. The school announced the measures Thursday, citing expected losses of $25 million to $35 million in projected revenue. Coaches and staff members making at least $200,000 will have a 20% reduction in salary, while those making at least $100,000 face a 15% cut. Coaches and staff members who make less than $100,000 will have 19 days of furlough. Those measures will run Oct. 24 through June 30 to end the fiscal year. Athletic director Boo Corrigan noted the school has already taken cost-cutting...
    During an interview in the hotly-contested battleground state of North Carolina, former Vice President and current Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivered a quick but punchy riff on President Donald Trump’s physical and mental fitness. On Wednesday, the former VP gave a trio of local interviews in North Carolina — where Biden holds a slim lead in the polling average — including with anchor Cullen Browder of NBC affiliate WRAL. Browder asked Biden to respond to a series of ads that are running in the state, some of which question the candidate’s mental and physical fitness. “For those North Carolina voters who buy into that, who may question whether you’re physically, mentally fit for this job, how do you...
    Contact tracing, when effective, may help interrupt the chain of coronavirus transmission. However, noncooperation from infected individuals and failure to reach close contacts feeds into ongoing transmission. In North Carolina, for example, nearly half of coronavirus patients in a given county did not report contacts, and when contacts were given, a quarter of them were unreachable, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Despite aggressive efforts by health departments, many COVID-19 patients do not report contacts, and many contacts cannot be reached,” said the CDC report. “Improved timeliness of contact tracing, community engagement, and community-wide mitigation are needed to reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission.” The CDC published an analysis of data from two North Carolina counties where virus...
    Both Republicans on the five-person North Carolina State Board of Elections submitted their resignations on Wednesday night, saying they were misled about the ramifications of the board's recent legal settlement making rules governing absentee ballots less restrictive. "Regarding the settlement agreement with the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by the North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans against the State Board of Elections, attorneys from [Attorney General] Josh Stein’s office did not advise us of the fact that a lot of the concessions made in the settlement have already been denied in a prior case by a federal judge and another case by a state court three-judge panel," Ken Raymond, who had served on the board since 2018, wrote in his resignation letter. DEFICIENT...
    Washington (CNN)The two Republican members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections abruptly resigned Wednesday, saying in separate letters that they felt misled by the state attorney general's office and board staff when they agreed to a settlement that would allow voters to fix absentee ballots with missing information. Election 101The stunning departures, less than six weeks before Election Day in a hotly contested battleground state, come one day after the five-member board said it unanimously agreed to the settlement, which still must be approved by a court. A hearing has been set for October 2 regarding the settlement, which also allows ballots postmarked on Election Day to be received six days later.In a statement, the board said it...
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans have already voted in states around the country, including tens of thousands who had cast their ballots before the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the possible impact it may have on the election. Multiple states, including some critical battlegrounds, have seen massive turnout in early voting compared to 2016 as hundreds of thousands of voters have lined up outside early-voting locations or have sent in their mail-in ballots for either President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden. In North Carolina, where ballots were mailed to voters starting Sept. 4, approximately 890,000 voters had requested a ballot as of Friday morning, according to the State Board of Elections....
    Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at an outdoor "Black Economic Summit" while campaigning for president in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 23, 2020.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden traveled to the battleground state of North Carolina on Wednesday for a Black Economic Summit, part of a broader effort his campaign has launched to woo entrepreneurs and Black voters. It was Biden's first trip to this key state since the coronavirus pandemic forced him to cancel campaign travel this spring. In 2016, President Donald Trump won North Carolina by nearly four points, and this year it is again considered a must-win for the Republican. As of Wednesday, state polling averages showed Trump and Biden running...
    By The Associated Press Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 23 The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer on the reaction of Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore to a proposed legal settlement in North Carolina: In this time of political tension, a little comic relief is welcome. So thank you, Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore. Your response to a proposed legal settlement agreed to by the State Board of Elections that will make it easier and safer to vote during a pandemic was hysterical. The settlement in a lawsuit brought by the North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans was announced Tuesday. It involves an extension of the acceptance deadline...
    Joe Biden talked economic opportunity, racial equality and affordable college Wednesday as he made a campaign pitch to two important constituencies in his battle for 270 Electoral College votes: African Americans and North Carolinians. At an outdoor Black Economic Summit in Charlotte, the former vice president reiterated his plan to spend $70 billion on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other institutions, and investing in Black-owned small businesses he said are disproportionately hurt during an economic downturn or a crisis like the pandemic.Political Cartoons on Joe BidenView All 109 ImagesBut Biden, who is in a dead heat with President Donald Trump in North Carolina, made sure to take his verbal shots at the president, who Biden noted "is on tape"...
