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Gov. Roy Cooper (left) and Sen. Phil Berger

Gov. Roy Cooper and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger took to Twitter on Tuesday to blame each other for the lack of North Carolina teacher raises.

Governor Cooper speaks at the Climate Change Interagency Council in September.
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State officials are proposing electric vehicle tax credits and an expanded network of charging stations on state roads as part of their efforts to reduce carbon emissions — but they’re still not sure how much it will cost or how to fund their plans. The proposals are part of the North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council, which met last Friday.


RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is seeking additional federal disaster assistance for counties affected by Hurricane Dorian.

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This week Governor Roy Cooper signed a law that will eliminate some of North Carolina’s high school exams – and may force Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to make a tough decision. 


If you’ve followed the news about North Carolina teacher pay over the last few months you might think educators are feeling a bit better about their paychecks as schools open.

You’d be wrong. They’ve been promised raises, but so far they haven’t gotten a penny of extra pay.

Gov. Cooper Vetoes Bill Designed to Retool Reading Program

Aug 24, 2019
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill on Friday designed to clean up a North Carolina student reading comprehension program championed for years by Senate leader Phil Berger, a Republican.

President Trump and NC Gov. Roy Cooper
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President Donald Trump has criticized North Carolina's governor for vetoing a bill that would have required the state's sheriffs to recognize requests by federal immigration agents to hold jail inmates believed to be in the country illegally.

Trump tweeted Saturday that Gov. Roy Cooper's veto was "a terrible decision." He tweeted that the North Carolina Democrat "should reverse his decision and get back to the basics of fighting crime!"

Cooper described the measure as unconstitutional and politically motivated.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Legislation to allow billboard companies to relocate their signs more easily when the land upon which they stand is condemned for a highway project has been vetoed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that requires sheriffs to detain inmates on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Medicaid, Budget Fight Test NC Governor's Clout

Jul 28, 2019

RALEIGH — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper often got steamrolled by Republicans when they held comfortable legislative majorities during his first two years on the job. They could usually ignore his objections about their conservative agenda and override his vetoes.


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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the state budget approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Speaking to reporters Friday morning, Cooper called the budget "an astonishing failure of common sense and common decency."


North Carolina Republican leaders failed on Wednesday to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of legislation that would have created a new crime against doctors and nurses who fail to care for an infant delivered during an unsuccessful abortion.

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An estimated 56,000 state employees will now be able to take paid parental leave. Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday granting eight weeks of paid leave to state employees who give birth and four weeks to other parents taking care of a newborn, adopted or foster child.

Cooper Calls Attention To Aging North Carolina Schools

Mar 7, 2019

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called for more money to renovate the state's aging public schools during his State of the State address on Feb. 25.

"Right now, four in 10 public schools in our state are at least 50 years old," Cooper said. "That means they're still using the schools you and I went to."

Promoting what he calls North Carolina's "chance for a bold future," Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday formally unveiled his budget proposal, which includes expanding Medicaid, raising teacher pay, borrowing for school buildings and helping revive rural communities.

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Speaking to a legislature and electorate now more favorable to his party, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday pressed lawmakers to better fund public education, expand Medicaid and help rural North Carolina through more broadband access and Hurricane Florence aid.


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said now is the time to expand Medicaid coverage. North Carolina is one of 14 states that hasn’t yet expanded government health benefits for the poor and disabled. More than 2 million people are already covered by the state’s Medicaid program and Cooper estimates with expansion, an additional 500,000 people could get coverage. 

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Democratic Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday rescinded his appointment of Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield to the state’s Human Relations Commission, after Republicans criticized her appointment.

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The first half of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's term was confrontational even before it began, as Republican legislators rammed through laws swiping away some of his powers even before he got sworn in. He sued over those laws, issued a record number of vetoes — most of them overridden — and exchanged sharp rejoinders with the GOP.

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North Carolina lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of legislation that Cooper said would shroud campaign finance investigations in secrecy.