Under the Dome

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 10:46 AM

HHS grants extra time to enroll for health care

People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced.

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Lawyer hired by NC in spill probe represented Duke

The lawyer hired to represent North Carolina's environmental agency during a federal investigation into its regulation of Duke Energy's coal ash dumps once represented the utility company in a different criminal probe.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Group: UNC broke state law by harassing Willingham

University of North Carolina officials appear to have violated state law when they criticized a reading specialist who concluded that some basketball and football players couldn't read at a third-grade level, the head of a government accountability advocacy group says.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

Q&A: Am I stuck in my job's costly health plan?

The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they're running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

Obama using powers of persuasion to advance agenda

Ronald Reagan used to say the nine most terrifying words in the English language were: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

Regulators say Duke pumped coal ash near NC river

North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit near the Cape Fear River.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:16 PM

NC college savers' information disclosed

A North Carolina agency says those taking part in the state's college savings plan may have had some of their information publicly disclosed briefly.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

NC legislator to discuss food deserts

A legislator will speak about a study committee's work on food deserts when he meets with a coalition that advocates healthy lifestyles.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

Environmental coalition names 3 NC senators in ad

Several groups are banding together to fight what they view as threats to North Carolina's environment, starting by calling out three state Republican senators for their votes on fracking in a television commercial.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

Fed clarifies guidance on short-term rates

The Federal Reserve sought Wednesday to clarify a question that investors have been trying to determine: When it might start to raise short-term interest rates from record lows.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 03:08 PM

Parties spend heavily to help states hire staff

Republicans are hiring operatives from California to Maine and building databases that track voters' habits, preferences and interests.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

UNC elects new chancellor for Appalachian State

The woman who has been provost at Illinois State University since 2008 now is the chancellor of Appalachian State University.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 01:24 PM

Harrington, Jackson now NC Senate budget co-chairs

Several Republicans in the North Carolina Senate are taking new leadership roles this spring as colleagues have resigned or plan to retire at year's end.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 11:53 AM

Meeker yet to decide on NC governor run for 2016

Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker says he's still a year away from deciding whether he'll run for North Carolina governor in 2016.

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 09:49 AM

Mental health advocates question Dix plans

Some mental health advocates are questioning the city of Raleigh's plans to turn the old Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital into a park.

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 04:20 PM

Va. gov expects Duke to pony up for coal ask spill

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday he expects Duke Energy to fully compensate Virginia for a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River that turned collection basins at Danville's water treatment plant gray.

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 02:20 PM

NC court must weigh who decides on execution drugs

North Carolina's Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a lower court should consider whether an appointed state official or a state rulemaking commission should decide how to execute convicted killers.

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 01:38 PM

Obama invites G7 leaders for meeting on Ukraine

President Barack Obama on Tuesday invited allied leaders for an emergency meeting in Europe next week to discuss further action in response to Russia's involvement in Ukraine, as world economic powers considers whether Moscow' should keep its membership in their organization.

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 12:21 PM

Federal grand jury looks into Duke Energy spill

A federal grand jury planned to convene Tuesday as part of a widening criminal investigation triggered by the massive Duke Energy coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.

Mar. 14, 2014 @ 01:25 PM

NC House member, Democrat disagree on conversation

A Republican North Carolina state representative says he tried to persuade a Democratic rival to withdraw before candidate filing ended last month but never suggested getting a state job for his potential challenger if he got out of the race.

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 04:22 PM

McCrory aide: Raising teacher pay to take years

Gov. Pat McCrory's administration sought Thursday to mend relations with North Carolina educators, responding to criticism about changes affecting public schools and teachers while seeking ways to build statewide consensus.

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 01:03 PM

UNC partially scales back budget request to Pope

University of North Carolina system leaders have pulled back for now on their request for additional construction money for next year, but insist more operating funds are needed beyond what Gov. Pat McCrory's budget office has suggested.

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

NC commercial code cycle extending to 6 years

North Carolina's commercial building rules will now be revised every six years, falling in line with the gap between residential codes recently approved by the General Assembly.

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

NC coming up against another food stamp deadline

North Carolina's health secretary says it will be "extremely difficult" to erase a backlog of outstanding food stamp applications by the end of the month to comply with demands from federal regulators.

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 04:31 PM

Senate investigation of CIA dogged by controversy

House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he is concerned over allegations of CIA snooping into computer files used by Senate investigators delving into allegations of past spy agency torture.