    Reuters September 23, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday said Black turnout was the linchpin to his hopes of winning the White House in November and reversing economic and social inequities that have held back African Americans. Noting that the coronavirus pandemic had hit the minority community especially hard, Biden said Black Americans would only achieve equality once they were in a position to build wealth, and voting was the starting point. “There’s only one way to do it. We gotta show up and vote,” he told a Black economic summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he vowed to boost Black home ownership and push other policies to help African-American workers and businesses. Biden has...
    Alex Henderson September 23, 2020 7:26PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. North Carolina is among the swing states that reporters will be keeping an especially close eye on between now and November 3. Polls have been showing a close presidential race in North Carolina, which is also where incumbent GOP Sen. Thom Tillis and his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham, are battling for a U.S. Senate seat. And North Carolina's U.S. Senate race, according to Associated Press reporter Gary D. Robertson, has become even more intense following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are pushing for a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed as quickly as...
    North Carolina could move into its third phase of reopening next week if COVID-19 trends remain stable, Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday. In the meantime, Cooper said large entertainment venues should prepare to reopen at 7% capacity Oct. 2, giving them time to put safety precautions in place. "We will continue analyzing our data and indicators as we determine how to move forward safely in other areas that may be included in the new order on Oct. 2," Cooper said. "In it, we hope to ease some other restrictions, while still keeping safety protocols like masks, social distancing and mass gathering limits in place." Cooper's current executive order, signed Sept. 4, moved the state into phase 2.5...
    Election polling in North Carolina shows President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a tight race, with Biden leading by just over a point.
    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, Wednesday for a campaign appearance. Prior to boarding a plane for the event, Biden wouldn’t say if he is vetting a list of potential Supreme Court picks. But he says Democrats should be campaigning on the issue as voters get ready to make their choice this November. He told reporters Wednesday that Democrats should “go to the American people, make the case why this is a gigantic mistake and abuse of power.” He said if there were another conservative justice on the court, the Affordable Care Act could be overturned and healthcare cost protections for women could be eliminated. Biden has said he won’t release...
    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Called both a legal “rock star” by Republican senators and an “ideological extremist” by critics, Allison Jones Rushing had already landed what most lawyers would consider a career-defining position before turning 40. But the Trump administration may have even bigger plans. President Donald Trump indicated that Rushing is on his short list of four or five nominees to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Supreme Court. Confirmed just 18 months ago to the federal appeals bench, Rushing's relatively short legal experience, previous work with a conservative Christian legal group and litigation involving civil rights issues are sure to stoke Democrats and their allies to fight her...
    President Trump predicts that “we’re going to win North Carolina.” The president – at a rally in Fayetteville last weekend -- forecast that “we’re going to win four  more years in the White House.” NEW POLLS POINT TO BIDEN-TRUMP DEAD HEAT IN TWO KEY BATTLEGROUNDS Pointing to how much is at stake in the crucial general election battleground state, Trump returns to North Carolina on Thursday for his fifth trip over the past month. President Donald Trump wraps up his speech at a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) And a day ahead of him, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday makes his first stop in the state since the...
    A North Carolina man is being held on $20 million bond after being charged with more than 300 sex crimes involving children. Joshuah Bradshaw, a 30-year-old from Raeford, was taken into custody by the FBI last week in Mississippi, according to the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office. He is facing a total of 332 charges, including 144 counts each of second- and third-degree sexual exploitation of a Mmnor and 12 counts of taking indecent liberties with children, police say. “My message to parents, pay close attention to what your children are doing at all times,” Sheriff Hubert Peterkin was quoted by the Fayetteville Observer as saying. “Watch how much access they give their children to people whether in person or online.” Police say the investigation...
    North Carolina is among the swing states that reporters will be keeping an especially close eye on between now and November 3. Polls have been showing a close presidential race in North Carolina, which is also where incumbent GOP Sen. Thom Tillis and his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham, are battling for a U.S. Senate seat. And North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, according to Associated Press reporter Gary D. Robertson, has become even more intense following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are pushing for a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed as quickly as possible, and Democrats are furious with McConnell because of his...
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A city in western North Carolina has voted to decrease its police budget by 3% amid calls from protestors to cut the funds in half. The Asheville City Council on Tuesday approved a $29.3 million police budget in a 5-2 vote. The cuts make up a $770,000 reduction to the $30.1 million originally proposed for the city police department's 2020-21 budget, The Asheville Citizen-Times reported. During recent demonstrations against racial injustice, protesters in Asheville and across the U.S. have rallied around calls to eliminate or reduce spending on policing and reallocate those funds into serving community needs through investment in support services, housing, education and other resources. Councilman Brian Haynes, one of the opposing votes, said...
