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Lawsuit Filed To Block NC Governor Order On Churches

May 14, 2020
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Conservative Christian leaders sued Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday, asking a court to throw out his restrictions on indoor religious services in North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic. They argued the limits, initiated by Cooper with health in mind, violate their rights to worship freely.

Lawsuit Filed To Block NC Governor Order On Churches

May 14, 2020
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Conservative Christian leaders sued North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday to get thrown out his latest restrictions on indoor religious services during the coronavirus pandemic. They argue the limits, initiated by Cooper with health in mind, violate their rights to worship freely.

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Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, said the GOP is planning to hold the Republican National Convention in the Spectrum Center in Charlotte as planned. Parts of the event, though, could be held in smaller venues or even outside as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

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NC General Assembly

RALEIGH — One of North Carolina's most powerful Republican elected officials has called on Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to give county governments the ability to reopen barbershops and hair salons now.

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Democratic Party will hold its state convention online next month rather than in person, in keeping with social distancing rules from the coronavirus pandemic.

Via Video Hearing, SC Court Mulls Absentee Voting Expansion

May 12, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — At its first-ever oral argument via teleconference, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard concerns over potential difficulties of voting in this year’s elections due to the coronavirus outbreak, as social distancing recommendations remain in place.

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Sixteen North Carolina GOP state senators said on Thursday that “other states are leaving us in the dust” when it comes to testing for the coronavirus and asked Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper why the state has fallen behind.

On The Same Day Sen. Richard Burr Dumped Stock, So Did His Brother-In-Law. Then The Market Crashed.

May 6, 2020
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This story was originally published by ProPublica.

Sen. Richard Burr was not the only member of his family to sell off a significant portion of his stock holdings in February, ahead of the market crash spurred by coronavirus fears. On the same day Burr sold, his brother-in-law also dumped tens of thousands of dollars worth of shares. The market fell by more than 30% in the subsequent month.

NC COVID-19 Package Gets Final General Assembly OK

May 2, 2020
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RALEIGH  — 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.

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The governor of a Southern state said he’s “hopeful” that reopening can start in a week – even as COVID-19 hospitalizations and the number of new cases are near all-time highs.

Sounds reckless. Is this Georgia? Tennessee? South Carolina?

It’s actually North Carolina.

Tony Rand, Longtime NC Senator, Power Broker, Dies At 80

May 1, 2020

RALEIGH — 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.

Final Talks On Virus Aid Package Next After NC House OKs Plan

Apr 30, 2020
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RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators got down Thursday to negotiating final details of their initial COVID-19 emergency package after the House approved a version more generous with federal funds than the Senate.

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The coronavirus has killed more than 300 people in North Carolina. Last week, at the state's near-daily press conference, Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen said COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the United States. WRAL's Paul Specht joins WFAE's Lisa Worf to assess that claim.

NC Session Marked By Empty Seats, Stay-Home Opponents

Apr 28, 2020
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RALEIGH — The North Carolina General Assembly began its annual session Tuesday by turning immediately to legislation to distribute COVID-19 federal relief funds, operating under unprecedented rules with social distancing in mind.

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As North Carolina’s stay-at-home order continues, hundreds of protestors – like Gary Jesmock — are having weekly marches in Raleigh.

NC Republican Leader: We Won't Seek Budget Veto Override

Apr 25, 2020
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RALEIGH — 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 said, citing state government's precarious fiscal situation due to COVID-19.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's decision Thursday to extend the state's stay-at-home order until May 8 pleases Mecklenburg County officials, who asked him Wednesday to continue the restrictions.

But an increasing number of suburban towns -- and exurban counties -- near Charlotte want to go in a different direction.

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NC General Assembly

For the first three weeks of North Carolina’s stay-at-home order, the state’s top Republicans were mostly silent.

But that’s changing quickly. 

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Under North Carolina's stay-at-home order, grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants offering takeout are deemed essential businesses and can stay open. But there are a few head scratchers among the bunch, including the state's government-run liquor stores.

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For the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic some Mecklenburg County commissioners have raised concerns about the county’s modeling and direction.

Their concerns came after the county issued a grim projection about the state of the pandemic – and then the hospitals suggested hours later the crisis wasn’t as dire.

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