Under the Dome

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 04:37 PM

NC regulators missed crack in Duke coal ash dam

Photos taken earlier this month show that North Carolina regulators apparently failed to notice a large crack opening in an earthen dam holding back millions of tons of Duke Energy's coal ash near the Cape Fear River.

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 03:37 PM

McCrory, NC DOT secretary worried about road money

Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration's transportation leaders are worried about the future of state and federal funding sources to pay for roads and bridges in North Carolina.

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 03:47 PM

Senate on track to pass Ukraine aid bill

The Senate is on track to approve sanctions against Russia and aid for Ukraine after Democrats withdrew a provision that was blocking Congress from issuing a sharp response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's military intervention in Crimea.

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 02:45 PM

Charlotte mayor facing corruption charges

Less than six months on the job, the mayor of Charlotte was arrested and accused Wednesday of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from FBI agents posing as real estate developers who wanted to do business with North Carolina's largest city.

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 02:44 PM

Officials: Senate considered phone company option

The Senate Intelligence Committee three years ago secretly considered — but ultimately rejected — alternate ways for the National Security Agency to collect and store massive amounts of Americans' phone records, The Associated Press has learned.

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.