    CANTON, N.C. (AP) — Two people were killed when a paper packaging mill caught fire in North Carolina, according to authorities. Two contract workers who were repairing tanks at the Evergreen Packaging paper mill died when the fire broke out at the plant near Canton early Monday, Mill manager Wally McDonald said. Authorities did not publicly identify the victims. McDonald said the fire department responded and extinguished the blaze. Officials said they were cooperating with police, the fire department and regulatory agencies in the investigation. The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Occupational Safety and Health Division was also investigating the fire, the Asheville Citizen-Times quoted a spokeswoman as saying. The mill, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Asheville, employs...
    The oldest living U.S. Marine celebrated her 107th birthday in Kannapolis, N.C., over the weekend, with a happy birthday greeting from the Marine Corps. Sgt. Dot Cole joined the Marines in 1943, trained at Camp Lejeune, then went to Quantico for an administrative role, the city of Kannapolis posted on Twitter. Dorothy Schmidt Cole was born Sept. 19, 1913 in Warren, Penn., and currently lives in Kannapolis. Sgt. Dot Cole joined the Marines in 1943. (Courtesy: City of Kannapolis) She enlisted following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and was assigned to what had been a male-dominated field – freeing up personnel to fight the war in the Pacific, according to the Marines. “Everyone was out doing something,” she...
    North Carolina mail-in absentee ballots returned without all needed information can be amended without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot, election officials agreed Tuesday, according to a report. Issues with deficient witness information on mail-in ballots have disproportionately affected Black voters. Ballots cast by African Americans account for about 43 percent of those classified as having incomplete witness information, according to State Board of Elections data. Yet Black residents account for 16 percent of overall ballots returned. “Voters deserve certainty. Our board, both Democrats and Republicans, agreed unanimously to make these commonsense changes to our process amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Damon Circosta, State Board chair. “We have ensured that our election process is secure and...
    RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina election officials agreed Tuesday that mail-in absentee ballots returned this fall with deficient information can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. The change, if it stands, would likely yield an upward tick in the number of counted ballots in this presidential battleground state. The State Board of Elections issued the new guidance to county boards explaining residents won't be forced to start over from scratch in casting votes if a witness fails to sign or provide an address on the envelope containing their absentee ballot. The guidance means that the ballot now won't be considered “spoiled,” and the voter will be sent an affidavit to sign to rectify...
    North Carolina election officials said Tuesday that absentee ballots received up to 9 days after the general election will be counted if they are postmarked by Nov. 3. The agreement, which comes a day after a judge extended the Wisconsin absentee ballot counting timeline by 6 days, could settle a lawsuit with Democrats pending judicial approval, according to Reuters. Current state law requires absentee ballots to be submitted by 5 pm on Nov. 6. (RELATED: Wisconsin To Count Absentee Ballots Up To Six Days After Election, Judge Rules) ????When @DemocracyDocket wins, voting laws change! And we’re WINNING every single day. That’s why we created #VoterDashboards to help you understand the voting rules in YOUR state. CHECK IT OUT AND SHARE????https://t.co/vT0NzNAebX...
    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina election officials agreed Tuesday that mail-in absentee ballots returned this fall with deficient information can be fixed without forcing the voter to fill out a new blank ballot. The change is likely to yield an upward tick in the number of counted ballots in this presidential battleground state. The State Board of Elections issued the new guidance to county boards explaining residents won't be forced to start over from scratch in casting votes if a witness fails to sign or provide an address on the envelope containing their absentee ballot. The guidance means that the ballot now won't be considered “spoiled,” and the voter will be sent an...
    By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senator Gary Peters of Michigan leads his Republican challenger among likely voters, while the North Carolina race between Republican Senator Thom Tillis and his Democratic rival appears to be a toss-up, according to Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls released on Tuesday. There are about nine competitive U.S. Senate races this year, seven with vulnerable Republican incumbents and two with vulnerable Democrats. To win the Senate, Democrats need to pick up three seats if the party wins the White House and four if not. Here are the latest results on three Senate races on which Reuters/Ipsos is polling:     MICHIGAN * 49% of likely voters polled from Sept. 11 to 16 said they planned to vote...
    Reuters September 22, 2020 0 Comments Election officials in the battleground state of North Carolina on Tuesday said they will count any absentee ballots that arrive up to nine days after the Nov. 3 presidential election, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. The agreement, which would resolve a Democratic-backed lawsuit if approved by a judge, is the latest legal development extending the deadline in various states amid concerns that mail delivery slowdowns could delay the arrival of ballots. Courts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania – all states expected to be critical to the November contest between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden – have ordered officials this month to accept late-arriving ballots, in...
