Under the Dome

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

NC House approves bill making dozens of changes

The employees of for-profit education companies could sit on the boards of public charter schools under a Republican-backed bill given preliminary approval by the North Carolina House.


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 03:38 PM

Groups express concern about coal ash bill

Environmental groups are asking two key North Carolina lawmakers to change legislation they say weakens the state's protections against coal ash pollution.


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

Central American leaders convening at White House

President Barack Obama will urge Central American leaders to help slow the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing their countries for the United States, even as Congress remains deeply divided over proposals to stem the crisis at the border.


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 09:18 AM

Rutherford County land transfers

Here's a look at the latest land transfers filed with the Rutherford County Register of Deeds' office.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

Another trial delay for former NC lawmaker

The new trial for former North Carolina Rep. Stephen LaRoque has been delayed again.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 03:16 PM

GOP-backed bill includes laundry list of changes

An omnibus bill backed by Republican leaders in the North Carolina House is seeking to make dozens of changes to state laws.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 03:14 PM

Longer session tests Tillis, US Senate race

U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis had hoped this year's North Carolina legislative session would be over by now. But the budget is over three weeks late and hopes of a July 4 end date are a distant memory.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 08:24 PM

NC counties see sales tax changes in Senate bill

Four large North Carolina counties would see their authority to raise sales taxes scaled back in Senate legislation that its Republican supporters say would level the playing field across the state in generating revenue.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

McCrory signs Common Core changes into law

Common Core curriculum standards for North Carolina schools will be rewritten under a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 04:29 PM

Health agency says it's OK to use Dan River

North Carolina's public health agency is recommending lifting a recreational water advisory for a river that was polluted by a massive coal ash spill in February.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 02:14 PM

Political group running another anti-Tillis NC ad

An independent political group plans to spend more than $1 million over the next two weeks for a television ad critical of North Carolina Republican Senate nominee Thom Tillis by trying to link him to conservative financiers.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 12:15 PM

Governor, NC Senate Republicans talk about budget

Gov. Pat McCrory has met with Senate Republicans to try to look at ways to narrow their differences over budget adjustments that were supposed to be in place three weeks ago.


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

McCrory judicial choice once reprimanded by NC Bar

A new District Court judge appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory was previously reprimanded for professional misconduct by the North Carolina State Bar.


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.


Jul. 20, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

NC Votes: Week of July 14, 2014

A look at how the North Carolina Congressional delegation voted this week.


Jul. 18, 2014 @ 03:29 PM

Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall

Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 05:37 PM

NC school vouchers may flow before court hearing

Taxpayer money for private or religious school tuition may start flowing to North Carolina families before a judge rules whether the program is legal.


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

NC Senate delays local sales tax bill

A proposal to streamline sales taxes in North Carolina while preventing counties from collecting extra revenues simultaneously for education and public transportation has been put off in the Senate until at least next week.


Jul. 17, 2014 @ 04:36 PM

Senate's idea to reform NC Medicaid OK'd by panel

The Senate's idea of Medicaid reform in North Carolina cleared a hurdle Thursday in the chamber despite redoubled opposition from several medical organizations and Gov. Pat McCrory's administration, which prefer a House plan.


Jul. 16, 2014 @ 04:53 PM

Winner of GOP contest in NC promoted outsider role

A former Baptist minister who knocked off the son of one of North Carolina's most powerful politicians in a Republican primary for Congress did so in part by cultivating an outsider's image.


Jul. 13, 2014 @ 09:59 AM

Commissioners expect to pass full budget

Capital funds requested by Isothermal Community College and passing the county's 2014-15 budget will be addressed Tuesday afternoon during a special meeting of the Rutherford County Commissioners.


Jul. 13, 2014 @ 06:49 AM

Second Primary Election set for Tuesday

Approximately 25,600 Republicans and unaffiliated voters have an opportunity to go to the polls Tuesday, July 15 to choose the Republican nominee for Rutherford County Clerk of Court in the Second Primary Election.


Jun. 25, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

NC Senate puts insurance requirement in moped bill

North Carolina senators are considering a bill to require moped drivers to have insurance for the vehicles.


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 07:16 PM

NC commerce agency reorganization signed into law

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill that shifts business recruiting and marketing functions from the state-run Commerce Department to a private nonprofit corporation.


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

McCrory vetoes unemployment insurance bill

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory quickly vetoed a bill that made several changes to unemployment insurance because he didn't like the way legislators changed the terms of his appointees on a board that considers final benefit appeals from the jobless.