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Voter ID Ruling

A prominent legal defender of North Carolina voting restrictions ultimately struck down by a court as racially biased said Wednesday that his future decisions as a federal judge wouldn't ignore that ruling if he is confirmed to the bench.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:32:16

Coal Ash

Environmental groups say they will sue Duke Energy for not telling the public what would happen if any of its dozens of coal ash dams fail.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:31:29

Pollution-Reduction Alliance

Gov. Roy Cooper says North Carolina is joining more than a dozen other states with a goal of meeting greenhouse gas emission reductions even with President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:29:54

Cooper's Confirmation

After a pause of several months, Gov. Roy Cooper's challenge to Senate confirmation of his cabinet resurfaced Wednesday at the state Court of Appeals.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 22:34:29

Confederate Monuments

Tossed into the laps of an obscure government commission is one of the most contentious political and cultural issues of the year: what to do with towering monuments to the Confederacy sitting on state property.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:29:06

Public Prayer

Charlotte's two candidates for mayor both support bringing back a prayer or invocation before City Council meetings after current Mayor Jennifer Roberts stopped the practice earlier this week.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:27:55

Crabtree Retires

After 35 years delivering the news on radio, television and the web, WRAL's David Crabtree is planning to retire near the end of 2018.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:26:51

LaRoque Case

Federal prosecutors have accused former state House member Stephen LaRoque and his family of hiding thousands of dollars in assets to avoid paying the restitution a judge ordered when he was convicted two years ago.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 22:02:06

BCBS Contract

North Carolina state Treasurer Dale Folwell announced his decision Tuesday to continue contracting with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to administer the health plan for more than 700,000 teachers, state employees, retirees and their families.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:26:01

Opioid Investigation

N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein is approaching his investigation into the drug companies that may have contributed to the state's ongoing opioid epidemic the same way he is approaching Chemours' contamination of the Cape Fear River.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:22:53

Absent Teachers

More than a third of teachers in North Carolina's traditional public schools are chronically absent – double the rate of their peers in the state's charter schools, according to a new national study released Wednesday.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 22:12:00


A potentially harmful chemical has been detected in private wells used for drinking water at residences near the Chemours plant.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:22:05

Medical Marijuana

Buncombe County's four Democratic commissioners signed a letter of support this week asking the state legislature to consider legalizing medical marijuana in North Carolina.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:20:21

Embezzlement Trial

Former Caswell Beach mayor Harry Simmons has been in jail now nearly two years, and a prosecutor says the case against the accused felon is not likely to go to trial in 2017.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:19:27


After a couple of months of mulling it over, Scott Donaldson is ready to announce his candidacy for the 11th Congressional District.

MODIFIED: 09/20/17 21:16:59


"Replacing a legend is difficult. Becoming one yourself ... well, that's rare."
WRAL-TV News Director Rick Gall, on anchor, David Crabtree who is retiring after 35 years at the station.
WRAL-TV, 9/20/17


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