    Democrats won major concessions on Tuesday from state election authorities in North Carolina, who agreed to their demands to relax the rules on mail-in ballots. In an agreement filed with the courts in North Carolina, the plaintiffs — a coalition of Democrat-aligned interest groups — agreed to settle their lawsuit against the state in return for allowing ballots to be counted up to nine days after Election Day; allowing voters to “cure” problems with submitted ballots; and creating ballot “drop-off” stations. The motion for a consent decree states (citations included): As set forth in the Consent Judgment and in the exhibits thereto, (Numbered Memos 2020-19, 2020-22, and 2020-23), all ballots postmarked by Election Day shall be counted if otherwise eligible...
    By Jason Lange and Chris Kahn WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden led President Donald Trump by 5 percentage points among likely voters in Michigan, while the two were even in North Carolina, according to Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls released on Tuesday. Reuters/Ipsos is polling likely voters in six states - Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona - that will play critical roles in deciding whether Trump wins a second term in office or if Biden ousts him in the November election. Below is a state-by-state look at Reuters/Ipsos findings, based on the online responses of likely voters, which include responses from some who cast ballots ahead of the formal Nov. 3 Election Day, a practice...
    North Carolina's transportation needs exceed its resources, members of the NC FIRST Commission said Monday. Ward Nye, co-chairperson of the commission, said the state's funding model could continue to cause project delays for the next 30 years. "[The North Carolina Department of Transportation's] 10-year construction program has a capital project backlog of nearly $50 billion," Nye told the House Select Committee on Finding Strategic Transportation Planning and Long Term Funding Solutions. "Based on that, and our existing revenues, it will take until 2050 to fund these projects which have been identified by local governments as an immediate need." The NC FIRST Commission, which includes local elected officials and business and community leaders, spent the past 16 months...
    By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former executive who worked in the private sector for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was recently paid by President Donald Trump's reelection effort, according to a new campaign finance disclosure. Joe Hauck, who was formerly vice president of sales and marketing for DeJoy's New Breed Logistics, was paid $3,000 by the Republican National Committee in August for “management consulting,” records filed on Sunday with the Federal Election Commission show. DeJoy faces an investigation by House Democrats who are exploring allegations that he encouraged employees at his former business to contribute to Republican candidates and then reimbursed them in the guise of bonuses, a violation of campaign finance laws. Hauck helped his then-boss...
    President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters wont be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday. Earlier this month, Trump signed a memorandum instructing his interior secretary to prohibit drilling in the waters off both Florida coasts, and off the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina for 10 years — from July 2022 through June 2032. North Carolina wasn’t on the list. In a short video released by his Senate office, Tillis, a Republican, said he spoke to Trump on Monday morning and asked him to “extend the offshore drilling moratorium to North Carolina. Im pleased to announce that the president will be doing...
    WASHINGTON – A former executive who worked in the private sector for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was recently paid by President Donald Trump's reelection effort, according to a new campaign finance disclosure. Joe Hauck, who was formerly vice president of sales and marketing for DeJoy's New Breed Logistics, was paid $3,000 by the Republican National Committee in August for “management consulting,” records filed on Sunday with the Federal Election Commission show. DeJoy faces an investigation by House Democrats who are exploring allegations that he encouraged employees at his former business to contribute to Republican candidates and then reimbursed them in the guise of bonuses, a violation of campaign finance laws. Hauck helped his then-boss in the endeavor by...
    North Carolina will be added to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE’s moratorium preventing oil and gas drilling off its coast until mid 2032, joining Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Will Republicans' rank hypocrisy hinder their rush to replace Ginsburg? Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE (R-N.C.) said Monday.  “This morning, I spoke with President Trump and I asked him to extend the offshore drilling moratorium to North...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters won’t be subjected to offshore drilling for a decade, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on Monday. Earlier this month, Trump signed a memorandum instructing his interior secretary to prohibit drilling in the waters off both Florida coasts, and off the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina for 10 years — from July 2022 through June 2032. North Carolina wasn’t on the list. In a short video released by his Senate office, Tillis, a Republican, said he spoke to Trump on Monday morning and asked him to “extend the offshore drilling moratorium to North Carolina. I’m pleased to announce that...
    HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -- A North Carolina native made President Donald Trump's shortlist to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose death was announced Friday evening, on the US Supreme Court.Allison Jones Rushing is from Hendersonville in Western North Carolina, and at 38 years old she would be the youngest Supreme Court justice if she is nominated and confirmed.Rushing is a former Duke Law student and clerked under Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Neil Gorsuch before he was nominated to the nation's highest court.Both Thomas and Gorsuch have conservative views on issues like abortion, affirmative action, prayer in schools and LGBT rights.WATCH: President Trump vows to pick a woman as Supreme Court nomineeEMBED More News Videos "It will be a woman....