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President Donald Trump campaigned for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster in West Columbia June 25.
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The bills are rolling in after South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's campaign welcomed the country's top two politicians to campaign for his Republican primary election victory.

A storied conservative political operative and central adviser to former Republican U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms has died.

North Carolina General Assembly

The Republican who is arguably North Carolina's most powerful politician could yet face a Democratic challenger after the state elections board decided Thursday that Jennifer Mangrum did enough to establish her residence in the district now represented by state Sen. Phil Berger.

Ten volunteer firefighters in Robeson County have been arrested on arson-related charges. They’re accused of setting fires to abandoned buildings and wooded areas. 

A mountain of coal ash has been reduced to the original ground level near Riverbend.
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A string of decisions by North Carolina regulators this year means electricity consumers could be seeing a multibillion-dollar bill to clean up mountains of waste Duke Energy created over decades burning coal to produce power.

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South Carolina fireworks dealers are seeing strong sales opportunities along the North Carolina border, which bans the sale of fireworks that leave the ground.

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A North Carolina Senate committee Thursday will debate adding a photo ID requirement for voting to the state's constitution.  The proposal has already passed the House.  It must also pass the Senate before it appears as a referendum on this November’s ballot.   

The early-voting period in North Carolina will end on the Friday before Election Day instead of Saturday.  The House Wednesday completed an override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that shifts the in-person, early voting period back a day.  That Saturday has been a popular day for early voting, especially among African-Americans.  

NC Division of Prisons

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — About four assaults take place in North Carolina's prisons every day, according to new data collected by officials working to address violence in the state system.

Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, swears in Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch on Monday, April 10, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C.
White House

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy says he is retiring. That will give President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court.